New Study Reveals the Hidden Gaming-Gems Worth a Fortune

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  • Slotswise reveals the card games, video games and gaming consoles you could own that are worth up to $85,100
  • Investing in retro games for the future? Trends predict how much they could be worth by 2050

  • Own a copy of Stadium Events on Nintendo? Its current sale price is more than $30,000

We’ve all heard of retro-tech and old school games that have ended up being worth a fortune, whether it’s a 1st Edition Shadowless Charizard that sold for $360,000 at auction or an original gaming console – so could you potentially have a gold mine hidden in the loft?

Slotswise has produced a study looking at how much your retro games are worth in 2021 and what they could be worth should you be wanting to make an investment for a future sale.

Taking into account the product release price, release date and current price, a prediction for 2050 was made based on its increase in value over time.

Blue Eyes Shining Dragon Retro Pack Could Be Worth $30,000 by 2050

The study analysed gaming cards such as Pokemon and Yu Gi Oh to find the top 10 most profitable. When looking at the top five alone, the average predicted percentage price increase by 2050 is 162%.

Rank

Game

Release Date

Release Price ($)

Current Value ($)

2050 Prediction ($)

% Increase to Current Value

% increase to 2050 Value

1

Blue Eyes Shining Dragon Retro Pack

2009

$2.50

$9,000

$30,743.96

359900%

241.60%

2

Blue Eyes White Dragon First Edition PSA 10

2002

$2.50

$85,100

$214.985.66

3403900%

152.63%

3

Red Eyes B. Dragon 1st Edition

2002

$2.50

$13,600

$34,354.08

543900%

152.60%

4

Base Set 1 Charizard #4

1999

$2.50

$15,000

$34,769.43

599900%

131.80%

5

Base Set 1 Blastoise #2

1999

$2.50

$2,000

$4,633.07

79900%

131.65%

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Blue Eyes Shining Dragon Retro Pack is the most profitable pack you can find. Released in 2009, the card sold for just $2.50 but if you were lucky enough to pull this particular pack, it could be with up to $9,000 today.

Would you be tempted to sell if you do own one, or is it better to hold out a little longer? According to the analysis, if the pack continues to rise in value at the same rate, it could be worth more than $30,700 by 2050 – a 241.6% increase.

Another stand-out card is the Base Set 1 Charizard #4, which when released as a pack, sold for $2.50. Now, the card itself is worth a staggering $15,000 and could be worth up to $34,769.43 by 2050.

Shantae Shows a 150% Increase in Value by 2050

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If video games are more of your style, there’s plenty of opportunities to make money from your collection. The research also looked at retro video games across a number of operating systems to find which have seen the highest increase in value from their release date.

Rank

Game

Release Date

Release Price ($)

Current Value ($)

2050 Prediction ($)

% Increase to current Value

% Increase to 2050 Value

1

Shantae

2002

$30

$1,863.42

$4,661.81

6111.41%

150.17%

2

Harvest Moon

1996

$54.99

$609.93

$1,253.65

1009.16%

105.54%

3

Mega Man V

1994

$30

$948.20

$1,934.42

3060.68%

104.01%

4

Earthbound

1994

$70

$1,160.58

$2,331.95

1557.97%

100.93%

5

Stadium Events

1987

$40

$36,753.33

$68,067.64

91783.33%

85.20%

Shantae, released in 2002, proves to have the highest increase in resale price if it continues to rise in value. At its current rate, it will be worth $1,253.65 in 2050. With a release price of $54.99, its current value has jumped to more than $600.

A noticeable standout game from the study was Stadium Events for Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Released in 1987 for a then retail price of $40, the game has seen a huge leap in its collectable prowess. If you own a copy of the game, 2021 prices are showing it to be more than $36,000 – a 91783% increase.

Just 2 of the Top 5 Games Consoles Show an Increase in Value

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However, not all retro tech is profitable. When looking at video game consoles, just two of the eight studied have seen an increase in value since their launch price.

If you happen to own a Nintendo 64 Gold Edition, its current value is $775.80 – an increase from its release price of $199. Based on its current trajectory, in 2050, the console could be worth up to $1,445.02.

The original GameBoy is also a console that would see you make a profit. Released in 1989 at a price of $89.99, its current value is $128.82, increasing to a potential $164.01 in 2050.

As the study shows, the second-hand gaming industry is a very desirable place for those looking to sell old games. With prices in the thousands, it might be a good time to start digging out your old stock.

You can full the full study here: https://www.slotswise.com/past-present-and-future-gaming-investments/

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