One man is auctioning off 40 years of gaming history today

In this day and age, all but the rarest of rare classic video games are relatively easy to find with a simple eBay search. Still, the massive classic gaming collection being auctioned off in suburban New Jersey today deserves attention for the sheer volume of retro gaming pieces being sold off in one place.

The gargantuan collection, encompassing tens of thousands of items, has been gathered together over decades of work by 45-year-old Bill Loguidice, an author specializing in books about classic games. While there are thousands of boxed and unboxed games—ranging from common to one of a kind—the highlight of the collection is the hundreds of pieces of video game hardware and accessories covering pretty much every major console and gaming computer released since the Fairchild Channel F.

On his blog, Loguidice recounts starting his collection as a seven-year-old with an Atari 2600 purchase and happily trawling ’90s yard sales and flea markets to build the collection cheaply. As time went on, though, Loguidice writes that the sheer size of the collection has become more of a burden, especially when it came time to move to a bigger house. Time constraints from his job and family (and keeping up with modern games) also made it harder to actually organize and use the older stuff in the collection very often, he writes.

“I went from an active user to an active storer,” Loguidice told Kotaku about the impetus to sell. “That was never my intention. Once you pass a critical mass of stuff, it’s just too much and you end up being able to use very little of it.”