Man Finds Sealed Copy of Kid Icarus in His Attic, Promptly Sells it For Thousands of Dollars
Nintendo games sell for what Sega games don't.
There’s nothing better than reaching into your pocket and finding a couple of bucks that you forgot you placed there earlier. For one Scott Amos of Reno, Nevada, though, he just stumbled onto a much more extreme version of this scenario.
When rummaging through his attic recently, Amos came across a bag that happened to contain the 1987 release of Kid Icarus for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The game was still sealed in its original packaging and even contained the original receipt from JCPenney which, at the time, went for $38.45. What Amos soon realized afterward though was that he had essentially happened upon a miniature goldmine.
As it turns out, Kid Icarus is one of the rarest games to find from the NES era in its original packaging like this. As such, the copy of the game that Amos now had in his possession was potentially worth thousands.
“I can remember the game. My neighbor down the street had it. I remember it being hard, and I was never that good of a gamer guy,” said Amos, the self-proclaimed gamer guy. The receipt that was found with the game contained a date of December 8, 1988, leading Amos to believe perhaps this copy of the game was meant as a Christmas present that was tucked away and accidentally forgotten about. “(My mom) thinks she put it there and never got it back out, and then it ended up in the attic.”
Amos ended up posting the game on Heritage Auctions’ website for sale where it was rated an 8/10 for the condition it was in. The auction ended last night and the copy of Kid Icarus reportedly sold for over $9,000. Not too shabby for something Amos probably didn’t even know he owned just a couple weeks back. Amos says he’ll likely splurge and go to Disney World with his family and the newfound money.
So what’s the moral of this story? Well, you should probably clean out your attic. You never know how many thousands of dollars in unfound goods may lie up there. And even if you don’t find anything, well, at least you’ll now have a clean attic. I’m sure Marie Kondo would appreciate you.