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Why used Pokemon popsicle sticks are selling for hundreds of dollars

Published: 24/Aug/2020 1:23 Updated: 24/Aug/2020 4:38

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon fans have gone wild for used popsicle sticks in Japan. Certain frozen Pikachu Garigari-kun treats contain a prize that has Trainers paying over $500 to buy someone else’s trash. 

The Pokemon brand has become an absolute juggernaut since its 1996 debut. In 2019, reports stated the Nintendo series had become the highest-grossing media franchise in the world, with its games, clothing, and accessories bringing in billions of dollars. 


So it’s not unusual to see the RPG’s mascot on snacks and sweets. However, players have gone wild for a popsicle in Japan that gives them a rare prize. So much so that fans are willing to shell out hundreds of dollars for used versions of the edible.

pokemon popsicles
The Pokemon Company / Garigari-kun
The delicious Pokemon treat had a special giveaway.

Used Pokemon popsicle sticks selling for absurd prices online

In May, popular Japanese treat Garigari-kun announced they were teaming up with Pokemon to promote its upcoming film Coco. The beloved snack offers a giveaway where select popsicles have a mark on the stick that could be traded in for a prize.


The reward was none other than a rare Pokemon Trading Card Game Zarude promo. The Legendary grass monster is featured in the upcoming movie, and it also recently made its debut in the Nintendo Switch title Sword & Shield.

Prices have skyrocketed on online auction sites like eBay, where fans of the series have been paying hundreds for used popsicle sticks. In July, winners who exchanged their sticks for the Zarude card have sold the item online for as high as $480. Listings in August are going for as high as $800.

zarude card pokemon ebay
Ebay / The Pokemon Company
The rare Zarude card is going hundreds of dollars.

The VMAX Zarude card is special, in that it has a golden stamp of the Garigari-kun logo on it. For those that can’t afford the item, the same exact card can also be obtained right now in the Japanese Legendary Heartbeat set – although it’s worth far less due to not having the symbol. 

legendary heartbeat set pokemon cards
The Pokemon Company / Amazon
You can get Zarude in the Legendary Heartbeat set.

While it hasn’t been confirmed yet, it appears that the Zarude card with the exact same art as the rare popsicle reward (minus the symbol) might also make its way to the US in the upcoming Vivid Voltage set.

If nothing else, this is just proof at how far Pokemon card collectors are willing to go to get their hands on a rare item. To date, the TCG’s rarest collectible has sold for $250k – though $500 for a used popsicle stick is nothing to sneeze at.

H/T: SoraNews24


Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.


That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!


Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.


While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.


So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.


Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

Snivy Pokemon Go
Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.


Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.