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Pokemon Sword and Shield will soon be third best selling Pokemon title

Published: 16/May/2020 14:01

by Paul Cot

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Pokemon Sword and Shield is slowly ascending the ranks of the all time best selling Pokemon games. Officially it is the fourth best selling but in reality it is probably already the third.

According to Nintendo, Pokemon Sword and Shield has sold 17.37 million units on the Switch. This puts it ever so slightly behind the ever popular Pokemon Diamond and Pearl games with 17.67 million units.

The Gen 4 games are so popular there has even been rumors of a Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remake. This is something that the Pokemon Company may have even hinted at themselves.

However, the latest generation of games is coming for its third place mantle. With six weeks having passed since the latest sales figures release, it’s reasonable to assume Sword and Shield have done the extra 300,000 sales to topple Gen 4.

Gen 1 and Gen 2 still at the top

The games placed at number one and two will surprise few. Pokemon Gold and Silver falls in second place with a reported 23.1 million unit sales.

If you include Pokemon Crystal and Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver (remakes from 2009) then this number sky rockets to 42.21 million sales. However, many would argue this wouldn’t be a fair representation.

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Pokemon Red, Blue, and Green (not official) remain at the top of the Pokemon sales charts.

Of course, the best selling Pokemon games to date remain the ones that kicked the entire franchise off – Pokemon Red, Blue (and Green).

It is fair to include Green in this comparison as this was essentially Pokemon Blue in Japan when it released two years before the west in 1996. Between these three they have sold 31.38 million copies.

If you add the remakes and additional variations of these classics – Pokemon Yellow, FireRed, LeafGreen, and resales on the Nintendo 3DS – then this number gets to an astronomical 59.52 million. No wonder Pokemon is the powerhouse it is today.

Here’s the full list units sold up to 31 March, 2020:

  • Pokemon Red, Blue and Green: 31.38 million
  • Pokemon Gold and Silver: 23.10 million
  • Pokemon Diamond and Pearl: 17.67 million
  • Pokemon Sword and Shield: 17.37 million
  • Pokemon X and Y: 16.45 million
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Pokemon community stunned after card collection worth millions surfaces

Published: 27/Nov/2020 21:06

by Brent Koepp

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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.
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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.
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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.