Pokemon Uncut

Eagle-eyed reporting from Matt Jarvis at Dicebreaker. He caught this unusual item up for auction: an uncut sheet of Pokemon cards from the 1998 Base Set.

The uncut sheet – produced before the individual cards are cut out later in the manufacturing process – includes all 16 of the holographic ‘shiny’ cards from the Pokémon TCG’s 1999 Base Set, its first English-language release. Among the holo cards is the ever-popular shiny Charizard, along with fellow first-gen evolutions Blastoise and Venusaur, which appeared on the front of the series’ Game Boy games Pokémon Red, Blue and Green.

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The auction house Goldin has the listing for the sheet of 99 cards. As of the time I’m writing this, it has five bids and it is fetching a price of $34,000. Given the rarity of this set and these cards, I am surprised it’s not going for even more money. Pokemon cards had an incredible resurgence in demand during the pandemic. It was so crazy that stores limited or removed in-person purchases. If you gotta catch ’em all this is a prized possession for collectors with a big enough bank account.

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