I finally managed to buy a first edition of Pinball The Gottlieb Collection . This cdrom-based game was released before 2005, therefore, there exists a white-strip version which is much rarer that the non-white-strip release

(reprints). I had the reprint in my colection and I received the first-edition today to replace it.

Sealed or RESEALED video game tips, what to look for

I found this neat little article in the ebay guides. Not exclusively related to sealed PS2 collecting but it is good, sound advice about collecting and ebaying any type of sealed video game. 

Some video games (especially the older 'retro' ones) can certainly go for quite cheap, even if they are in mint condition complete with box and manual.  However, the value of a game can increase 1000% if the game is 'factory sealed' - these can be worth their weight in gold to collectors.  But just think - if people can buy a complete Legend of Zelda for 20 bucks, reseal it and sell it for $500, well, thats too much of a temptation for some.  How can you tell if someone is selling you a resealed game? 
In this case, Nintendo has the infamous 'horizontal sealing line' across the back, but this is certainly not impossible to reproduce with a little practice.  So, what else can you look for?
Common sense ought to be your guide here, so look at the overall picture:
  What does the shrinkwarp look like?  Is it neat, professional? Or are there sloppy, loose corners? Lots of wrinkles?
Is there a price tag?  Do you recognize the tag (Toys R Us, Babbages, KayBee...)?  What shape is the tag in?  Are there signs of wear or fading, or does it look like it was printed yesterday?  Does the pricing on the tag make any sense? For example, a game might go for $51.00, or $51.99, but who has ever seen a game go for $51.82?  Are all of the seller's games showing the same price tag?  While its possible that the seller did get all of their games from the same source, taken in to account with other factors it can be a little suspicious.
Is there a hang tab?  What shape is it in?  Are there signs that it was ever used to hang the game?  Does it look its age, or does it look brand new?
Try to get a good look at the edges and corners of the box beneath the shrinkwrap.  Are there any signs of wear or rubbing that would indicate that that box has had some use prior to being wrapped?  The 'hinge' on the lids of boxes is an excellent place to check, and the corners along the bottom also.
These are just some things to think about.  While it is entirely possible that someone 25 years ago had the foresight to seal NES games in a vacuum bag or similar to protect the price tag/hang tag, or that some local store accidentally marked games at $42.85, or that Nintendo turned out a few sloppy sealing jobs - the odds are not high.  So, also consider your seller:
What is the sellers feedback?  If there are any negatives/neutrals - does it concern fraud?  Keep in mind that if the seller is limiting his cheating only to sealed games he may never be found out.  Most people will not spend $200 on a sealed game and then open it just to see if it looks tampered with, or kick off a foreniscs investigation to see if the box has ever been opened..
Check the sellers buy/sell history.  If they have bought a shrinkwrap machine or a price tag maker, you might want to be a little more careful when dealing with this seller.  If they have just bought the same games (unsealed) as you are now seeing for sale sealed...well....you have been warned.
Good Luck!

Special edition dot.hack//GU vol.1 rebirth (with figure)


 Here`s a cool ps2 special edition that is not seen often on ebay. I don`t have it, and there was one on ebay the other day - it ended up selling for about 200$ at auction. This is probably rarer than a sealed Marvel Vs. Capcom 2, yet, less popular. The other dot.hack//GU games do not seem to have special editions as far as I know.

Upgrading my collection

Trigger Man  reprint and original release
     When I realized that a few of the games in my collection were reprints, I set out to buy the original releases on ebay (and, lucky me, reprints and original releases tend to sell at the same price nowdays). Today I received the original release of Trigger Man . While the two games (the reprint and the original) were one my table, I weighted them, proving my earlier assumption that original copies are heavier than reprints of the same exact game. This can be explained by the type of case that was used at the time (the original sony cases with a memory card slot) versus the lighter, more eco-friendly cases used at the end of the playstation 2`s lifetime.  The original release weighted 131 grams and the reprint 96.

Playstation 4 Press Release (February 20th)

     Sony has announced several weeks ago that there will be a press release February 20th about the upcoming Playstation 4. You can actually sign up to be "the first to know" on their website.

     Now, I can`t wait to hear about what they`re up to. To be honest, I am expecting bad news from both Microsoft and Sony, let me explain ; one rumour that has been circulating is that the games will come with a code (like PC games) meaning that the game you buy will become worthless once the code has been used. What?? They expect us to buy a game at full price and they will will not be able to resell it??. What about those, like me, who collect sealed games? Will the code still work 20 years from now?.

    This is completely ridiculous and please tell me it won`t be this way. If it is, then goodbuy Microsoft and Sony, I`m turning to Nintendo (I already own the Wii U and the gamepad is kinda cool, if you don`t believe me try Arkham City Armored Edition...). Its just a rumour for now, but should I be surprised? They are already selling downloadable games thru their own marketplace, games that become virtually worthless once you`ve paid for them, as you can`t resell them or give them away after you`ve played them. And people seem to buy that kind of crap, without realizing that they`re really flushing their money down the toilet! I tried convincing one of my friends to stop wating his money on the Xbox marketplace on downloadable games that he won`t be able to resell, and he doesn`t understand me.

     For them (Sony and Microsoft), its pretty convenient ; they will eliminate the middle man (Think about EB games/Gamestop for example) and will probably sell more new products by eliminating the used games market. But I think they are making a huge mistake because by doing the exact same thing as PC games makers what now will differentiate their consoles from PC`s ? After all, pretty much every household in North America has a PC now, why would consumers buy a 600$ piece of hardware if its going to do the same as their computer?

     I really hope this is just a rumour, and I look forward to that press release, although I believe that they will avoid the subject until the last minute (maybe they`ll wait until they`ve actually sold a few million consoles to bring us the bad news). If their games aren`t fully functionnal (and resellable), then they`re going to loose me for good. No way I`ll ever pay for a downloadable game or a anything that is restricted by a stupid code!

Here`s another reprint I found in my collection

Mojo! (2003) reprint. 
     I have found another reprint in my collection. The game is Mojo! This title was released in 2003, and the original version had the white strip/sony hologram. Luckily, there seems to be plenty of them (the original) on ebay and they are selling at about the same price as the reprint.

Unique Football PS2 collectible on ebay

Arena Football Combo Pack (front)
     I was looking thru ebay auctions for sealed ps2 games yesterday , when I came across this cool collectible. I have never seen that before, and there doesn`t seem to be any reference to it anywhere on the internet. Its not available on Amazon either.

Arena Football Combo Pack (back)
     From what it says on the box, this was a JC Penney exclusive ; the bundle includes one copy of Arena Football : Road to Glory and a hooded sweatshirt. I have no idea if this is rare or not, but there doesn`t seem to be anyone selling this bundle anywhere on the internet, so I presume that this was a very limited item.

Crash Twinsanity (2004). Does anyone have the original release?

Crash Twinsanity (reprint)
     This is another game that is in my collection, and when I took the photo yesterday I noticed it was the "not for resale" reprint and not the real deal. This game is listed as being released in 2004, so the original release should have the white strip/sony hologram. I looked all over the internet and could not find one picture of the actual thing. On ebay, every copy is the reprint version, and there is no original release for sale or in the completed listings.

Came across a reprint in my collection...

My copy : Its a reprint!

     Just as I was taking photos of a few of my games, here a game I never really cared about Pinball Hall of Fame : The Gottlieb Collection . I noticed from the back of the back that this was released in 2004. I looked around on the internet and sure enough, this is a 2004 release so my copy is not an original, its a reprint (it doesn`t have the white strip/sony hologram ).

     The Amazon stock photo for Pinball Hall of Fame : The Gottlieb Collection shows the original release with white strip/sony hologram. But I doubt this is what buyers get when they buy the game from them!


     I just added a slideshow of my personal sealed PS2 collection. Its on the right in the sidebar. It will take me some time to take a photo of every game that I own but I should be able to have them all in a couple weeks. I took a picture of the front and back of every game.

The RDI Halcyon : Rarest videogame console ever made

     This baby is the holy grail of video game collecting and for good reasons ; it is owned by only a handfull of known collectors around the world.
RDI Halcyon : Suggested retail price 2500$

     The RDI Halcyon was invented by the same guy who gave us Dragon`s Lair, Rick Dyer. It was meant to play games on laserdiscs, but the discs came with a cartridge so to play a game, you needed the laserdisc and the cartridge. Only two games were released with the console, Thayer`s Quest and NFL Football. 

    It is said that less than 75 consoles were ever produced (suggested retail price was 2500$, in 1985!), as RDI 
video systems went out of business right after the release.

Look on the bright side...

     I was browsing this database of 2048 NTSC playstation 2 titles this morning and I was curious as to how many sports games there were in there. So I calculated them and came to this conservative estimate of 421 sports games, that is nearly 25% of the entire PS2 database. I think this number is an undervalue ; I left aside the titles I wasn`t 100% sure about and did not include most of the racing games. If I did, the estimate might be well over 500.

    But. just deducting 421 from 2048 gives me 1627 titles.

    Since I don`t really buy sports games, and believe they will always be cheap since nobody wants them, I will only be struggling for the 1627 titles, not for 2048.

    But there`s more, out of these 1627 there are an awfull lot of cheaps games, kids games, girls games, greatest hits versions (and a few variations of the same titles) - also the guitar hero and rock bands titles. 
Substract all of these low quality-cheap ps2 releases and you will be left with a more gentle number. 

    I haven`t really calculated that right now, but my belief if that that library of quality games on the PS2 might just be less than a thousand. Since I already own more than 300, then I am not very far from my long term objective by looking at it this way...