MASSIVE SPECCY GAMES
UPDATE: SOLD FOR
£4,600 ON 20/11/02
A massive stash of 250,000 games - many of them for the Sinclair Spectrum - is set to be flogged to the highest bidder.
The incredible auction, which has sparked a frenzy of discussion and excitement in the Speccy community, is currently taking place on Internet auction Web site eBay.
As this is written, with just under one day to go, the price stands at £550 - although many expect the final figure to top £1,000. It's believed a number of Speccy enthusiasts are trying to form a syndicate to purchase the games between them.
The collection - which features tens of thousands of different titles, and many duplicates - is being sold by Lancaster-based Retro Direct, which claims to be the UK's largest stockist of vintage computers, consoles and games.
In a message posted to the World of Spectrum discussion forums, Retro Direct proprietor Andrew David wrote:
"My big plan was to get all the games listed and put them in small lots of 10 -12 games and list those on Yahoo, eBay and QXL, but I just haven't the time now as I've a shop to run seven days a week.
"I do love the Speccy as much as anyone but after working all day in the shop, I need a break, " he added. "I wish some of you could see the games - it really is a trememdous sight and I've seen them nearly every day for 2 years. I'm always coming across new titles."
As well as Spectrum games, the collection also contains titles for the C64, Amiga, Atari ST, Amstrad, Vic 20, MSX and BBC. All are boxed and in good confition, with some classic titles still shrink-wrapped. The picture above shows boxes of Jet Set Willy tapes in their original Software Projects outer packaging.
The winner of this high profile auction will be required to collect their booty, and David reckons it will take a very large articulated lorry to shift all the games. Plenty of storage space will also be required, which could prove a stumbling block for any Speccy syndicate looking to land the loot.