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Pokemon YouTuber Leonhart stunned after postal service loses $55k card

Published: 20/Jun/2020 20:23 Updated: 20/Jun/2020 20:24

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon YouTuber Lee ‘Leonhart’ Steinfeld was stunned after discovering that the United States Postal Service had lost his $55k Charizard card in the mail. The personality went viral after pulling the extreme rare 1st Edition item in May.

Leonhart is one of the top Pokemon creators on YouTube, as viewers tune in each week to see him hunt down the rarest of the rare from the Trading Card Game. Last month, he went viral after pulling a 1st Edition Charizard worth up to $55k.

However in a June 20 update, the personality shockingly revealed that the card has been lost in the mail. Stunned, the collector explained that he had sent the item in for grading and that he currently has no idea where it’s at.

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The Pokemon YouTuber still opened cards for his viewers, despite the awful news.

Leonhart’s lost $55k Charizard

In the YouTuber’s latest video, he updated viewers with bad news on the extremely rare Charizard card he had pulled on May 16. The collector revealed that he sent the card off to be graded at PSA, and that it never arrived.

“I’m just gonna come out and say it. My 1st Edition base set Charizard card is lost. I’m personally at fault here for thinking I could trust the USPS.” Leonhart also explained he had sent off a rare Crystal Nidoking from the 2003 Aquapolis set worth up to $1.4k.

The Pokemon fan stated that he tried to reach out to the postal service, and was given no help at first. “I tried again online, no response. I put in a missing package form. No response,” he said, before explaining that he eventually went back to the postal office where he had sent the items, and they gave him a refund for the shipping.

“It’s absolutely crazy to pull the best card for Pokemon, and you think you [ship it] safely. And I will own up to the mistake of even thinking I could trust it, going with the safest service allegedly from USPS. I hope it shows up. Potentially over $57k lost. I really don’t know what to do at this point.”

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The collector explained he has been in contact with the consumer affairs for the USPS who are now looking for it. “I have managers at USPS looking around. And of course, I did put in an insurance claim in for the package.”

Despite the horrible news, Leonhart told viewers he’s trying to stay optimistic and is distracting himself. Given the incredible amount of value that both cards he sent in are worth, it’s understandable.

This isn’t the first time USPS has lost an extremely rare Pokemon item. In the 2019, a Trainer No.3 card that was sold on eBay was lost by the US postal service. It was allegedly worth up to $60,000 – ouch.


Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer transforms into Nessa in epic TikTok

Published: 24/Nov/2020 21:00 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 22:59

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer made waves on TikTok after sharing her mind-blowing transformation in Gen 8’s Water-type Gym Leader, Nessa.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield on the Nintendo Switch. The 2019 RPG introduced players to a whole new cast of characters and was the debut of the Galar region.

A talented cosplayer celebrated the game by bringing popular character Nessa to life with an insanely accurate portrayal. The artist’s stunning video transformation into the Gym Leader will leave fans of the Water-type Trainer in awe.

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The Sword & Shield Gym Leader has already become a fan-favorite.

Pokemon cosplayer transforms into Gym Leader Nessa

At the start of the Gen 8 title, the protagonist receives an invitation to the Pokemon League by reigning Champion Leon. On the player’s quest to become the very best, they face off against a host of new Gym Leaders – including Nessa of Hulbury.

Cosplayer ‘nerdtasticmel’ made a splash on Instagram after sharing her incredible true-to-life take on the Trainer. The artist faithfully recreated the heroine’s signature two-piece white and blue Galar league uniform.

Mel’s re-creation of the attire is full of little details, such as the water drop logo on her crop top and the number 049 on her swim shorts. She also faithfully included the character’s belly button chain accessory which wraps around her stomach.


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As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the cosplayer uploaded a video to TikTok which shows how much work goes into artist’s bringing their favorite characters to life. The clip shows nerdtasticmel’s epic transformation in the Sword & Shield heroine.


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Despite only releasing at the end of 2019, the eighth gen RPG is already the third-highest selling game in the entire franchise. Proof that Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design is more popular than it’s ever been.

In October, the title got its second major DLC expansion, The Crown Tundra. While it’s unclear if the add-on will be the last content the Switch release gets, the update closed out the Galar region with an epic finale.