My Top Vintage Video Game Picks: ComicConnect’s Signature Auction

by Lauren Sisselman

120822G-1024x536 My Top Vintage Video Game Picks: ComicConnect’s Signature AuctionIt’s hard to believe we are at the final ComicConnect auction of the year. This year, the popular auction house has sold millions of dollars worth of comics, posters, VHS’, and video games. For their final auction of the year, they’re giving collectors a spread of hard-to-find video games across all eras. I’ve picked out a few of my favorite vintage video games from years past, perfect for collectors looking to get the perfect holiday gift for someone — even if that person is you!

Donkey Kong for the Atari 7800

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In 1981 Nintendo released Donkey Kong for arcades and found the early platformer game to be an instant hit. After home consoles took over the video game world, Donkey Kong fans could play the game on the Nintendo Entertainment System, the Atari, the Game and Watch, and Colecovision. While you may not see a Donkey Kong game for the PlayStation now, it wasn’t that unusual in the late 1980s. Donkey Kong grossed Nintendo over $4 billion dollars across all of the aforementioned platforms.

This sealed 9.0 A+ WATA-graded copy does present well, despite an indent on the top of the box. This game has historical significance as it is the first appearance of Donkey Kong and Mario. Sales on this game have cooled as of late, but this is a game all video game fans should invest in. The one-year average for 9.0 copies is $510, making this an affordable buy.

Bomberman for the Nintendo Entertainment System

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Hudson Soft’s maze-based video game, Bomberman, was the first installment in the popular franchise of the same name. Originally released in 1983 for multiple computer systems, such as the NEC PC-8801 and the Fujitsu FM-7, Bomberman was brought to the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985. The most recent game, Amazing Bomberman, was released in August 2022 for the Apple Arcade.

This sealed 9.0 A+ WATA-graded game has retro appeal. The cover features a Bomberman in battle, with an overall blue cover. This game has serious mantle potential and deserves to be shown off. While Bomberman may not be a super popular character, this is an important game for fans of the series, and vintage video game enthusiasts. There are currently no sales data for 9.0 graded copies. For comparison, the one-year average for 9.2 graded copies is $780.

Sonic 3D Blast for the Sega Saturn

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Originally created as a way to say goodbye to the Sega Genesis, Sonic 3D Blast was the last Sonic game created for the 16-bit system. The game was also ported to the Sega Saturn as another Sonic game, Sonic X-treme was canceled for the console. The game also received its own comic one-off, published by Archie Comics. The game was well received, thanks to the gameplay and graphics. Some people may claim the game is awful now, but for those of us who enjoyed this game when it came out, it still holds a place in our hearts.

This sealed 8.0 B WATA-graded copy features a cartoonishly rendered Sonic against a 3D landscape. While there is no sales data for an 8.0 copy, the one-year average for an 8.5 is $359. This is great for people who collect Sonic, but if you’re looking to invest in this game, you may be sitting on it for a while.

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*Any perceived investment advice is that of the freelance blogger and does not represent advice on behalf of GoCollect.

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