How Much Are Original Atari 2600 Games Worth?


How Much Are Original Atari 2600 Games Worth?

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Have you ever come across some original Atari 2600 games and wondered if they were valuable at all? Maybe you or your friends own some and you were considering selling them, but want to see if any of them are valuable? Well we have the answers for you! 

So how much are original Atari 2600 games worth?

Although there are hundreds of games for the Atari 2600, the average price is only $20-$30. If you happen to have a rare game though, the prices can easily go up into the thousands of dollars. 

If you want to know what the rare games for the Atari 2600 are and their value, you will want to keep reading. You can also check out this video that will show you what the rare games are for the Atari 2600. 

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It is one thing to own Atari 2600 games, while it is an entirely different story to own the rarest and unique ones. I will say having all the original Atari 2600 collections is probably close to a million dollar asset. This is why owning the collection is something most people only dream about. 

Although the original 2600 has some games that are extremely rare that we will discuss below, most games are not that rare and only sell for a fair amount. However, if someone were to complete the entire 526 game collection, this would be basically a priceless collection as noone in the world owns the entire collection. 

Prices of original Atari 2600 games

BIRTHDAY MANIA: $6,500 – $16,000

This home video game was introduced to the game industry when it was still taking baby steps. It did however have a whole lot of commercial potentiality in it especially in the late 90s. This video game is sold /bought within the ranges of $6,500-$16,000. Yes, you read that right. Birthday Mania is a specific customized video game with title screens and a handy space on the label to write the receiver’s name. It is a customized birthday home video game which plays birthday songs and has a sound for blowing out candles too. Some people actually have the opinion that the game is not so great but it serves its purpose quite well.

However, there are just a few of the birthday mania Atari games available today. Very few were produced and owned by some Atari collectors. Just about 300 of this game  were produced and sold to the public. 

AIR RAID: $2,800 – $33,000

This is yet another valuable type of Atari 2600 game which is sold for an expensive chunk of money which should actually be part of a collector’s collection. Air raid was argued to be from South Africa, US or a Taiwanese hack which was sold in the states.

This game is about the player trying so hard to protect the city by shooting down enemies flying above him and trying to destroy his city, the player then launches his missile against the enemy’s ships to take them down. Scores are shown in a tabular form whilst the players compete with themselves. This game today sells for an incredible $2,800-$33,000!

According to estimates, there are only about 23 known copies of Air Raid from which only 10 were said to be found in the last five years. This need for collectors to add this piece to their collection is where the true value lies. That is why this game has become so rare to find and sells for so much money. 

Red Sea Crossing: $10,400-$14,000

In a way of trying to reform the gambling and corrupted children who were playing these video games, Red Sea crossing was introduced. It was one of the earliest Bible based games which was created by Steve Schustack in 1983. The price range of this game is between $10,400-$14,000. It was later discovered that Red Crossing was advertised in October 7, 1983 by the “issue of Christianity today” magazine. The Red crossing game is one of the rarest games to try and find. One owner even listed the game at for a few hundred thousand dollars! Some factors in the higher value is a better condition in which the game is found.

Gamma Attack: $6,000-$14,000

This is another original and valuable Atari 2600 game which was published in 1983. It was created by Gammation headed by a programmer called Robert L. Esken. This game centers around the gamer attacking tanks on the ground with a flying saucer to make good use of their rapid fire accessories. There were just a few cartridges produced and it sells for about $6,000-$14,000. One copy which is known to exist is in the hands of Anthony DeNardo. Initially, he didn’t know the value of this until he did some research and learned how valuable it is. He once placed it on auction for an extremely high price of $500,000. Although he didn’t expect it to sell, he did it to just bring attention to the game. 

Karate UltraVision Release: $12,000-$18,000

This game was developed and designed by Joseph Amelio (black belt holder). This UltraVision release was released with another game called the condor attack. Even though it was seen as one of the worst games in the Atari 2600 library, nobody has seen a boxed copy of the game surface. However, one in an excellent condition ranges between the ranges of $12,000-$18,000 if not more as it is the only one available. 

Pepsi Invaders: $815-$3,500

This Atari game was a result of the Pepsi challenge when there was the war between Coke and Pepsi. The 1970s and 80s were full of so many promotional fights between these two soda brands.

Below are some commercials from the Coke and Pepsi war. 

This game was commissioned as a revision of Space invaders by the Coca Cola corporation and was distributed to their executives at a sales conversion. There are only 130 of these games at most believed to have existed. The Pepsi Invader game ranges between $815-$3,500, as there were verified sales on eBay including a 2005 sale for $1,825, a 2010 sale for $2,125, a $3500 sale in 2013 and a $2000 sale in 2017.

The game is centered on the player shooting invading letters that says PEPSI and a flying logo that replaces the flyer at the top of the screen. The game also has a 3-minute timer to test the player’s ability.

ELI’S LADDER: $750-$2,400

This Atari 2600 game is the rarest educational game that has ever been designed. It was produced by Simage and aimed at boosting children’s mathematical skills. The player solves a math question and a correct answer helps Eli to climb a ladder which is supposed to take him to his ship so he can fly to the moon. There are about 15 copies circulating around and it is priced in the range of $750 – $2400. But if you are looking at one of these in your collection you will want to beware as there are quite a few of these that are not official copies. 

Conclusion

There are so many other original Atari 2600 games which are worth a reasonable chunk of money.  First we have the Music Machine ranging between $400-$2,200. Second is Cubic Color which sells for $1,200-$1,500. Third is Lochjaw which sells for $550-$6,500. Lastly is River Patrol that sells for $760-$4,000. On top of all of these, there are several other original Atari 2600 games that sell for a decent amount, but just don’t quite make the list.

Matt Robbs

There is nothing quite so enjoyable as bringing back memories from your childhood. We used to spend hours playing pinball in my friends basement and that really got me involved in everything retro!

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