Worlds Largest Video Game Collection Auctioned Online

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Jun 7, 2014 3:00 PM

The world’s largest videogame collection is going under the virtual hammer, with New Yorker Michael Thommason selling off the 12,000 game collection via GameGavel.

Officially awarded a Guinness Book of World Records certificate to authenticate its place as the world’s biggest video game collection, its being auctioned off as a job lot in a huge auction…

Currently sitting at a $50,000 bid with more than 9 days still to go, this historical auction looks like it’s going to fetch a pretty penny. The reserve hasn’t been met just yet but estimates put the collection’s worth at around $200,000.

For those wondering how a single man amassed such an astonishing collection of videogames, Thomasson claimed that it gradually game his way through operating “seven independent gaming stores during the nineties and have worked for another chain for the last decade. I also operated Good Deal Games online since 1998, having thousands of games cross my path.

Whenever I purchased a game that did not directly come from the distributor I was able to look through all our inventory and pick out the nicest copy of a game, including grabbing the nicest box and manual,” continued Thomasson. “As a result, the games in my collection are mostly PRISTINE – you WILL be pleased!

More than 2,600 of the 12,000 games are still factory-sealed, while many of the older consoles feature nearly complete collections.

The auction is scheduled to end on Sunday 15th June at 10:30pm EDT, if you've got $55,000 burning a hole in your pocket then here to get bidding.

How large is your video game collection?

Would you get rid of a collection this huge?

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06:22 Jun-09-2014

The bid is not at $90,751.00 :|....Don't know what to say...

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06:24 Jun-09-2014

I wonder how big the World largest collection Pirated games is :P

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07:56 Jun-14-2014

Not sure but I bet you that collection will be from India or Pakistan hahaha...

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13:03 Jun-08-2014

I'd lie if I said I'm not jealous of his collection, like just... wow. 12000 games? How did he even manage to get that amount of games.
This guy gets my respect lol

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11:31 Jun-08-2014

Another friendly advice, buy this collection right now and sale it to a museum fifty years later. They will pay you double. Or you can open your own museum with this collection :)

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11:28 Jun-08-2014

I have like 35 games right now. This means that I only need 11,965 more games and I will be a millionaire when I reach his age. Never thought that gaming could pay you that big :)

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10:09 Jun-08-2014

Gamestop be like "that'll be $5.00"

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10:12 Jun-08-2014

xD

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08:33 Jun-08-2014

I just counted all of my games i currently own, i was surprised how many i have...29.

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08:18 Jun-08-2014

@Jon - answers to your questions
my video game collection?? LOL
12000 games?? i would make a "Game Museum"

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06:19 Jun-08-2014

:O O_o

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06:17 Jun-08-2014

I have nearly 200 games, nowhere near 12 000

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06:02 Jun-08-2014

he's a sega man..

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00:13 Jun-08-2014

Now its 90k

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22:37 Jun-07-2014

So erm, why don't AVGN buy the collection? :3

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18:47 Jun-07-2014

so how much data is there? (GB? TB? PB?)

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19:43 Jun-07-2014

Even if the average game were 1GB, that's still only 12TB. And since he's been collecting since 1998, there's bound to be dozens of games that probably wouldn't make it past a 100MBs in data size.
I don't think there's more than a few terabytes in total, but then again one can only make a guess.

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14:58 Jun-12-2014

so its really all about casings and real touch ^^ i guess nowadays you dont need shelves with steam and alike ^^

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15:01 Jun-12-2014

it's awkward to "have nothing" in possession, I'd still prefer fewer boxed games rather than digital library of titles I've never played :)

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17:45 Jun-07-2014

55k for 12000 games, of which 1/4th are factory sealed? That's dirt cheap when you think about it, less than 5$ per game as a starting point. I'd imagine many of the games are valued in the hundreds, so it would work out long-term if someone actually took a bank loan and used it to buy this. Then just sell off the individual games that you have no interest in. Without needing to know the actual contents of the collection, there's no way to lose.

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15:01 Jun-09-2014

It's sitting at around $90,000 now but I still think there's profit to be made there easy. Now I just need to find $90,000...

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17:26 Jun-07-2014

Let me get my $55,001 :P

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17:24 Jun-07-2014

I want to work at independent gaming stores when i grow up :p

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03:28 Jun-08-2014

Not unless you want to be jobless after a week, no independent gaming or video store lasts more than a month here in CT.

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03:43 Jun-08-2014

i was being facetious :p
hence the :p

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07:49 Jun-08-2014

Facetious:
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treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor; flippant.


Just for the folks who won't get it xD

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09:00 Jun-08-2014

Better be a pro gamer unless you want to spend your time sitting and waiting for 7 clients all day. GL

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09:10 Jun-08-2014

But isn't being a pro gamer just sitting and playing games most of the time? Playing games for living would surely make gaming seem dull, for me at least.

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11:52 Jun-08-2014

That's the contrary actually. A pro gamer is actually paid to play, and I don't mean YouTubers of course, but people part in a team, with managers and participating in tournaments. That's why people that call themselves pros aren't pro at all, but we could stay "hardcore" gamer if they do play a lot.

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16:50 Jun-07-2014

and then I thought that I had no life! :P somebody had too much free time to spend and lots lots lots of money!

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16:37 Jun-07-2014

I have about 100 games, but the discs are in a CD Case to save space. I could never keep a collection like Thomasson has. No room for it in my place.

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16:26 Jun-07-2014

hmm, the true question is: does he have a wife and children and friends to share this awesomeness with?

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16:51 Jun-07-2014

I don't think so :/

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17:45 Jun-07-2014

"For those wondering how a single man amassed such an astonishing collection of videogames", that kinda eliminates any wondermeant, those starting words of "Single man"

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14:42 Jun-09-2014

ACTUALLY, I found out he is selling the collection so he can devote more time to his family (his wedding in 1998:)

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16:02 Jun-09-2014

Thats a good thing tzz there is more to life than just games,

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17:06 Jun-09-2014

and funnily enough, he said he'll start new collection right away =Đ

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16:15 Jun-07-2014

Damn, if I had such a collection, I would say goodbye to my friends and family... and the sun.

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