By now you have most likely seen the Uncharted trailer (if you haven’t, go watch it on YouTube and come back to me)– the action-packed sneak peek into the upcoming video game-based movie features a spiderless Tom Holland, who takes on the lead role of Nathan Drake, and Mark Wahlberg as Victor Sullivan. Since 2007 the action-adventure series has become a staple for the PlayStation console, spawning sequels, a limited edition Uncharted Playstation console, and now a movie. But with this new movie coming out, will the game become a collector’s item?
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The answer is maybe. Peruse any auction site, and most of the time Uncharted: Drakes Fortune routinely sells for less than $10 for a complete copy. However — if you have a black label edition, you could potentially see upwards of $75 to $309 for a complete, ungraded game.
The black label Playstation 3 game (in full, complete order) is the one collectors want the most. If you have one and are looking to sell, wait until closer to the release of the movie in February of 2022. If you’re looking for a quick flip, now is the time to buy.
But what about the other Uncharted games? Unfortunately, since we don’t know the actual plot of the film, it’s safe to say it will most likely pull from the first game. That’s not to say the other games can’t be of value — they just won’t be as in demand as the first installment.
Recently a copy of Uncharted 3 with a VGA grade of 93 went for $306 — which tells me that if you’re looking to make a profit, you should get a complete copy graded. The PlayStation Uncharted Consoles also seem to be big for collectors, with complete consoles selling for a median price of $200. Collectors’ editions of the games (steel booklets, etc) are also going for around $150, regardless of which Uncharted game you go for. If you’re looking to buy this game series to play, you’re also in luck. You can routinely find used copies for each Uncharted game for less than $10 on eBay. Want a graded copy? For now, you may need to get a copy graded yourself. While not rare, a graded Uncharted game isn’t easy to find.
While there isn’t a whole lot of data on this game series collectability, I wouldn’t shy away from investing in it. You won’t be putting out a lot of money to invest in this series, so at worse, you may break even on them.
But with the increasingly popular Tom Holland (and always-popular-with-the-older-crowd Mark Wahlberg) as the lead characters, we could see a booming interest in Uncharted, which could potentially increase the resale value of the first game. This movie may also be the first installment of a movie franchise, which will bring even more eyes to this popular series — and in turn, it could raise the collectability outlook for the other Uncharted games!
So what do you think? Is Uncharted the next collectible hit? Let me know in the comments below!
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