Original Rocky VHS tapes sell for over $50k

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VHS copies of the first three Rocky movies sold at auction for $53,750…more than Sylvester Stallone’s salary on the first one.

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Yes, Adrian! I did it! I bought a Porsche by selling three Rocky tapes! Original, sealed VHS copies of the first three Rocky movies just sold at auction for $53,750. To put that into perspective, that’s about 20% of the original film’s budget and much more than Sylvester Stallone’s salary.

Sold at Heritage Auctions based in Dallas, the Rocky The VHS tapes were brought to the attention of Jay Carlson, who is not only an avid VHS collector (seal only), but is the director of shipments for Heritage. He also runs a nice and nostalgic Instagram called rareandsealed. That’s where he put more on the Rocky VHS:

“2 days after our last auction where we sold the only known 1982 drawer box releases of Rocky, Rocky II and Rocky III, these copies appeared EVEN EARLIER 1982. The key tell is the die cut a you can see on the bottom left of the front that wraps around the spine, where VHS is printed directly on the drawer box that slides out from the side of the box.” So, something to keep out for the next time you go to Goodwill, where these were purchased…for 49 cents! Carlson offered some words of hope for future VHS hunters: “Extremely rare, early VHS tapes aren’t easy to find, but they’re still floating around waiting to be discovered at yard sales, thrift stores, vintage malls and thrift stores… “ You may want to be on the lookout Back to the Futureas one sold for $75,000 just last year.

VHS hounds may be overjoyed at the news, but you can be sure that Stallone probably wishes he had a few sealed copies of Rocky sitting around – hey, he’s got to take advantage where he can…

While vinyl will outpace CDs this year for the first time since 1987, VHS is unlikely to do the same as other home media formats. However, there’s definitely a crowd for it, as there are several groups and events around the country dedicated to the format, such as The Mahoning Drive-In’s annual VHS Festival in Pennsylvania, which features dozens of sell

What do you think of the Rocky movies sell so much on VHS? Do you still have some of your old VHS? If so, are any sealed? Let us know!

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