Box of Pokémon cards sells at auction for more than $400,000, a new record

A brand-new record high for an unopened box of very first edition Pokémon cards has actually been set at $408,000. The sale was dealt with Jan. 15 by Heritage Auctions, the very same business that brokered another record-breaking Pokémon sale in November.

The Pokémon Trading Card Video Game (Pokémon TCG) very first introduced in 1996, and was initially released in the United States by Wizards of the Coast — the very same business behind another collectible card video game, Magic: The Event. It pits 2 or more fitness instructors versus one another in standard Pokémon fights, however with cards rather of digital pocket beasts. Cards are generally bought in blind booster loads or on the secondary market.

Like Magic, the initial Pokémon TCG is still in print. You can discover it for sale at your friendly regional video game shop, huge box merchants, and online. However the secondary market — specifically the speculative market for unopened first-edition booster packs — is red hot, stimulated on by social networks buzz, Logan Paul, and even free-wheeling cryptocurrency financiers.

This newest run of record sales started in October when rap artist Reasoning put down $183,000 for a Charizard, and culminated most just recently with a $375,000 offer that broke down survive on YouTube. Likewise cost auction over the weekend: an unusual Blastoise, among just 2 ever printed, that cost $360,000.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.