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

Tothwolf tothwolf at
Sun Aug 30 20:09:29 CDT 2015

On Sun, 30 Aug 2015, drlegendre . wrote:
> On Sun, Aug 30, 2015 at 1:41 PM, Ali <cctalk at> wrote:
>>> 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?
>> Not that I am expert or anything but my understanding is that the ET 
>> cart is extremely rare to begin with. In fact the landfill collection 
>> is the largest supply of the cart to be injected into the market.
> A quick search of eBay would correct your 'understanding'. There are 
> dozens of copies for sale, many with boxes and manuals. They start at 
> about $5.00.
> The game is very common, and generally considered worthless. It's a 
> joke, possibly the "worst video game ever made" - up there with Superman 
> 64 for N64.

When I used to buy Atari stuff at resale shops to build my own collection 
(back in the early to mid 1990s when people were practically giving away 
2600 stuff), ET seemed to be pretty common. It wasn't nearly as common as 
Pac-Man or Pitfall! or a pack-in game like Combat, but I saw them 
frequently. I gave/traded away quite a few copies of ET but kept at least 

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