If you were a fan of Pokemon cards when they first were released, chances are you had a giant collection. It was hard to go to the store without picking up a pack with the hopes of finding a rare foil card, but the real holy grail was the Charizard card.
Well, one person not only snagged the Charizard card, but they were also able to land all 103 first-edition cards.
That’s right, one person had a complete set of the first-edition Pokemon cards from 1999 and they were able to keep the entire set in mint condition. Recently, that set went up for auction courtesy of auction house Goldin Auctions and it landed the seller a big payday.
“Each card has been graded GEM MT 10 by PSA. Presented is a 103-card complete set of 1999 Pokemon 1st Edition non-sports cards. Goldin Auctions is proud to present a second complete PSA GEM MT 10 conditioned set of these desirable non-sports cards at auction,” the auction listing read.
“While the cards have rounded corners, they are still very difficult to attain in GEM MINT condition. In fact, many cards have population counts below fifty in the aforementioned condition. Demand for this set in high-grade continues to grow. For example: the key card in the set – #4 Charizard – represents a vibrant progression that saw a recent example sell for nearly three times the $8,800 sale price in November 2016.”
When it was all said and done, the mint condition first-edition Pokemon set sold for more than $107,000. 12 people bid on the set — which had a minimum bid of $25,000 — with the winning bid officially coming in at $107,010.00.
Not too shabby.
And the winning bid just goes to show why you should go out there and catch them all.
You can view photos of the entire set by checking out the official listing on the Goldin Auctions website.