Shaun Deeb invests big money in retro video games

Shaun Deeb

​Many well-known poker players are avid fans of video games, but some of them deliberately invest money in this industry.

The famous poker pro from the United States Shaun Deeb is among such players. Shaun is known for his affection for retro video games of 1980s and 1990s.

However, despite the fact that all these games and consoles are obsolete, Deeb believes that investing in these games is a great idea.  

Sean found a partner in this business and called him "the greatest expert" in collecting video games. The nerd collector-by-trade Nelson Laffey became his partner.

Deeb said that he met Nelson at the casino. The guy just started to get involved in poker and they immediately became friends. Laffey has always been an avid fan of Magic: The Gathering, Pokémon and others. Nelson turned to Deeb for a financial help to buy cartridges of 80s and 90s for retro consoles. Some of the cartridges were so rare that they cost several hundred thousand dollars.

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Deeb agreed and they began to buy many old game cartridges. For all the time of their cooperation, the guys collected an impressive collection, including legendary games such as "Contra", "Final Fantasy", "Street Fighter 2", "Deja Vu", "The Legend of Zelda to the Nintendo console.

The joint venture of Shaun Deeb and Nelson Luffy has already begun to pay off. The market of collecting retro video games is actively developing, and they have already been able to sell an almost new cartridge of the famous "Sonic the Hedgehog" for $120 000. They also sold a completely new cartridge “Super Mario Bros” for $400 000.

Shaun states that the sale of these cartridges gives him mixed feelings. On the one hand, his investments bring a good profit, but it is difficult for him to part with any game from his collection. Nevertheless, Shaun Deeb is confident that he will be able to earn a lot of money in this industry.

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