Somewhat new Jaguar collector here. I've gotten my first few games cib, and like the idea of getting as many as possible this way.
I've seen some repro boxes floating around on various sites, and this is a bit worrisome when thinking about the higher end games. Is there any way that you can tell the difference and know you are getting an original box? Especially if buying online and not able to physically handle it? Just looking to do my due diligence.
Some of them are so good right now, that it's nearly impossible without opening it up and looking... and at that point, you've destroyed the sticker.
I've bought every single new Jaguar release that's come out... every single one except GORF, BlackLight, and Battlesphere … just wasn't around for them when they were released.
I only say that to caveat that I did buy the repro for Battlesphere, and the quality is so good, that I really don't see how you could tell the difference. The sticker is printed on a glossy sticker (like all other Jag games). The edges are rounded off, like quality Jaguar cartridge stickers. It's actually a Jaguar shell, and it's the actual code / software. I mean... unless I bought an original Battlesphere Gold for $35, but I kind of doubt it. There's really no legal justification other than I want the game, and I'm not paying $1,000 for it... and there's no where else for me to get it. But I have no problems with buying that game because I'd purchase it new if they sold it, and I've bought literally every other Jaguar game that's come available over the years (and continue to do so)... so I've never lost sleep over it.
But that said... for games that are currently being sold, right now, in the Atari Age Store, Video 61, Songbird, etc... it's nothing short of stealing to buy a reproduction of those games.