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    PC games is almost the only given when I shop in thrift stores now. I have sold many PC games(C64 to present) to fund my console collection.
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    Not really rare but the strangest ones I've seen are MVP 2005 Baseball and NASCAR 2003. Who would think 5 year old sports games would sell for $75+?

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    Ahh one of my few areas of expertise.

    Most valuable pc games are valuable because they are well known but older. Sierra, Origin, Infocom all those go for large amount when complete boxed. Most cartridge games or booter disks from the 80s are rather "rare" but tend not to sell very high due to not being known.

    Some notable games in demand:

    FF
    Blood expansions
    Duke 3D boxes
    Id software games
    Sierra titles
    Infocom complete sets
    Old bethesda games

    Some very hard to find games are those that were simply not big sellers, obviously. Some particularly elusive ones:

    Boxed Commander Keen games full version
    Maxis game expansions (Simcity expansions, etc)
    SimHealth
    Boxed b&n Epic Megagames games
    Any handmade/ziplock bag games from the author/or mail order titles

    So very very many games from the shareware days are nearly impossible to find full versions of, since they were not sold in stores... Probably thousands with only hundreds of copies made officially (piracy made full games even more rare, quite common to find bootlegs)
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    Quote Originally Posted by phreakindee View Post
    Boxed b&n Epic Megagames games
    Hmmm. I have a ton of those, minus the catalogs. Didn't see a reason to keep 20+ back then.

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    I always wonder about the rarity of these games. I have one game Commander Keen Aliens Ate my babysitter which is sealed and I wonder if it's worth anything. that'll help

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    Quote Originally Posted by phreakindee View Post
    Boxed b&n Epic Megagames games
    Eh? Ancients II, to pick one at random, doesn't even seem to be selling at $10, even if that is more than what a lot of other games might sell for.
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    The Neverhood seems to go for a good amount, even disc only copies.

    Knights of Xentar is supposedly really rare according to the Wikipedia article about it, but I have no idea how much it's worth. I've never seen a copy for sale on ebay and I've been checking for a few years already. Does anyone know how much copies are worth?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knights_of_Xentar

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    I would love to have a good resource for this.
    I've had a lot of luck in the wild for nice old PC games lately. Specifically, I found the following:

    Martian Memorandum (Tex Murphy 2) PC 3.5" (NEW/SEALED) I loved this game as a kid!
    Under a Killing Moon PC CD-ROM with PANDORA DETECTIVE factory sealed inside (NEW/SEALED)
    Dark Sun: Shattered Lands SSI (NEW/SEALED)
    Ultima VII: The Black Gate PC 3.5" complete with EVERYTHING "PC Gamer Edition"

    These are all games I loved years ago, so its cool to have nice complete or new copies of them. Any idea what these are worth? Anyone? Bueller?
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    @NayusDante:

    The boxes are quite hard to find now, though some occassionally pop up on eBay for a reasonable amount. Jazz Jackrabbit is the hardest to find boxed it seems, with Jill of the Jungle second. I knew many people who had these back in the day, but they tossed the boxes and documentation, as everyone seemed to. They were just too bulky to keep around.

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    Ahh, here's what I was looking for.

    http://www.digitpress.com/forum/showthread.php?t=102192
    http://www.digitpress.com/forum/showthread.php?t=60500
    http://www.digitpress.com/forum/showthread.php?t=25836
    http://www.digitpress.com/forum/showthread.php?t=19504
    http://www.digitpress.com/forum/showthread.php?t=16071


    Too bad playinggamesinteractive.com seems to be no more. Fortunately you can still see their interesting list of high-priced rarities at archive.org . They're actually missing a few of the older ones, like Gord@k, Cassandra Galleries, and Alice: An Interactive Museum .
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    The B&N boxes are actually smaller than a typical 90s game box. I've got Kiloblaster 1-3, Overkill, Jill 2, Dare 2 Dream II, all four pinballs, Castle of the Winds I, Ken's Labyrinth (buggy), Electroman, Loader Larry, and a few others. They're all floppy disc.

    They all have the same "Ready To GO" logo on them, and the same disclaimer on the back. "This product is family friendly and features no graphic violence..."
    ...always thought it was funny to see that on a game called "Overkill."

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    There are a few PC titles worth collecting.

    1. The id Anthology ( 1996? ) goes for around $300 if it includes the shirt, I owned it for a few weeks before I fell on hard times.



    Some other popular titles are unauthorized expansions to Warcraft II and Starcraft. Aztech's Armory can go for around $75

    An odd one is Starcraft: Stellar Forces

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorpho View Post
    Eh? Ancients II, to pick one at random, doesn't even seem to be selling at $10, even if that is more than what a lot of other games might sell for.
    I have about 15 of these for sale, all different games. I posted them on ebay and couldn't get 10 cents for any of them besides Jazz Jackrabbit (which sold for $30 plus all 3 times I sold one). I've had them on DP for $1 apiece for awhile now and haven't sold any.

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    Wizardry VIII...

    Been wanting this for awhile but it's more than I anticipated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NayusDante View Post
    The B&N boxes are actually smaller than a typical 90s game box. I've got Kiloblaster 1-3, Overkill, Jill 2, Dare 2 Dream II, all four pinballs, Castle of the Winds I, Ken's Labyrinth (buggy), Electroman, Loader Larry, and a few others. They're all floppy disc.

    They all have the same "Ready To GO" logo on them, and the same disclaimer on the back. "This product is family friendly and features no graphic violence..."
    ...always thought it was funny to see that on a game called "Overkill."
    They're all from some company in New England, aren't they? Any idea if Ancients I was ever released in a box like that?

    The box for Enigma Pinball is a spectacularly amusing failure; it would probably be discussed more often if it wasn't more obscure.
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    Thanks for this thread. I never really knew what PC games to look for other than lucasarts ones before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FxMercenary View Post
    There are a few PC titles worth collecting.

    1. The id Anthology ( 1996? ) goes for around $300 if it includes the shirt, I owned it for a few weeks before I fell on hard times.
    No, it doesn't. There are a couple BINs on ebay for that, though. I just sold one on ebay and it went for $120 and was complete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuken View Post
    Wizardry VIII...

    Been wanting this for awhile but it's more than I anticipated.
    Didn't realize this one was so in demand!

    Can't believe the game didn't do better in sales. Like, it's not really my typical sort of game and even I loved the hell out of it. Reviews were pretty universally fantastic as well, right?

    Snatched up the budget rerelease (small box / $20) in '03 because it'd run on my laptop at the time. So happy I did that.

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    Oh, I thought of another one - Star Wars Galaxies Collector's Edition. When I worked at EB Games, the morons at corporate "pennied" it out (meaning to trash it, technically). Instead I took it home and it sold on ebay for $150.

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