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Pokemon fan finds 20 year old TCG booster pack under Target shelves

Published: 30/Aug/2020 0:41

by Brent Koepp

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A Pokemon collector went viral after he discovered a 20 year old Trading Card Game Booster pack at Target. The fan found the vintage item under the bottom of a shelf at the retail store.

The Pokemon TCG was first introduced to North America in 1998. It quickly became a cultural phenomena as children around the world searched for the rarest holographic cards.

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Decades later, vintage collectibles from the game can sell for as much as a house. On August 19, a fan lost his mind when he discovered a booster pack at a Target store that had remained hidden since the year 2000.

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The Pokemon TCG Base Set 2 made its debut in 2000.

Pokemon fan finds 20 year old booster pack at Target

In 2000, Wizards of the Coast did a reprint of the wildly popular original set released in 1998, and combined it with the Jungle expansion. The collection was called Base Set 2 and is now over 20 years old.

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Incredibly, a fan searching Target discovered a sealed booster pack from the set under a shelf. The rare item was found amongst a load rust and gunk that Muk would love to call its home.

The excited collector, Gio Martin – who is also known by his moniker ‘Pokemon Puller’ – documented the miraculous moment, and uploaded it to YouTube. In the video, he shows where the card pack sat under the shelf for over two decades.

A week after going viral, Martin sat down with popular Pokemon YouTuber Lee ‘Leonhart’ Seinfeld to talk about the insane discovery. “I had heard rumors that people were finding vintage packs and other vintage toys [at stores],” he said, before showing the clip of him at the Target where the 20-year-old booster pack lay with rust on it.

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“The pack was stuck to the ground. I’m on the phone with my boy and I’m like, oh my God! I can’t believe, what did I just find!?” he continued, before treating viewers to an opening of the booster. Unfortunately, it did not contain any rare holographic cards – but it was still no a doubt a legendary moment for the TCG.

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Despite releasing decades ago, the Pokemon TCG has continued to explode in popularity. In 2020, the rarest card, Pikachu Illustrator, sold for over $250,000 at auction.

The more years pass by, the more the classic sets are going for insane money. So who knows, maybe the next $50k Charizard is sitting under a rusted store shelf somewhere.

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Pokemon Go trainer experiments with 3,500 CP league, ranks best Pokemon

Published: 15/Oct/2020 2:58

by Paul Cot

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Master League has returned for Season 4 of Pokemon Go’s GO Battle League which has led to a discussion about whether there should be a 3,500 CP limit league.

GO Battle League’s premier division is a free-for-all when it comes to eligible Pokemon. There is no CP limit meaning there is often a lot of mismatches.

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It is the league where trainers who have grinded Pokemon Go get to put those hours to use. Maxing out a Pokemon’s CP costs a lot of Stardust!

In addition to this, due to the nature of unlimited CP Pokemon, the meta is very small. At a high level Dialga is a must and the rest is made up of Legendary and Mythical ‘mons.

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Now, this does make sense. Legendary and Mythical Pokemon should be more effective at the very highest level. After all, if they weren’t, they’d be just like any other Pokemon.

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Dialga is the ultimate Pokemon for Master League but not many trainers have it…

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If Master League were to be made a 3,500 CP limit, or more likely a 3,500 CP limit league added separately, then we’d see a lot more Pokemon prosper. It would also make the league playable for trainers that haven’t or can’t spend hours and hours grinding the game.

Going back to Dialga again, as it is the best Pokemon in Master League, at 3,500 CP it drops all the way from the best to 62nd. Not many trainers have the Temporal Pokemon, so this alone already makes a new league more inclusive.

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Rankings

Here are the top 10 ranked Pokemon for a potential 3,500 CP limit league. The top 5 (and more) can be found here:

  • Snorlax (Shadow) | Rating: 743

  • Mamoswine | Rating: 651

  • Snorlax | Rating: 697

  • Togekiss | Rating: 683

  • Giratina (Altered) | Rating: 804

  • Melmetal | Rating: 750

  • Regice | Rating: 684

  • Giratina (Origin) | Rating: 788

  • Landorus (Incarnate) | Rating: 741

  • Swampert | Rating: 719

  • Mew | Rating: 738

There’s certainly a big gap between the Ultra and Master Leagues in Pokemon Go. It will be interesting to see if Niantic do something to bridge that gap.

They have, however, introduced Premier Cup competitions, making Legendary Pokemon ineligible. Still, based on feedback in the Pokemon Go community these aren’t too popular.

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