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Rocky Trilogy VHS Tapes Sold for a Remarkable Price

Rocky Trilogy VHS Tapes Sold for a Remarkable Price

In an age of streaming services and digital downloads, one might think that the era of physical media is long gone. However, the recent auction of factory-sealed VHS tapes of the first three Rocky movies has proven that nostalgia still carries a hefty price tag.

The legendary Rocky series, starring Sylvester Stallone as the titular character, has been a fan favorite since the original film’s release in 1976. The sequels, Rocky II and Rocky III, followed in 1979 and 1982, respectively, further cementing the series’ place in the hearts of moviegoers. While these films are readily available on various streaming platforms, a unique set of factory-sealed VHS tapes has fetched an impressive sum at auction.

As reported by The New York Times, the sealed tapes of the Rocky trilogy were sold through Heritage Auctions in February, with the original Rocky movie fetching $27,500, Rocky II selling for $12,500, and Rocky III going for $13,750. Combined, the rare collection was sold for a staggering $53,750.

The seller, Jay Carlson, a dedicated collector, had acquired the VHS tapes from a man who had created a time capsule for his son born in 1982. The identity of the buyer remains unknown, but their passion for the Rocky series and nostalgia for physical media is evident in the amount they were willing to pay.

Carlson commented on the appeal of the tapes, saying, “These tapes are historical artifacts that have this ability to sweep you back in time to a place that all at once feels miles away and yet somehow like home.” He further noted that he has spoken to many other collectors who share this sentiment, suggesting that the allure of nostalgia remains powerful.

Heritage Auctions has a history of selling various collectibles, including video games. In the summer of 2021, a factory-sealed cartridge of Super Mario 64 sold for $1.56 million, setting a record for the most expensive video game ever sold.

The Rocky series has continued to evolve, with the spin-off series Creed, starring Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed, the son of Apollo Creed. The first Creed film was released in 2015, followed by Creed II in 2018 and Creed III in 2023.

The sale of these factory-sealed Rocky VHS tapes serves as a reminder of the enduring legacy of the series and the power of nostalgia in the collectible market. The buyer’s willingness to pay such a high price for these tapes demonstrates the enduring appeal of physical media and the emotions they evoke in collectors and fans alike.