Your sealed copy of Outback Joey weeps.
In a tweet yesterday, Goldin Auctions cited a record breaking sale for a WATA-graded sealed copy of Sonic 1 for Genesis. The 9.4 rated box had a final auction price of $430,500, making it their highest recorded Genesis game sale, according to the tweet.
This comes at a time when the outrageous value of WATA-graded games sold on high-end auction sites is under skepticism following record breaking sales of high-graded but otherwise common games such as Super Mario Bros. for NES and Super Mario 64 for Nintendo 64.
Goldin Auctions itself specializes in auctioning sports memorabilia; however, the site does run auctions for sealed games and rare hardware. Other Genesis game sales on record include a sealed copy of Sonic 2, graded 9.6, for $6,600, a first production copy of Sonic 3, graded 9.6, for $7,995, and weirdly, a copy of Shaq Fu, graded 9.6, for $2,280.
Meanwhile, my copy of Genesis 6-Pak languishes at $5. I mean, come on. It’s got six games, including Revenge of Shinobi!