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Sealed Copy of ‘Super Mario Bros.’ Sells for $114,000 at Auction – Rolling Stone

A sealed copy of the Super Mario Bros. became the highest-selling video game ever at auction Friday with a winning bid of $114,000.

The 1985 cartridge, still in its original plastic sealing, sold to an anonymous bidder at Heritage Auctions’ event. The $114,000 winning bid bested the previous auction record of $100,000 for a single video game; that mark, set in February 2019, was also established by a sealed copy of Super Mario Bros.

“The demand for this game was extremely high, and if any lot in the sale could hit a number like that, it was going to be this one,” Heritage Auctions Video Games Director Valarie McLeckie said in a statement. “We knew this would be a strong live session, but I don’t think anybody could have anticipated how much bidding action there was on Heritage Live! and the phones.”

Graded in A+ condition, this unopened version of Super Mario Bros. featured “hangtabs,” a rare and short-lived variant of the game’s original packaging.

“This unopened copy of this [Nintendo] launch title soared to record heights in part because it was part of one of the short production runs of the game packaged in boxes with a cardboard hangtab underneath the plastic, an indication that it was part of one of the first variants produced after Nintendo started using shrink-wrap to seal the games rather than stickers,” Heritage Auctions said of the packaging.

In total, Friday’s auction of sealed Nintendo games brought in over $699,000, well exceeding its $428,000 pre-estimate auction. Other notable items included a sealed copy of Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out that sold for $50,000 and a first-pressing, ultra-rare copy of Super Mario Bros. 3 that had the “Bros.” placed on the left side of the front cover; that item, one of only 10 known to exist, sold for $38,000.

In 2015, an excavated batch of 900 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial Atari games sold at auction for $108,000.

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How to see the ‘Super Flower Moon,’ the last supermoon of 2020 – AZCentral

The supermoon, also known as the pink moon, rises over the Papago Park Buttes on April 7, 2src2src. It is the biggest and brightest supermoon of 2src2src.

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The supermoon, also known as the pink moon, rises over the Papago Park Buttes on April 7, 2020. It is the biggest and brightest supermoon of 2020.

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Hikers enjoy the views at Papago Park as the moon rises in Phoenix April 5, 2src2src. Social distancing guidelines from the coronavirus pandemic haven't kept people off the hiking trails.

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Hikers enjoy the views at Papago Park as the moon rises in Phoenix April 5, 2020. Social distancing guidelines from the coronavirus pandemic haven’t kept people off the hiking trails.

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The supermoon, also known as the pink moon, rises over the Papago Park Buttes on April 7, 2src2src. It is the biggest and brightest supermoon of 2src2src.

The Full Pink Moon seen in April 2020

The supermoon, also known as the pink moon, rises over the Papago Park Buttes on April 7, 2020. It is the biggest and brightest supermoon of 2020.

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The supermoon rises over a neon ice cream cone on a Braum's sign in Owasso, Okla., April 7, 2src2src.

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The supermoon rises over a neon ice cream cone on a Braum’s sign in Owasso, Okla., April 7, 2020.

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A plane approaches Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport as hikers on “A” mountain enjoy the views while the moon rises behind them in Tempe on April 5, 2020. Social distancing orders from the coronavirus pandemic has not kept people from crowding hiking trails.

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The supermoon, also known as the pink moon, rises over the Papago Park Buttes on April 7, 2src2src. It is the biggest and brightest supermoon of 2src2src.

The Full Pink Moon seen in April 2020

The supermoon, also known as the pink moon, rises over the Papago Park Buttes on April 7, 2020. It is the biggest and brightest supermoon of 2020.

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A view of the supermoon over Santiago's Cathedral, in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain.

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A view of the supermoon over Santiago’s Cathedral, in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain.

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The supermoon is seen from Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

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The pink supermoon rises over St. Louis on April 7, 2020. April’s supermoon is the brightest and largest it will be for all of 2020.

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The supermoon appears from behind a cloud as seen from Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday, April 7, 2src2src.

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The supermoon appears from behind a cloud as seen from Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

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The so-called pink supermoon rises above the Highway 509 bridge over the Thea Foss Waterway, April 7, 2020, in Tacoma, Wash.

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A supermoon rises behind the campanile on the University of Kansas campus In Lawrence, Kan., April 7, 2src2src.

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A supermoon rises behind the campanile on the University of Kansas campus In Lawrence, Kan., April 7, 2020.

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The supermoon rises, with the Elbphilharmonie in the foreground, in Hamburg, Germany, Tuesday, April 7, 2src2src.

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The supermoon rises, with the Elbphilharmonie in the foreground, in Hamburg, Germany, Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

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The supermoon rises behind an illuminated cross on a Christian Orthodox church in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, April 7, 2src2src. The phenomenon of supermoon' happens when the moon is at its closest point to the earth and looks larger than usual.

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The supermoon rises behind an illuminated cross on a Christian Orthodox church in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, April 7, 2020. The phenomenon of supermoon’ happens when the moon is at its closest point to the earth and looks larger than usual.

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The supermoon sets behind the Brandenburg Gate, April 8, 2src2src, in Berlin, Germany, with the Quadriga on the Brandenburg Gate seen on foreground.

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The supermoon sets behind the Brandenburg Gate, April 8, 2020, in Berlin, Germany, with the Quadriga on the Brandenburg Gate seen on foreground.

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A plane flies in front of a supermoon on Feb.19, 2019, in Nuremberg, Germany.

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The supermoon rises behind the cross on the Bell tower of the Novodevichy Convent in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, April 7, 2src2src.

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The supermoon rises behind the cross on the Bell tower of the Novodevichy Convent in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

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An Emirates Air Line cable cars is silhouetted against the backdrop of the supermoon in Greenwich, London on Feb. 19, 2src19. On Tuesday, the moon will

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An Emirates Air Line cable cars is silhouetted against the backdrop of the supermoon in Greenwich, London on Feb. 19, 2019. On Tuesday, the moon will “only” be about 221,000 miles from Earth, which is about 17,000 miles closer than average.

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A supermoon rises behind a statue of the Roman god Mercury mounted on top of a hotel tower, April 7, 2src2src, in Nashville, Tenn.

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A supermoon rises behind a statue of the Roman god Mercury mounted on top of a hotel tower, April 7, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn.

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A supermoon rises over the Parthenon on the ancient Acropolis Hill in Athens, Greece, on Feb. 19, 2src19.

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A supermoon rises over the Parthenon on the ancient Acropolis Hill in Athens, Greece, on Feb. 19, 2019.

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A supermoon rises behind the artwork titled Seven Magic Mountains by artist Ugo Rondinone, April 7, 2src2src, in Las Vegas.

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A supermoon rises behind the artwork titled Seven Magic Mountains by artist Ugo Rondinone, April 7, 2020, in Las Vegas.

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A supermoon sets as seen from Whitley Bay, England, as the sun begins to rise, early on Feb. 19, 2src19.

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Published 4:11 p.m. MT May 5, 2020

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Arizona is taking steps to gradually re-open, but many people may be nervous about venturing out and doing too much too quickly. 

Stepping outside your house to view the so-called Super Flower Moon this week, however, is a comfortable and a safe way to end the day. 

The best night for seeing the Super Flower Moon is Wednesday, May 6. But a nearly full moon on Thursday evening will make for great viewing that evening as well. 

The best time to view the supermoon is while it rises in the sky because the contrast against buildings and trees makes the moon appear even larger. On Wednesday night, the moonrise is at 6:40 p.m. in the Phoenix area. On Thursday, the moonrise is at 7:52 p.m. If you live outside the Phoenix area, enter your city’s name into this website to find moonrise times for your area.

“There’s a lot of neat stuff to look at in the sky, but the moon is right up there as one of my favorites because you can see so much without any equipment,” said Kevin Schindler, a historian at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff.

Moon activities for the family

Schindler recommends three activities that can make moon gazing more fun and interactive:

  • See who can spot the moon first. Go outside a few minutes before the moon rises and try to guess exactly where the moon will appear over the horizon. Will it appear over this fence post? Or that tree? 
  • Observe how the color changes. As it rises, the moon takes on a pink-orange glow, which is due to the Earth’s atmosphere. A couple hours later, the moon appears gray and white when it’s high in the sky. 
  • Watch a special program on the moon live from Arizona. Lowell Observatory will host an hour-long show on the internet, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The livestream will feature pictures and maps, and a discussion of the moon’s geography and formation. 

What is a supermoon?

Supermoons happen a few times a year when the moon is closest to the Earth in its orbit. The name comes from appearing about 14% larger and 30% brighter than a typical full moon. The May supermoon is known as the “flower moon,” because flowers typically cover the ground in many parts of the country. 

When is the next supermoon?

If you miss the May supermoon, you will have to wait almost a year for the next one. The next supermoon won’t make an appearance until April 27, 2021

Reach the reporter at anne.ryman@arizonarepublic.com or 602-444-8072. Follow her on Twitter @anneryman.

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