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One man is revealing how he could make £1,000 by selling an old game console controller.

Liam Clousdale, 39, is a plumber from Whitefield, Greater Manchester who kept a Nintendo 64 gaming controller he was given for his 14th birthday.

After being kept in his loft for 25 years, he decided to sell it in an auction and made around a grand.

This is because the controller is a rare edition and potentially only one of less than 200 in the planet.

The Nintendo 64 Foxdata Silver Leopard customised controller is expected to sell for this amount of money at Hansons Auctioneers on October 17.

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When he first received the controller, along with the Nintendo console, he used it to play games such as Mario.

Mr Clousdale broke down how he realised he had a potentially expensive accessory which is worth selling.

The 39-year-old explained: “I got the pad as a birthday gift from my parents in 1998 when I was 14. At the time my family lived in Cumbria.

“The ads for it appeared in the official Nintendo magazine, the N64 Magazine as it was known back then. At that time you picked stuff out of the adverts in the back pages instead of via the internet. The Foxdata N64 was the only console to come with four ports for pads.

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“All my friends used to go to each other’s houses to play and, to avoid confusion, everyone liked to have their own unique pad. I used it a fair amount and loved having the craziest-looking pad.”

Despite describing himself as an “avid gamer”, the seller wanted to give the controller to someone who is into retro gaming.

As such, he reached out to Hansons in the hope the right person would come along to purchase it.

David Wilson-Turner, head of Hansons’ Toys and Video Games Auction, provided some history into the controller.

He said: “Liam’s controller was released in the late 1990s by Foxdata as part of a range of four different designs – Desert Storm, Chrome Leopard, Red Rain and Purple Forest. That range that has become increasingly sought after in the video game market.

“Though information is limited, it’s believed Foxdata produced around 800 of these customised controllers across the four designs, meaning there could be less than 200 examples of Liam’s controller in the world.

“The Nintendo video game franchise is one that’s grown ever stronger with each console that’s been released onto the market.”

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