In this day and age, all but the rarest of rare classic video games are relatively easy to find with a simple eBay search. Still, the massive classic gaming collection being auctioned off in suburban New Jersey today deserves attention for the sheer volume of retro gaming pieces being sold off in one place.
The gargantuan collection, encompassing tens of thousands of items, has been gathered together over decades of work by 45-year-old Bill Loguidice, an author specializing in books about classic games. While there are thousands of boxed and unboxed games—ranging from common to one of a kind—the highlight of the collection is the hundreds of pieces of video game hardware and accessories covering pretty much every major console and gaming computer released since the Fairchild Channel F.
On his blog, Loguidice recounts starting his collection as a seven-year-old with an Atari 2600 purchase and happily trawling ’90s yard sales and flea markets to build the collection cheaply. As time went on, though, Loguidice writes that the sheer size of the collection has become more of a burden, especially when it came time to move to a bigger house. Time constraints from his job and family (and keeping up with modern games) also made it harder to actually organize and use the older stuff in the collection very often, he writes.
“I went from an active user to an active storer,” Loguidice told Kotaku about the impetus to sell. “That was never my intention. Once you pass a critical mass of stuff, it’s just too much and you end up being able to use very little of it.”
While Loguidice is keeping a handful of the rarest and most sentimental computers, the departure of the collection has left room in his previously stuffed basement for “a nice gym, living room area, office space, and an unfinished portion that’s both a Makerspace (complete with crafting) and miscellaneous storage,” he writes.
The bulk of the collection will only be available for live bidding at Bodnar’s Auction House in New Brunswick, New Jersey, starting this afternoon. But those who can’t make it in person can register now to bid on 100 select items being sold starting at 7pm EDT tonight. If you don’t want to bid, you can just gawk at some highlights in the above gallery or browse through hundreds more photos posted on the auction site and Facebook page.