He started fresh twice: He first sold his collection 1989 to raise money for a Sega Genesis and then sold it again in 1998 to pay for his wedding.
Now, Michael Thomasson is selling his massive video game collection, certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest in the world. The whole lot – all 11,000 titles – is up for sale at GameGavel , where the current bid sits at $90,001.
That may sound like a lot of money, but Thomasson previously estimated the net worth of his collection to be between $700,000 and $800,000. Well, there are nine days left on the auction, and you never know how high it could go… Thomasson's collection does include rare systems such as the Casio Loopy and Apple's Pippin console, and as Thomasson wrote:
"Win this auction and you will have the largest recorded collection of games in the world–or Universe, even! I'm handing over the baton and the winner will instantly become the new crown holder, without three plus decades of meticulous hunting."
About a quarter of the collection (around 2,750 games) are factory-sealed, and over 8,300 are complete with the original box and manual. As for why Thomasson is selling, he says his immediate and extended family "have needs that need to be addressed" and while doesn't really want to ditch his collection, he has "responsibilities." Yeah, reality can be a bi*** like that.