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December 3, 2014 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Another Alamogordo Atari landfill auction completed- this time I lost on a Yar's Revenge cart

At the outset of the latest City of Alamogordo auction of Atari games, excavated from their landfill, I had high hopes of getting a Yar's Revenge cart. Again... it wasn't meant to be. I was denied a Defender game in the first auction.

Yar's Revenge from the Alamogordo landfill It seemed that the initial phase of these carts was slower than the first auction. I was hoping that people might be wrapped up in holiday shopping and ignore the fact that another lot of Atari's history was on eBay.

I was in pretty good shape having started off at $35 for a loose cart. I was confident no one would notice this item and I'd sail clear through the process without a competing bid. [I can have dreams, right?] No such luck.

I'd love to have a part of Atari's history that was laying dormant in the dirt for a major portion of my life - my life as an Atari fanatic. See the connection? Sure, it's garbage. But one man's garbage is another's gold. I just want this one nugget. But I don't lose sight of it being garbage. Those $500 to $1,500 bids that took the top prize are out of my reach and far more than I'd want to pay.

I have a copy of the fabled ET game that I picked up long ago for a few bucks, but it would be fun to have any of the carts that were exhumed. I'm sure there will be more auctions, but either way, the whole excavation event was pretty cool and I'm glad was able to peer in via social media that day. I'm sure I'll post a bid in the next auction to see if I can't share in the filthy, foul-smelling game carts.

The Alamogordo certificate of authenticity for the excavated Atari games

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