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$60,000 Pokemon Card ‘lost’ in the post

Published: 11/Jul/2019 17:36 Updated: 11/Jul/2019 19:34

by Paul Cot


One Pokemon Trading Card collector had their worst nightmare realized when a card worth $60,000 was ‘lost’ in the post.

This card in question was the Trainer No. 3 card which was sold by pokemonplace on eBay. It is one of the rarest cards to ever be released and is one of a kind.

Transactions such as these, while not common, are frequent enough in the Pokemon Trading Card community. Sales for the most part go smoothly as examples of missing cards are few and far between.

smpratteThe transaction that resulted in the lost/stolen Pokemon Trading Card…

What happened to the card?

However, the worst case scenario happened for this particular sale when the card got lost in shipping. In truth, the card simply being lost seems unlikely, or very coincidental, with the more likely scenario being foul play – with someone handling the package stealing it.

The package was insured for $50,000, which was the most it could be under the circumstances, and an employee may have seen this huge figure on the declaration and decided to steal it.

Can it be sold if stolen?

Unfortunately for them though, the card will be really difficult, or even impossible, to re-sell because of its unique identifier.

As a result smpratte, an authority within the Pokemon Card community, and who details the circumstances of the lost card, has implored the potential thief to return it because of its difficulty to sell and that it is the right thing to do.

What is the Trainer No. 3 card?

It was the reward for third place in the 1999 “Super Secret Battle” tournament in Japan. Cards from similar tournaments, as well as the first and second place versions, are also incredibly rare.

smpratteThese trainer cards are very rare originating from the 1999 Super Secret Battle competition…

With one a kind items such as this, the value of it is simply determined by what someone is willing to pay for it and in this case a sale of $60,000 was agreed. Most people looking in on this transaction, and big Pokemon fans themselves, will consider this a huge amount of money for something as simple as a Pokemon card.

How rare is this Pokemon card?

Very rare. The card’s rarity is only superseded by the first and second placed versions of the card and the same cards from previous tournaments. A first edition Charizard has be known to sell for more than this, also.

Many consider the Pikachu Illustrator Card to be the rarest Pokemon Card. This was rewarded to selected entrants in illustration contests and is supposedly worth $100,000.


Zarude is finally in Pokemon Sword & Shield and players are “terrified”

Published: 2/Dec/2020 23:11

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon Sword & Shield players finally getting their hands on Zarude have found the Mythical monster to be “terrifying.” The Dark/Grass-type’s animations in the Wild Area are nightmare fuel.

To celebrate the upcoming Pokemon movie The Secrets of the Jungle, new Mythical ‘mon Zarude was introduced to Sword & Shield. The Dark/Grass-type Legendary plays a major role in the feature length film.

While the character technically made its debut in the RPG months back, many players around the world are only now getting the monster in November. However, some have found one aspect of the character to be unsettling, to say the least.

Some Pokemon Trainers are freaked out by Zarude

Zarude was first revealed back in February, before officially releasing in Sword & Shield in August. Japanese fans who pre-ordered tickets for the film were given a code to redeem the Mythical creature in the Switch title.

However, now that the character has made its debut in Europe, fans have been discovering that the character’s model is kind of creepy. One player uploaded a clip to Reddit, and exclaimed, “So i got the Zarude code from my local GAME and for the love of Arceus i wouldn’t wanna see it running at my at night.”

The video shows the gigantic Simian lunging towards the player as they run around the snowy region of The Crown Tundra. Its wiry arms snapping towards the ground only add to how unsettling the animation is.

So i got the Zarude code from my local GAME and for the love of Arceus i wouldn’t wanna see it running at my at night xD from PokemonSwordAndShield

While fans found the character’s design a bit scary back in February, seeing the monkey hurdling towards you is a sight to behold. One Trainer, reacting to the post, wrote, “Oh my goodness that is terrifying!”

Pokemon players react to Zarude video posted on reddit.

Sword & Shield players shared a similar sentiment on Twitter, such as one person who uploaded a screenshot from their game, and said, “Zarude’s run animation is terrifying.”

Pokemon Sword & Shield player uploads screenshot of Zarude running.

Whether you find the ‘mon creepy or not, Zarude is heavily featured in the upcoming Pokemon movie Secrets of The Jungle. At the time of writing, the movie does not have a release date for North America – though watch this space.

Despite only releasing at the end of 2019, Sword & Shield has already become the third highest grossing title in the entire franchise. Proof that the series has never been more popular.