CGC-certified Nintendo Power #1 Realizes $24,000 in Heritage Sale

Posted on 12/5/2022

The first issue of the iconic magazine saw excellent results in the November auction after receiving a grade of CGC 9.4.

An issue of Nintendo Power graded by Certified Guaranty Company® (CGC®) saw an impressive result in a recent Heritage Auctions sale. The Nintendo Power #1 graded CGC 9.4 — one of the four highest-graded examples in the CGC Census — realized $24,000 on November 4, 2022.

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This Nintendo Power #1 includes all inserts, including the Baseball Round Up poster and the Player’s Pull and subscription inserts originally included in the magazine. The front cover features a clay-modeled scene from Super Mario Bros. 2, with Mario jumping across a field of mushrooms while Wart, the main antagonist, pursues him. The magazine’s condition is incredible for being over 30 years old, which likely contributed to its impressive price realized.

Nintendo Power was a bi-monthly magazine initially published by Nintendo of America from 1998 to 2007, then by Future Publishing from 2007 to 2012. The magazine offered video game news, features on upcoming Nintendo titles, strategy guides, outside advertising and more. The cover of Nintendo Power typically featured artwork from the issue’s featured game — usually fan-favorite Nintendo characters — while the back showed the Nintendo Official Seal of Quality and a small blurb about a feature.

Since Nintendo Power debuted before resources such as YouTube and online strategy guide sites were available, the publication was an invaluable resource to video game players and fans alike. Because of its popularity and nostalgia, video game collectors look for past issues of Nintendo Power magazine to accompany their collections, leading to high prices realized for CGC-certified issues. Collectors looking to purchase their own CGC-certified Nintendo Power #1 can find more examples on Heritage Auctions, like this example graded CGC 7.

CGC Video Games, the newest division of Certified Guaranty Company, launched in October 2022. The expert graders have already certified their first game, The Legend of Zelda for the Nintendo Entertainment System, which is graded CGC 9.4 A+. The division has just begun shipping the first CGC-certified video games and the entire team at Certified Collectibles Group® (CCG®) is excited that many will cross the auction block in the near future. To learn more about CGC Video Games, click here.

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