The Rarest and Most Valuable Sports Games

April 30, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Posted in Features | 2 Comments
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When one conjures up images of older sports games, they most likely think of a stack of sun-bleached PlayStation 2 games; victims of being sorted through and left to bake under the hot sun at a flea market or swap meet.  For years, the steady giants like Madden or FIFA have been mass produced across numerous gaming platforms, becoming nearly irrelevant just a year later when the next iteration is released.  Outside of a few classics that are still played (but worth hardly anything) through fan competitions or online leagues, the shelf life for sports games is incredibly short and the basic tenants of supply and demand dictate that many are worth just a fraction of their original retail price.

In thirty years of gaming, there are a small number of sports games that broke this mold and, for reasons that will be detailed, are rare and in some instances worth a considerable amount of money. In this piece that I wrote for, I looked across generations of gaming systems, including Japanese and European releases, in determining the rarest and most valuable sports games.

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  1. Of course, I have none of those…

  2. I just found 3D Baseball for the Saturn – was lumped into a generic price at a local Game Trader. Was $6.99 (but complete) and goes for $25+ online.

    That was one from my list that I had not seen in the wild. Couldn’t pass it up.

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