Throughout the world, especially in Japan, there are numerous fanatics of video games who amassed a collection which would be considered massive. For Michael Thomasson, that isn’t just a reality but also being on top for his collection of video games is honored to be the largest in the world which is recognized as a Guinness World Record.
But as of today, that claim can no longer be tagged to Michael Thomasson, for his collection has now been sold for $750,000!
According to Ars Technica, the world’s largest video game collection was put up was being auctioned off in GameGavel, a website that is similar to eBay, but is central to stuff gamers and geeks love. Thomasson described his collection to have over 11,000 games. He also has 100 consoles to go with his games too, but it isn’t stated if the consoles are included in the auction. The original bid was a measly $1, but soon it shot up over the course of five days. The final bid’s exact total: $750,250. If this does go through, the final bidder, who goes by “peeps_10091970” on GameGavel, will be new holder of the Guinness World Record.
Comparing this sale to the overall landscape of video games sold on the internet, this is actually a great investment. Michael Thomasson said that he made a regimented budget of $3000 per year, for the past 20 years, to accumulate the consoles and games for his collection. Mathematically, that is only $60,000, ergo his auction was a major success as his return is a little under 1300% of what he initially spent. It isn’t the most profitable auction though as a 7,000 game set, which included “complete” game collections for 22 popular systems, was reported to have sold for more than $1.2 million last year.
Michael Thomasson surely came out on top, but the question is why did he sell his collection? In a second article by Newsmax, he explains his reasons in a statement:
“”I simply have an immediate family and extended family that have needs that need to be addressed. While I do not wish to part with these games, I have responsibilities that I have made to others and this action is how I will help meet them. No worries, I’ve sold my collection many times in the past and still managed to capture Guinness’ attention, and it is entirely possible that I may again.”
This is actually a promise Thomasson can keep. He’s operated seven independent gaming stores during the 90s, worked for another chain for the last decade, and also operates Good Deal Games online since 1998. He has thousands and thousands of video games cross his path, which means he’ll eventually have the opportunity to be back on top, once again.
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