About two weeks ago, I was browsing eBay, trying some random searches to see if anything interesting turned up. I enjoy doing that sometimes... I don't usually end up buying anything but it can be fun to look through the photos anyway. I came upon a listing for a "massive" Atari manual lot. The BIN price was $95 + $4 shipping, which I figured would be too high no matter what was in it. But the first photo showed the poster/manual for Tac-Scan along with some of the stickers that came with that game. Since I didn't yet have those in my collection, I went ahead and clicked on it.
There wasn't a textual list of the lot contents but there were a bunch of photos. I saw a handful of items I didn't have, including a couple of things that weren't very familiar to be. But it wasn't until I scrolled to the last photo that I decided to pull the trigger. It showed these two items:
This is my photo, not the one from the auction -- it's reflective because I'm storing them in a plastic sheet protector.
I just couldn't resist. I don't have a Rescue Terra I cart, but I've had an interest in this game since reading about in the Digital Press Guide many years ago. Is this game still considered as rare now as it was back then? Seems like most extra-rare games aren't that fun to play, but Rescue Terra I is supposed to be a good one. I really should try it on my Harmony cart.
The overall lot really was pretty big, and had enough items of interest that I thought I'd share:
There's some goodies in here. Nothing as rare as Rescue Terra but some stuff I haven't seen often, anyway. The Enduro ("99 Days if Racing") poster is pretty cool. Anybody know how it was distributed? How about that 2600 Trackball one in the first photo?
There were many catalogs, most of which I already had. There were a couple that I didn't though, including this Atari revision that I don't remember seeing before:
This is the only piece of Atari advertising in my collection that I can recall having a listing for Swordquest Waterworld (sorry for the poor photo).
Somehow I didn't have an Atari Log Book before, so I was glad one was included. I also liked finding the Free Log Book offer card with the mail-in part removed. It's cool that I have the Log Book along with probably a piece of the actual form that the original owner sent away to get it.
Looks like most of these items had the same original owner. They recorded a lot of their scores (and some dates) on a few manuals:
Luckily the written scores are all on common manuals -- the rare pieces are clean. Usually I don't keep items that have writing on them in my collection, but I'll make an exception when it's actual high scores from 1984. It's been a while since I tried for high scores on these games... is 158,650 a good Dig Dug score? Maybe on Jan. 7, 2020, I'll have to try to best "GH"'s high score from exactly 36 years before.
This He-Man comic was the only non-Atari item in the lot. I've since learned it was the original minicomic included with the first issue of He-Man action figures. Not terribly rare but at least it's a period piece.
I enjoyed spending part of my Thanksgiving going through this lot, so I feel I got my money's worth. Overall it contained:
1 Rescue Terra I manual
1 Rescue Terra I contest card
6 Activision manuals (rarest was Bridge)
1 MotU minicomic
1 Imagic manaul (Atlantis)
3 Atari silver manuals
15 large white Atari manuals
6 warranty cards
2 Log Book items
2 joystick instruction sheets (Champ and LeStick)
3 M-Network manuals
1 Parker Bros. manual (Tutankham)
4 posters (including Tac-Scan manual/poster)
5 Atari comics
8 black Atari manuals
20 catalogs (almost no dupes)
1 sheet of 3 Tac-Scan stickers
That's 80 items total, or $1.23 per each. Not too bad.