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World's largest video game collection to be sold

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 06 Jun 2014 9:43 User comments (2)

World's largest video game collection to be sold The world's largest private video game collection is to be auctioned off, including more than 11,000 games.
Michael Thommason was certified by Guinness World Records as having the largest private collection of video games, confirming a collection of 10,607 titles. Since then, Thommason has added hundreds more games to swell the number to over 11,000.

Now this entire collection - as well as the privilege of having the confirmed largest collection of games - is up for auction at Game Gavel. Bids started at just $1 but have reached $50,000 so far.

In terms of quality, over 2,600 are still factory shrink-wrapped and 8,300 are complete with a box and manual.

Thommason has been involved in the industry for over 25 years, operating seven independent gaming stores in the '90s, and will continue to write for periodicals and publish books, teach classes and occasionally partake in competitive gaming.

He is not giving up the games collection because he wants to, but because family responsibilities demand it.

"I simply have an immediate family and extended family that have needs that need to be addressed," he writes.

"While I do not wish to part with these games, I have responsibilities that I have made to others and this action is how I will help meet them. No worries, I've sold my collection many times in the past and still managed to capture Guinness' attention, and it is entirely possible that I may again."


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2 user comments

16.6.2014 10:53

I've met Michael on a few occasions when he has visited the Personal Computer Museum where I sometimes volunteer. Michael is a really great guy, very down to earth and extremely knowledgeable about games. I'm sure that Michael's "family need" is important. I respect his decision but feel sorry that he has to sell his collection. I hope it finds a good home.

26.6.2014 21:56

I'm sure he's a cool guy and no doubt he has the most vast library of games ever. However, when you are making an auction, don't claim your "bidding starts at $1!" as if it's meant to mean anything when you have a RESERVE price attached to it. That $1 bid don't mean crap when reserve still hasn't hit after $50,000. I not sure what he expects to get out of it, but it won't be no $1 million + that's for sure. He'll be lucky if he gets over $100,000 for it all. 9 days left, but what he seems to not consider is that most collectors are very picky about what they want and they don't to add triples or quads wasting up much needed space for what they just want to collect. Best of luck to him, and sucks about his family needs: but still, he may just end up not even selling it. I guess we'll know shortly.

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