I went to Value Village today. A couple months back, I bought about a dozen Intellivision carts with overlays & manuals (no boxes) in a bundle for $0.50 each (about $6 total). This seemed like a good deal, even though I only needed about half of them. Today I got in and they've got bundles of four Atari carts for $6.99! (About $1.75 each.)
I started to buy a package just for an Enduro manual, until I made out the price on it. Then I went up to the front and they had more bags behind the counter. Unfortunately, these had two rare carts I didn't have (in two separate packages, of course). I hated to encourage them by buying them, but for $1.75 I couldn't pass up (both for 2600):
- Frankenstein's monster (w/manual)
- Time Pilot (w/manual)
Hey, the Time Pilot seems to be a bit heavy. It's obviously not a prototype, though. Is this common for Time Pilots?
That's the brag. The anti-brag are the other six carts I had to buy:
- Ice Hockey (w/manual)
- Missile Command (w/manual)
- Phoenix (w/manual)
- Vanguard (w/manual)
- Wizard of Wor (w/manual)
At least the Wizard of Wor is in better shape than my current copy. And I didn't have the manual for it.
Lastly, I picked up a book called The Home Computer Wars: An Insider's Account of Commodore and Jack Tramiel by Michael S. Tomczyk for $0.50. It should be interesting reading about the man who destroyed Atari. (There's a book title for you!) In fact, the book ends right after Tramiel's takeover. First I gotta read Hackers that I got back at Christmas, though.
I've already learned something from the back cover. Mr. Tramiel is a Holocaust survivor. Interesting.
[I later found out that the book was probably a better brag than the cartridges. It's apparently much sought, yet hard to find. — 18 June 2010]