Super Mario Bros ou Apple stock?

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Do you want to hear something disgusting? A vintage copy of Super Mario Bros. on the NES has just been auctioned for $ 114,000.Admittedly, this is one of the most influential games of all time (it presents Mario to the world) and the specific copy received a score of 9.4, which means that it is in almost perfect condition. Oh, and there is a strange technicality about a cardboard hanging tag that makes it super rare. But still … $ 114,000?

It made me think – how interesting an investment would have been to buy a copy of Super Mario Bros. and leave it in a safe place for twenty years? Well, I will find out.

After a little thought, I decided that the best thing to compare was the Apple stock. The Cupertino company has been the darling of investors for years, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, holding $ 91.3 billion, or 43% of its portfolio.

So let’s see what would have been a better investment.

I couldn’t find a specific US release date, but Super Mario Bros. was launched in Japan on September 13, 1985 – so I’m going to use this date.

After digging a bit, I found the approximate price range for NES games of a printed issue of Electronic Games Monthly:

Now, like Super Mario Bros. was a flagship title, let’s just assume it was one of the most expensive games in the NES. That means it would have cost retail 49,99 $.

Next? Well, we need to know how much Apple stocks cost on September 13, 1985. What I did:

He closed at 0,281250 $ that day which means $ 49.99 would leave us with 177,74 actions Apple.

Not bad at all.

In terms of dates, the $ 114,000 copy of Super Mario Bros. sold on July 10, 2020. At the end of the same day, only one Apple title was worth 383,679993 $.

That means your 177.74 Apple shares were worth 68 196,14 $ last Friday. Oof.

Yes, the copy in perfect condition of Super Mario Bros. worth 45 803,86 $ more than all these sweet and delicious stocks.

But don’t rip your investment portfolio right away (I know how close you were), because it’s a bit of a mistake for two reasons: first, the scarcity of that specific copy of the game and two, the splits of actions.

Let’s first look at the rarity.

A little browsing on Price Charting shows that even an unopened copy of Super Mario Bros. does normally go for, on average, 298,26 $.

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