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Pokemon Gen 1 fan art made in Microsoft Excel goes viral

Published: 4/Jan/2021 11:36

by Daniel Megarry

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A dedicated Pokemon fan is recreating every Gen 1 creature in Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, and the results are incredible.

For many Pokemon fans, the original 151 will always be the best. The lineup first appeared in the Kanto region in Red and Blue on the Gameboy, and featured famous ‘Mons like Charizard, Eevee, and of course Pikachu.

Being the most popular generation of Pokemon, talented fans have dedicated countless hours to recreating the 151 creatures with their artwork, but this one takes the cake. It might be the most creative method we’ve seen yet.

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The original 151 Pokemon from the Kanto region remain the most popular.

Reddit user Gexuality took to the Pokemon subreddit to share their artwork based on the popular Nintendo franchise. The user’s recreating the original 151 characters, but with a twist: Drawing them all in Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.

“I’m creating a video series where I draw all original 151 Pokemon using Microsoft Excel spreadsheet,” they wrote alongside a TikTok of a speed-drawing video of Charizard. “This is my favorite so far.”

The artist continued to explain their reasoning for using spreadsheets: “I like using Excel better. Especially since it’s not meant as an artistic program at all. I was pretty proud when I found out I could use it in that way.”

[OC] I’m creating a video series where I draw all original 151 Pokemon using Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. This is my favorite so far. Thanks for watching! from pokemon

The thread on Reddit currently has almost 20,000 upvotes and has received hundreds of comments of praise from Pokemon fans who are impressed by the creativity on display.

“In EXCEL? Thats awesome, must share it to every geek in my friendlist,” wrote one Reddit user, while another added: “And I call myself an Excel wizard just because I can do Macros pppfffttt… Congrats man, this is amazing!”

A third fan joked that they were “picturing a Charizard being sent into battle and its cry is the Windows 7 startup tune.”

Gexuality has shared more of these drawings on his TikTok page, including Venusaur which you can see below.

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#003 – Venusaur. Drawing all original 151 in Microsoft Excel. #venusaur #pokemon #excel #pixelart #foryoupage #fyp #thick #pixelpatternsplus #gen1

♬ Gym Leader (Pokemon Red and Blue) – Makir

Gexuality also hinted at more to come. When one user suggested he should “consider making all 890” species of Pokemon in spreadsheets, he replied: “Maybe I’ll get there someday… Other generations will follow if this ends up being well received.”

He also said he’s currently “working on making an animated sprite”, meaning there’s more to come for fans of the artist’s impressive Excel spreadsheet artwork. We’ll certainly be following the journey.

In other viral Pokemon news, one creative fan got plenty of attention when they created a homemade Pokeball hot chocolate bomb that contained an adorable Snom.

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Complete First-Edition PSA10 Pokemon card set could sell for over $700K

Published: 16/Jan/2021 0:19

by Michael Gwilliam

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An incredible, complete set of 1999 first-edition Pokemon cards is available for auction – and it’s looking like it could sell for more than half a million dollars when it’s all said and done.

The complete set is made up entirely of PSA 10s, the best possible grade one can give to a card, meaning these are in tip-top condition.

According to Goldin Auctions, who is hosting the bid, the collection includes four extremely sought-after Charizard cards. For many, Charizard is considered the holy grail of Pokemon cards.

So far, five people have put in the funds necessary to bid on the collection in two weeks. If you want to join in, you’re going to need some deep pockets – the minimum bid starts at $125,000.

Screenshot of Charizard Pokemon Trading Card Game 1999.
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Charizard is one of the rarest Pokemon cards.

The fact that there are four Charizards alone in the collection is nothing to scoff at, and could very well be the cherry on top of the pristine PSA 10 collection.

Just back in October of 2020, rapper Logic purchased the 1st Edition card for just over $226,000. But that was then, and this is now.

Goldin Auctions states they “just sold an SGC Gold Label Pristine 10 ‘1 of 1’ example of the Charizard for nearly $400,000 in their December Holiday Auction.”

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Booster boxes can sell for hundreds of thousands.

While the card alone can sell for a ridiculous amount, booster box prices have also seen their value rise.

As the TGC community has continued to grow, plenty of YouTubers and Twitch stars have started spending a lot of money on booster boxes from the 90s. The end result is that costs have skyrocketed.

Earlier in December, a booster box from Heritage Auctions sold for a whopping $408,000.

Given the insanity of the current lot and just how many perfect condition cards are included, we could be seeing a brand new Pokemon record once the bidding wraps up. The only question is: Will it ever reach the million-dollar mark? We’ll have to see what 2021 has in store.