It may possibly be the initially time in history that a game shop was the topic of a big-scale heist. Trade-N-Games, situated in Fenton Missouri and founded in 2002, was the unfortunate target of a robbery earlier now, that would see an estimated $100,000 worth in video games stolen from the shop.
“This was a straight up heist in and out stole my protected with more than 150 of the most important games.” stated shop owner Jason Brassard. “That’s all they took! If you have been to the shop, observed my videos like the significant unboxing of graded games that is what was taken plus a lot of much more.”
The unboxing videos refer to the shops Youtube channel, exactly where Brassard is shown unboxing the collection of games – all officially graded for high-quality from WATA Games with certification- to the public a couple of months ago.
Practically all 150 games stolen had been full in-box versions of some of the rarest games on the marketplace, spanning eight diverse systems from the Atari 2600 to the Sega CD. Brassard posted a list of the games discovered in the protected, with the largest loss probably to be the uncommon NES game Stadium Events, full with each the cart and manual now stolen. Viewed as one particular of the rares NES titles ever produced due to an really restricted print run (200 copies), the final copy to come up for auction sold for $35,000 in 2015. Other uncommon games integrated a full copy of Little Sampson, estimated to be worth more than $four,000, and Cheetahmen two, which is has sold in the previous anyplace in between $10-$20,000. Some uncommon Nintendo test cartridges had been also stolen from the protected, such as a NES Joystick test cart and a NES Energy Pad test cart.
Other effectively-identified games lost from the heist consist of the Sega CD game Snatcher, Captain Novolin and Super Noah’s Ark 3D on the Super Nintendo, and Tank Command on the Atari 7800. Brassard noted that the protected itself was a five foot tall, three-foot wide slab that was about 500 pounds empty. He believes that the protected was especially targeted, as no other things in his inventory had been taken.
Beyond various getting observed in videos or Instagram right after he had sent them to be graded with Wata Games, a lot of of Jason’s games had been previously pictured in the book he wrote about identifying and valuing 80s video games. The games for Atari systems produced up about 60 of the titles, when there had been a couple of Colecovision ones as effectively that had been in the book.
“I have insurance coverage but this is subsequent level people.” Brassard stated on his Facebook post. “I had [an] alarm and response was five min from police. No one particular [was] caught. I’m not performing also great correct now, but I’m capable to get the shop open as standard.”
Quite a few fans of Trade-N-Games in the regional Missouri region, along with fans on-line, have expressed assistance to Brassard more than the theft. The Missouri Game Con, MO Game Con, is also supplying a $2,500 reward on any details in regards to the heist, according to their twitter feed. This is from a $1000 supplying they place in, along with other donations from regional collectors.
At the moment, there are no leads into the robbery, but the investigation is at the moment ongoing at this time.
What are your thoughts on this story? Have you ever been to Trade-N-Games? Do you gather uncommon games? If you have any details on the heist, be confident to speak to Brassard or regional authorities. Leave your comments beneath.