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Man stunned after discovering childhood Pokemon cards worth $44,000

Published: 20/Jul/2020 19:58

by Brent Koepp


A man was left shocked after he discovered his childhood Pokemon card collection was now worth over $44k. The 34-year old father was blown away by their value 20 years later.

Pokemon made its debut in North America in 1998 with the release of Red & Blue on the Game Boy. A year later, the Trading Card Game was introduced, and became an absolute worldwide phenomena.


Over 20 years later, a man from the UK discovered his childhood collection was now worth an eye-popping amount of money. The 34-year old plans to auction off the collection for thousands of dollars.

pile of pokemon cards
The Pokemon Company / SyFy
Classic Pokemon cards like these can now be worth a lot of money in the right condition.

Pokemon card collection worth $44k

For many, Pokemon was a major staple of their childhood. Who knew that someday opening all those booster packs would pay off. That is what happened to Nigel Brookes in Birmingham, United Kingdom.


According to LADbible, the father of three re-discovered his old collection and was floored when an auctioneer told him it was the “holy grail” and worth up to £35,000. Brooke’s revealed his binder of cards is a complete collection of the 1998 base set.

However, what makes his collection even more valuable is that the entire collection is both 1st Edition and shadowless. “There are 103 cards in total, they are all in pristine condition and were bought direct from creators “Wizards Of The Coast” in the US,” he said.

According to Brookes, his mother gave the collection to him for his birthday in 1999. While the value of his collection was a shock to him, Pokemon cards have been increasing in value over the last five years. In May, YouTuber Lee ‘Leonhart’ Steinfeld pulled a 1st Edition Charizard worth up to $55k in front of viewers.

leonhart shocked by charizard pokemon card
YouTube: Leonhart
Pokemon YouTuber Leonhart pulled a rare Charizard worth $55k.

It should be noted that the value of cards largely relies on their grading. Even pristine cards can have factory errors such as image centering and print lines, which drastically lower its cost. Still, Brookes has stated that he is selling his collection in the Lichfield Auction Centre on July 27.

Despite releasing decades ago, the Pokemon TCG has never been more popular. It’s not just classic cards that are going for an incredible amount of money, newer sets like Hidden Fates already are fetching a high price on eBay and in auction houses.

While it’s true that only certain cards are rare and worth a pretty sum, there is no harm in digging through your garage to find your old collection. Who knows, maybe you will get lucky like Brookes, and your childhood hobby will finally pay itself off.



Pokemon leak finally debunks mystery of “unfinished” Kalos region

Published: 19/Oct/2020 20:06 Updated: 19/Oct/2020 21:30

by Paul Cot


The mystery of the unfinished story of Pokemon X and Y’s Kalos region has been discussed in the Pokemon community for years. Now a leak appears to have revealed the details, or lack thereof.

With Xerneas and Yveltal getting their own game in the form of Pokemon X and Y, it seemed strange Zygarde didn’t get the same treatment. At one point in time, it was almost a given that Pokemon Z would materialize. Of course, that never happened.


A leak has seemingly revealed that a sequel to the Gen 6 game was planned but ultimately canceled. The reason for this remains unknown.

It was initially posted on 4chan and picked up on by Lewtwo. “There were reservations in place for a second pair of games to be based in Kalos,” the PokeYoutuber shared on Twitter.


Interestingly, the code revealed apparent reservations for two new games. This suggests they could have been called Pokemon X2/Y2, much like Black 2 and White 2.

Pokemon X Y Unfinished
Pokemon Company
Pokemon X and Y never got the finish it deserved and now we know why…

Kalos in Pokemon Sword and Shield

The unfinished nature of the game had trainers speculating for years as to when the story would be finished. It seemed to be all part of the Pokemon Company’s grand plan but it looks like fans of the franchise gave the creators too much credit for their forward-thinking.

With Pokemon Sword and Shield being based on the UK, and Kalos being France, it seemed believable that the two games would intertwine. That never happened in the initial release and has yet to happen in either of the released DLCs.


This leak doesn’t mean that the Pokemon Company doesn’t intend on finishing the story, but it does mean there’s a chance it will go down as one of Pokemon’s great mysteries. After all, just because they canceled plans for a Pokemon X and Y sequel, doesn’t mean they have no intention to use the story at some point in the future.

Given the leak though, that may be a little optimistic. It looks like the unusable Couriway Train Station and matching caves between Kalos and Galar were just a coincidence. Or were they?