Metropolis Collectibles has landed a record leap in both the video game and sports card markets according to Vincent Zurzolo, COO of the vintage comic dealership. “I’m delighted to announce that Metropolis brokered a deal that is sure to shake up the landscape in both the video game and sports card collectible markets.” 

The Tom Brady 2000 Contenders Rookie Autograph #144 Gem Mint PSA 10.0 traded hands for a Nintendo World Championship grey cart WATA 8.0. “That’s right!” Zurzolo said, “The rarest modern day football card featuring the greatest quarterback in NFL history was traded for one of the rarest Nintendo cartridges ever created.” 

A rare Tom Brady rookie card with a value of $168,000 hard cost was traded, one-for-one, for the Nintendo World Championship grey cartridge. The cart is now the record holder as the world’s costliest video game, with a current value of $168,000. That shatters the previous record sale of $100,150 for a video game. “This is a perfect example of the rapid and expansive growth of the collectible video game market,” Zurzolo added, “Which continues to establish itself as a serious player as an investment, as well as a fun, nostalgic hobby.”

The Tom Brady 2000 Playoff Contenders Rookie Ticket Autograph #144 PSA Gem Mint 10.0 card was sold in April 2019 for $168,000 via auction. The Brady is currently the most expensive modern football card and arguably the second most expensive football card overall. Only 14 Gem Mint examples of this card exist due to the low print run for later round draft picks; Brady was taken in the sixth round, 199th overall.

The Nintendo World Championship grey cartridge was created in 1990 as part of the Nintendo World Championships tournament which toured 29 cities, with the finals held at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. In the 30 years since the inception of the Nintendo World Championships there have only been a handful of copies of this game discovered. The majority of the Nintendo World Championship grey cartridges have been plagued by substandard production qualities. It is unknown how many grey Nintendo World Championship cartridges still exist today; an additional small number of gold versions of the cartridges were produced and given away as part of a contest held by Nintendo Power magazine.

These carts were never meant to last past 1990’s event, as the majority of the Nintendo World Championship grey carts suffer from glue motting, label discoloration, and paper lifting. In the rare event a copy of this cartridge is found, it typically presents one or more of these major condition issues. This WATA-graded Nintendo World Championship 8.0 cartridge is amongst the highest graded and one of the finest copies known to exist.

Zurzolo told Scoop that Metropolis Collectibles will continue to provide an industry leading role that showcases the best in comics, original comic art, and vintage video games as their clients head into the new decade. Those looking to buy or sell with Metropolis can reach Zurzolo by calling (212) 260-4147 or emailing buying@metropoliscomics.com.