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Atari 5200 Auction value - how high should I bid?

by robbievgb Sun Apr 15, 2012 11:08 pm

There's a local police auction happening next weekend, and one of the lots is for a box 5200 with all cables, 2 controllers, and 11 games.

I do not own a 5200 yet, and this seems like a great starter set. Anyone have any opinions on how high I should go with this? According to my classic games price guide book, the system boxed is worth about $100 just itself.

I've attached some pics from the auction to get an idea of how great the set looks.

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Re: Atari 5200 Auction value - how high should I bid?

by Retrogamer0001 Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:13 am

It sure is in nice shape - it would likely go for a lot more than 100 on a site like Ebay than it will in a real life auction though. I would just read the crowd and see if anyone is interested, if not, I wouldn't be afraid to go 80 or 100 on it, considering the shape it's in. Good luck!
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Re: Atari 5200 Auction value - how high should I bid?

by cookie monster Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:45 am

Most people won't bother with it cause of the failure rate on the controllers, it cost around 50. to fix a controller. So you might get lucky and be able to snatch it for a few bucks. I paid 50.for mine cause it came with the adapter so i can use 2600 controllers.
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Re: Atari 5200 Auction value - how high should I bid?

by flojocabron Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:07 am

dont know which version it is with just the pics you gave.

not that it really makes much of a difference.

theres the two port and the four port console.

The four port console has a weird plug where everything goes together. RF plug and electrical plug. If this gets messed up, Its kinda hard to replace it.

The two port plug thankfully has everything separated. You can use the orginial RF switchbox or a special plug for about $8 bucks at radio shack.

And like they've said the controllers are crappy. So if you win, take care of them.
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Re: Atari 5200 Auction value - how high should I bid?

by CRTGAMER Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:38 pm

Depends how bad you want it, maybe $100 bucks tops
Looks like a pristine set with a nice collection of carts, maybe a four port? The free Pacman game indicates a two porter. The 4 port has that unique RF Auto power switch, just be sure to plug in the power AFTER everything else is hooked up. I have the four port and like the auto switch with just one cable to the console.

I fixed my 5200 controllers with little pieces of Renolds Wrap aluminum foil glued on the rubber contacts of the fire buttons. After a while they would come off though, you can buy a replacement gold button and gold flex PCB kit. If you try the cleaning or Mod, be sure to pop the plastic frame off the Start button assembly before disassembling the controller.

Keep an eye out for a 2600 Masterplay interface or a set of 5200 Wico joysticks, they pop up on EBay once in a while. The 5200 Wicos can be set to self centering or free floating.
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Re: Atari 5200 Auction value - how high should I bid?

by robbievgb Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:23 pm

Thanks Everyone! I'm thinking I will try to get it for $50, but I'll be willing to go up $100 (or a little over). The carts only seem to be worth about $2-3 a piece, so those are insignificant.

The 5200 has been on my list forever, one of the last True "retro" ones I still need/want aside from ColecoVision and Vectrex.
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Re: Atari 5200 Auction value - how high should I bid?

by robbievgb Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:03 pm

whelp it's already past $100 online which means it will go at or more then that when the live auction starts.

I don't really have room in the budget for anymore than $100 (was cheating my budget just to make that work!), so I'm gonna have to let this baby go.

At least tomorrow is Record Store Day, so I can buy some music instead :D
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