Tips for Buying EarthBound

February 2nd, 2010 | Auctions, EarthBound, Merchandise

You know how some stores like Walmart or Toys R Us sometimes have (or had) little display things for each video game they have in stock? Well, apparently one for EarthBound just showed up on eBay:

Super Nintendo SHELF DISPLAY Card EARTHBOUND Super Rare

Here are some pics:

In all my time, I’ve never ever seen one of these (for EarthBound) being sold. So if you’re a collector, this is your chance to get something almost no one else can. Also, how I wish EarthBound was still at that price. Stores in the late 90s really wanted to get this game out of their stock.

 

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93 Comments to EarthBound Display Card for Sale


neonix said on Feb. 2, 2010

Part of me wishes you didn’t post this so I could snatch it up for a cheap price. But ah well, let’s see what this ends up selling for.

Mister Crosser said on Feb. 2, 2010

someone Add this to the merchandise section o starmen.net!

BroBuzz said on Feb. 2, 2010

Must….Get….Must…Get….Must…..Get…

BroBuzz said on Feb. 2, 2010

Lets hope they guy who buys it shows it off in a video or something!

Anonymous said on Feb. 2, 2010

>$14.96

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Gummidge said on Feb. 2, 2010

ยฃ9.36? That’s less than I payed for Donkey Kong Country 2 recently ๐Ÿ˜

pooppoop said on Feb. 2, 2010

that’s about how much i paid for my box set in 1996

WallHack said on Feb. 2, 2010

Ohhhh yeah, current high bidder! ^-^

santiagoff said on Feb. 2, 2010

What’s up with new merchandising popping up all the time?

Chrissii said on Feb. 2, 2010

Argh. Not that I don’t <3 you, Tomato, but… you always make posts pointing out things that I have my eye on, then I don't get them. ๐Ÿ™

Anonymous said on Feb. 2, 2010

Gah it went up to 48 bucks already? Holy crap! I wonder what it will end at O_o!

pooppoop said on Feb. 2, 2010

i’ve been a pretty big earthbound fan for 14 years or so, but i really can’t imagine why anyone would even want this. it’s a little piece of paper with pictures of the front and back of the original box on it. the size of the pictures is so small you can barely read the text. 5 inches by 6 inches…. it’s the size of an index card.

even if it was used in a store there’s nothing ‘authentic’ about it. it’s not original art, wasn’t created by anyone who cared anything about the series, and has all the relation to the actual game as a picture i drew with crayons in 5th grade when i first played the game.

KingDarian said on Feb. 2, 2010

Holy fudge! $48!?

Chrissii said on Feb. 2, 2010

Wow… It’s already up to like $50… Why couldn’t I have been born as one of you Richie-Rich-type Earthbound fans…. LOL.

Pigmask Private said on Feb. 2, 2010

PoopPoop, you’re dumb. Collectors care about things that most don’t.

Poe said on Feb. 2, 2010

@Pigmask Private – there are some people out there who can’t fathom spending so much money on anything, no matter how rare it might be. That doesn’t mean they’re dumb, they just think differently.

missy said on Feb. 2, 2010

damn that’s cool. I sure wish I could afford it lol

xfisjmg1 said on Feb. 2, 2010

When I started bidding it was at $6.50, but whoever was bidding against me wasn’t playing gamesโ€”$47 was the last bid I put in, and the cheapskate in me won’t let me spend more than fifty on cardboard.

BroBuzz said on Feb. 2, 2010

This bid is gonna get Sniped in the last 5 secs I bet!

neonix said on Feb. 2, 2010

^Agreed. I predict ~$91

Steve! said on Feb. 2, 2010

I have a weird feeling its not going to sell over a hundred dollars, It seems really rare especially being that I never even heard of it before. I just don’t feel like paying that much for it even if it is rare, although I was willing to pay $80 for an earthbound cart (like many) this just seems different.

pooppoop said on Feb. 2, 2010

i might understand if it were something actually related to the series. but this is nothing but a piece of paper with some pictures printed on it from an american retail store. i could write “earthbound” a piece of driftwood in charcoal and you’d buy that too right?

Ninji said on Feb. 2, 2010

“PoopPoop, youโ€™re dumb.”

I kinda have to agree with pooppoop’s opinion, because techinally it is just a piece of cardboard selling for $50 ๐Ÿ˜› but in serious matters, you shouldn’t make mockery of other people’s opinion’s Pigmask Private, if you said that kind of stuff on SM.NET (starmen.net) you would get flamed by moderators for saying that. In other words, dammmmmnnnn EarthBound is like its own stocks, I honestly have never seen a piece of EB merchandise (official of course!) go for less than $40, everything is rare and priceless, the only things that go for less that 40 dollars are the official Japanese CDs and some of the guides and a few doujini things, but in all seriousness, if someone got a napkin, wrote EARTHBOUND on it in sharpie and got it signed by Shigesato Itoi, it would sell for like $50 minimum ๐Ÿ˜€

Mato said on Feb. 2, 2010

I think in this case people are making a deal out of it because it’s a piece of EarthBound’s history (however small) that was presumed lost to time. You could write EarthBound on a random piece of wood and try to sell it, but it doesn’t have the significance attached to it that something like this has to a collector.

Hell, I’m still hoping that someday I’ll be able to find an old Walmart ad or something from the mid 90s with EarthBound in it. It’d just be neat to have/see. Different people value different things.

no name given said on Feb. 2, 2010

every one has there opinion ya know

Vinny said on Feb. 2, 2010

I remember these days. Toys R Us used to have that secured room up front with all the games, and you’d take the little flyer up. Man, I don’t think I’ve bought a game since those days.

A.R.M. said on Feb. 2, 2010

@Vinny

So does that mean you pirate them now?

Ricardo said on Feb. 2, 2010

Yeah, it’s just a cardboard, but it’s a collectable. I would buy it if I could…

TheJorsh said on Feb. 2, 2010

Man, I wish I could get a copy of EarthBound for $14.97.

TheJorsh said on Feb. 2, 2010

oops, $14.96, not 97.
I’d pay the extra cent though if I could.

LucasTizma said on Feb. 2, 2010

To all the people who just don’t understand… You have to be a collector to really value something like this. ๐Ÿ™‚

This item SHALL be mine. >:D

WallHack said on Feb. 2, 2010

Gahhh, blast you LucasTizma, I can’t afford to go any higher :'(

neonix said on Feb. 3, 2010

Watch out LucasTizma, I might just decide to blow my whole paycheck just for the glory of outbidding you =P

Vinny said on Feb. 3, 2010

A.R.M.
No, I usually just play what my brother buys. I’m not too big into video games in the first place. I never pirate. If a game’s not worth buying, it’s not worth playing.

no name given said on Feb. 3, 2010

me=12 years old=$7 {I will not be able to by that}

TheMetroidMan said on Feb. 3, 2010

Holy s***…its at 137 dollars and still has a day to go! Will this sell for as much as a complete copy of the game? Its ironic really, whoever ends up getting that card COULD probabaly turn it around and sell it on eBay for a complete copy of the game, which is kind of what the card was used for in the first place if you think about it haha!

neonix said on Feb. 3, 2010

Wow, whoever wins this thing is going to have some serious buyer’s remorse.

Pigmask Private said on Feb. 3, 2010

Oops, LucasTizma’s after it.

Karma said on Feb. 3, 2010

“Wow, whoever wins this thing is going to have some serious buyerโ€™s remorse.”

Why? Who ever buys it obviously knows what they are going after, the price isn’t insane or even over $100, and it’s probably going to be for a collector who wants to have everything Earthbound.

Anyone like that, who is an Earthbound fanatic and must have every merchandise made for it would have remorse if they DIDN’T get this.

Karma said on Feb. 3, 2010

p.s: Oh, the price has climbed since I saw it last, over $130. Well, either way, I guess that just proves my point. Some people must seriously want this.

I just think neonix doesn’t understand the true heart of a collector.

LucasTizma said on Feb. 3, 2010

Nuuuuu! Someone outbid me. :O

I may have to pull out the big guns. >:D

LucasTizma said on Feb. 3, 2010

Jesus! Over $200?! I think I’m out for this particular item… D:

Lothis said on Feb. 3, 2010

This has become even more amazing than the “never opened” copy of EB going for a grand.

Lothis said on Feb. 3, 2010

“but in all seriousness, if someone got a napkin, wrote EARTHBOUND on it in sharpie and got it signed by Shigesato Itoi, it would sell for like $50 minimum :D”

I’m sure Shigesato Itoi’s signature on a banana peel would go for a minimum of $50, although I’d expect something more like $100-$150 for that…

LucasTizma said on Feb. 3, 2010

Uh, something like that would go for a few hundred at least. I know if I could verify that the signature was authentic, I’d easily pay $300+ for a signed napkin. ๐Ÿ˜€

Gah, who dares to outbid me on this auction!? XO Oh well, all’s fair in love and way (and bidding). ๐Ÿ˜€

pooppoop said on Feb. 3, 2010

…i see my technique of disparaging the item to make you all stop bidding, thus insuring my victory, has not been successful.

LucasTizma said on Feb. 3, 2010

Heh. Disparaging EarthBound/MOTHER merch typically makes me bid more fiercely to defend its “honor”! XD

neonix said on Feb. 3, 2010

I’d pay a pretty penny for an Itoi-signed banana peel, IF it were somehow preserved form rotting into a brown, mushy, illegible, little pile.

neonix said on Feb. 3, 2010

Also, $200, dayumm, that’s more ridiculous than the back of yo head. In fact, I can explain EXACTLY what is happening here. This particular item has never popped its head up on ebay before, so people are thinking “Oh crap! Rare! BID BID! I won’t have a chance again!” And those who saw it from this post are even more enthused because Mato hasn’t seen it before.

I’m telling you, the winner is going to have major remorse for paying so highly for this. He won’t be able to resell it for the same price either, because the second time it shows up online, people won’t be as impressed.

Carl said on Feb. 3, 2010

Or maybe it’s just a unique item relating to a game that’s always had a strong cult following and the buyer doesn’t need some presumptuous ass telling him what he’s thinking.

Anonymous said on Feb. 3, 2010

LOL. I talked to the buyer, he has five of these. Way to go whoever wins this for hundreds, I’m gonna bid on the next few he throws up

Anonymous said on Feb. 3, 2010

err I talked to the “seller” rather.

Chrissii said on Feb. 3, 2010

@Carl I don’t think you need to be so rude to someone for making a valid point. The price on this particular item IS so high because we’ve never seen it before, and that’s a fact.

That said, if I had the money at the moment I would be involved in the bidding for sure :X But alas. How cool would it be to have that, though?

@Anonymous If what you’re saying is true, and you’re not just trying to get people to stop outbidding you, then I’m stoked. But I find that to be very doubtful. >_>

neonix said on Feb. 3, 2010

Anonymous could be telling the truth. I talked to the seller the other day, inquiring if the price sticker was removable. He told me he had another with no sticker on it and to look out for it in a few days.

The seller is smart enough to only put one up at a time so people bid the highest possible on the current one. I’m not sure if he has 5, but he has another indeed, so I’d take Anonymous’ word for it.

neonix said on Feb. 4, 2010

This is for Carl.

http://img211.imageshack.us/img211/1295/ebcard.jpg

I recreated the card in Photoshop, so that goes to show how unique it is.

KingDarian said on Feb. 4, 2010

All right. $200 is what a like new complete copy of EarthBound can go for…if you’re paying that much for a tiny piece of cardboard with the game’s boxart on it, you’ve got problems.

How can you be sure the seller doesn’t have a stack of these? The next one that pops up will probably go for $10. ๐Ÿ˜›

Karma said on Feb. 4, 2010

@neonix: “I recreated the card in Photoshop, so that goes to show how unique it is.”

Good. Now print it on real quality cardboard in the proper size dimensions without croppin or blowing up the image with a glossy laminated, professional texture that’s good enough to actually fool someone.

Not as easy, right?

Especially since you’d need the original and a scan of it, before you could print it at those same dimensions.

Carl said on Feb. 4, 2010

@Chrissii And I don’t think neonix needs to be so rude as to presume to know what others think or believe, or what they should or shouldn’t value. That’s not “making a valid point,” it’s being a presumptuous jerk.

@neonix Thanks, give me your Paypal info and I’ll send you 200 bucks for your work. Oh, wait, no I won’t, because you’re being an idiot. Five seconds on Google will net one a hundred different JPEGs of the Mona Lisa; it doesn’t mean the original painting is any less unique or valuable.

Lothis said on Feb. 4, 2010

@Karma: Not that I don’t see the point you’re trying to establish, but what exactly are said dimensions and how would any buyer know said dimension unless they were weird enough to actually find out when these things were still being used in stores?

Poe said on Feb. 4, 2010

Vidpros (these display cards) are usually all the same size. They used them at the Toys R Us I used to work at. The dimensions aren’t hard to figure out as long as you know a store that still uses them.

Anyway, I can’t wait to see how high this thing goes for. I didn’t think it would go over $200, so now it’s time to sit back and wait for the snipers.

Carl said on Feb. 4, 2010

A cursory comparison of Neonix’s recreation to the original reveals several differences between them. The background is different, and the back of the box is different, with a different number of screenshots, different placement/layout of the text, etc.

This display card is a unique and interesting part of the game’s history. Claiming a half-assed photoshop recreation is exactly the same thing misses the point and ignores the whole reason people are excited about it.

neonix said on Feb. 4, 2010

Ok, apologize for being a presumptuous ass and jerk. I admit I came off that way.
I didn’t mean to presume what others were thinking, I just meant to describe what I really believe several of the bidders were/are thinking. This is from experience because I know plenty of people who have done it, and I myself have done it. It’s a sort of impulse thing and marketers use it all the time. The auction is a beautiful thing; it causes people to sometimes pay higher than what they originally were willing to pay.

Now as for the dimensions and glossy finish and all that, that’s irrelevant because nobody here knows what the exact dimensions are (not that it’d be so hard to ask the seller for the measurements). And it’s definitely not glossy or laminated–I’m not sure where you got that from. The corners have wear on them, which would not happen to laminated edges. Plus lamination has a clear border, which would be visible.

Now, they might be on semi-gloss paper, but I’d put my money on a matte finished paper a little thicker than regular cardstock.

These cards were not made to be valued (whether you value them and at how much is your own opinion and I’m not arguing with that), hence no professional finish, texture, or lamination. They were made for display in a store and then to be tossed out. They slapped together a template, swapped box shots on them, and printed thousands of copies to send out to Walmarts across the globe.

If I bought one of the cheaper ones that guy is selling, I could easily reproduce the EarthBound one exactly as you see it. As anyone could.

Finally, comparing THIS to the Mona Lisa is ludicrous! The Mona Lisa was HAND-PAINTED and is ONE-OF-A-KIND. It cannot be exactly reproduced, and if someone did try to make a fake and sell it, the Musรฉe du Louvre could quickly confirm that it had not been stolen or replaced and that the fake is indeed a fake.

This thing has no official holder to confirm any reproduction’s invalidity. It was printed out by a machine, not by the caring hand of any intelligent being. And the seller has at least two of them, and likely a total of five like Anonymous said. And there could be more sitting in the storage room of some Walmarts around the country, or stuffed in a box in some guy’s garage.

? said on Feb. 4, 2010

@carl: You must be the high bidder.

Carl said on Feb. 4, 2010

@neonix: If your argument against my Mona Lisa analogy is that this display card (unlike the Mona Lisa) can be exactly reproduced, then your previous effort to do so was hardly compelling. While I concede that attempting to reproduce the Mona Lisa is on a whole ‘nother level, I don’t think you appreciate how unique these display cards are. In fact, I’m willing to purchase one of the cheaper ones and mail it to you; if you really think you can create a reproduction indistinguishable from the original, then I challenge you to do so and send it back to me along with the original.

@?: So far, anyway! (crosses fingers)

Anonymous said on Feb. 4, 2010

If anyone’s wondering, I asked him how many he had before anyone bid on it. He told me five. I asked him if he’d sell all of them to me (I know a profit opportunity when I see one). He said he would rather let them all run on auction. If you look at his closed auctions, he’s already sold MULTIPLE copies of the other cards he has for sale, if you don’t believe me.

neonix said on Feb. 4, 2010

At Carl’s last comment, I didn’t make that image to be exact, I made it as an example of how easy it is to make. I didn’t have the time to make it perfect.

The original was half-assed to begin with.

I can, however, agree with you that it is part of the game’s history. Which I am all for. But that is the only factor that gives it value (in my eyes). You can put whatever monetary value you want onto the fact that it was used while the game was on sale in stores. That’s the same way someone would value an unsigned, broken drumstick that was used by their favorite drummer. No way to prove its value, but it’s got a sentiment. So I have no desire to argue with that, because everyone has their own opinion on what it’s worth.

But it is definitely not a unique work or has any special work put into it.

Carl said on Feb. 4, 2010

Okay, I pretty much agree with all that.

But, in a previous comment, you made a claim much stronger than “it is not a unique work or has any special work put into it.” You said, “If I bought one of the cheaper ones that guy is selling, I could easily reproduce the EarthBound one exactly as you see it.”

I’m not convinced. Let’s say I remain the high bidder in this auction and get my hands on the Earthbound card. I’ll purchase one of the cheaper ones and send it to you for free. Are you willing to then create and send me a reproduction of the Earthbound card that I won’t be able to distinguish from the original?

Anonymous said on Feb. 4, 2010

Ohhh if you buy one of the other Earthbound cards he puts up, mail it to me please :p .

neonix said on Feb. 4, 2010

I really have no ambition to recreate it. I have more important things to do, to be really honest. If you’re not convinced, then that’s that.

Carl said on Feb. 4, 2010

I guess that answers my question, then. Thanks.

Chosen4 said on Feb. 4, 2010

I could see how this is a collectible and I would buy it but I just dont see me paying $200 for a piece of cardboard unless this were EarthBound where $200 dollars is like $20
Ness:I would like to buy a Combat Yo-yo
Cashier:Okay that will be $1148
Ness:Whys it so expensive
Cashier:Because we are in a recession kid
Ness:Darn you Itoi and your abillity to predict future stocks

Chosen4 said on Feb. 4, 2010

Wait isnt that like one of those advertisements on this site

LucasTizma said on Feb. 4, 2010

Well congrats to whoever wins. ๐Ÿ™‚ $200 was my max. Glad to hear there are more from the seller. Maybe I’ll snag one afterall. ๐Ÿ˜€

Pigmask Private said on Feb. 4, 2010

Hey LT, you aren’t the only one who’s gonna try for the next one. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Jason said on Feb. 4, 2010

I used to work at Toys R’ Us when those were still in use. I have the Chrono Trigger one, but couldn’t get my hands on the EarthBound one D:

Would love to get one of those.

pooppoop said on Feb. 4, 2010

i made a joke about wanting this myself only because it’s more fun to make jokes than argue. but the truth is buying this for anything more than like 5 dollars is a huge rip off.

“Are you willing to then create and send me a reproduction of the Earthbound card that I wonโ€™t be able to distinguish from the original?”

because of the cheap and easily reproducible nature of this card you wouldn’t be able to prove the seller hasn’t already done this.

“Now print it on real quality cardboard in the proper size dimensions without croppin or blowing up the image with a glossy laminated, professional texture thatโ€™s good enough to actually fool someone.”

if you had access to professional printing equipment this would be laughably easy. the original cards are not high quality anyway. they were whatever the store could produce the cheapest, and the people who printed them made tens of thousands of various types of these cards a week.

EEnEfreak said on Feb. 4, 2010

Jesus Christ, 200 bucks for a piece of damn cardboard that says “Earthbound”. gj, highest bidder.

AVinc said on Feb. 4, 2010

http://cgi.ebay.com/Super-Nintendo-SHELF-DISPLAY-Card-CHRONO-TRIGGER_W0QQitemZ220550636486QQcmdZViewItemQQptZVideo_Games_Accessories?hash=item3359d7a3c6

I’ve got something more reasonably priced to bid on ๐Ÿ˜›

But honestly, $200 bucks is a little too much for something like this. It may be a collectible and all, but there is a limit(for most people at least) to how much unofficial merchandise is worth.

Carl said on Feb. 4, 2010

@pooppoop: These cards are interesting because they are a novel part of video game history. They were actually used at retailers as part of the process of selling games. Making a cheap copy might be an interesting project, but it wouldn’t be valuable to a collector as would the original.

You and neonix keep saying that it would be “easy” to make an exact reproduction of one of these cards, indistinguishable from the original, but so far I’ve seen no evidence for that claim–only a poor photoshop job. If it’s so easy, create one yourself. If it can’t be distinguished from the original, I’ll give you $200 for it, just as I’m willing to do for the original. Surely a little time and effort–it’s “laughably easy,” after all–is worth $200 to you?

@EEnEfreak: what does “gj” mean?

@AVinc: What is the limit to how much unofficial merchandise is worth?

EEnEfreak said on Feb. 4, 2010

gj= Good Job

Carl said on Feb. 4, 2010

Thanks.

Chrissii said on Feb. 4, 2010

Must be nice to have that much money to play with Carl XD

In other news can ya’ll please stop posting links to other cool non-EB auctions in this thread so you can stop giving me more competition kthx. >_>

pooppoop said on Feb. 4, 2010

“…indistinguishable from the original…”

which original are we talking about? the only thing that would be difficult to reproduce would be the signs of 15 years of aging. and if that’s your point then it’s meaningless because the quality and effect of aging would be vastly different amongst the various 15 year old copies of this that exist. that is to say that even other copies, printed at the same time in the same location would not be “indistinguishable”

neonix said on Feb. 5, 2010

Well, it has topped $200. 3 minutes left; lets see if a bid war ensues.

Drew said on Feb. 5, 2010

Somebody paid 300 bucks for this thing?

Anonymous said on Feb. 5, 2010

Excellent Anon won! :). I was serious about him having more copies guys, so if you lost don’t sweat it.

neonix said on Feb. 5, 2010

Holy shit.

DP said on Feb. 5, 2010

Wow, $305. Gotta love the die-hard EB fans!

Poe said on Feb. 5, 2010

Man I had a nightmare that I accidentally bid $301 on this thing. Looks like it was pretty close to the actual selling price o_O

Carl said on Feb. 5, 2010

@pooppoop: I’m not sure I understand your question. I’m talking about the original Earthbound card, as featured in the auction we’ve been discussing for days. You’re the one who said it would be “easily reproducible.” What did you mean by that, then?

IAMCARBONDOG said on Feb. 14, 2010

lol its probably gonna sit in one place for years and years o well thats what i would do with it

Ricardo said on Feb. 20, 2010

Hey, people. I just saw on Ebay an EB going just for 25 dollars. It’s just the cart, tough…

Kysafen said on Mar. 4, 2010

Well screw getting this online, I’ll buy it from Wal-Mart, it’s only $14.96 there.


 
 

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