My childhood TI cart collection (which is still with me) is a bit lackluster, in a somewhat odd way. I got into the TI game a bit late, so instead of Atari's or Sega's 82/83 classics, I've mostly got a bunch of 87/88 Databiotics carts (e.g., Barrage, Black Hole, Midnight Mason, QMaze). No Tunnels of Doom or Centipede or Jungle Hunt or Star Trek: SOS or Buck Rogers or Burgertime for me. Anyway, this week, I think I finally righted that long-term wrong with this acquisition.
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The highlight here for me is a near-mint Star Trek: SOS and near-mint Return to Pirate Isle. Both were opened non-destructively, and (curiously) there is no evidence at all that the cart or manual were ever handled or used. And since they were apparently left inside the package, there's little to no yellowing/discolouration.
I'm not normally one for game collecting for the sake of game collecting. Flashcarts are fantastic, as far as I'm concerned. And I own hitherto almost no CIB games (out of hundreds) and zero Sealed games. But even I got giddy opening up (carefully) the pages of a brand-new-looking Star Trek: SOS manual and picking up a brand-new-looking Return to Pirate Isle cart. Felt like Christmas '83. Or in my case, a somewhat less lackluster Christmas 88