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Atari Dump Games Now on eBay to Find Out What They're Worth

By    |   Monday, 10 Nov 2014 10:34 AM

Old Atari games buried in a New Mexico dump in 1983, including E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, were hitting the open market on eBay on a limited basis on Monday to determine their worth for a possible larger sale later.

Atari, at the time one of leaders in the video game industry, buried the video games and other components in the landfill in 1983, Joe Lewandowski, vice president of the Tularosa Historical Society told the Alamogordo Daily News.

In April, Lewandowski directed a dig for documentary film director Zak Penn to get to the bottom of the urban legend that Atari had ditched thousands of games in the landfill in Alamogordo, some 90 miles northeast of El Paso, Texas, after failing to sell them – all to decades of denials by the company, according to CNet.com.

According to PCMag.com, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial video game, made after Steven Spielberg's box-office smash movie, was a failure in the gaming world even though a million video cartridges were made in 1982. The magazine said the crash of the video led the failure of the Atari 2600 console as well.

Lewandowski told the Daily News that thousands of games were found that day, but only 100 will be placed on eBay at first, just to gauge the interest. He told the newspaper that another 750 to 800 games could be then placed on the online auction market afterwards.

"We don't have an idea of how much they're going to be," said Lewandowski. "No one has ever done this before, and after this no one is ever going to do it again. We're selling them on eBay because it's the best thing to hit worldwide and this is a worldwide phenomenon. I got people from England, Spain, Italy, Thailand, and basically places all over the world asking for them."

PCMag.com reported that game buyers also will receive a narrative with photos of the 1983 burial and the 2014 excavation "proving the legend true."

Lewandowski said it was exciting for him to uncover a mystery even though he knew little about it at first.

"At the time I didn't really care when I knew there were games from Atari being dumped here, I wasn't a gamer I was just doing my job," Lewandowski told the Daily News. "When I found out that Atari was denying these allegations and people were debating it, I knew it wasn't true. It was fun knowing."

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Old Atari games buried in a New Mexico dump in 1983, including E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, were hitting the open market on eBay on a limited basis on Monday to determine their worth for a possible larger sale later.
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