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    First "Left Bros." Variant Ever Offered in Sealed Condition

    Super Mario Bros. 3 - Wata 9.0 A Sealed [Bros. "Left, First Production], NES Nintendo 1990 USA. This is the first sealed copy of the "Left Bros." variant of Super Mario Bros. 3 that we have ever offered in our auctions. Make no mistake, this copy is not at all to be compared with any sealed copy of the "Right Bros." variety; the "Left Bros." is in a completely different league. This variant's nickname refers to the justification of "Bros." on the front of the box, which indicates this copy is from the earliest production run of the title. It is as close as one could get to saying this copy is from a "first printing." While there are certainly a fair number of complete in box copies of this variant out there, sealed copies of the "Left Bros." variant exist in the low single digits. Which is understandable, considering the earliest produced copies of a game are much more likely to have all been sold early on (and opened). For many collectors, the prospect of finding a sealed copy of this variant of Super Mario Bros. 3 has been such an unlikely task that many have forked over a pretty penny for a high grade complete in box copy. For example, in April 2019, we sold a Complete in Box copy of this title, graded 9.4 by Wata, for over $5,000. What a high grade sealed example such as this one will go for is anybody's best guess; there are no verifiable auction records of an example ever being sold.
    As a means to better explain the significance of this variant, it isn't much of a stretch to say "Left Bros." is to Super Mario Bros. 3 as "Dr. Wright" is to the first Mega Man game. We have a feeling that many collectors who have longed to own a sealed "Left Bros." will be practically jump at the chance to finally add this coveted game to their collection.

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    Auction Dates
    July, 2020
    9th-12th Thursday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 19
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