Howard Phillips could accurately be described as a precursor to Xbox Live's Major Nelson. From 1980-91, he served as Nintendo of America's spokseperson; one of his most important achievements while there is helping create Nintendo Power. Remember the Howard & Nester comic included in early issues of the magazine? Yeah, he was THAT Howard.
Needless to say, Mr. Phillips has acquired an impressive collection of Nintendo memorabilia over the course of his career. This week, he put a good chunk of it on eBay. What’s on the auctioning block includes: Nintendo Fun Club Newsletter 2-7 (VERY rare. NFC evolved into Nintendo Power), Nintendo Power 1-50, Various Nintendo Power Strategy Guides, a “press check” for the first Howard & Nester comic, the Howard & Nester Tetris block models from “An Adventure in Tetris World,” and lots more. With approximately six days to go, the highest bid is $2,500; the unpublished reserve (Phillips describes it as “substantial”) has yet to be met.
Phillips gave no reason for his decision to sell off such a significant portion of his collection. He did unsuccessfully attempt to fund an app on Kickstarter earlier this year, though. Perhaps he’ll be relying on multiple eBay auctions to get it off the ground.
Hit up the auction’s eBay page for a closer look at what’s being sold.