A rare Nintendo 64 controller found in an attic is set to sell for up to £1,000 in the UK.
Liam Clousdale discovered that a controller gifted to him for his birthday back in 1998 was, in fact, a rare Foxdata gamepad. The controllers came in Desert Storm, Red Rain, Purple Forest, and Chrome Leopard varieties and are now highly sought after by collectors.
Hansons Auctioneers has valued Clousdale’s Chrome Leopard customized controller between £700 and £1,000 ahead of an upcoming auction (via Eurogamer).
David Wilson-Turner, head of Hansons’ Toys and Video Games Auction elaborated on the controller’s value on Hansons’ website, stating that the Foxdata series is “increasingly sought after in the video game market. Though information is limited, it’s believed Foxdata produced around 800 of these customized controllers across the four designs, meaning there could be less than 200 examples of Liam’s controller in the world.”
Though it pales in comparison to modern-day hardware, Clousdale spoke fondly of his time using the controller: “I used it a fair amount and loved having the craziest-looking pad. Though the N64 has long since been packed away, I’m still an avid gamer.
“One of my friends spotted that a Foxdata pad had sold for a decent amount of money and remembered I had one. He asked me about it so I unpackaged my old pad from a box in the loft where it had been carefully stored away. I then contacted Hansons as I found an article about a previous gaming sale they held. I was very surprised by how much it was potentially worth. I’m happy to pass it on to a proper retro collector.”
As the games industry continues to mature, the cultural cache afforded to retro memorabilia has only seemed to grow. Though there have been successful modern efforts to recreate the feel of retro gamepads, such as the 8BitDo NeoGeo Wireless Controller, there’s no substitute for the original article.
The Chrome Leopard will be going up for auction on October 17, when collectors will bid on the controller.