A New York resident that had been using his parents’ home to store an expansive video game collection has suffered an appalling loss this week.
An employee of J&L Game, a gaming store based out of New York City, New York, has realized that his mom has thrown out a substantial amount of a huge games and hardware collection he’d been storing at his family home.
“People are gonna die” the employee joked on Twitter. “I just found out my mom a few years ago there out ALL my PS1 games. 500+ games half still sealed. I am going to kill somebody.”
According to the Twitter user, “well over $500k of games” have been thrown out since he last checked in on the collection.” I left my old stuff in storage (my mom’s home),” he explained in a Twitter thread.
“Today I found out she threw out my Ataris, Coleco, Intelli, Famicom, S Famicom, TGfx, PCE, NG AES, MegaDrive, Master System, basically every system and game I never took with me.”
As if that wasn’t bad enough, there was some non-gaming collateral in the clear-out, too. “She also threw out my two Marshall stacks, 14 pedals, Drum Kit, board, all my skateboards,” the thread continues.
Apparently, a comic collection was also thrown. The lesson to learn here? If you’re subscribing to the tried-and-tested “keep all your old stuff at a parent’s house” method of storage, have a frank discussion about your collection’s value, and your long term plans for it.
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Planning on selling it? Donating it? Holding onto it for sentimental value? If you have any inclination as to its value, let whoever is in direct charge of it know – that way, devastating mistakes like this are less likely to happen.
If you’re doubting the estimated ‘$500k’ valuation of the collection, it’s probably worth looking up just how much an original NeoGeo console will net you on internet auction sites these days…