Atari cartridges dug up in New Mexico landfill hit eBay

Want a crucial piece of gaming history? Well, now's your chance to get it – even if that means spending $50 on a copy of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial on the Atari 2600 that's clearly seen better days.

Following the successful upheaval of several hundred Atari cartridges in Alamogordo, New Mexico – which was put together by Microsoft for a new documentary to air on Xbox systems – the city has opted to sell copies of said games on eBay, via the Tularosa Basin Historical Society. The listings can be found here, and you'd be surprised just how much these games are going for, ranging between $50 and $405, depending on what you're after.

Obviously the cartridges are being sold for their historic value, and not something you'd consider of the plug-and-play variety. That would explain why something like E.T. – which could barely clear a buck on its own – is going for a much, much higher rate.

Check out the auctions if you're interested, and be sure to catch the Atari: Game Over documentary when it premieres on Xbox on November 20th of this month!