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World's largest game collection sells for $750k

World's largest game collection sells for $750k

Wed 18 Jun 2014 8:43am GMT / 4:43am EDT / 1:43am PDT

Retailer Michael Thomasson auctions 10,000-strong library of video games

A video game collection recognised by Guinness as the largest in the world has been sold at auction for more than $750,000.

Michael Thomasson, who works in games retail, amassed his vast collection over a period of about 25 years, putting huge effort into keeping individual items in good condition. Among the 10,607 games are 2,600 still in shrink-wrap and 8,300 complete with their original box and manual.

The collection also boasts just about every console you could name - and a few that you probably couldn't - including complete US hardware and software sets for 21 different systems, and near-complete sets for a further 14.

Thomasson's collection was sold through GameGavel, with the bidding starting at $1 and rising in increments of $250. The auction started to accumulate value rapidly on Tuesday 10 June, starting the day on just over $100,000 and reaching $750,250 by the time the auction closed on Wednesday.


Krzysztof Nizielski
Junior QA Project Lead

34 34 1.0
That's amazing!

Although I'm pretty sure this collection is worth much, much more.

Posted:3 months ago


Andrew Watson

92 200 2.2
Wonder why he sold it?

Posted:3 months ago


Martin Klima
Executive Producer

26 50 1.9
That's about $75 per game. Talk about full-priced games not selling.

Posted:3 months ago


Eric Leisy
VR Production Designer

117 126 1.1
That is a pretty impressive collection. Sometimes I get a little bit bummed I wasn't a better hoarder / collecter of all my video game loot. I certainly couldn't really rival a fraction of this, but I had a pretty respectable collection of systems and games. I remember my Turbo Grafix console fondly, and wish I had held on to that.

This guy will probably either be super bummed, or super elated to offload this collection. I'm probably bringing unneeded bias into this, but I wonder if there was an ultimatum thrown down by a significant other that he needed to jettison this collection. :) I'm sure it was a huge pain in the ass to move.

Posted:3 months ago


Rafael Martins
Telecomunications Business Analyst

2 2 1.0
If i had the money and space....amazing collection!

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Rafael Martins on 18th June 2014 9:54pm

Posted:3 months ago


Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

2,174 1,124 0.5
I have something like 2000+ games here and I had to watch part of that auction and shed a tiny tear. Just a tiny one, though...

Posted:3 months ago


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