So I've been collecting for over 20 years, but it's amazing how the memory fades. Everyone has stories of picking up games for cheap, but even buying retail back then was just wildly inexpensive compared to now. I bought a World Cup Soccer from Phil at The Pinball Heaven in 2001, and the game, completely shopped with shipping from the UK to Houston included was the princely sum of 1070 pounds. Looks like that worked out to around $1500 back then.
I long for those days.