Classic gaming merchandise can often hit obscene levels of pricing. Few would anticipate that it would reach the level of this particular limited edition Nintendo cartridge. Despite the missing label, it is apparently only one of 116 such cartridges that were made for the Nintendo Gaming System tournament in 1990. Yet, there is an even more valuable version in one of the 26 gold plated cartridges given to winners of the Nintendo Power contest in the same year.
The finals of the tournament saw competitors face a timed challenge of six minutes and 21 seconds in which to collect the highest score in three games. Collecting 50 coins in Super Mario Bros, completing a specially designed course on Rad Racer, and, finally, scoring at many points as possible in Tetris before the time expired.
Cartridges of this type have appeared on eBay before, with the last one selling for US$8356. Currently, the most recent sale has clocked in at US$99,902. Which means either these things are more valuable than ever, or game collectors are ridiculously rich.