I realise how materialistic this'll sound but I don't care, I'm a game collector and I care a buttload about the games I have, there's a game called Panzer Dragoon Saga which is one of the most sought-after games there are, it's considered by a lot of people to be one of the best games ever made and because of bad timing with its release there are only about 9000 English language copies in existence, about 8000 in America and only about 1000 here in Europe, so naturally the thing is hard to get and sells for some pretty astronomical prices. And given that there are only 1000 copies here, the box is easy to damage, the people who first bought it didn't know what they were getting their hands on and wouldn't have taken great care of it, and that 21 years have passed since it came out, good condition copies of the game are like sasquatch.
The average price it sells for here is ~£350-£400 and a couple years back I swiped a copy on eBay for about £180 in a bidding war, when it turned up it turned out to be in such good condition I couldn't believe it, the outer box was/is near pefect minus a few very minor scuffs and all the inner boxes, manuals and discs were like new. I finally got round to finishing the game the other day (fantastic game) and since I was in the zone I decided to look more closely at the eBay listings just now, turns out those £350-£400 copies I've been seeing are pretty beaten up, one has half the side of its outer box ripped off, some have creased outer boxes or manuals or blotchy discs. The most expensive non-sealed one I can see right now is for £500 and the outer box on that one is pretty bashed up. I can only imagine how much my copy is worth, almost perfect nick, and I got the thing for £180. I'm so giddy rn. My treasure. I need to find a better place to store it. Happy boi. It really is a great game, too. It feels lonely knowing so few other people have had the chance to play it. If you like games with good stories and you ever find yourself with the chance to you really should play it. Maybe emulate it if you can get it to work.