He received his first video game, Cosmic Avenger, when he was 12 years old, and 31 years later he sold his world record collection of over 11,000 games for a cool $750K. Michael Thommason listed his record setting collection on the video game auction site GameGavel, and received a total of 56 bids, with a winning bid of $750,250.
Working at several video game stores for over 25 years had helped Thommason amass the humongous collection, and last December he received official recognition from Guiness that his collection of 10,607 unique video games was the world’s largest. He obliterated the previous record from 2010 of 8,616 games and had added even more games since then to surpass 11,000. Thommason estimated that at least a quarter of the games were sealed and that over 8,000 games were complete.
While the collection including all of the top tier games from the NES, SNES, Genesis, PlayStation, etc., it also included games from forgotten systems like the Virtual Boy, Bandi/Apple Pippin, Atari Lynx, and Phillips CD-I. He originally estimated that the collection was worth around $700,000-$800,000 (good guess). Oculus Rift inventor Palmer Luckey bid twice on the gargantuan collection. The winning bid amounts to just over $68 per game.
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