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Fake Pokemon figures worth over $600,000 seized by US border officers

Published: 22/May/2020 23:28 Updated: 22/May/2020 23:29

by Brent Koepp


On May 15, US Customs and Border Protection officers announced that they had seized thousands of counterfeit Pokemon action figures coming in from Hong Kong. The fake toys were worth an astronomical amount.

In 2019, reports announced that Pokemon was not only Nintendo’s most profitable series, but that it was also the highest grossing media franchise of all time. The popular RPG pulls in billions across its games, trading cards, and merchandise.

Given the insane demand the world has for the lovable monsters, its not surprising that it’s also plagued with counterfeits looking to get a piece of the profits. At the beginning of May, US Border officers revealed they had seized thousands of dollars of fake figurines.

The Pokemon Company
Fake Pokemon figurines try their best to look like the real thing.

US Border Officers catch ’em all

The discovery happened on May 4 at a border checkpoint in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Officers were inspecting international packages when they found over 15 boxes containing over 86,000 fake Pokemon figurines.

While counterfeits aren’t worth much on their own, the CBP estimates that the authentic toys that the knock-offs were copying are worth up to $603k, making it a substantial amount in damages.

According to the  CBP press release, the shipment came from Hong Kong and was labeled as “plastic furnishing articles.” Over on the official government website, agents also posted photos of the fraudulent toys.

US Border officers posted a photo of the counterfeit Pokemon figurines they had seized.

The pictures depict a handful of favorites, from Pikachu to Gengar. The fakes even included a shiny Charizard… We think anyway, as it’s entirely possible its lack of orange color is due to the figurine being cheaply made.

Over 86,000 fake Pokemon toys were discovered.

At the time of writing, Nintendo has yet to make a comment on the incident. The ridiculous news story just goes to show the great lengths that criminals will go to try get their hands on a valuable property.

If nothing else, it’s a good lesson for Pokemon fans to always make sure they buy from a legitimate retailer. As the franchise continues to grow in popularity, there will be more fakes in the wild trying to pass for the real thing.


Pokemon community stunned after card collection worth millions surfaces

Published: 27/Nov/2020 21:06

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon Trading Card Game hobby was rocked in November when a man rediscovered his mind-blowing complete collection of the rare 1999 Base Set. The fan has stacks of every character, including hundreds of Charizards.

Despite releasing decades ago, the Pokemon TCG has seen a major explosion in value in 2020. Cards once traded on playgrounds and stuffed into 90s children’s binders are now selling for as much as a sports car. 

A man went viral after discovering their collection may be one of the most complete sets to ever exist. The fan’s unfathomable amount of rare collectibles could actually have an impact on the future of the hobby’s prices.

Screenshot of Pokemon Trading Card Game collection worth millions.
YouTube: PokeMans Alex
A jaw-dropping Pokemon card collection surfaced on YouTube.

Pokemon fan discovers TCG collection is worth millions

Pokemon cards have never been more popular this year as the collectible hobby has now even taken over platforms such as YouTube and Twitch. Celebrities such as former rapper Logic are dropping hundreds of thousands of dollars to scoop up the rare Nintendo items. 

On November 22, a video went viral online of a man showing off his mind-blowing collection that has many collectors turning their heads. “Literally got all of my Pokemons stuff out of the loft from my recent move,” YouTuber PokeMans Alex explained before showing off his astonishing collection.

Holding up a stack of rare holographic cards from the 1999 base set, the fan exclaimed, “As you can see they are mint, and have not been touched for so long.” The TCG collector then revealed his unprecedented number of Charizards. “I don’t know if you are ready for this,” he warned, before holding up a stack of 111 cards of the rare starter ‘mon.

(Charizard cards start at 07:56)

To put that into perspective, in October a PSA graded 10 of the same item is now selling for $30k alone. The content creator emptied over seven binders on his table to reveal a 1999 base set that was not only complete, but also had stacks of over 50 of the same card for every single character.“I’m ready to put all of these away back in the safe where they are now gonna stay,” he said.

Veteran Pokemon card YouTuber PokeRev reacted to the video on November 26 and exclaimed, “Did you open all these packs as a kid? It’s just an insane amount of holo cards. When we were kids, just to get a couple holos from the base set was really good. But to have thousands is insane!”

Other famous collectors such as British rapper Randolph commented, “Unreal mate.” Gaming YouTuber Ali A wrote, “How did you originally collect SO many cards!? Are you looking to sell any of them?”

Screenshot of YouTube comments reacting to million dollar Pokemon card collection.
Other famous Pokemon collectors took notice of the insane set.

At the time of writing, it’s unclear just how much the YouTuber’s incredible Pokemon haul is worth. None of the collectibles have actually been looked at by professional grading companies PSA or Beckett. And the majority of its value revolves around its condition and score.

A set of this magnitude is unprecedented and could have a severe impact on what TCG cards are worth in the future. A big factor in an item’s selling price hinges on it having a low population. PokeMans Alex’s collection could soon flood the market should he decide to get things graded.