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ATARI : Last E.T. cartridges up for sale on eBay

07/02/2015 | 07:50pm US/Eastern

July 03--The last E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial cartridges from the notorious Atari dig at the Alamogordo Landfill are now on sale on eBay. There is only 70 games left in the final round.

Operational Consultant Joe Lewandowski said there are 10 E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial packages that have multiple E.T. cartridges stuck together. He will sell 40 single E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial cartridges and other titles as well.

"This is the big bang if you will, the one everyone has been waiting for and going nuts about," Lewandowski said. "So far all together we have sold 71 games in this fourth and final round and we're planning on selling at least 70 more. The rest will go to the city and museums around the world."

Lewandowski said he added two more countries to the list that now has Atari dump cartridges in their possession, Ireland and Brazil.

"I've added two countries to the list that now has the Atari dump games, Ireland and Brazil. I've gotten several emails from South America before that has been interested in them but this is the first time anyone from there has bought any," Lewandowski said. "I've also added a few more states to the list, 45 states have Atari dump games now including Hawaii. California has the most games with Florida coming in second, but it could fluctuate."

He said the E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial cartridge by itself did not sell for less than $800. One E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial cartridge in its original box sold for no less than $1,000.

"We have a handful of accordions, they're the squished packages where the games are all still stuck together. Some of them are still in their cardboard shipping boxes that has been compressed," Lewandowski said. "Instead of trying to rip them apart I left them together and they're being sold as a package deal which has never been done before. There's going to be people who want those because they're collectibles. There's only a handful of those."

Now that the sale is coming to an end Lewandowski said he will now have some free time on his hands.

"I don't know what I'm going to do after all this ends. My wife and I have been doing this a long time, it's going to be weird not doing it anymore," Lewandowski said. "I have other projects that I'm working on but this has been a lot of fun."

Lewandowski said he will present the grand total to the city in July. To purchase one of the last E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial cartridges from the Alamogordo Landfill, they will be posted on the eBay website under the heading "atari dig cartridges."

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(c)2015 the Alamogordo Daily News (Alamogordo, N.M.)

Visit the Alamogordo Daily News (Alamogordo, N.M.) at www.alamogordonews.com

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