Ultra-rare Atari 2600 game nets more than $10K for Texas Goodwill

Among the Atari 2600’s rarest video games — a third-party entitled called Air Raid, understood for the distinct T-shaped manage on its cartridge — just recently brought more than $10,000 at auction to Goodwill shops for Dallas and the North Texas area.

Alex Juarez, a Goodwill e-commerce processor, discovered the video game in a bin of unsorted, contributed video games and toys. Juarez, in the video above, discusses that he acknowledged the uncommon cartridge however consulted his dad to be sure it was an important discover. Sure enough, it was.

“He sent me back a really exciting text [saying,] ‘You found Air Raid!’” Juarez states.

After investigating what they discovered, Juarez and his manager noted the cartridge for auction on Goodwill’s site. After a week of bidding, it brought $10,590.79.

That is practically triple the most current cartridge-only sale of the collector’s product — a $3,575 sale of Air Raid on eBay in 2011. In 2012, a sealed copy of Air Raid (consisting of cartridge, box, and user’s manual) brought $33,433.30 for its owner.

GameRant, in a list upgraded last month, states just 5 sales of Air Raid (as a collector’s product) are understood, making it an exceptionally uncommon discover and provide. Goodwill stated in a press release that “only 12 copies of the game have previously been found and sold.”

Goodwill stated the cash from Air Raid’s June 17 sale “can provide day habilitation services for a year for one adult with disabilities; or provide 20 homeless individuals with job placement services and community resources; or help 10 at-risk youth earn their GED and a paycheck at the same time.” Goodwill, an across the country not-for-profit established more than 110 years earlier, utilizes the sale of contributed products at its thrift shops to supply job training and work services to those in requirement.

In 2013, a North Carolina lady discovered a copy of the ultra-rare NES video game Arena Occasions at a Goodwill in Charlotte. After attempting to offer it to a regional video game shop (which couldn’t manage to pay her what it deserved) it was noted for auction at $12,000. A sealed copy of that video game offered in 2015 for $35,100.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.