Californian picks up $9K for rare video game
The Eureka native auctions Kid Icarus for a nice payday
Scott Amos didn’t want to part with a lot of the items he accumulated as a child, so he left them with his mother at their family home in Eureka, CA when it was time to grow up and join the adult world. Boxes of old toys, baseball cards and even video games were stored for over ten years until his mother finally convinced him that it was time to unclutter her house. He picked up the boxes – five total – of toys, never knowing that one held a treasure. Now, Amos is $9,000 richer.
In the box, in its original sealed box with the original receipt was a near-mint copy of Kid Icarus, a video game from the 1980s that was developed for the NES. The game takes its name, and some of its inspiration, from the Greek god Icarus, with the description reading, “As Kid Icarus, your mission is to find the treasures, destroy Medusa and rescue Palutena from the depths of the Palace in the Sky.”
When Amos found the game, he contacted an auction house, Heritage Auctions, to see what it might be worth. The company’s consignment director, Valarie McLeckie, states, “It was incredible. It’s not something I expected to come across my desk so quickly after we started offering video games in our auctions. For somebody to have found a game that rare in that condition is just spectacular.”
There are reportedly only about ten copies in existence that still have their original packaging, making the copy Amos held extremely valuable. The game went to auction and it didn’t take long for a collector to snatch it up. Amos pocketed about $9,000 a short time later, which isn’t bad considering the game only cost his mother $38.45 in 1988.