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How Absolute Dead Mint Pristine Affects Prices

Can I coin the term ADMP? When selling stuff myself, I try to avoid the term mint as I find it extremly subjective. What some people call mint, other would only call acceptable. However, there is a trend in collecting over the past few years where people are either upgrading or starting collecting only absolutely mint condition CIB games.Not a big deal right? Well the price difference you are looking at for this type of collecting is extreme.

Case in point, this SNES Super Mario World is already at $150+ with a day to go.

One of the best (or worse) examples of this are the NES Black Box games.

I’ll do a follow up post some time soon with some more examples.

Bottom line is that if you have a really minty game, it’s in your best interest to market it as such.


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  1. More likely, this is a case where the Super Mario World box that is not a Player’s Choice release is surprisingly rare. Although it being in good shape helps the price, I think that the rarity of it makes it valuable.

  2. I tend to use “mint” as a search term to find the stuff in best condition, but I agree that “mint” is definitely a subjective term.

    Even if the item is listed as mint, I usually won’t bid/buy unless the item has a good set of hi-res photographs showing the corners and other easily damaged parts of an item. If all the seller has is a single blurry top-down shot I just ignore the auction as you’re at the mercy of their definition of “mint”. It also annoys me when Super Famicom games are listed as mint when they’re missing the plastic bag for the cartridge.

    Still, I’ve bought some nice condition SFC games recently, but I’m still looking for a “mint” JP Mario World… 😉

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