Happy 30th Birthday Atari 2600!
- Thanks to engadget...
See that Wii or Xbox sitting under your TV? The PSP or DS tucked away in
your messenger bag? That copy of Pac-man on your cellphone which cost
five bucks and expires next month? Each of them owe a debt of gratitude
to the granddaddy of all videogame consoles, the Atari 2600, which
ushered in an era of unprecedented television usage, and which turns 30
years old this month. That's right, the first 2600 units rolled off the
assembly line in October of 1977, delighting both children and kids at
heart with games like Pitfall and Pole Position, and helping distract
the nation after the untimely death of the King, the tragic crash of
Lynyrd Skynyrd's plane, and Pele's retirement. So here's to you, dear
2600: Atari may only be a shadow of its former self today, but you've
lived on in our fond memories, in retro Flashback products, and last but
not least, in tricked-out mods from the great Ben Heckendorn.
Thanks In Advance!,
- Bryan Pope <bryan.pope@...> wrote:
>Oddly enough, I just bought two 2600 carts today (Vangard and Star
>....the Atari 2600, which
> ushered in an era of unprecedented television usage, and which turns 30
> years old this month.
raiders), for a 2600 I got a few months ago. Haven't turned it on.
Just went to check...oops! It's an Odessey system, not Atari! My bad,
but the carts are as described. But I like the 1802 processor, so not
So what is a working 2600 worth these days?
usual retrotechnology.com stuff excluded
>There are three types
>So what is a working 2600 worth these days?
1. The original with 6 switches on the front
2. The 2nd version with 4 switches on the front
3. The 3rd version "2600 JR" or something like that.
Only the 1st is rare, if boxed and complete with bits and pieces. There
was also a Sears equivalent.
A new/near mint, boxed 2600 with original everything is worth $150+
From there you go down to $20 for a working, non-boxed, fair condition
unit with no carts. A working 1st gen, even in bad condition is worth a
little bit more that the 2nd gen, all else being equal. The box makes a
big difference. I don't know how rare the JR's are, but you don't see them
Overall the 2600's are not rare and it's better to sell these in pieces
(sell the unit by itself, the carts by themselves) unless you have a boxed
complete system with the original Combat cart.
There are carts that are worth more than the systems. A NOS Atari paddle
is worth more than a fair cond. working system.