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Limited Edition Collectibles for Sony PS1

Limited Edition Collectibles

Elemental Gearbolt: Assassin's Case Cart Elemental Gearbolt: Assassin’s Case: $1,200 - $1,379
Rarity = 10
This treasure chest of sorts was given away as a tournament prize at the 1998 E3 convention in addition to a few people who worked on Elemental Gearbolt at Working Designs. When all was said and done, only 40 of these sets were produced and given out. The set includes a briefcase, gold GunCon, and gold memory card.
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Treasured Standard USA Releases

Suikoden II Cover Art Suikoden II: $135 - $295
Rarity = 4
Even thought it eventually because one of the most recommended RPGs on the Playstation, a limited printing and tepid initial response means there aren’t many copies of Suikoden II available. The great review scores and better sales for Suikoden III possibly helped increase aftermarket demand for the game. Combining these two factors together makes Suikoden II the most expensive regular-issue game on the Playstation.
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Tactics Ogre Cover Art Tactics Ogre: $89 - $191
Rarity = 5
Tactics Ogre was originally released as a Super Famicom game in Japan in 1995 and was re-released on the PS1 in 1998 in addition to other spinoffs on other consoles. This strategy and role playing franchise which are notoriously expensive, and this installment in particular has received critical praise — RPGamer stated that “the game is and forever will be a masterpiece”.
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Valkyrie Profile Cover Art Valkyrie Profile: $89 - $155
Rarity = 3
Valkyrie Profile is an action/turn based RPG hybrid and has become a cult classic to the many RPG fans in the Playstation crowd. The original game is hard to find now, but it has since be released on the PSP, which probably sparked continued interest in the original.
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Persona Cover Art Revelations: Persona: $79 - $123
Rarity = 4
The Persona series has a small but very loyal following. They don’t sell a ton copies as Altus, the publisher typically has smaller print runs, but the fans of the series love it. Persona takes place in modern times, which gives it a unique spin for RPG fans looking for something different.
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Final Fantasy VII Cover Art Final Fantasy VII (Black Label): $74 - $417
Rarity = 1
For the longest time, you could find this popular game for a reasonable price (after all, it was the second highest selling game on the PS1 at 9.8 million units), but it still has heavy demand behind it from collectors. As with most Playstation games, the original black-label released command far more from collectors. A sealed copy has even sold recently for over $400.
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Dance Dance Revolution Disney Mix Cover Art Dance Dance Revolution Disney Mix: $75 - $100
Rarity = 3
Cashing on the DDR craze during the turn of the millennium, this installment has techno-version of Disney songs like “It’s a Small World” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” in addition to Disney characters dancing on the screen while you play. The game is relatively hard to find now and all the Disney collectors and Dance Dance fans help to increase the price.
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Lunar Silver Star Story Cover Art Lunar Silver Star Story Complete $62 - $167
Rarity = 3
Lunar Silver Star Story is seen as a gateway between RPG eras. The game originated on the Sega CD and was one of the first RPGs to use FMV cutscenes and voice acting, but did not get all the attention it deserved. This enhanced re-release on the PS1 helped gain exposure for this great game, but as with most Working Design releases, there was a relatively low print run and a high collectability factor.
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Intelligent Qube Cover Art Intelligent Qube: $69 - $86
Rarity = 5
IQ is very unique and addicting puzzle game that received an Excellence Award for Interactive Art at the 1997 Japan Media Arts Festival and sold quite well in Japan as a result. It was a initially a relative unknown in the US, but those that gave it a try found it especially compelling. Most fans of the game have been holding onto it, keeping supply low and prices high.
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Team Buddies Cover Art Team Buddies: $60 - $120
Rarity = 8
Not only is Team Buddies pretty hard to find in the wild, but it’s also a remarkably unique and fun game. Mixing a realtime strategy RPG with flavors of a shooter and party game results in a cult classic that is high on PS1 collector’s want lists.
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Ogre Battle Cover Art Ogre Battle Limited Edition: $55 - $153
Rarity = 5
This is a re-release of the Ogre Battle March of the Black Queen for the SNES, which is one of the most expensive SNES games ever. In fact, it is almost the exact same game as the SNES version. However, this special releases Includes a map and memory card stickers. Like its predecessor, Atlus only printed limited quantities of the game and never did a second product run.
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Bust A Groove Cover Art Bust A Groove 2: $64 - $90
Rarity = 4
Bust-A-Groove was originally called Bust-A-Move in the Japan but had to change its name in the US to avoid copyright problems with the arcade puzzle game. It is essentially a dancing and fighting combo, which makes Bust a Groove 2 a very unique, genre-bending title.
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Persona 2 Cover Art Persona 2 Eternal Punishment: $56 - $140
Rarity = 3
Persona 2: Eternal Punishment is a direct sequel to the first Persona game seen earlier on this list and it is part of a duology (of which the US never received the first installment, Innocent Sin). Atlus published this game too so it is not surprising that there are limited quantities available and it is in high demand.
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Tales of Destiny 2 Cover Art Tales of Destiny II / Tales of Eternia: $55 - $135
Rarity = 3
Originally called Tales of Eternia in Japan. The name was changed to Tales of Destiny 2 but is not a direct sequel to any game in the Tales series. This game should also not be confused with Tales of Destiny 2 for PS2. They are completely different games. The game did not perform as well in the US as it did in Japan but is still cherished by Tales series fans.
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Lunar 2 Eternal Blue Cover Art Lunar 2 Eternal Blue Complete $54 - $120
Rarity = 2
Much like it’s predecessor above, Eternal Blue Complete was also an enhanced remake of the treasured Sega CD game, but had a slightly higher print run than Silver Star Story Complete. However, considering that both of these remakes were released in 1999 when 2D games were becoming a rarity, so it should be no surprise that only hardcore fans picked this game up — and typically held onto them.
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Brigandine The Legend of Forsena Cover Art Brigandine: The Legend of Forsena: $55 - $90
Rarity = 4
Brigandine is a turn-based strategy game with some RPG elements and is developed by Atlus. This by itself is a recipe for an expensive game. Atlus doesn’t produce many copies of them games as a publishing strategy, and strategy games and RPG’s typically dominate lists of expensive games.
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The Expensive Playstation Imports

Rakugaki Showtime Cover Art Rakugaki Showtime: $190 - $205
Rarity = 8
It is hardly surprising to see a game from Treasure on a list like this, but it is relatively surprising to see a Treasure game on the Playstation as they typically did work on Sega’s and eventually Nintendo’s platforms. Rakagaki Showtime was Treasure’s was one of the first games in the arena fighting genre (like Poy Poy and Power Stone) and used a 3D paper-like graphical technique similar to that used in the Paper Mario series.
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Suikoden II Cover Art Zanac X Zanac $160 - $210
Rarity = 7
While it might not have as extensive and impressive shmup library as the Sega Saturn and Dreamcast, the Playstation does have a number of exclusive 2D shooters that are essentials for fans of the genre. Zanac X Zanac is a Japanese exclusive that not only was a sequel of an NES classic from Compile, but also included the orignal game on the same disc.
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Suikoden II Cover Art Harmful Park - $150 - $200
Rarity = 7
Another one of the essential Japan-only shooters to keep an out for is the quirky but fun Harmful Park. This rare shmup will remind many of Konami’s Parodius series. The word of mouth for this gem plus the limited print run from the small development house, Sky Think Systems, makes for a collectible treasure.
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The Rarest PS1 Games At Affordable Prices

Each of these games have a rarity rating greater than 6, but routinely sell for less than $40. If you are a PS1 collector and see a boxed or sealed copy of any of these on eBay for a low price, you might want to snatch them up — you may never see them again.

  • Lifespan Learing Games - $2 - $5 each
  • Psychic Detective: $25 - $35
  • Fox Hunt: $13 - $20
  • Syndicate Wars: $8 - $25
  • Motor Toon Grand Prix: $10 - $15
  • Guilty Gear: $8 - $23
  • Goal Storm ‘97: $4 - $10

Additional Playstation Games of Value

These games aren’t especially rare, but are quite collectible; resulting in a high resale value, especially for complete, boxes copies.

  • Bust A Groove - $59 - $80
  • Tomba: $56 - $81
  • Einhander: $53 - $98
  • X-COM UFO Defense: $50 - $90
  • Tales of Destiny: $49 - $80
  • X-men vs Street Fighter: $50 - $70
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: $48 - $70
  • Final Fantasy VII (Greatest Hits): $53 - $160
  • Spyro Collectors Edition (complete): $53 - $73
  • Castlevania Symphony of the Night (Black Label): $57 - $66
  • Xenogears (Black Label): $50 - $154
  • Suikoden: $50 - $115
  • Legend of Mana: $47 - $80
  • Klonoa Door to Phantomile: $46 - $61
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Forbidden Memories Premium (w/ cards): $45 - $65 (sealed)
  • Return Fire: $48 - $50
  • Mega Man Legends 2: $45 - $73
  • Herc’s Adventure: $45 - $50
  • Arc The Lad Collection: $44 - $103
  • Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter: $40 - $52



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