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Pokemon YouTuber Leonhart goes viral after pulling rarest Charizard card

Published: 19/Apr/2020 22:39 Updated: 19/Apr/2020 23:19

by Meg Bethany Koepp


Pokemon YouTuber Lee ‘Leonhart’ Steinfeld went viral online when he caught his priceless reaction to pulling the rarest card from the Sun & Moon Unbroken Bonds expansion set on camera – all whilst trying to stay quiet in a public library.

Collecting Pokemon cards is an expensive business, as just one pack can retail for up to $10, depending on the set. That’s just for ones being sold at stores – you’re looking at $100+ a pack for older boosters that aren’t being printed anymore.

Though, luckily for Leonhart, the Sun & Moon Unbroken Bonds expansion is still being sold, and he managed to pull the rarest card from the whole set – the Reshiram & Charizard GX hyper rare rainbow holo. His reaction was so magnificent, he ended up going viral for it.

It’s so rare that sometimes it can sell for $400+.

Pulling the rarest Pokemon card

When you usually open up booster packs, you’re probably at home or in your car after buying them from the store, at the very least. Not this YouTuber, though – he opted for a public library, which is probably the most difficult place to celebrate getting an epic pull since you have to stay as quiet as a mouse.

Leonhart had already tried to open 4,000 of them in the past and still had no luck finding the coveted card, but decided to tempt fate with another few just in case, because you never know, right? After having no luck with a few packs, he grabbed one which, very fittingly, had Reshiram and Charizard artwork on the cover and ripped it open…

After realizing he’d finally managed to score the prize card, his eyes widened in shock and his hands shook violently, dropping the rest of the pulls from the pack onto the table. “WE DID IT! WE DID IT!” he whispered, as quietly yet as powerful as he could, before getting up out of his seat and celebrating.

Guy pulls the rarest card he can in Pokemon pack openings, in the library and tries to keep his excitement contained from MadeMeSmile

The clip went viral on Reddit on April 17, garnering over 13,300 upvotes, and 450 comments where people were amazed at how quiet he managed to stay whilst in a public library.

Leonhart was right to be so ecstatic at the pull, since the Reshiram & Charizard rainbow holo can go for upwards of $200+ on eBay at times, and even more if it gets a good score from the PSA or BGS grading companies.

He shipped the prize off to the latter to be graded, and they sent it back with a score of nine – not quite the 10 he craved, but still a great result regardless. The centering of the card was slightly off, which reflected in the final number.

Trading card collectors have a lot to be excited for in 2020, as Sword & Shield’s first expansion Rebel Clash releases on May 1 and adds over 190 cards – including 15 V and seven new VMAX evolutions.

Single Booster packs are expected to retail for around $3.99 each on The Pokemon Center, and Elite Trainer Boxes for around $49.99-$59.99.


Pokemon community stunned after card collection worth millions surfaces

Published: 27/Nov/2020 21:06

by Brent Koepp


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.
YouTube: PokeMans Alex
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.
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.