At the recent Bonham’s Space History Sale, a special original GAME BOY went up for auction fetching $1220 USD. Why was it special? Because it spent time on the Russian space station Mir. This lot (the GAME BOY, TETRIS cartridge, TETRIS booklet, and signed note) flew on Soyuz TM-17 to the Mir space station with cosmonaut Aleksandr A. Serebrov in 1993. This GAME BOY spent 196 days in space and has orbited the Earth more than 3,000 times. Also if you look closely, you can see the faded Mir postmark on the center of the GAME BOY.
For those that don’t know, TETRIS was originally designed and programmed by Alexey Pajitnov in the Soviet Union and became a popular pastime for a cosmonaut. When he wasn’t playing with his GAME BOY, cosmonaut Serebrov made several spacewalks, and was the first Russian to fly a rocket-backpack in open space.
Other items in the sale include models, documents, patches, and pictures used by the American and Russian space programs.