Sales of unearthed Atari games total more than $100,000

drlegendre . drlegendre at
Sun Aug 30 00:28:33 CDT 2015

Not to drag this out, but..

How might a collector discern a "landfill" E.T. cart from any other E.T.
cat that some snarky guy buried in the clay of his back forty?

Is it down to the "Cert of Auth"? Or is there some other tell-tale, like a
serial series, board runs, or molding marks?

Pardon my nag, but the value aspect seems so vague.

On Sat, Aug 29, 2015 at 11:37 PM, <ethan at> wrote:

> Have the prices for 2600 E.T. carts climbed over the years, or is these
>> buyers paying a premium to own a "Genuine landfill ATARI E.T. game,
>> complete with certificate of authenticity" etc.?
> General ET carts are cheap AFAIK. The landfill ones are special.
> Thing is, the article mentions only a few hundred carts. Rumor had it that
>> many thousands of carts were dumped, and realistically, such an operation
>> would never have been worth the while to dispose of only a few hundred, or
>> maybe a couple thousand carts.
> There were rumors of tons of them, but what they found was warehouse
> excess and I don't think it was that much of it.
> There are a few documentaries made on it. One was a full movie from the
> Angry Video Game Nerd (people have been bugging him to review ET for a long
> time.) Then there were a few others, should be on youtube.
> If you're interested in Atari 2600 history, I also recommend the
> documentaries "Stella At 20" and the Stella at 20 part two. It was a 20th
> birthday party for the 2600 held at Noland Bushnells house (the first part,
> 2nd was additional people off site.) Lots of interesting insight into the a
> machine that changed the world.

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