Sold on eBay: Prototype Magic Johnson’s Basketball Tiger LCD Game

Prototype of the 1992 Magic Johnson's Basketball Tiger LCD Game

Prototype of the 1992 Magic Johnson's Basketball Tiger LCD Game
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Ran across while doing a price check on some Tiger LCD games.

A prototype of the 1992 Magic Johnson's Basketball Tiger LCD Game. The listing sold through Aug 08, 2012 for $499.99. According to the listing this pre-production handheld was autographed by Magic Johnson at a event for the games launch. This promotional copy of the game lacked any working electronics and was just a empty shell with the art and buttons glued into place.

Looking at it I gotta say that I actually prefer this prototype versions art work to what made it into the final production run. Though I like how they changed the buttons to match the Lakers purple and gold in the retail handheld.

Magic Johnson Basketball

Magic Johnson Basketball as Released
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Prototype of the 1992 Magic Johnson's Basketball Handheld Video Game. As you can see in the pictures there are no labels above the center 4 buttons that there would be on a production model, or any copyright information printed on the bottom of the cover under the 4 center buttons.

There are no electronics in the prototype (see pics) only the per-production front cover, game background, and simulation play screen. The buttons and screen are hot glued into place by Tiger to be taken out and promoted. This game was taken to the showroom in the Toy Building in New York City for the launch of Magic Johnson's game, which he attended and signed the game at the launch. Magic Johnson is shown in the Monday, February 10, 1992 edition of the New York Times (#48,872) being named MVP of the 1992 NBA All Star Game. This happened within days of the signing of this Tiger Electronics game.

Screen Close Up Prototype Magic Johnson's Basketball Tiger LCD Game

Prototype Magic Johnson's Basketball Tiger LCD Game Screen Close Up
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Prototype Magic Johnson's Basketball Tiger LCD Game Handheld Inside

Prototype Magic Johnson's Basketball Tiger LCD Game Handheld Inside
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