This Complete 1999 Pokémon Card Collection Sold For More Than $150,000 At Auction
Growing up in the 90s meant you were blessed with some pretty decent toys.
Sure, kids these days get access to a seemingly endless supply of stimulation through apps and hyper-realistic video games, but they wouldn't know the sheer joy of playing on a Game Boy or unwrapping a fresh deck of Pokémon cards.
While you might think they're just lame pieces of cardboard now, they can be worth a decent chunk of change if you've got the right set.
A person has just walked away with more than AUD$150,000 after selling a complete collection of the original 103 Pokémon cards at auction.
Now, these weren't just any cards, they were listed as 'aQ1Gem Mint 10' condition by the Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA), which essentially means these cards were brand-spanking new.
Goldin Auctions listed the set and wrote: "Goldin Auctions is proud to present a second complete PSA GEM MT 10 conditioned set of these desirable non-sports cards at auction.
"While the cards have rounded corners, they are still very difficult to attain in GEM MINT condition.
"In fact, many cards have population counts below fifty in the aforementioned condition.
"Demand for this set in high-grade continues to grow. For example: the key card in the set - #4 Charizard - represents a vibrant progression that saw a recent example sell for nearly three times the $8,800 (AUD$12,900/£7,300) sale price in November 2016.
"As a point of reference on value, a similar-conditioned complete set of these (all in PSA GEM MT 10!) sold for nearly USD$100,000 (AUD$147,000/£82,900) in Goldin Auctions' December 2017 Holiday sale.
You should definitely go through your collection of cards in case you've got one well-preserved item.
Take a look on eBay, and you'll see that some of the rarer cards are literally selling for thousands of dollars.
But which ones are worth the most? Obviously there's quite a huge disparity between cards, with the most valuable being the Pikachu Illustrator card, purchased at an auction in the US in 2016 for a whopping £43,450 (AUD$77,000).
Other collectables won't earn you quite as much, but they're still going for a pretty penny, reports the Sun.
According to 21st century collectables expert, Tracy Martin, the most sought-after are the ones that came from 1999 to 2000, known as 'Shadowless' Pokémon cards.
For instance, the Booster Shadowless Charizard Pokemon Card Holo is a good one to have. Some are listed for hundreds, while others go up to prices of £3,600 (AUD$6,300). Not bad for a card that would've set you back 50p.
Featured Image Credit: Goldin Auctions