April 18, 2013, 9:27 AM — It's a nice thought. That hidden within every small town second hand store, there lies a hidden collectable that can be purchased for pocket change and sold on eBay for thousands. And it appears that a North Carolina woman was able to do just that. The unnamed woman picked up a copy of the 1987 NES collectable Stadium Games at a local Goodwill for $7.99, a find that may prove to be worth upwards of $15k.
Stadium Events was the NTSC (or North American) version of the Japanese NES game Running Stadium and designed to interact with the Family Fun Fitness mat accessory. The game is not only notable for being one of the first console exergaming titles, but also for being exceedingly rare as soon after its limited release, Nintendo purchased the North American rights to the Family Fun Fitness mat and created the Power Pad.
After a very brief sales period, Nintendo recalled all the Stadium Events games and re-released it the next year as a Power Pad-branded World Class Track Meet. Everything under the Family Fun Fitness name was supposed to have been destroyed. Of course, a prized few remained in circulation.
In 2010, a factory-sealed version of Stadium Events originally purchased in Kansas City and stored for 20 years was sold on eBay for $41,300. The North Carolina woman's purchase is expected to sell for around $15k as it is still intact, but not sealed in its original plastic. But who among us would sneeze at a nearly 1,900% markup? She is expecting to put it up on eBay sometime this month.