As the great Nute Gunray once said, this is getting out of hand.
As more and more people realise the value in old Pokémon cards, more and more people are flocking to opportunities to catch, if not them all, then at least once card worth a ton of money.
Which probably explains why (via Polygon), at a recent auction, a sealed box of first edition cards from 1999 sold for $US408,000 ($529,625).
That is a lot of money, but as Heritage Auctions point out in their description of the sale, the box will contain a first edition Charizard, and one of those recently went for $US350,000 ($454,335) on its own. If this box contains one of those, then it was a good investment! If it doesn’t, well, if you’re spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on Pokemon cards, you’ll survive.
I remember I wrote about a first edition box selling at auction in 2018 for $US56,000 ($72,694) and thought it was crazy, and that — for many reasons, only some of them Pokémon-related — feels like it was 100 years ago.
Heritage Auctions filmed the bidding if watching someone spent $US408,000 ($529,625) on some Pokemon cards is something you can bear to see.