Remarkable Auctions: Another Mixed Bag

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ZorkmidZorkmidI'm back from vacation and again have a big remarkable auctions catch up post. This time I look at recently closed auctions for The Elder Scrolls: Arena - Deluxe Edition (PC DOS), Stack-Up (NES), Ultima (Apple II), The Witness (Apple II), and Zork Trilogy (Amiga):

The Elder Scrolls: Arena - Deluxe Edition (PC DOS), 1994, Bethesda Softworks -- Sold for $449.44 plus shipping and handling. This one took a lot of people by surprise. While The Elder Scrolls is still a very popular series, and in fact Skyrim is one of the most anticipated upcoming holiday releases, there was nothing particularly noteworthy about this particular example of Arena, other than the possible fact that this Deluxe Edition appears to have factory 3.5" disks instead of the CD, though of course this auction includes the CD as well. Even with that unusual caveat, $450+ is a LOT of money for something that is typically considered relatively common. I personally don't own any boxed variation of Arena.

Stack-Up (NES), 1985, Nintendo -- Sold for $316.00 plus shipping and handling. This one always sells for a pretty penny, but not quite that pretty. While this is not quite as remarkable as Arena's final sale price, I still think this is around $100 over its usual value. Stack-Up of course is one of only two games released in North America for use with Nintendo's infamous Robotic Operating Buddy, better known as R.O.B. A combination of easy-to-lose plastic pieces, relatively short production run, and internal Famicom cartridge adapter make Stack-Up one of the NES's rarest and most sought after North American titles complete in box, and certainly this latest sale price reflects that. To get around the rarity thing, I personally procured the Famicom version of the game, which is both easier and cheaper to find complete.

Ultima (Apple II), 1980, California Pacific -- Sold for $709.00 plus shipping and handling. While the 1986 Origin re-release and update of Ultima I sells for between $50 - $100 usually (and the Sierra port for the Atari 8-bit from 1983 even more), the original California Pacific version is obviously worth the most, and of course is simply "Ultima" because there were no other games in the series at the time. Being in a baggie and from 1980 alone would have meant this would have sold for quite a bit, let alone being the first true entry in a legendary series. I only own the 1986 Origin remake of this game, boxed, for the Apple II.

The Witness (Apple II), 1983, Infocom -- Sold for $100.00 plus shipping and handling. This is perhaps the least remarkable of this posting's remarkable auctions, but it still sold for a higher-than-usual price; I estimate somewhere around $25 above its usual value. At the same time, this particular example of The Witness is in very good shape overall and is the original, non-grey box version, though there's no telling what revision the actual software is based on the listing. I personally own the standard boxed version for the TI-99/4a, which contains the same feelies, just not in the original sleeve.

Zork Trilogy (Amiga), 1986, Infocom -- Sold for $230.00 plus shipping and handling. Again, there must be something in the eBay water of late, because this one sold for almost $100 above its usual value. While the Zork Trilogy is just a compilation of Infocom's best selling series, it's the only version of the Zork games that has a feelie, a Zorkmid coin, which is where its value is derived. I do not personally own Zork Trilogy, just the original versions of the games.

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clok1966
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Captain Goodnight I wanna see

Captain Goodnight

I wanna see one of you guys play that one and record it.. I loved that game.. but its OLD school hard.. and on top of hard its evil :)

Bill Loguidice
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Captain Goodnight
clok1966 wrote:

Captain Goodnight

I wanna see one of you guys play that one and record it.. I loved that game.. but its OLD school hard.. and on top of hard its evil :)

It's a tough game to acquire, unfortunately, which is why I was so excited thinking I had scored one...

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