Hunting For Value (11/9/22)
Hunting for Value (11/9/2022)
Staff writer Lauren Sisselman digs through the Standard Gaming inventory and highlights a handful of retro graded games that may be worth a deeper look.
Whether you're new to the hobby of graded video games or a seasoned veteran, everyone likes to get a good deal. Prices on games can vary widely depending on where you look and games on marketplaces like eBay are often listed without context. At Standard Gaming, we have games for every type of collector, all available for immediate purchase. Below are a few titles that stand out, and may help you as you Hunt for Value in the graded video game market.
For nearly 30 years World Championship Wrestling was the answer for those looking for an alternative to the infamous World Wrestling Federation – better known as WWE today. WCW, much like WWE, was over the top, lavish, and had some of the more interesting storylines in the world of professional wrestling. The Ted Turner-backed company gave the world of wrestling some of the most iconic performers, including Sting, Ric Flair, and Goldberg. In the mid-1990s WCW had their fair share of video game tie-ins, including the popular WCW Mayhem for the Nintendo 64. Unlike most contemporaries, WCW Mayhem offered players something unique – it gave players a chance to play Pay-Per-View modes after entering a cheat code. The PPV matches were based on factual lineups, giving fans a chance to live out some of their favorite matches, and perhaps a chance to get a more favorable outcome. Modern professional wrestling relies heavily on storylines and audience interaction, and WCW was no stranger to over-the-top storylines.
This overall copy graded 8.5 complete in box by WATA has a box grade of 7.5, a cartridge grade of 9.2, and a manual grade of 9.4. Featuring an intense photo of Goldberg with a packed arena in the background, this game presents itself extremely well. WCW Mayhem is perfect for wrestling collectors, sports games collectors, as well as N64 collectors.
Minecraft took the world by storm when it was made public in 2009. The PC-based game was perfect for players of all ages and skill levels as the game has no hard requirements to further the storyline. While there are accomplishments players can work towards in the game, they are not necessary. The game does offer five different modes (survival, hardcore, creative, adventure, and spectator) and also allows for multiplayer in a free-range world. Minecraft became an overnight hit – especially with younger players. Building your own world in Minecraft is extremely engrossing, and new players are still finding the game almost daily. The game was ported to several consoles, including the Nintendo Switch. The Switch port is almost exactly the same as the original counterpart, giving Switch players authentic gameplay. This is also a great way to make sure no player is left out, as not everyone is a PC gamer.
This sealed copy graded 9.8 A+ by WATA is one of the best examples collectors can find for this game. At an attractive price point, this is an affordable high-grade video game perfect for all sorts of collectors: Cross-platform collectors, Minecraft fans, all-ages gaming fans, and even Nintendo fans.
Between 1998 to 2003, EA Sports released a line of boxing video games across multiple platforms – better known as Knockout Kings. The game featured some of the greatest boxers in history, such as Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, and Oscar De La Hoya. Players could go toe to toe with the real-life legends, as well as several in-game characters that provided a challenge. In 2004 the series was renamed Fight Night, and it continued into 2011. Overall the series is highly regarded, with fans still playing the games to this day. Boxing games are still a staple in sports video games – many of which could even offer a good workout for the player!
This complete in-box graded 9.0 by WATA is a beautiful find. The grade breaks down further with a box grade of 9.0, a cartridge grade of 9.0, and a manual grade of 8.5. By comparison, the one-year average of a sealed 9.8 copy is $2,728. If you’re looking to add an affordable graded copy of Knockout Kings 2000 to your collection, this is the copy to get. This game is perfect for boxing collectors, sports video game collectors, cross-platform collectors, and Nintendo collectors.
Spider-Man for the Playstation 4 is considered by many to be one of the best superhero games of all time, raising the bar yet again for superhero-based video games. Praised for its graphics, engaging characters, and excellent gameplay, Spider-Man sold over 3 million units within the first three days of its release. By November 2018 Spider-Man was the fastest-selling superhero game, and in the summer of 2019, it would become the best-selling superhero game in the United States. Spider-Man was nominated for a plethora of awards, winning several including the D.I.C.E Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Animation 2019, Game Critics Awards for Best Console Game 2018, and best Playstation 4 game from Gamescom in 2018.
This Game of the Year edition sealed copy graded 9.6 is a prime example of such a popular game. This affordable copy presents extremely well, and would look great in a number of collections! If you collect Marvel games, superhero games, Spider-Man games, cross-console games, or are looking to complete a Playstation 4 run.
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