A YouTuber revealed a previously thought-lost Pokémon card that was so rare it hadn’t been seen in real life for 23 years.
To celebrate the launch of the photo game Pokemon Snap in 1999, Japanese magazine CoroCoro held a contest for budding photographers. Five people with the best shots received 20 individual cards with their winning entry printed on them.
Five maps were made and another five added from a separate competition of a television show. Gyarados, Pikachu, Poliwag, Bulbasaur, Magikarp, Squirtle, Koffing, Chansey, Articuno, and Charmander have all become TCG collectibles.
Although only 20 of each card were printed, only one never made it to market: Magikarp. The elusive fish almost never showed up, leading many to assume it was gone forever. But that wasn’t the case in the end.
Lost Pokemon card reappears
YouTuber “smpratte” uploaded a video titled “The Only Known Snap Magikarp – $136,000 Pokemon Card” on March 14, 2022, in which collectors got their first real look at the card, previously only seen in print was.
He explained that the collectible, which shows a snap of Magikarp jumping into Pokemon Snap, was posted to Yahoo! Auctions in Japan, selling for 5 million yen ($136,000) in January 2022.
The buyer sent the card to the seal of approval company PSA for encapsulation and protection and then was kind enough to send it to smpratte to show the insanely rare 1999 promo in his upload. It is the only known graded copy that exists.
“I’m going to try and capture how rare this is,” the YouTuber said, holding up the card. “I’ve owned Illustrators, ’97 Pikachus, ’98 Pikachus, Trophy Kangaskhans, whatever, I either own it or I’ve sold it. This is the first time I’ve held a Snap Magikarp in my hand. It just can’t be overstated how insanely elusive this card is.”
“It’s always him [card] everyone missed that. Everyone didn’t even know if it was real for a long time,” he continued. “I remember hearing about a sale in the early 2000s, someone who no longer exists, he had sold about seven or eight of these, but he never named Magikarp as one of the Snap cards he sold back then.”
While other cards in the same set have been seen before, they’re also still very rare. A Poliwag, rated Beckett 8.5, sold for $34,000 in February 2022where YouTuber maxmoefoePokemon owns a Gyarados that is now worth $50,000.
When Pokemon Snap was released in 1999, no one could have guessed that the images they captured in the Nintendo 64 title would one day result in hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of collectibles.
The sky is the limit as to what these could ultimately be worth, and it will be interesting to see if more ever show up.
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