There's been a lot of drama surrounding graded retro game sales recently, with many people claiming the whole thing is an elaborate scam. However, it would seem that despite the current cloud of negativity, there's still room for new trends to develop – but we didn't think that selling empty, flat-packed boxes would be one of them.
That's right – there's currently a listing on eBay for two GoldenEye display boxes – first print (1997) and Player's Choice (1999) – with a combined price tag of £2,445 ($3,281 USD). "I'm reluctant to split up the pair but feel free to contact [me] with any questions or to discuss a price," says the seller.
The seller states that the boxes are both 'UKG Graded 85+ NM+' and that they have been "kept as close to pristine as possible, never made up and graded in original flat press condition". Clearly, there has never been a better time to own an empty display box related to this classic Rare FPS.
This auction has even caught the attention of David Doak, one of the original developers of the game:
Joking aside, we're not seriously suggesting that empty boxes could become the next big collecting craze, even though it's easy to see why serious fans might find these desirable items. Still, for that price, we'd be keen to have, you know, a copy that actually contained the game itself.
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