Every year, Retro World Expo (RWX 2018) hosts an auction of videogame and pop culture items. Last year, they had 75-100 bidders pitted against each other for about 100-150 items, including ultra-rare items like Little Samson for the SNES and a vintage Nintendo showcase.
This year had a similarly impressive lineup, pulling out working arcade cabinets for Zero Gunner, Turbo Outrun, and Super Mario Bros, which had custom cabinet artwork, several complete Wonder Swan systems, and a signed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle set of Leonardo figures through the ages, signed by the original creative team behind the original comic book series.
Before the event, guests were allowed to approach the first inventory tables and get a close look at items, without any touching. Each inventory table had a healthy mix of items to give bidders a good idea of the variety of lots. After around twenty minutes to a half hour of setting up and time for this inspection, the host, Travis Landry of Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, began.
The cheapest items started at $5, such as a TurboGrafx carrying case and a set of three Street Fighter plushes, though both lots made $25 each. Many items averaged $45 to $80, especially in terms of consoles, which included the original and second Magnavox Odyssey, an Atari 600, and a Commodore VIC-20. One of the highest pulling lots was actually a PlayStation 2 set that had all of the basic accessories and 20 games, though technically the system is considered retro now. The most impressive console lot was a set of four WonderSwans with accessories and 45 to 46 games, though it did not break its minimum reserve price of $450.
Some items were absolute steals: the Zero Gunner and Turbo Outrun cabinets went for $275 each. A complete in box copy of Conker’s Bad Fur Day went for $130, and the rare-if-not-good Jetsons game for the SNES pulled in $110. A copy of Earthbound went for $140, an incredibly low price for the game, though it had no box or paperwork which would have driven up the price.
Ultimately, the item that brought the most in was the Super Mario Bros cabinet at $700. Musha for Sega Genesis climbed up to $325 almost instantaneously, and a sealed copy of Dracula X made $350 just as quickly. An Action 52 Sega Genesis cartridge could have been number two for highest sale, but it didn’t make its minimum reserve price of $500, and a copy of Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge was in a similar boat.
Most of the items were related to video games in some way, though a few items related to movies and other collectibles showed up. The most unexpected may have been a sixteen to twenty-inch figure of Eddie, the mascot of the metal band Iron Maiden.
Afterward, items that didn’t sell turned up on vendors’ tables who had brought them, ready to make deals anew, and it seemed as if many things made their way to a new home.
RWX will be running next year in the same location, the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut, though an exact date has not been chosen yet. If you can’t wait that long for more retro gaming in the Nutmeg state, Retro Games Plus, the store chain that has brought the show to life year after year, will be hosting a ConnGo trade night event September 22, eight to eleven PM, in the Norwalk store location.
Of course, there were still many other events to attend at RWX. You can check out what has already been published here, and keep on checking throughout the week for more panel and event coverage!