THE CON: PRGE every Rocktober
"We're adding 60k sqft of hall space this year and need all hands on deck!"
Nintendo Cinematic Universe
Best Selling Franchises
Heavies: Rare Big Games
Scarce Super Heavies
i.e. Donkey Kong, Super Mario, Zelda, Tyson, Madden 1, Sonic 1, Metal Gear, Resident Evil, Final Fantasy, GoldenEye, Halo, CoD, etc.
Collector Franchises & Titles like Dragon Warrior, Kirby, Chrono Trigger, etc.
i.e. Donkey Kong for Mario
1st Print: First American Production
1st Game in Franchise
First Production could be global
1st Global Release
1st Retail Release
Note that the hobby is still divided on Production Date vs Release Date i.e. multiple date codes being called 1st Print or Halo NFR 00001 vs Midnight Release 00002
Furthermore, the hobby is very early on valuations for early production releases (usually Japanese) because of the lack of nostalgia for American buyers
COMPANY: Nintendo, Sega, Sony, Microsoft, etc.
BRANDS: NES, Genesis, PS, XBOX
SETS: libraries of titles by console/platform
HOUSES: publishing companies
Note that titles can have multiple releases around the world and several reprints over the course of years
Furthermore, even though American consoles dominate the hobby, the same technology might be considered a sub-platform, i.e. Genesis for America vs Mega Drive for Europe which ironically beat Nintendo for a min.
GRADING in Hopper's Opinion
PRISTINE: 10.0 A++ by WATA, CGC or 100 by VGA
GEM MINT: 9.8 by WATA/CGC or 95 by VGA
MINT: 9.4 A++/9+ CiB by WATA/CGC or 85+/90 by VGA
NM-MT: 8-9 WATA/CGC, 80-90 by VGA
NM: 7s by WATA/CGC or 70-80 by VGA
Note that grading standards are evolving & changing based on the diminishig quality of the material being seeing on grading floors
Furthermore, the hobby is very early in terms of cracking, crossing, resubbing, etc.
NOTE that just like the other hobbies the CENSUS/POPs are NOT 100% accurate!