For me, the box has always been a BIG deal. Even back when I was a kid, collecting in the early 1980s, I made a special point of keeping my Atari game boxes in good condition. For the most part, I don't feel like I really "own" the game until I have ALL the pieces that I would have gotten if I'd bought the game in a store as a child.
These days, I'm extremely fortunate to have over 300 games CIB - including "Quadrun," "Q*Bert's Qubes," and "Rescue Terra I."
Thomas Jentzsch, on Fri May 4, 2012 7:42 AM, said:
How much would you pay extra just for the box?
Way back in 1985-1986, I made one of the few purchases I've ever made of a "non-complete" game, ordering "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," with the manual, from Villa Video for $12 or so (along with a CIB copy of "Halloween" for about $16-$17). It always irritated me that I didn't have a "complete" copy of "TCM."
In the early-to-mid-2000s (when I had zero children and thus a lot more spare money), I saw a boxed copy on eBay, and I told myself I WOULD have it. If I remember correctly, I paid $205 plus shipping for it - just to get the box.
My boxed copy of "Chase the Chuck Wagon" was also an eBay win - $265 plus shipping in 2001. I would not have bid nearly as much (or most likely at all) if it hadn't been a boxed copy.
(For contrast, my CIB "Quadrun" cost $35 plus shipping from an online dealer in the mid-1990s... neither the dealer nor I realized exactly what a steal I was getting at the time.)
I've had one particularly painful instance in the past in which my "box vanity" bit me in the butt. Back in the 1980s, one of the Tulsa Kay-Bee Toys locations brought in a batch of "Swordquest: Waterworld" carts for a whopping $12.95. I thought the "Swordquest" series sucked, so I spent my money on other games, knowing
they'd still have "Waterworld" around for a while.
The next week, I went in and they were down to one last copy of "Waterworld." I told myself that I'd hold off, because the box had a dent
in it, and I would just wait until they got another shipment.
They never received another shipment, and through a series of bad circumstances and comic misadventures, "Waterworld" has continued to be my "white whale." Eventually, if I win the lottery, perhaps I will be able to purchase a complete copy. I have no interest in an incomplete copy.
On a related note... if anyone ever has a box for "Track + Field" that they'd like to sell, please send me a PM. I can't offer CRAZY money for it, but over time I've acquired all the parts except the box, and I'd love to make it "complete."
Edited by DJ Badger, Wed May 16, 2012 6:52 AM.