The Legend of Zelda Sealed Copy Has Sold for $3.3K at Auction

Heritage Auctions has sold an unopened and graded copy of The Legend of Zelda for $3,360 after 30 bids from people wanting to get there hands on the classic title

Ever since The Legend of Zelda first made its appearance all the way back in Japan on February 21, 1986, firstly releasing on the Famicom Disk System and then later converted into a cartridge game for the NES, it has taken the world by storm. To this day, folks can’t get enough of Link and his many adventures, even receiving a video essay by Javed L Sterritt on his YouTube channel which looks at the Ocarina of Time‘s story, gameplay, and world.

It looks as though The Legend of Zelda won’t come to an end anytime soon, and rightly so, as an unopened copy of the original The Legend of Zelda went up for bidding at the Dallas based auction house Heritage Auctions which saw the classic title receive more than 30 bids from prospective buyers with one lucky individual grabbing the game at the end for a whopping $3,360. This particular copy of the Legend of Zelda was graded 9.4 by Wata Games and has a B+ seal rating. It’s not the original gold cartridge version, but the grey three-screw one of 1992 that came via the “Classic Series” reissue series.

According to eBay, you can usually pick up an ungraded version for around the $50 mark, but the high value of this one came down to its seal and the 9.4 grade. This Legend of Zelda copy isn’t the only big seller as Heritage Auctions has also seen the 1985’s Excitebike selling for $1,140 while a few other graded and sealed collectible titles sold big too, including Dragon Warrior for $660, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for $312, Wario’s Woods for $228, and Mega Man 5 coming in at a final price of $218. Time to check those basements and attics, folks!

Barry Sandoval, who is Heritage Auctions Vice President talks a little about how pleased he is with the results from the auction, stating “A lot of collectors are just as passionate about their childhood games, such as their trading cards or comics. We thought these certified games would do well, and we weren’t disappointed.”

Just to encapsulate further how much people love The Legend of Zelda, a fan by the name of Youyang Kong made an animated video of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and what made it an instant classic when it arrived nearly two years ago.

In the meantime, you can always take a look around your home and see if you have anything that might be worth putting up for auction as Barry Sandoval says that this auction was ” just the tip of the iceberg,” and Heritage will continue to “auction more every week”.



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Rachael Fiddis

Rachael, who is Deputy Editor, has been gaming for many years. Some of her favourite video games include The Witcher 3 and The Last of Us but also loves a good indie title. Gaming Culture is where her heart lies and spends many hours sieving through gaming fan art and cosplay displays. Other than gaming, Rachael is a book nerd and music lover.

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