A really interesting and very rare thing sold on Yahoo Auctions a couple of days ago. A copy of Lot Lot without the game!
But this was more notable for the sticker it contained: A Lot Lot Silver Members Sticker.
Back in the day Tokuma Soft had a little contest with both this game and Exed Exes. If you finished the game with a certain score a password would flash on the screen. If you wrote that password onto a postcard and sent it to them they would send you one of the above members stickers. Oroti at Famicom no Neta wrote a really great post about this a couple of years ago, which has a treasure trove of contemporary promotional literature related to it:
Basically there were several ranks of member stickers you could receive depending on your score, and the number of these they would give out were limited in the following way.
Silver members (500,000 points) - 2,000 stickers
Gold members (2,000,000 points) - 500 stickers
Plantinum members (5,000,000 points) - 200 stickers
Royal Members - 10 stickers, with two divisions for 9,000,000 points and 10,000,000 points
So these are pretty rare, but the silver sticker ones are significantly more common than the others.
What makes the auction so interesting therefore is that while the silver stickers are common, its really rare to find them in their original condition, with the envelope and everything, like that. Most of them today are to be found stuck on the carts.
So when I saw that appear on Yahoo Auctions I started following it, wondering if I might be able to snag it on the cheap.
It ended for 251,000 Yen, about 2,500$ US. Yikes, and that is the price for the easiest to find of these stickers! I can't imagine what a platinum or royal one would sell for!
I regret that I did not add one of these to my collection a few years ago when I had the chance. I actually remember passing on an Exed Exes Silver Members Sticker for about 15,000 Yen a few years ago because I didn't think it was worth it. D-oh!!