The Atari Landfill Excavation took placeApril 26 in Alamogordo, New Mexico to unearth millions of unsold “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” video game cartridges.
Now, the Alamogordo City Commission decided that 700 out of the 1,300 E.T. and other material that has been uncovered will be appraised, certified and put up for sale.
Alamogordo Mayor, Susie Galea, said,
“We have been working with the space museum for curation, both for displaying and selling the games; they are now artifacts,. The City Commission acted on Tuesday to give 100 of the games to (documentary production companies) Lightbox and Fuel Entertainment. There are 700 that we can sell.”
Mayor Galea added that the hole has since been filled back in, leaving around 700,000 games remaining inside in hopes of turning the site into a tourist attraction.
“The dig was a lot deeper, a lot more than they thought they would have to go, They thought it was going to be 18 feet down and it was 30 instead.”
Would you be interested in buying one of the recovered E.T. Atari cartridges?