Trash To Teasure, Unearthed E.T. Atari Game Cartridges Score $108K At Auction
A team of excavators led by operational consultant Joe Lewandowski unearthed the E.T. cartridges in front of a film crew. The high profile (among gaming historians) dig was the basis a documentary called Atari: Game Over, which is available for free through the Microsoft Store or you can find it on Amazon Prime Instant and DVD for $3 - $10.
Covering more than just the dig itself, the documentary chronicles the fall of Atari and "one of the biggest urban myths of all time," that being whether or not dump trucks filled with E.T. cartridges and other Atari hardware were buried over 30 years ago.
If you have even a passing interest in video games, I would strongly suggest watching the documentary. Obviously the urban legend turned out to be true, though there's more to the story than just a dump site of old video games.
Nearly 900 of the unearthed E.T. cartridges were auctioned off on eBay. According to Lewandowski, there are still 297 more that he's holding in an archive and plans to sell at a later date, perhaps when and if a second move comes out.
E.T. wasn't the only game the excavation crew uncovered. More than 60 titles were dug up, including Asteroids, Missile Command, Defender, Super Breakout, and Warlords, to name just a few.