Some of you may remember the unfortunate news last week that a SNES archiving project was essentially destroyed when the US Postal Service lost a package containing $10,000 in rare SNES cartridges. The package had been sent from a private collector in Germany and vanished shortly after it made it to US soil. Heartbroken over the loss, Byuu—the archivist who was receiving the package—declared that he would be shutting down his preservation project and focus on raising money to fully reimburse the collector for his loss.
Fortunately, after the story received significant coverage from the media, the USPS finally found the package and delivered it to Byuu completely intact. A machine had ripped off the shipping label on the paper surrounding the package, and despite the fact that Byuu's full name and address was clearly written on the box itself, it was sent to a recovery center in Atlanta, GA to be sold on an online government auction site. Now, Byuu has announced that he will be continuing with the preservation project, though he will be making some cautious changes going forward to ensure something like this doesn't happen again.
What do you think? Have you ever lost anything valuable to the US mail system? Did you donate to the campaign to reimburse the collector? Drop us a comment in the section below.