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Pokémon is the hot property right now, with the rarest of those rectangular scraps of card reaching hundreds of thousands of dollars in value. So, it's a bargain when someone bags a box of the things for less than $380,000. Technically.
To celebrate the golden anniversary of the series of adorable monster hunting games, McDonalds and The Pokémon Company collaborated to bring back Pokémon Trading Cards to Happy Meals. However, no one could have anticipated the scary stampedes of scalpers who would camp out at these restaurants and purchase unbelievable amounts of Happy Meals purely for the cards. I mean, one of them sold for over $500 on eBay thanks to a printing error.
"We're aware that some of you are experiencing difficulties purchasing certain Pokémon Trading Card Game products due to very high demand and global shipping constraints impacting availability," said The Pokémon Company earlier this year with regard to the overall shortages of cards. "We understand this inconvenience can be disappointing for fans, and we are working to address it where it is within our control."
New Pokémon Snap was a pleasant surprise announced as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations. Check out our review here, where Tom takes us through a joyful tour of the Lental region.
In the hurried and chaotic chase for cards across the world, it would be a pro gamer move to nab a bunch of high-value cards in one fell purchase. And that's precisely what the person who bought this sealed booster box of first-edition Pokémon cards has done. They did have to part with $384,000 to secure the highest bid for the box on Heritage Auctions, though. While I admire them for their courage and envy their amount of disposable income, this is simply a path that I cannot follow. Yet.
"To find a booster box like this one still sealed in its original shrink-wrap is no easy task due to the low print run, few have remained sealed and even fewer have come to market," read the listing. "This box contains 36 booster packs, each with 11 cards for a total of 396 cards!" Like I said. Bargain. Kind of.
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