On October fourteenth from four p.m. to seven p.m. at the Hartford Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut, the Retro World Expo will be holding their annual videogame and collectible auction.
This auction is already boasting some impressive items, such as a mint condition copy of the ultra-rare Stadium Events, which commonly fetches well over $10,000 online. Little Samson, a highly-acclaimed but difficult to find NES game released late in the console’s life, will also be on the roster, as well as M.U.S.H.A. for the Sega Genesis and a complete ROB NES system, box and all. Don’t think that only the retro items get attention at the RWX auction, though: there is at least one NES Mini on the roster.
BREAKING NEWS: A mint condition Stadium Events cart will be on the RetroWorld Auction block at #RWX17! You don't see these carts too often, so this presents a unique opportunity for serious collectors to perhaps secure this highly sought-after game. The RetroWorld Auction will take place on Saturday, October 14 on the main floor of the expo at the Connecticut Convention Center, and it will be hosted by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers. The auction will be in person only, with NO online bidding. If you would like to consign items to the auction that are over $50 in value, please bring the items to the expo Saturday morning, October 14th, so that they may be catalogued for the auction which will take place later that evening. You can also send us an email at [email protected] with the items you would like to consign. Special thanks to We Play Games and Play It Retro from the Chicago area for this awesome Auction item.
Auctions from previous years have featured items such as The Flintstones: The Surprise at Dinosaur Peak, believed to be the rarest game for the NES after Stadium Events, which was won with a thousand dollar bid, and Panic Restaurant, an NES game on the more uncommon side of things, which went home with a lucky bidder for $500. Arcade cabinets, pinball machines, and game systems have also made appearances in the past, as well as rare, vintage toys, memorabilia, and other collectibles. Sometimes items that are not necessarily videogame-related, such as valuable action figures and other pop culture-related and vintage items also make it into the auction.
In previous years, all auction items came from the RWX crew; this is the first year items consigned from the general public will be accepted as auction items. All individual items must be worth over $50 to be accepted. Items from the public don’t necessarily have to be videogame-related, but they must be related to pop culture in some way to be considered. In the past, about 50 items have been auctioned per year, but with items coming in from the public, Kris Krohn, the operations and management director of the expo, estimates that there will be about 75-100 items to be auctioned off this year.
Anyone can consign items as long as the items meet the requirements previously described. The Retro World Games Plus chain will be accepting consigned items at all three of their store locations in Norwalk, Orange, and Newington (all located in Connecticut) during regular business hours, which can be viewed on the Retro World Games Plus website.
If you live in or closer to Rhode Island, you are in luck: Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, the company running the auction, will also be accepting items at their auction house in Cranston, Rhode Island. They request that you contact an employee of the company for specifics about consigning with them. His email address can be found on their site.
Items will also be accepted at the Hartford Convention Center on October fourteenth, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. before the auction. Consignments will be accepted in Exhibit Hall A and will be on display in the hall for all interested. Exhibit Hall A is also where the auction itself will take place later in the day.
Items can only be consigned at the Expo itself and the auction can only be attended if one buys a one-day or weekend RWX pass. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online. The auction is in-person only, with no online component.
The Retro World Expo runs from October fourteenth from 10 a.m.-11 p.m., to October fifteenth, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and also hosts videogame tournaments, professional cosplayers, panels, arcade and console free play, and vendors. For more information and updates on the auction, you can check out the auction’s Facebook events page and the RWX Instagram page. More information on the whole of RWX can be found at retroworldexpo.com/.