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November 13, 2014 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

The Alamogordo Landfill auctions are completed for the first run of Atari detritus

How could I resist bidding? I couldn't, so I went so far as to bid $50 with the hope that no one else would be interested. That was not the case.

I was pretty excited about these discarded carts coming to auction. I understand that they are non-functional, crushed, and likely foul smelling. That's not really the point. This "garbage" is part of an urban legend that was discussed over many beers on many game nights. It's a part of Atari history!

If nothing else, these carts were buried in a landfill for 30+ years and they were found! They found them. Many will see this as money wasted on garbage, but were all different people and not everyone grew up with Atari.

My bid for a Defender cart excavated from the Alamogordo Landfill I was fairly sure the ET carts would break $!,000, but I have to admit I was surprised to see how far past 1K they went.

The lowest price was a Missile Command game that went for $157.50.
Missile Command from the Alamogordo Landfill The highest price was an ET game that went for $1,537.00.
E.T. The Extra terrestrial from the Alamogordo Landfill This first auction was only a sample of what the Tularosa Basin Historical Society has stated they will auction off. Their lot of ~100 games was to test the market and gauge the price they will command. They have indicated they will auction off 800 more carts. It's hard to say if they will do this in smaller lots or simply begin posting items and see how it goes. I don't believe they've released any strategy or clues.

E.T. carts from the first Atari Landfill auction on eBay surpassed $1,500 for a single game


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