Remarkable Auctions: The great eBay videogame and computer catch-up post

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Bruce LeeBruce LeeAs you probably know, I've been rather busy lately with various book projects, so I've fallen behind on my "Remarkable Auctions" postings. This post, discussing several recent eBay auctions, should make up a bit for that:

Bruce Lee ($100 plus shipping and handling): Datasoft's 1984 action platformer classic, Bruce Lee, always goes for a decent price, but this particular auction ended at roughly double what a complete example usually goes for. The fact that this is a sealed Commodore 64 and Atari 8-bit flippy version no doubt helped the final sale price. The only complete version I personally own is for the Atari 8-bit. All other versions are loose or copies.

Starcross ($282.55 plus shipping and handling): Infocom's 1982 text adventure classic, Starcross, always sells for north of $100 in its original plastic saucer packaging, but this particular Atari 8-bit version, even though it's yellowed, went for quite a bit more. (Regret using the Starcross saucer as a Frisbee as a kid yet?) I only own the standard box version of this for the TI-99/4a and also have it as part of several Infocom compilations.

CP/M-86 ($295.00 plus shipping and handling): Though Microsoft's version of DOS gets all the glory, there were in fact two other operating system options for IBM's newly unveiled PC in 1981, including UCSD p-System and CP/M-86, the latter of which was the 16-bit 8086 version of what was the most popular 8-bit operating system standard of the day. DOS's low price and just good enough functionality won the war, and UCSD p-System and CP/M-86 are now historical footnotes and expensive collectibles. I have the boxed Digital Research version of CP/M-86, but no boxed versions of the UCSD p-System.

James Bond 007: A View to a Kill and James Bond 007: Goldfinger ($72.00 plus shipping and handling): James Bond 007: A View to a Kill (1985) and James Bond 007: Goldfinger (1986) were Mindscape's attempts (via developer Angelsoft) to bring the James Bond mythos to life via the text adventure. Though far more logical as a text adventure than something like Rambo: First Blood Part II, which I own for the Apple II, the James Bond games garnered a lot less notice than expected.

Survival Adventure ($131.50 plus shipping and handling): Though I don't know much about United Software of America's 1981 Apple II release, Survival Adventure, the fact that it's an early zip-loc baggie game is pretty much all any of us needs to know in relation to its value. Luckily, I have quite a few of those types of games in my collection, and, what they lack in polish and packaging, they make up for in historical importance.

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clok1966
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I still have my Bruce lee

I still have my Bruce lee complet fore the Apple.. Not perfect but ok shape.. and My Starcross frisbee complete (it is in good shape as I never cared for the game so it got played little).

Bruce Lee was a favorite of mine along with Sea Dragon, Conan, Rescue Raiders, and Captian Goodnight. (and of course all the RPG's). I dont think I would sell them.. and to think a year or so ago i was giving that stuff away.. and regereting it now.. Im sure those late 80's games will haunt me in times to come.. but I kept the really old stuff.

I dont believe I ever saw the 007 games (txt) or the Rambo one.

Chris Kennedy
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Awesome

Always love hearing about the remarkable auctions, Bill. And Rambo as a text adventure? Epic Win.

Sadly, I don't believe I have played any of the games on today's list.

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Bill Loguidice
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Chris Kennedy wrote:

Always love hearing about the remarkable auctions, Bill. And Rambo as a text adventure? Epic Win.

Sadly, I don't believe I have played any of the games on today's list.

Not even Bruce Lee? Big demerits for that one, Chris! ;-)

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Chris Kennedy
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Haha
Bill Loguidice wrote:

Not even Bruce Lee? Big demerits for that one, Chris! ;-)

I'm a slacker!

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Greg Johnson
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Great Game
Bill Loguidice wrote:

Not even Bruce Lee? Big demerits for that one, Chris! ;-)

+1 on this.

I probably spent more time loading Bruce Lee from my Atari Cassette than I did playing it - but it was worth every minute.

Matt Barton
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If only of us was a

If only of us was a millionaire! It'd be great to get us all together over at Bill's to play through some of these classics together. That's an old dream of mine.

Every time I've been able to get to Bill's, it's been a revelation in terms of game history.

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