But he eventually finished the listing: $25,000 for his 739 games. At that price he could part with it, and be sure whoever it passed to would care about it as much as he did.

It’s been listed for nine days, and he’s still unsure about how he feels.

“Every once in awhile I sort of look at my phone and go, ‘I sort of hope no one bought this yet.’ It’s hard to part with something you’ve really loved for a long time,” he said.

But nostalgia doesn’t spend. Eventually the needs of life trump the wants of love. Everyone could use more money and less stuff, even if that stuff is something as unique as a complete (or as near as possible) NES catalog.

“It’s never been useful in terms other than it’s just a bunch of plastic and a collection I love having.” For a moment he’s far away, the connection to the basement and the blurry, glowing images on the old tube TV severed.

Trevor Pawlak spent most of his life collecting the 677 Nintendo Entertainment System games licensed in the U.S.

In 2017, he decided it was time to sell his whole collection, duplicates and all. It was a heartbreaking decision for him, and one he made because he needed money to move into the next phase of his life.

Most people leave their childhood behind piece by piece. Trevor meticulously curated his childhood, deeply examined its intricacies, then was forced to quantify its value and sell it off because adulthood came calling.

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