A picture's worth a thousand words. Or $15,000.

File this one under "Wowzer". A woman paid $7.99 for an old NES cartridge at a Goodwill store that — as luck would have it — is one of the rarest video games of all time.

Bandai's Stadium Events — which has sold for more than $40,000 USD in the past — was one of the first titles to use the Family Fun Fitness Mat before Nintendo bought the North American rights and renamed it World Class Track Meet and bundled it with the mat, renamed the Power Pad.

The woman brought the cartridge to Save Point Video Games in Charlotte, N.C., where store owner Wilder Hamm was stunned to see the rare treasure. Hamm told Kotaku that the woman was very aware of the game's value:

She knew exactly what she had. When I asked her what she expected to get, she said she expected $7,000 to $15,000, which is on target.

While Hamm ultimately didn't buy the expensive item, he did agree that the find was remarkable and that the story is one that will put a smile on many gamers' faces:

It's given people a lot of hope. People say that they never find anything at their Goodwill, well, the holy grail has been found there.

Have you ever made an exciting video game discovery? Let us know in the comments section.

[source kotaku.com]