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    BOOM! A True Genesis Holy Grail

    John Madden Football Championship Edition - Wata 9.2 A+ Sealed [Rental Exclusive], GEN EA Sports 1992 USA. Rightfully dubbed as one of the "holy grails" for Sega Genesis collectors, the fact that even a single copy would manage to remain factory sealed is an enigma, and a true collectors' find. To date, Wata has only graded this single copy as sealed, and even just one complete in box copy! Further, the number of known sealed copies in the collecting community that have yet to be graded by Wata can be counted on one hand.
    By its very nature, this version was meant to be opened virtually the instant it arrived at its final destination -- Blockbuster. Basically, if you weren't Blockbuster, you had to be satisfied with renting this edition from them, or buying a copy of John Madden Football '93. We're sure some will be quick to point out that the Championship Edition did eventually have a consumer release, but it was not released at the same time as the rental exclusive; it came out after the fact.
    Some collectors we've spoken with about this version of the game have admitted they would be willing to pay a pretty penny for even a relatively nice complete in box copy. After all, games that were part of the bygone rental system, without question, went through the most abuse. For one, it's not like Blockbuster was exactly giving out brownie points to members who attempted to take exceptionally wonderful care of their manuals and cartridges. Further, rental copies passed through a lot of hands, and the stores themselves would often paste their own stickers or write on the components to keep track of them. Add in the fact that these rental exclusive versions were produced in such limited quantities that every store would only have a few, and that's a solid recipe for scarcity.
    Based on all of these factors, the likelihood of finding an unknown sealed copy is akin to finding a needle in a haystack -- even variant aside. While it does make sense that a rental exclusive version of any game would be the scarcest variant of any game, in this title's case, Wata has only graded just two sealed copies of the later-produced consumer release of the Championship Edition. All of this is just to say, we suspect the bidding for this copy will be nothing if not incredibly fierce!


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