Nes New York Test Market Set, Complete, Authentic, Mint Condition, Original Owner. This rare New York City Test Market Set was bought the day after Thanksgiving in 1985 from Roosevelt Field Mall in Long Island. It was my Christmas gift at 8 years old. I figure it's time to let this go to fund some of my other collecting interests. What you are seeing is not only rare and stunningly beautiful, it is also a slice of toy and gaming history.
This set is complete, including all of the original paperwork, packaging and ties. It was rarely played and is in remarkable condition.
The biggest reason for that is because my cousin who lived right next door also had one. He got his in October and more importantly, had Mario and Baseball, so obviously we played his all of the time and not mine. When my family moved from Long Island to Upstate New York that summer, this was " lost" in the move.
Mom bought me a new Control Deck Set and I played that for years, never really worrying about the lost set. About 5 years ago, we found this while cleaning out my parents' house. Rediscovering this sparked a retro game collecting hobby and I have been collecting ever since.
You could go your whole life collecting Nes and not see another one of these in this condition, it's that nice. The box and styrofoam are in exceptional shape, especially the styrofoam, it is basically perfect. The box has a few minor scratches and dings, but great gloss and honestly, you aren't going to see many test market boxes better than this. If it's not one the best TM boxes I've ever seen, it's certainly right up there. The console is in nice shape.
No damage and nice color. The serial number is 38,402, which to the casual collector reading this, is really low and indicative of a rare New York set. It has the original CPU 01 chip of which I can send a photo if you'd like.
The console hasn't been modified in any way. Original 72 pin, no lockout mod. The Rob and accessories look like they were hardly ever used. The battery compartments for Rob and the spinner are clean and look like batteries were never even in them.
This makes sense because I really don't remember playing Gyromite all that much. The games are really the highlight of the set. These are the original matte sticker seal first print versions of Gyromite and Duck Hunt. I've thought about having these graded because the boxes are so nice, but I just haven't gotten around to it.These games in this condition are rare and would likely sell for quite a bit on their own. I'm no expert, but I have had many games graded over the years. I think Wata would grade these boxes at 8 or 8.5. The labels on the carts are glossy and the manuals are minty. I can't see how these grade overall at less than 8, even on a bad day. The power brick, RF switch, AV cables, converters, zapper, and controllers are all in very good, working condition. The AV cables were never opened. As far as peripherals, the glasses are unopened and the manual and Seal of Quality insert are essentially perfect. The large Gameplan poster is included as well. What is interesting about the large Gameplan poster is that it only lists 26 games. That is because in fall of 85, only 26 of the Black Box games existed or were in the works. To a novice collector, this might seem insignificant, but to people that understand the rarity of this set, it is a big deal. Any other Gameplan poster you've ever seen probably has at least 1 more game, it's usually Gumshoe. Even early LA and Chicago test market sets had 27. The small poster inserts within the game boxes also have 26 games, not 27. It is little details like this that separate this set from others.
It is impossible to overstate how rare all of these posters are, and they're in outstanding condition. Things to look for in a New York Test Market Set that you wouldn't find in a LA, Chicago, San Francisco or later Deluxe Set. Non Deluxe Set box with the correct styrofoam (there is a difference) -Serial number under 50,000 -ONLY Cpu 01 in the console -26 game, not 27, large Gameplan poster -MATTE sticker sealed boxes -Gyromite/Duck Hunt often with Famicom converters and a darker grey back sticker -Gameplan posters in Gyromite and Duck Hunt with only 26 games -"no code" on the game boxes or corner of the instruction manual, only much later Deluxe Sets had codes.Other things to look for in authentic NY sets. There was no Zapper manual, Control Deck manual, membership card, etc. New York set game boxes were matte sticker sealed, not glossy. Glossy seals are cool and rare, but did not show up until January of 86 and were discontinued almost immediately in early spring when games started to be shrink wrapped. If you see a "void" label under the sticker, it's a second edition or glossy seal game box. So there you have it. That was a lot to digest. You will undoubtedly have questions and want more pictures. I will gladly send photos. Just remember, this isn't a collectible as much as its a piece of toy and gaming history. It is also a piece of my history. I hope this goes to a person who appreciates that history. Don't settle for a "test market" set that was not actually a New York set or one that was a hastily thrown together bunch of Deluxe set components. Just in the last few months I have seen "test market sets" with. Consoles over 1 million serial number -Duck Hunt and Gyromite boxes with a code on the back -Orange zapper (I kid you not) -Control Deck and Zapper manuals included -Red, yellow and white AV cables -Nintendo Power magazine subscriptions or other inserts that don't belong. It's impossible to put a hard value on this because of how rare it is and because there just aren't too many in the condition that this is in.
I will definitely consider reasonable offers, but I truly believe that this is worth every penny at 6,999. If my price seems way off, make me an offer, we can work something out.I'm not trying to overprice this, I just don't know what others value it at and I don't want to short-change myself. The few I have seen sell usually go for between 1000 and 2500 dollars, but none of those were in the condition that this is in and were never really complete. But most of all, it's these games that separate this set.
Each are going to grade in the 8's, and just by themselves are quite valuable. This is the real thing. Don't let this opportunity to get your hands on a centerpiece for your entire gaming collection pass.
Purchasing this and opening it up for the first time will bring you back to being 8 years old on Christmas morning, I guarantee it. The item "Authentic Nes NY Test Market Set, Complete, Mint, Original Owner" is in sale since Wednesday, January 1, 2020.This item is in the category "Video Games & Consoles\Video Games". The seller is "chwe_758" and is located in New Freedom, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped to United States.