I Made $358 Selling 5 Video Game Boxes

Yes, just the boxes, plus a few manuals

Sam Cook

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A photo of the original box for Chrono Trigger on the Super Nintendo game system.

I knew that retro video game collecting was “a thing,” and that certain titles could bring in impressive sums. So while I was cleaning out some clutter that I didn’t want anymore a few months ago, I decided to check eBay to see if the five Super Nintendo game boxes I had framed were worth anything. I discovered these tucked away in a joystick box at my parents’ house a few years ago, and mounted them in a shadowbox as a decoration for my media room. I thought maybe I could get a little money for them from collectors. But I wasn’t prepared for the payout that I got.

It turns out that those boxes and a few manuals were worth hundreds of dollars, even without the games. Not all of them brought in big money, because some games are more sought after than others. But even the lowest-value game box brought in $10, which was a decent return for something I bought thirty years ago.

NBA Jam, box and manual — $10

A photo of the original box and manual for NBA Jameon the Super Nintendo game system.

Despite being the rare game that brought jocks and geeks together on a common playing field in high schools across the country in the 90’s, the NBA Jam box wasn’t a hot commodity. As a sports game with players from that era, it’s a bit more disposable in the long run.

Star Fox, box only — $15

A photo of the original box for Star Fox on the Super Nintendo game system.

I was a bit surprised that a game as iconic and well-known as Star Fox didn’t sell for more. But then there’s a later generation of gamers who associate Star Fox more with the Nintendo 64 sequel. And in general, the series hasn’t been a top seller compared to Nintendo’s other properties.

Yoshi’s Island, box and manual — $55

A photo of the original box and manual for Yoshi’s Island on the Super Nintendo game system.

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Sam Cook

Former writer for Tested.com and Geek.com, currently a technology professional, teacher, and father. I write about whatever is on my mind.