Scott Amos’ mom who lives in Reno, Nevada has been bugging him for the last 20 years to to get rid of his childhood junk that been cluttering her attic. He finally did, much to the joy of all his family and to the tune of $9,000.
When Amos perused through his childhood collection of stuff he found much to his surprise an unopened, shrink-wrapped cartridge of a Nintendo Entertainment System’s game called ‘Kid Icarus.’
It was still in a JC Penny shopping bag with the receipt of purchase dated December 1988. Amos was 9 years old at the time and thinks his mom bought to give it to him or his sister for Christmas but forgot to do so. His mom doesn’t remember why she bought it anymore but remembers spending around $34 for it. The receipt shows she actually paid $38.45 including taxes and fees.
Amos picked up his childhood collection on Mother’s Day and since then the game cartridge has been the center of conversation in his family.
Amos said he didn’t know anything about video games or if it was a collector’s item, but thought he would just check it out on ebay and thought maybe he might be able to sell it for a couple hundred dollars.
Amos, who is a mechanical engineer, remembers leaving it on the kitchen counter before going to work and later contacted Wata Games, which is a company in Denver that grades the condition of video games for collectors.
Wata Games’CEO Deniz Kahn said Amos had provided him with some photos and told Amos that if the cartridge was authentic it was pretty special and would be worth a lot of money.
Amos immediately called home and told his wife to put the cartridge somewhere safe out of the reach of his two small kids and their dog. Later he wrapped the cartridge up in tons of bubble wrap and sent it off by certified mail and a lot of insurance coverage to Wata Games in Denver.
After an evaluation which Wata Games charges a fee for, the cartridge was rated in excellent condition in spite of being in an attic for 30 years. CEO Kanz then recommended Heritage Auction to Amos and they then sold the game for $9,000.
Because it was not a sure thing as for whom Amos’ mother had bought the game – whether for him or his sister – the families decided to split the proceeds and take a trip to Disneyland taking along his mom and dad who had bought the game in the first place!