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How to determins rare game value?

HoundxHoundx Registered User regular
edited April 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
I'm not a game collector but I have a complete copy of Ultima 1 for the Commodore 64. Since the game is so rare, I cannot find any resources to help determine the value. The only copy on ebay has a starting bid of $499 but that's a japanese copy for some wierd system and it does not include the coins. Checking completed auctions is no help because there haven't been any others for sale. Some info on the game can be found here, here, and here.

Unfortunately the box top is alittle rough, the bottom is better, but the materials inside are pristine. Here is a pic.

I know that in the end the value is whatever someone is willing to pay for it, but I'd like to get some kind of idea what's reasonable.

Thanks in advance.

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    vonPoonBurGervonPoonBurGer Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    This site maintains a list of Ultima collectibles. I'd recommend contacting him via the email address under the Feedback section, that's probably you best bet to find an estimated value.

    Personally, I'd totally keep it, those coins are slick.

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    HoundxHoundx Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Thanks for the advice. I'm not sure if I'm going to sell it or not, but I got laid off (grumble, grumble) and I really want a new camera so I'm checking out my options.

    I've got the ultima online charter edition and uo beta discs around here somewhere too.

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    The Crowing OneThe Crowing One Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Houndx wrote: »
    Thanks for the advice. I'm not sure if I'm going to sell it or not, but I got laid off (grumble, grumble) and I really want a new camera so I'm checking out my options.

    I know this wasn't the question asked, but if you really are considering selling a collectible to purchase a camera because you don't have a job I'd highly suggest selling the game and putting the money directly into savings. The day you get a new job buy that new camera. Otherwise, the camera can wait. This is assuming you don't have the financial stability to buy one right now.

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    SammyFSammyF Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Houndx wrote: »
    Thanks for the advice. I'm not sure if I'm going to sell it or not, but I got laid off (grumble, grumble) and I really want a new camera so I'm checking out my options.

    I know this wasn't the question asked, but if you really are considering selling a collectible to purchase a camera because you don't have a job I'd highly suggest selling the game and putting the money directly into savings. The day you get a new job buy that new camera. Otherwise, the camera can wait. This is assuming you don't have the financial stability to buy one right now.

    Unless you're a professional photographer and you need this camera to make money, this is a tremendously questionable financial decision.

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    HoundxHoundx Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    lol, thanks for the secondary advice and it's very good advice

    Financial stability really isn't a problem tho. We own both our cars outright, our mortgage isn't unreasonably high, we just made my daughter's last preschool payment (she goes to a semi-exclusive public school, so no tuition starting next year). Mortgage excluded, we have less than $1k debt and my wife has a good job.

    It's just that spending $1100 on a new camera right now seems like it would be irresponsible unless I could do it by getting rid of some things that I really don't want/need.

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    HoundxHoundx Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Unless you're a professional photographer and you need this camera to make money, this is a tremendously questionable financial decision.

    I was a journalist/photojournalist in the US Navy and I've made money as a photographer.. but I don't pursue it.

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    HoundxHoundx Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Now you guys have made me think unselfishly :P

    If I sell my junk, I'll just pay off the one credit card that still has a balance. Thanks!

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    SammyFSammyF Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Do me a favor before you go buy that camera, just because I've seen things like this happen to other people before:

    1. Put all of your monthly after-taxes income from your wife's job and your unemployment and any pension you may have from the USN on a balance sheet against your expenditures. If she can cover it outright, vaya con dios.

    2. If she can't cover it, put all of your after-taxes monthly income plus 1/12th of your savings on a balance sheet and see if that covers if. If that does work, it means you can stay above water for a year without finding a new job, which will hopefully be enough time. Realistically, expect to have to find a job within the next six months because there will be unexpected expenses.

    3. If that doesn't work, sell the game and put the money into a savings account, buy a six month CD with it, do something, anything except spend it until you have a new job.


    The most common contributing factor leading people to file for bankruptcy in America--even today--isn't the mortgage or the stuff you ought to be able to budget for, it's the unexpected massive expense you never had to budget for. Most frequenlty, this is a medical expense -- your little girl falls out of a tree in the backyard and suddenly you're paying for an emergency room visit, X-rays, an orthopedic specialist, casting, and rehab. Or the transmission on your car breaks, the warranty doesn't cover it and so you have to pay to have it replaced.

    Make absolutely sure you're prepared for the unexpected before you indulge an expensive hobby like this, at least until your household income picks back up again.

    EDIT: Oh, see you're already thinking about it. Yay!

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    The Crowing OneThe Crowing One Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Houndx wrote: »
    Now you guys have made me think unselfishly :P

    If I sell my junk, I'll just pay off the one credit card that still has a balance. Thanks!

    This sounds like an absolutely fantastic plan! A++ Would help again.

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