300th post woohoo.
He updated the auction about the box. So the console itself is the same as a regular one?
I personally wouldn't care anything about the console, I just want the box. I would give $200 for the empty box with Styrofoam insert. The console likely works half-ass like nearly every console out there that hasn't been refurbished.
Someone will have a sweetheart proto box and probably stash it away without showing photos of the back and sides. The seller must be getting hammered with messages, he told me he won't even send additional pics of the box because "some other collector told me not to"
While you are probably right about most CVs that are out there to be had, I have bought three other CVs (besides the two refurb/modified systems I bought from you) as part of large packages and they have all worked pretty darn good with the exception of a flacky hand controller or two that when taken apart and cleaned... worked good, but not like your refurbed controllers. Guess a lot just depends on the amount of TLC the previous owner gave to it. BTW, all three extra systems have found themselves new homes and maybe even one of them has found it's way to your door to be modded!
It would be very sad if the eventual winner just stashed the box away and does not share images of the sides and back with all the CV fans out there... but when you own something, it's your right to do whatever you want with it.
Sad that some of these hardcore collectors have to react in such a way. It's always been my contention, especially after all these years have passed, that things should be more openly shared especially considering what BIG fans of the system and Coleco we obviously all are. I did my part in the 80's and early 90's to see protos/unreleased items made available to the masses and if I am lucky enough to come across anything of worth/interest, I will do the same again and only ask for a "thanks" or a "+1" in return.
As far as your guesstimate on the final auction price (if the auction runs it's full course)... I'm thinking $750! Maybe Retroillucid could sponsor a game of "The Price is Right" for this auction and the winner get's a free Side Trak cart.