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    Nintendo World Championships 1990 Gray (NES, Nintendo, 1990) Wata 5.5 (Loose) Cartridge #260. This is considered to be, without a doubt, the rarest and most valuable Nintendo Entertainment System game, regardless of condition. Many of these cartridges serve as the centerpiece in collections that have been meticulously curated over many years. It is estimated that less than 100 of these Gray competition cartridges that were used in the 1990 Nintendo World Championship US Tour still exist. Gray NWC cartridges, like this one, were given to the tournament finalists after the competitors, and in some cases their parents, made a stir about receiving one. These cartridges were never meant to be in the hands of the consumer, and were meant to be destroyed. Because of this, the quality of standards for the production of these cartridges does not match those of games released in stores. Though this particular cartridge shows signs that its label was re-adhered with super glue by either a Nintendo employee or previous collector, it does not detract from the beauty of this significant piece of video game history. It could even be considered part of the unique provenance of Cart #260. Needless to say, we anticipate that this famous cartridge will be a very popular item!
    For more information about certified video games, see HA.com/wata.



    More Information: These cartridges were made to serve as tools that would ultimately be discarded. And, as such, did not have a significant value at the time of the competition. Many of these Gray competition cartridges have torn labels or writing on them, and there are very few that exist that could potentially be considered truly mint. Substandard glue was used to adhere the labels to the cartridge casing, and most - if not all - of the labels have severe antiplaque spotting. A vast majority of end labels have begun to lift over the years. So many of them that prior to the creation of Wata Games, the lifting of the label was considered by collectors to be an indication of authenticity.

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    May, 2019
    16th-18th Thursday-Saturday
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