A Connecticut branch of Goodwill last week sold a factory-sealed copy of The Legend of Zelda for $411,278.
Donated anonymously (and probably now regrettably) to the nonprofit's Bridgeport, Conn., location, the classic Nintendo game attracted a lot of online attention.
Collectors flocked to Goodwill's digital shop—an eBay-esque auction site selling everything from antiques and jewelry to musical instruments and wedding accessories. And, after several bids were discounted due to alleged fraud, according to The Action Network, victor Eric Naierman snagged the $411,000 prize.
A Florida dentist, Naierman began stockpiling baseball cards in the early '90s, before moving on to factory-sealed video games—of which he owns about 250, including a sticker-sealed Mario Arcade and first-print Castlevania, and now an uponed version of Zelda.
Naierman beat 144 other bids to take home the rare find. And while the 35-year-old package did not include a grading certification, the collector estimates it at an 8 to 8.5 out of 10. As noted in the Goodwill product description, the plastic has scratches and smudges, with a partially peeled sticker, a small opening on one corner, and some dents in the box.
"Given what the first print in a higher condition went for," Naierman told The Action Network, referring to a sealed version that recently sold for a whopping $870,000, "we thought the market was around $600,000 for this." So $411,000 is a real steal.
Goodwill did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment, but The Action Network said proceeds from the Zelda sale will help the nonprofit open a career center in Stamford, Conn.
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