That’s partially true, the issue for collectors is authenticity. Battery mods don’t decrease the value for collectors as much as phoenixes. The problem with phoenixes is that for most collectors, there is no way to verify that a phoenix is flashed over the original board. I can guarantee you that the gigantic inflood of progear phoenixes appearing on ebay the past half year isn’t some hidden stock suddenly popping up, or all progear owners suddenly deciding at the same time they want to sell the board.
It’s people seizing an opportunity, flashing a progear rom (the board is worth about 3x more than most other games – and usually on par/more expensive than ST) over something like COTA and making a killing passing it off to uninformed people as if it were an original. The real issue are the more expensive games like progear, hsf, Mogura, etc… but that doesn’t say these flashes don’t happen for other games as well. When capcom does an official conversion they keep the suicide battery and don’t use a phoenix rom.
And it’s not only for collectors, because I mean, sure a layperson who values the gameplay of HSF, for example can buy HSF for $500.
or they can just buy any other random board for $50-$200 and pay another person (or do it themselves) and flash HSF on it for at most another $50-100…
and when they get tired of the game, print out a HSF sticker, stick it on the board, and sell it to some unlucky, uninformed bloke for at least double for what it cost them.
THAT’s the issue with phoenixes. Why are they valued lower? Because the purchaser is taking the risk that it is in-fact a boot. And if it isn’t a boot, the only people he can really make that claim to are other people who have the ability to confirm, (almost no one) and most of the common things you can check can be faked as well.
It’s the same issue coin collectors have with washed or polished coins. There are washed coins that can even fool avid collectors/evaluators. Boards that have lost the encryption are DAMAGED. and so are coins that are scratched / polished.
Washed coins just mean polished, I don’t know why coin collectors say washed, but I’ve accepted the terminology.
Yes, some people have the ability to tell whether phoenixes are legitimate or not, but the vast majority can’t. because the boards are essentially identical to other games (sans ST), which is again, why ST 's phoenixed value is only reduced (if at all) by as much as a battery mod. (almost nothing, if at all), in fact, Like ST phoenix, a battery mod for some collectors improves the value.
I have no issue with purchasing phoenixed ST on par with unphoenixed. But I have an issue of paying that price to someone who flashed it on a COTA board and making a living that way. The value of the service of phoenixing isn’t that much. ($100-400) depending on which board they overwrote and what the value of the new game is