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Are videogames the future of collecting?

Rob Burman
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Posted on 01 May 2014


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One thing that we're often asked here at Collectors Club of Great Britain is what will be the future of collecting? People are very keen to hear what they should be buying now, just in case the value will increase in the future. Perhaps they're annoyed they've missed out on the Star Wars phenomenon and are keen to rectify it.

Something we've been considering for a while are the numerous videogames and consoles produced by the likes of Atari, Nintendo and Commodore. Although they may be seen as 'modern' items, some of these early products are now in their late 30s and early 40s - making them just as 'vintage' as classic Star Wars action figures, which regularly fetch thousands at auction.

Recently we caught up with Phil Hughes, specialist valuer at Sheffield Auction Gallery and avid collector of videogame memorabilia and he agreed that videogames could be something to look out for in the future. What's more, most of these products are flying under the radar of some collectors and can be picked up for cheap on auction websites, car boots and even traditional auctions.

Watch the video below and let us know in the comments if you agree with Phil.



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3 comments so far...

1.David Fortune
16 May 2014 23:33
The first nail in the coffin for Corgi......the second nail for Dinky as they are generally older.
2.kpc
23 Jun 2014 10:57
Ahh Mr Hughes you know your material well, Brick Lane 2001 ?, so what's the deal with Bambino: http://www.retrogamesnow.co.uk/ufo-master-blaster-bambino-video-game-consoles-art/
they are quite lovely.
3.cactus
01 Aug 2014 21:31
The Bambino Master Blaster is indeed a triumph of design over substance, I'm a big fan of the CGL Galaxy Invader which came in three different versions over time, starting off looking like a rounded dull grey star wars prop, it evolved into a bright yellow Lamborghini Countach tail light before ending up a sleek orange James Bond baddy TV remote. Brick Lane 2001? I used to pick these up very cheaply there on Sunday mornings, a few years before that though.
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