First Edition Pokémon Card Box Sells for $56,000

Some will go to any lengths to catch ’em all…

By Jon Stevens. Posted 08/19/2018 08:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

Since first being published in 1996, more than 25 billion Pokémon cards have been sold to date and while it’s normal to expect first edition cards to be valuable, you may be surprised to hear that one unopened box recently sold for $56,000.

The box of first edition cards from 1999 was sold last week at a Huggins & Scott Auction, with bidding starting at $20,000. Of course, one of the big draws with unopened packs is the possibility that they will contain rare and shiny cards. In this instance, the purchaser could expect:

A box break will yield (36) 11-card packs. Additionally, each pack will deliver: (5) common, (3) uncommon, (2) Energy and (1) Rare or Foil card. Based on production, the odds of pulling a foil card are nearly 1:3 packs. With 396 chances for Gem Mint 10 holos and other high-grade treasures, “the sky’s the limit” for this transcendent non-sport box!

While this is undoubtedly an eye-watering amount, it’s not uncommon for rare Pokémon cards to be sold for this sort of price. For example, a rare holographic Charizard card was sold last year for $55,000 .

Still, it does make me consider whether I should be digging out my old cards. After all, the hundreds of energy cards I have lying around have got to be worth something, right?


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