That scenario may have happily played out with one lucky eBay seller. While researching vintage gaming systems, I found this listing for an old "Sears Tele-Games Motorcross Sports Center IV. " (Say that five times fast!) Basically, it's a video motocross racing game. You can also play a riveting game of pong on this system. It seems like just another Sears knock-off, but these early sets were made by Atari for Sears back in 1977. It was the dawn of home video gaming-no longer did Mom need to drive Junior to the local Mall to play video games in Spaceport. Junior could now save the quarters and play video games at home! Since kids can be pretty rough on games and toys, few of these systems survived. (I had an early "Tank" game system and pulled the toggle handle right out of the game base!) But while you can still find the original Atari systems at garage sales, this Sears game system is much harder to come by. Check out the seller's excited description:
"I got this system new in 1977 maybe 1978 and have had it for over 35 years and I have only used the controllers maybe a couple of times. I still have the cartons they came in. I just recently took the controllers out of the cartons that are included that house them in the box. There are 20 games in all to play. Only 3 or 4 of them are stunt cycle games. The others are every variation of Pong, Super Pong, Super Pong Ten, Hockey, Tennis and others. This system is so much fun to play!!!
I have no idea what the seller means when he mentioned his vault. Maybe he has a gigantic safe in his house? Either way, this guy was selling hard with his super enthusiastic description. But he didn't need to work too hard because this rare system sold itself. He could have just listed the name of the system and typed "works" under the description. The thing still would have sold for big bucks. How big you ask? The Sears Motocross Sports Center IV game system that he owned for 35 years sold for $909 dollars! Can you believe that? That's just $91 dollars short of a grand...talk about a pay day!
I've had some pretty nice scores on old game systems, but this one takes the cake! You can bet I'll be hoping to find one of these bad boys at the spring garage sales. Have you ever sold something that was stored away for many years and it netted you big bucks? Give us the low-down below!
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