9:56 AM PDT, July 9, 2021
A carton containing a bunch of old video games that made its way to the Goodwill store in North Central Texas included an Atari game that has been sold at auction for a whopping $10,590.79.
The premise of 1982’s Air Raid Atari 2600, manufactured by Men-A-Vision, revolves around players taking control of an airship defending Earth.
“Very few copies of the game were released, making it incredibly sought after by retro video game collectors, despite its lackluster gameplay,” Liz Confiliano, Director, Community Engagement at Goodwill North Central Texas told Inside Edition Digital.
Confiliano said that they don’t know the person who made the donation and said the donor was most likely unaware of the game’s value.
“Only 13 known copies exist,” she said.
In early June, Alex Juarez, a Goodwill North Central Texas’ e-commerce item processor, was the one who spotted the rare find. Juarez was searching through donated video games and saw the Atari game that had a distinct T-shaped handle design and light blue coloring.
Juarez said he called his father, who is a video game enthusiast, who confirmed that that particular game was something special.
Juarez’s father was right.
On June 10, the auction began on the ShopGoodwill North Central Texas site. The auction lasted for seven days and included a bidding war with a total of 34 bids, Confiliano said.
On day one, the bi
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‘Holy Grail’ of Atari Games Found Donated at Texas Goodwill Sells for a Whopping $10K