In the 1980s, Atari buried copies of ET: The Extra-Terrestrial and, after being excavated, some ofthese are being sold on eBay.
The city of Alamogordo, New Mexico is taking advantage of the landfill by selling off some of the copies of the game, which were buried there in 1983. Boxed versions of ET: The Extra-Terrestrial in various conditions are currently selling for between $260 and $500.
The games were uncovered this summer during an archaeological dig. The actual process of discovering and digging up this landfill is the subject of the Atari: Game Over documentary, which will be available to watch via Xbox Live from 20th November.
The description states, “Purchaser will receive the game as portrayed in photo, city property ID tag, the certificate of authenticity and a narrative with photos of the 1983 burial and the 2014 excavation. The seller does not represent that this item is operable; it was buried for 30 years. SOLD AS IS."
So, no guarantee that the game will work. But even if it did, ET: The Extra-Terrestrial is so bad that the company tried to bury its existence. It may be best to keep it as a collector’s item that acts as a word of warning.