The NTSC version of Stadium Events is universally acknowledged as one of the rarest NES games ever produced. Now a factory sealed version of it has appeared on eBay. You can totally buy it! There's only one catch — it costs $50,000.
Stadium Events was initially released as part of the Family Fun Fitness brand for the NES, but had an extremely limited release — hence the $50,000 valuation. Some folks have copies of the game, but a factory sealed copy? That's apparently a pretty big deal.
Only 2000 NTSC copies of the game were released, of which only 200 actually reached consumers. Most people believe that there are only 20 of these games currently in existence. Of this 20, only two are known to be factory sealed.
The last time a copy of Stadium Events went up on eBay it became the most expensive game in recorded history, selling for $22,800. Would someone actually pay $50,000 for it? Apparently in 2010 someone bid over $41,000 for one of the copies, a bid that was later retracted, so there is a chance.
As idiotic as it sounds to pay $50,000 for a game, you could consider it a smart investment, similar to buying a costly piece of art. The value of a factory sealed copy of Stadium Events can only rise. Maybe it is worth it after all? So far 16 bids have been made for the game, and they've all been declined. Maybe someone should make him an offer?
Thanks for the tip Jesse!