The Rocky movies are considered classics and are beloved by many fans all over the world. The original three films are particularly popular and are often cited as some of the best sports movies of all time. In 2023, these movies are still highly regarded, and some collectors are willing to pay a high price for the original factory-sealed copies on VHS.
According to a report in The New York Times, in February 2023, a collector sold a collection of the first three Rocky movies on VHS for a staggering $53,750 through a Heritage Auctions listing. The original Rocky sold for $27,500, while Rocky II went for $12,500 and Rocky III for $13,750. The seller, Jay Carlson, acquired the videos from a man who made a time capsule for his son in 1982.
While the buyer remains anonymous, it is clear that they were willing to pay a considerable sum for these historical artifacts. Carlson believes that these tapes have a unique ability to transport viewers back in time and evoke a sense of nostalgia for a bygone era.
Heritage Auctions is known for selling all kinds of collectibles, including video games, and it is not uncommon for rare items to sell for high prices. In the summer of 2021, a Super Mario 64 cartridge sold for $1.56 million, making it the most expensive video game ever sold.
As for the Rocky series itself, it has had a long and successful run since its debut in 1976. The original film was a surprise hit and went on to win three Oscars, including Best Picture. The sequels, Rocky II and Rocky III, were also commercial successes and further cemented the franchise’s place in pop culture.
The series has since continued with Rocky IV, Rocky V, and the spin-off series Creed, which debuted in 2015. Michael B. Jordan stars as Adonis Creed, the son of Rocky’s rival-turned-friend Apollo Creed. The Creed series has also been successful, with Creed II released in 2018 and Creed III set to be released in 2023.
Overall, the Rocky movies remain popular and continue to attract new fans. While the original VHS tapes may be rare and expensive, fans can still enjoy the movies through other formats, such as DVDs and streaming services.