A first-edition set of Pokemon trading cards has sold at auction for $107,000.
From Alakazam to Weedle, the original gang’s all there; the lot also features 26 trainer and seven energy cards.
There is seemingly no limit to what people will pay for a slice of nostalgia: A similarly conditioned complete set of Pokemon cards sold for nearly $100,000 in December 2017.
And someone paid more than $26,000 for a prized #4 Charizard in 2016.
There is still no word, meanwhile, on whether the New Yorker who forked over $60,000 for a Pokemon playing card that got lost in the mail has received their package.
The Trainer No. 3 card—given to the third-place finalist at a Japanese Pokemon tournament in 1999—sold on eBay last year. But the parcel, insured for $50,000, never completed its journey. Some suspect it was stolen by a U.S. Postal Service employee.
The buyer recently opened an investigation into the matter, offering $1,000 to anyone who can help locate the precious card.
Like the video game series before it, the Pokemon Trading Card Game (PTCG) followers players as they use various characters’ strengths and weaknesses to defeat opponents.
A later expansion introduced cards compatible with the Nintendo e-Reader, manufactured for the Game Boy Advance console.
As of May 2019, 84 different PTCG sets have been released in English.
You don’t need to drop six figures on heirloom cardboard to get your Pokemon fix, though: Pokemon Sword and Shield role-playing titles are set to hit Nintendo Switch on Nov. 15.
They are the first main-series games in the eighth generation of the Pocket Monster franchise, and the second to be released on a home console.
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