eBay User Wants $100,000 for Rare Pokemon Card

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eBay User Wants $100,000 for Rare Pokemon Card

Pikachu Trainer card

Scott Pratte believes he'll be able to sell his rare Pikachu Illustrator card for at least $50,000.

There was a brief period of time where I played the Pokemon collectible card game. While the passage of time has left most of my memories of it in a fairly vague state, one thing that I can remember is that the cards were pretty much slips of card stock with pictures printed on them. That in mind, eBay user Scott Pratte apparently owns the rarest slip of card stock there is and he wants $100,000 for it.

Granted, that's only the Buy it Now price listed on eBay, and one that even Pratte knows he's unlikely to reach. That being the case, he apparently believes that he'll be able to sell the rare collectible for at least $50,000. As high as that might sound, one interested buyer has apparently already offered as much as $47,000 to buy the card.

At this point you're probably wondering what card could ever merit that kind of money. In this case, it's a Pikachu Illustrator card. Distributed as a promotional reward for the 1997 Pokemon Card Game Illustration Contest, only six were ever produced and it's considered by many collectors to be the rarest Pokemon card in existence. In the past it's been estimated to be at least $20,000 in value. Pratte's Trainer, in turn, has been graded to be in mint condition by the Professional Sports Authenticator, substantially boosting its value. With nine days left in his eBay auction, he's thus far received 450 offers. Who the eventual buyer is and how much they wind up paying in the end is something we'll definitely be interested to see.

Source: eBay via Luxury Launches

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...and just when we thought people went nuts over the holographic Charizard card from the first set!

There is something deeply wrong with the people who pay this much for cards, regardless of rarity.

Vivi22:
There is something deeply wrong with the people who pay this much for cards, regardless of rarity.

How so? We accept people paying multiple times that amount to buy a car that has no further use than a car that costs a tenth of that sum. There is nothing wrong with people spending their money on whatever they enjoy.

*grabs wallet*

This is an insane price for a Pokemon card, but since people are already bidding on it...

I get that it is rare as fuck, but come on, 100 grand?

Vivi22:
There is something deeply wrong with the people who pay this much for cards, regardless of rarity.

How many collectors spend more than this on paintings or old cars? How is this any different?

Exterminas:

Vivi22:
There is something deeply wrong with the people who pay this much for cards, regardless of rarity.

How so? We accept people paying multiple times that amount to buy a car that has no further use than a car that costs a tenth of that sum. There is nothing wrong with people spending their money on whatever they enjoy.

A car actually has it's uses though. And a more expensive car can actually be damn fun to drive, better built, etc. But this is a card. A card for a card game. The only thing that separates it from other Pokemon cards is that there are six of them.

Now, I could see paying a bit of a premium for a rare, collector's item card. I don't have a problem with the inherent concept. But let's keep in mind that the person who does pay for this, is paying enough money to buy a decent mobile home or a very nice car, and all this will ever do is sit in a display case or something like that. Hell, it will never even be held outside of that card sleeve. No matter which way you slice it, this is people paying an obscene amount of money for something that will literally never do anything except exist under glass.

RedEyesBlackGamer:

Vivi22:
There is something deeply wrong with the people who pay this much for cards, regardless of rarity.

How many collectors spend more than this on paintings or old cars? How is this any different?

Asked and answered above, but as an added note, you assume I agree with the practice of paying obscene amounts of money for art either. And like I said, cars are a different case altogether, though if I saw someone pay, say, $500,000 for a Model T I'd question their sanity as well.

Vivi22:

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Vivi22:
There is something deeply wrong with the people who pay this much for cards, regardless of rarity.

How so? We accept people paying multiple times that amount to buy a car that has no further use than a car that costs a tenth of that sum. There is nothing wrong with people spending their money on whatever they enjoy.

A car actually has it's uses though. And a more expensive car can actually be damn fun to drive, better built, etc. But this is a card. A card for a card game. The only thing that separates it from other Pokemon cards is that there are six of them.

Now, I could see paying a bit of a premium for a rare, collector's item card. I don't have a problem with the inherent concept. But let's keep in mind that the person who does pay for this, is paying enough money to buy a decent mobile home or a very nice car, and all this will ever do is sit in a display case or something like that. Hell, it will never even be held outside of that card sleeve. No matter which way you slice it, this is people paying an obscene amount of money for something that will literally never do anything except exist under glass.

A collectors' car can cost 10 times as much as a modern luxury car (depends on many variables) - making the difference much bigger than the price of this card. Collectors' cars are rarely used, and usually end up on display, while the owner drives a different car. So it's basically expensive and useless (also very unsafe to drive).

It's a rare card that could make the difference between a complete collection and an incomplete collection.

Whoever wins this thing must be pretty loaded if they can drop $50-100k on a piece of card. By the looks of it it isn't even part of the card game, so it has no functional use besides sitting on a shelf.

Doom972:
A collectors' car can cost 10 times as much as a modern luxury car (depends on many variables) - making the difference much bigger than the price of this card. Collectors' cars are rarely used, and usually end up on display, while the owner drives a different car. So it's basically expensive and useless (also very unsafe to drive).

It's a rare card that could make the difference between a complete collection and an incomplete collection.

You missed my post immediately after that one above. And even then, the price difference even on a car that cost ten times that of a modern luxury car would actually be less extreme than the difference in a trading card (ignoring that it was a promo and therefore, likely cost nothing, and subbing in the price paid for a typical booster).

CriticalMiss:
Whoever wins this thing must be pretty loaded if they can drop $50-100k on a piece of card. By the looks of it it isn't even part of the card game, so it has no functional use besides sitting on a shelf.

"SOLD, TO THE 'CELIBATE' MANCHILD IN HIS MOM'S BASEMENT."

Meh, I would probably buy it if I liked Pokemon.

You could basically sum up this article as "Man sells old thing for a lot of money"

Must be a slow news day, huh?

Vivi22:
Now, I could see paying a bit of a premium for a rare, collector's item card. I don't have a problem with the inherent concept. But let's keep in mind that the person who does pay for this, is paying enough money to buy a decent mobile home or a very nice car, and all this will ever do is sit in a display case or something like that. Hell, it will never even be held outside of that card sleeve. No matter which way you slice it, this is people paying an obscene amount of money for something that will literally never do anything except exist under glass.

I think you're missing a key factor here. It won't "literally never do anything", unlike say a fancy car collectors items appreciate in value. Cars are actually terrible places to put your money, with the old adage that you loose 1/2 the value just driving a new car off the lot. This person is making an investment based on their ability to perceive that it's not going to diminish in value.

Slycne:

Vivi22:
Now, I could see paying a bit of a premium for a rare, collector's item card. I don't have a problem with the inherent concept. But let's keep in mind that the person who does pay for this, is paying enough money to buy a decent mobile home or a very nice car, and all this will ever do is sit in a display case or something like that. Hell, it will never even be held outside of that card sleeve. No matter which way you slice it, this is people paying an obscene amount of money for something that will literally never do anything except exist under glass.

I think you're missing a key factor here. It won't "literally never do anything", unlike say a fancy car collectors items appreciate in value. Cars are actually terrible places to put your money, with the old adage that you loose 1/2 the value just driving a new car off the lot. This person is making an investment based on their ability to perceive that it's not going to diminish in value.

If I consider the idea of a card costing this much to begin with absurd, then I'm not missing the idea that it may appreciate in value. I simply recognize that concept as also being absurd.

Vivi22:
There is something deeply wrong with the people who pay this much for cards, regardless of rarity.

If someone has the money, they should be able to buy anything they want. Some may see more value in certain things than others. No need to pass judgment.

KingH3nrry:

Vivi22:
There is something deeply wrong with the people who pay this much for cards, regardless of rarity.

If someone has the money, they should be able to buy anything they want. Some may see more value in certain things than others. No need to pass judgment.

I'm not saying they can't buy whatever they want. I'm saying it's ridiculous.

And I can pass judgement on whatever I want to be honest.

I really wish the Pokemon company will just troll the hell out of collectors and just for the sake of it reprint all the "super rare" cards and watch as those same people piss their pants in anger.

If people want to spend that much money on that kind of stuff, I don't see why not. There are avid collectors among us, and some of them tend to spend obscene amounts of money on their passions. I don't see why anyone should fault what they do.

GamemasterAnthony:
...and just when we thought people went nuts over the holographic Charizard card from the first set!

To be fair lots of people have that card. I have that card. I got it in a booster pack.

Hell when i was a kid i didn't realise it but my pulls from the Pokemon TCG have always been INSANE. I make a point of buying at least one booster from the new sets because every time i have I've found cards worth more than the pack. In February i bought a single pack of Boundaries Crossed, Got an Altaria secret card that was currently selling for £20 on Ebay. Year before i got two cards worth over £10 each in the same pack.

This price is INSANE yes but I've seen people with MTG decks that cost crazy money too. Don't even get me started on those crazy people who build all foil powered cubes, you people are nuts.

Damn. The most valuable card I own is the Magic the Gathering "Vampiric Tutor", from the original visions set. Priced at 31$.

$100,000? Holy hell, that's enough to buy a fleet of used Escalades. Even if he sells it for only $50,000, he's still got one hell of a nest egg.

Would really like to know what the writing on the card says.

That's a lot of money though.

And here I am sitting in a college dorm without even $10 of disposable income....

Vivi22:

KingH3nrry:

Vivi22:
There is something deeply wrong with the people who pay this much for cards, regardless of rarity.

If someone has the money, they should be able to buy anything they want. Some may see more value in certain things than others. No need to pass judgment.

I'm not saying they can't buy whatever they want. I'm saying it's ridiculous.

And I can pass judgement on whatever I want to be honest.

I never said you couldn't pass judgment, I'm just saying it's unwarranted. Different people see different values in things. Maybe the bidder is just a guy trying to relive his childhood by buying something from his past, however expensive and small the item may be.

Dude, just take the $47,000! I could live off that for AGES.

*cough* MTG Black Lotus *cough*

I can understand how things like this can reach ridiculous prices through nostalgia (and this price is ridiculous). But for something that is reasonably current? This will be something that will only devalue. Nostalgia increases prices as people want to relive childhood memories. But with only six people in the world ever having a memory of owning this the chances of this becoming more valuable... well it's going to be like beanie babies. Scan it then take the money and run.

Kayar13:
*cough* MTG Black Lotus *cough*

Yeah, only that this one doesn't come anywhere near $47.000...

Vivi22:

Exterminas:

Vivi22:
There is something deeply wrong with the people who pay this much for cards, regardless of rarity.

How so? We accept people paying multiple times that amount to buy a car that has no further use than a car that costs a tenth of that sum. There is nothing wrong with people spending their money on whatever they enjoy.

A car actually has it's uses though. And a more expensive car can actually be damn fun to drive, better built, etc. But this is a card. A card for a card game. The only thing that separates it from other Pokemon cards is that there are six of them.

Now, I could see paying a bit of a premium for a rare, collector's item card. I don't have a problem with the inherent concept. But let's keep in mind that the person who does pay for this, is paying enough money to buy a decent mobile home or a very nice car, and all this will ever do is sit in a display case or something like that. Hell, it will never even be held outside of that card sleeve. No matter which way you slice it, this is people paying an obscene amount of money for something that will literally never do anything except exist under glass.

Just to throw in my 2 cents worth, before I spend money on stuff I like to ask myself "How useful will this item be in a zombie apocalypse (assuming Money is still worth money)", so in the instance of a car, yeah, hella useful, a piece of pretty cardboard with a picture printed on it? not useful

This reminds me I have a shiny Articuno sitting in the roofspace somewhere.

Apparently they sell on Ebay for as much as $1.55 WOHOO! I could buy a whole chocolate bar for that!

Is it just me or could you just use the 100 grand to create a card that is functionally identical to the real thing? I mean come on, it's fairly standard card stock.

Personally I dont think a cards worth that much but i can see the appeal for those that think it is. To the people saying its crazy, maybe, but to them its not. I personally think its insane to pay for a car as much as collectors do when you can get a cheap (by comparison) economy car and spend less int he long run for what's generally the same thing. If someone wnats to spend that much that's their prerogative, if they get enjoyment out of it all the better.

Hero in a half shell:
This reminds me I have a shiny Articuno sitting in the roofspace somewhere.

Apparently they sell on Ebay for as much as $1.55 WOHOO! I could buy a whole chocolate bar for that!

Well, take out taxes first.

GamemasterAnthony:
...and just when we thought people went nuts over the holographic Charizard card from the first set!

...Wait is that a rare card? ... I... think I have that card. Hun... Guess I can find out when and if I can dig out my old batch of cards in storage.

*one quick google later*
HOLY SMOKES. That IS a costly card, more incentive to find it now.

That much money needs to go to something much more worth investing in.

Like ending cancer.

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