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Winning Bid:
$45,559.80 (Includes 18% Buyer's Premium)
Bidding Ended:
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 9:00:00 PM (20 Minute Clock Begins At Wednesday, November 3, 2021 9:00:00 PM)
Time Left:
Auction #233 Part II
Value Code:
R - $50,000 to $75,000 Help Icon
Item Description
The Pokémon franchise first debuted in Japan in 1996 as a video game for Nintendo's Game Boy handheld gaming system - Pocket Monsters: Red and Pocket Monsters: Green (with a special edition follow-up Pocket Monster: Blue released later that same year). The widely popular Pokémon collectibles trading card game (TCG) was first published in Oct. 1996 by Media Factory in Japan (a month after Bandai's Pokémon Carddass Part 1 Green and Part 2 Red, which although not part of the TCG, it is regarded to be the first Pokémon card set released). Both the video games and cards saw phenomenal success and were imported to the US; the Pocket Monsters games became Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue and Pokémon cards saw their first American release through Wizards of the Coast (known for their own popular Magic: The Gathering TCG) in Dec. 1998. Offered here is a 26.5x39.5" uncut sheet w/100 cards from the Unlimited Base Set, featuring artwork from artists Keiji Kinebuchi, Ken Sugimori and Mitsuhiro Arita. The 1999 Unlimited Base Set included a total of 102 cards, and sheet includes 15 Holographic cards produced for this set; No. 1 Alakazam (7), 2 Blastoise (6), 3 Chansey (7), 4 Charizard (6), 5 Clefairy (7), 6 Gyarados (6), 7 Hitmonchan (7), 9 Magneton (8), 10 Mewtwo (6), 11 Nidoking (7), 12 Ninetails (7), 13 Poliwrath (7), 14 Raichu (6) 15 Venusaur (6), and 16 Zapdos (7). The holographic pattern seen on this sheet was changed before production and was not featured on published cards. While cards on this sheet are Shadowless, the layout of this sheet matches the few Unlimited uncut sheets we know of. Cards are arranged in 10 rows of 10 and bottom of sheet has 4.5" wide strip of holographic pattern (which slightly cuts off bottoms of bottom row cards). This sheet was most likely intended for the testing of different holographic patterns/styles. Printing was not at the final stages and cards are missing the evolution boxes, energy symbols and stat bar information. Proof sheet exhibits scattered rippling w/moisture along left side (more visible on back) and this area shows moderate to heavy handling wear w/creases and small margin tears. Bottom holographic margin area shows moderate handling wear. VG overall, but still bright and clean w/strong visual appeal. Would make for nice framed display. Since its origins in Japan, Pokémon has become the highest-grossing media franchise of all time and all things Pokémon have seen a recent surge in demand with many impressive prices realized. This rare and early proof sheet is sure to become an impressive centerpiece of any Pokémon collection.
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