Pokemon Card TikToker Warns Collectors Against Fake Charizard Scam

A Pokemon card TikToker revealed a fan of theirs had been scammed by a seller on Craigslist and warned others about the scam. The buyer had bought what they believed to be a Shadowless 1st Edition Charizard, but all was not as it seemed.

Since the birth of the Pokemon trading card game in 1996, it has had a cult following among collectors crazy about the latest cards. In 2020, the hobby saw a massive resurgence in popularity and, in turn, those who wanted to take advantage of the price hike and fool others.

TikToker ‘pokedon_’ warned users about a popular scam that actually victimized one of their viewers. The unlucky fan thought he was stealing a rare Charizard when in fact he had spent a large chunk of change on a counterfeit card.

Proxy Pokemon card scams deceive collectors

According to pokedon_ in a video uploaded in mid-March, a fan had contacted them to draw attention to the scam. “Catched by the hype, he bought a 1st Edition Base Set Charizard on Craigslist for $500, which when he got his hands on it was so obvious that this thing was an absolute fake,” they explained.

“The seller had a compelling story,” they continued. “The mother’s son had moved out of the house and didn’t want his tickets anymore and she sold them to make some extra money.”

The TikToker then showed the card up close, with the holo literally printed in ink instead of being glossy, before peeling off a corner to reveal it was a sticker on a regular non-holo Pikipek from Sun & Moon acted.

Charizard Fake Proxy Pokemon Card
TikTok: pokedon_

The card was a complete fake.

“This is a proxy version of the map, a fake version,” they said. “And some sellers are open about that fact. Not this one, obviously a scammer.”

Selling proxy cards has become increasingly popular in recent years – especially vintage cards – due to rising prices for old sets. For example, a PSA 10 version of a Shadowless 1st Edition Base Set Charizard sold for $336,000 at the beginning of March.

Buyers knowingly purchase the non-authentic collectibles to get a taste of what it would be like to own the original. In this case, however, the seller deliberately sold it under the guise of legitimacy.

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Pokedon_ ended his video with some solid advice for those looking to buy old Pokemon cards. “If it looks too good to be true, it probably is,” they said.

“Buy from trusted sources, either from people you know or from marketplaces like eBay with good feedback. And don’t just buy on hype because you will rush decisions and make stupid ones.” Pokemon Card TikToker Warns Collectors Against Fake Charizard Scam

Emma Bowman

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