As collectors of classic video games we know how frustrating it can be when we hit upon a dry period of finding classic cartridges and game systems. We know the feeling of wanting to spit nails when seeing
the mother lode of rare cartridges walk off with somebody else at the local flea market. We’ve even gone as far as appealing to a higher power to end this rare cartridge drought. Apparently we’ve been appealing to the wrong higher power.

While visiting a thrift store outside Columbus, Ohio, collector Robert Batina found a carved wooden figure lying amongst a pile of rare Atari cartridges inside a Tupperware bowl. Being in a hurry, he grabbed the bowl of cartridges (including the wooden statue) and purchased its entire contents. When he searched the bowl he found several hard to find games for the Atari VCS: Brain Games, Strawberry Shortcake, Starmaster, MASH, Crypts of Chaos, Revenge of the Beefsteak Tomatoes, Commando Raid, and Miniature Golf. A good find, he
thought. He also inspected the wooden figure more closely.

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