Home » Arts & Entertainment » A garbage collector and punk archaeologist partnered to find the fabled pit where a struggling Atari dumped tons of unsold inventory after the video game crash of 1983. They knew the Atari trove was close when they began unearthing artifacts of the 80s, including a Donny and Marie Osmond poster.

A garbage collector and punk archaeologist partnered to find the fabled pit where a struggling Atari dumped tons of unsold inventory after the video game crash of 1983. They knew the Atari trove was close when they began unearthing artifacts of the 80s, including a Donny and Marie Osmond poster.

New Mexico city finds buried treasure of Atari games

A long-buried copy of the infamous Atari game “E.T.” is worth more than $1,500.

The desert city of Alamogordo, New Mexico, finally sold off its buried treasure of ancient Atari games, raking in more than $100,000 from nearly 900 games.

The haul included a single copy of “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial” from 1982. Once vilified as the worst video game ever, the outmoded and abandoned “E.T.” sold for $1,535.

Atari emptied out a warehouse and paid Alamogordo to dump nearly 800,000 games in its city landfill in 1983, according to Joseph Lewandowski, who was on site when it happened and later bought the garbage company that buried them.

In recent years, the trove achieved the status of urban legend, especially since nobody remembered… Continue Reading (2 minute read)

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