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  1. I'm not sure what to ask, as this is variant so unique as to have no price history. Plus, the Blue Thunder copy is still sealed, and I haven't ever seen that title come up for sale unopened. I'm taking offers, but nobody has made any yet. I'm willing to sell for a good offer, though I'd prefer to trade.
  2. Barry contacted me in response to my postings about needing several VIS titles to complete the set. He had a few, and one was indeed among those I was missing. From the first few messages we exchanged through to the delivery of the title, Barry has been an ideal seller, and one that I hope to buy from again. Communication was timely and detailed, shipping was fast, and the packaging was as good as any I've ever received. If you have the chance to buy from RusticMeadows, take it! He's the real deal!
  3. Much like how the CDi itself initially was. Games weren't the main focus at first. I think that might be the big reason why Philips shifted away from the longbox packaging. Several of the actual games were much tougher to find in longbox format than in the later style.
  4. The Nintendo community is very, very thorough when it comes to documenting packaging variants. The Zelda and Mario titles definitely were not released in longbox format. That said, I have so many spare longboxes that I could probably have a case sticker, manual, and new outer sleeve created so as to have a custom longbox version of each.
  5. Much appreciated! I took over a year to accomplish, although I'm still waiting for the one last slipcover to arrive. From what I've seen of other CDi collections posted online, I'm likely not the first person to obtain every longbox, but I still can't be entirely sure. I can be reasonably confident that I haven't overlooked any releases.
  6. For just over a year I've been after a complete Philips CDi US longbox set. That is, every single CDi that had a physical release in the original tall, hard plastic flip-open boxes with cardboard outer sleeve. Why did I decide to do this? Well, unless I completely missed it, there doesn't actually seem to be a complete list anywhere online about which titles were released in this specific format, a format that I happen to be quite taken with. These are surprisingly nice to look at and have a real quality feel to them. I wish Philips had stuck with this format instead of switching at some point to the later regular jewel cases with slipcovers. With no ready list available, I had to make my own. In the end, there seems to be 97 distinct US Philips longbox format releases. Yet, I can't be entirely certain about that. Quite a few of these releases were VERY hard to obtain, and are much less common in this format than in the later CDI release style. It's entirely possible that I've missed a few, and I would like to ask the community to check their own CDI collections and see if I'm missing a few longbox releases. And to note, there is one thing that I still need: a slipcover for Berenstain Bears. I have a line on a copy but simply haven't heard back from the potential seller in a while. As with any other collection, there are several titles that are vastly more difficult to find than others, rare due to low print runs, poor sales, or some other reasons. The following are the 10 rarest US Philips CDi longbox releases, in order of their rarity. If anyone reading this decides to go for the set, these are the ones that you should be willing to buy entire large lots just to obtain. You will be waiting a very long time for them to come up for sale by themselves, if they ever do. Anne Willan Presents The Food of France. This the rarest CDi longbox title, and one of the rarest US CDi releases period. It did have an overseas release. The ACT College Search '92. US exclusive CDi. This was also released only in longbox format. Easily the 2nd rarest longbox CDi. CD-I Music Book: Classical Guitar Volume 1. This is different than the other, more common Classical Guitar title. Very rare, possibly a variant. David and Goliath. The rarest of several rare religious CDi titles. Fairly expensive, too. Berenstain Bears: On Their Own and You On Your Own. Not tough to find in regular jewel-case format, but rare in longbox format. Sailing: A Guide to Sailing and Seamanship. Still available on Amazon, but it never came up on Ebay in over a year of searching. The Flowers of Robert Mapplethorpe. Possibly the most expensive longbox title. Cinemassacre has an amusing video of this CDi. While this CDi is possibly the tamest CDi in terms of content, be warned that Googling about the artist will result in some highly NSFW results. DO NOT look this title up on anything other than your personal device. More Dark Fables from Aesop. Sequel to The Dark Fables of Aesop. I only saw two copies pop up in over a year. Moses: The Exodus. Moses: Bound for the Promised Land. Now, those are just the rarest 10 CDi longbox format releases in comparison to all the rest of the longbox releases. About half of the other CDi longboxes only have one or two copies available for sale at any one time on Ebay or on Amazon. It does help to type in the name of the CDi, without adding "CDi" or "Philips" when searching for some of these titles on Ebay. There's a stunning amount of very poorly listed copies for otherwise very rare CDi longboxes, and CDis in general. And at last, the complete alphabetical list of all confirmed 97 Philips CDi US longbox releases: A National Parks Tour A Revolution in Color A Visit to Sesame Street: Letters A Visit to Sesame Street: Numbers A Visit to the Valley of the Pueblo and the Amparo Museum Alice In Wonderland Anne Willan Presents the Food of France Backgammon Battleship Beauty and the Beast Brer Rabbit and the Wonderful Tar Baby Caesar’s World of Gambling Cartoon Jukebox CD Shoot CD-I Music Book: Classical Guitar Volume 1 Children’s Musical Theater Classical Guitar Classical Jukebox Compton’s Interactive Encyclopedia Connect Four Cool Oldies Jukebox Dark Castle David and Goliath Defender of the Crown Dutch Masters of the 17th Century Earth Rhythms Escape From the Cyber City Gardening By Choice: Flowers and Foliage Gifts to Behold Girl’s Club Golden Oldies Jukebox Harvest of the Sun How the Camel Got His Hump How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin How to Photograph Nature International Tennis Open James Brown Nonstop Hit Machine Jazz Giants Jazz Guitar Jigsaw Laser Lords Lords of the Rising Sun Louis Armstrong More Dark Fables from Aesop Moses: Bound for the Promised Land Moses: The Exodus Mother Goose Hidden Pictures Mother Goose Rhymes to Color Mozart: A Musical Biography Mystic Midway Rest in Pieces NFL Football Trivia Challenge Noah’s Ark Paint School I Paint School II Pavarotti Pecos Bill Pegasus Pinball Power Hitter Prelude Rand McNally’s America: U.S. Atlas Rembrandt: His Art and the Music of His Era Rhythm Maker Richard Scarry’s Best Neighborhood Disc Richard Scarry’s Busiest Neighborhood Disc Rock Guitar Sailing: A Guide to Sailing and Seamanship Sandy’s Circus Adventure Sargon Chess Stamps: Windows on the World Stickybear Reading Story Machine: Magic Tales Story Machine: Star Dreams Tell Me Why I Tell Me Why II Tetris Text Tiles The ACT College Search ‘92 The Art of the Czars The Berenstain Bears: On Their Own and You On Your Own The Best of Draw 50 The Dark Fables of Aesop The Emperor’s New Clothes The Flowers of Robert Mapplethorpe The French Impressionists The Palm Springs Open The Renaissance Gallery The Renaissance of Florence The Riches of Coins The Story of Jonah The Story of Samson The World of Impressionism Time Life Photography Treasures of the Smithsonian Video Speedway You Sing Christmas Favorites Zombie Dinos from the Planet Zeltoid And of course, a clear image of the full set, which neatly fits on just two shelves, and which I've displayed in the order in which I obtained them:
  7. One of my spare copies of The Flowers of Robert Mapplethorpe. Complete and in decent shape. Not sure what to price this one at. PM if interested.
  8. Lot of Next Gen mags from 1998-2001, and a few copies of Xbox magazine from 2004. $125 shipped via Media Mail.
  9. Lot of 20-some common CDi longbox titles. They're all spares of mine. $100 shipped via Media Mail. Useful for parts, case replacements, etc.
  10. Philips CDi joystick controller. It doesn't seem to have ever had much use, as it is still rather stiff. Works fully, and was actually quite enjoyable to play Tetris with.
  11. I have a few other things up for trade or for offer or for sale. The first is a boxed Action Max system- the rare final release that had Blue Thunder as the pack-in. Besides it having been a late release, Blue Thunder is also rare because it was set aside to be bundled with the system, but poor sales killed the system before very many of these were sold. I'd heard about these rare variant releases for a long time before finally obtaining one. Apart from a unique sticker on the front of the box and the included (sealed!) copy of Blue Thunder, there's nothing else really special about this system. All of the other included materials are the same as what you'd find in any other unused Action Max. In terms of condition, the Blue Thunder is brand new, sealed, and fully intact. The insides of the system are seemingly unused. The box itself is a bit rough in spots, as shown in the images, and has a price tag in one corner.
  12. Mission Accomplished! I succeeded in obtaining the entire known US longbox set. I'm no longer looking.
  13. Oh, wow! This is pretty cool. I'd love to have such a nice boxed copy in my collection. There's so few of these known. How'd you luck into owning this copy? Lucky thrift store find?
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