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Looking to expand your classic gaming collection? Well, it turns out some systems are more expensive than others.

We were interested in just how much you'll have to spend to secure some of gaming's priciest retro consoles around. If you're curious, here's our list of some of the most expensive on the eBay market, from least to most.

5. Virtual Boy

  • Price: ~$300
  • Rarity: 2/5

Ahh, Nintendo's vastly unsuccessful attempt at 3D virtual reality via a head display. The system was terrible, and left many players feeling nauseous thanks to motion sickness. As a frame of reference, it came out in 1995 and was discontinued in 1996. Only 1.26 million consoles were released worldwide, with less than two dozen games available.

Picking up a Virtual Boy in high quality condition on eBay will cost you quite a cost. On eBay, you can find a console in strong condition ranging from $200 to $500. Expect to pay somewhere around the $250+ range.

4. Atari Jaguar

  • Price: ~$300 for base; $550 for Jaguar CD
  • Rarity: 3/5

You might not have heard of the Atari Jaguar. Back in 1993, the Atari Jaguar was designed to compete with the Nintendo SNES and Sega Genesis. With the Sega Saturn and Sony PlayStation on the market, though, sales didn't hold up, and the console sold below Atari's initial predictions by a lot.

But instead of picking up from their loses, Atari held onto the Jaguar and even attempted to expand the console's lifetime with the Atari Jaguar CD. Suffice to say, it didn't work. Not many consoles were sold.

These days, picking one up is expensive. On the cheaper end of the scale, an Atari Jaguar with the box will cost you somewhere around $279 to $290, but listings can be found around $475 and more. The Jaguar CD will push you past the $550 mark, meanwhile.

3. APF-MP1000

  • Price: $500
  • Rarity: 5/5

The APF-MP1000 was released back in 1978 by APF Electronics Inc, a Queens-based electronics company in New York City. It's a weird little console, featuring a joystick with a dozen keypads. But it was one of the earliest consoles on the market, and created in the United States, too. The system featured only 1KB of RAM featuring at 8-bit and outputting at 256x192. Game cartridges let users play blackjack, baseball, boxing, and a huge row of casino games.

Want a piece of gaming history? This console is very rare, and quite expensive too. Listings with games clock in around $500.

2. Casio PV-1000

  • Price: $530+
  • Rarity: 5/5

Never heard of the Casio PV-1000? It was released in 1983 as a Japan-exclusive console, with only 15 games ever created. Suffice to say, the console never sold well, and Casio pulled the PV-1000 within weeks. With only a 256x192 resolution operating at 8-bit, and only 2 KBs of RAM, it seems like a relic these days. But at the time, games like Super Cobra, Dig-Dug, and Galaxian were all available.

Want a copy? This console is particularly rare -- and expensive, too. Grabbing a Casio PV-1000 will run you at least $500, with current Japanese listings at $530+. Still, it's an important part of 1980s gaming history if you're into that sort of thing.

1. Sega SG-1000

The Genesis's forgotten older sister. Photo via Wikimedia.
The Genesis's forgotten older sister. Photo via Wikimedia.
  • Price: $600+
  • Rarity: 4/5

Sega's very first video game console, the SG-1000, never reached the States. Introduced in 1983, and released alongside Nintendo's Famicom, the SG-1000 was an attempt to bring Sega games into homes as arcades grew less popular. There weren't that many made, and the Famicom beat out the SG-1000 easily thanks to its superior library. Less than 100 games were ever released for the SG-1000, but popular titles included Flicky and Golgo 13.

Want a Sega SG-1000 for yourself? Well, the console is pretty rare. Offerings are straight from Japan, and can rest in the $711 to $820 range. However, it definitely is possible to grab one for ~$400 if you're lucky.

Those are some of the most expensive video game consoles found on the Internet market. Own one? Share your buying stories in the comments below.


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