The title of “Holy Grail of Video Games” changes almost monthly, or whenever an extremely rare specimen hits eBay. The latest claimant: a weird-shaped Atari 2600 cart by the name of Air Raid.
It’s the box, not the weird T-shaped handle on the cartridge, that makes this game so rare. The game itself was a Taiwanese hack of a game called Space Jockey, and until now, a box of the game had never surfaced.
“We had a chance to view the box in person and have no reason to doubt its authenticity,” says Atari Age. The seller says he bought it in the mid-1980s from a store in Texas. The price tag is still on the box.
The game up to $US6,500 with more than 8 days left until the auction closes. When a factory-sealed copy of Stadium Events shattered the record for a rare game in February, selling for more than $US40,000, it was at $US17,000 after two days of bidding. Who knows if this will break that mark.
Purported Ultra Rare Air Raid Box Up For Auction [GameSetWatch]