Complete Air Raid Atari 2600 – First Ever Found
I've had no less than ten people message me about this. Thanks guys! It's been on my radar, just haven't had the chance.
So what's the big deal about Air Raid? Well, for starters the last boxed one sold for $31,600 (link to our post on that sale).
Summing up what I said then, this is a true R10. One of those items that normally go into a collectors hands and stay there, baring any unforeseen financial circumstances.
In November of 2009 a loose cartridge sold for $2,850. Then in April of 2010 the first ever confirmed box showed up and sold for the record breaking figure I mentioned.
There had been no confirmation of an existing box for the game until then.
The thing is, Air Raid is historically one of the great mysteries in the 2600 library.
The exact origins of the game was unknown. There was no official data on the programmers, the availability or anything at all actually. There has even been arguments over the actual name of the cartridge, because there is no actually marking on the casing. The box finally closed the door on that one.
Anyways, a second boxed and complete Air Raid was discovered by a family in Southern California. It turns out after they just recently read the story of the first boxed Air Raid sale, which is still making the rounds on the internet, their father recalled he had been given that game by a sales rep for the company Men-A-Vision while he tended a game retail space in a local drug store. After this store closed he was given the video game stock and even the Atari display kiosk, seen here, which all these games have been stored in for around thirty years. It wasn’t until they read of the outrageous selling price of the first one did they even think of these games they had stored.
After digging them out, BOOM confirmed.
Watch them manhandle the game below:
Since finding this game they have decided to list it up for auction and what is even more miraculous, is this game is in even nicer condition than the first one and it is truly a complete specimen as it also includes, the previously unconfirmed existence of, an instruction manual. So to be true, this is the first “complete in box” or “CIB” Air Raid that has ever been found and put up for auction; and it has luckily been stored and well preserved in these protective plexi-glass crates for over twenty years.
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