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I'm getting back into classic console gaming after about five years of having my stuff sit in boxes due to limited space. I finally have a room dedicated to all of my console stuff and Atari 8-Bit game cartridges were something I was really into obtaining 5-10 years ago as they just didn't seem as common as the 2600 stuff.

 

Anyway, I've got a what I consider a pretty good sized collection, about 140 cartridges (I only collect cartridges and primarily games). A few questions:

 

- Are there many other guys out there collecting just carts?

 

- Is there any way to gauge value on this stuff other than eBay?

 

- Is the rarity list pretty accurate for these games?

 

- Other than eBay, is there any other good marketplace for buying/selling/trading duplicate games?

 

Thanks in advance, I'm glad I found this forum, really looking forward to getting back into the console genre (I'm a big coin-op arcade collector as well).

 

Anthony

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I just collect carts for the XL/XE and have about 30 or so but I only collect arcade conversions for the most part.

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- Are there many other guys out there collecting just carts?

I collect discs and cass games too but cartridges are very sepcial in my collection :)

 

- Is there any way to gauge value on this stuff other than eBay?

eBay is the best value meter.

 

- Is the rarity list pretty accurate for these games?

 

Atarimania and famous Andrew Krieg's cartridge list: http://my.execpc.com/~krieg/links/8bit.carts

But it is very incomplete.

 

- Other than eBay, is there any other good marketplace for buying/selling/trading duplicate games?

 

This forum ;), other Atari forums, other auction services...

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I collect disks and cassettes too, but mainly focus on the cart collection.

 

AA member Callipygous used to have a website with a better rarity list than Krieg's, but he's not around right now, and his Geocities site is down.

 

Atarimania is probably the only serious attempt at a rarity guide around just now.

 

As for buying/selling/trading A8 carts, there's ebay, CTCW and AA marketplace.

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