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Atari 2600 R10 – Boxed Air Raid

Atari 2600 R10 -  Boxed Air RaidAs a true R10, the game is one of those items that normally go into a collectors hands and stay there, baring any unforeseen financial circumstances. As such, I`ve heard many people say that you only get a couple chances in life (if that many) to obtain one.

Atari collectors, while having an much higher overall number of extremely rare and expensive games, have games that seem to fetch significantly less that the in demand or rare counterparts for other systems – in general. Look at the NES Stadium Events madness for example. A much rarer game on the 2600 will fetch less. Maybe that`s seated in the fact of the quantity of expensive games, meaning that people willing to shell out the money for a cart such as Air Raid have probably shelled out decent money for 2600 games in the past, limiting their overall purchases. Who knows, it`s hard to say. Point is, for awhile it was hard for a 2600 game to break past several thousand and almost to impossible reach numbers you might see for the equivalent games for a system like the NES or Neo Geo. The past couple of years however, several games have come out of the woodwork and changed things.

As such an example, enter Air Raid. Loose around four years ago you were looking at $3,000.00. Then, enter the box. Which there was no confirmation of an existing copy until then.

The T Handle shape resembles several Brazilian releases, but does not match exactly any molding on the other games. This should indicated that the company who produced the game invested quite a bit of money getting the cartridge casing manufactured, instead of ordering them from one of the many companies that could have offered an existing design. Given that, one would expect a significant number to have been made, and the number of cartridges found to be higher.

I believe there are now five confirmed boxes and only one that included the instructions. Prices (if I remember correctly) have been $14K – $33K.

Latest copy is now on GameGavel here.

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  1. If I were to ever find a box of sealed air raid games. I would tell no one, lock them up in a safe and sell 1 every 5 years.

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