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Former Nintendo Games Master Howard Phillips, half of the duo featured in Nintendo Power's "Howard and Nester" comic strips, is selling a collection featuring the magazine's first 50 issues and other rare Nintendo Power goods on eBay.

Phillips was a Games Master at Nintendo from 1981 to 1991, and for a while served as senior editor for Nintendo Power.

"As such I contributed many hours to making Nintendo Power as fun and exciting as possible," Phillips writes on the auction page. "Due to that unique level of involvement I was afforded a number of one-of-a-kind items which I am now offering to the serious Nintendo collector."

Phillips' collection includes "Nintendo Fun Club News" volumes two through seven in near-mint condition, the publication's player guides for the Nintendo Game Boy and Mario Mania as well as the Nintendo Entertainment System Game Atlas, the 1993 Nintendo Power Index covering the first 50 issues, and the How to Play Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda: Tips and Tactics books, in addition to the first 50 Nintendo Power issues.

The auction also includes several one-of-a-kind items from Phillips' personal collection. These include the final draft print for the first "Howard and Nester" comic, a print of the "Farewell Howard" comic drawn to commemorate Phillips leaving Nintendo in 1991, "Howard and Nester" Tetris block models used for a photo shoot in the magazine's January-February 1990 issue, and Phillips' own Nintendo Power Charter Member certificate.

Phillips notes on the auction page that there is a "substantial reserve" for the collection, and asks that only serious bidders participate. As of this posting there has been one bid for $2,000, and with a little over six days left in the auction the reserve has not yet been met.