After a documentary was released called Atari: Game Over, based on the excavation held earlier on 2014 which confirmed the urban legend that thousands of game cartridges (E.T on Atari) were buried following the game’s commercial failure. The excavators have been slowing selling these unearthed copies of the game on eBay. THe highest price a piece went for was $1,535.
“There’s 297 we’re still holding in an archive that we’ll sell at a later date when we decide what to do with them,” Lewandowski said. “I might sell those if a second movie comes out but for now we’re just holding them. The film company got 100 games, 23 went to museums and we had 881 that we actually sold.”
The accumulated price of these cartridges is over $100K. The city of Alamogordo will receive $65,000 from the sale. The Tularosa Basin Historical Society will receive $16,000. The rest is being spent on the shipping fees as these precious historic relics are sent to their new owners.