> Now I cannot remember every single PCB I bought in the last 15 years, not even the
> really rare ones....
> Purple Magic: I personally put in a bid of $375 for this PCB that I though was WAY
> too much for it and figured with that price I'd win no matter what. But the PCB sold
> for over $500 and that was like 10 years ago. If you check the unMAMEd page and see
> the shots from the auction that I supplied. So yes I was very involved with that one.
> And as it turned out it was bought by a person who was determined that a MAME
> friendly person would never own it.
The time I'm talking about it sold for the opening bid, I couldn't get anybody interested at all, or at least I'm 98% sure it's that game I'm thinking of.
But yeah, if so, that means there are two of them I forgot about the auction you were involved with which was equally disappointing due to that Japanese collector issue.
But yes, there was a point where if any recognized Mamedev contributor bid on something a certain Japanese collector would make sure that it was going nowhere other than Japan, regardless of rarity or actual value. Maybe the same would have happened both times had somebody known gone for it.
More recently we've been quite lucky and system11 has silently picked up a number of otherwise uncommon Korean games, although he is still sitting on a fair stack of them that need dumping one day.