Uncut sheet of 'Pokémon' and 'Magic: The Gathering' cards brings record $375,000

The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Monday, June 17, 2024

Uncut sheet of 'Pokémon' and 'Magic: The Gathering' cards brings record $375,000
Magic: The Gathering/Pokémon Test Print Uncut Sheet with Notes (Wizards of the Coast).

DALLAS, TX.- A Magic: The Gathering/Pokémon Test Print Uncut Sheet with Notes (Wizards of the Coast) that was part of the sales pitch to extend the Pokémon game’s reach from Japan into the Western world sold for $375,000 to lead Heritage’s May 17-18 Trading Card Games Signature® Auction to $1,747,323.

The final price, reached after 34 bids poured in, established a new world record for the most ever paid for an uncut sheet of cards from any trading card game.

The auction’s top lot is hugely significant in trading card games history because it not only helped the growth of the Pokémon game, but also features cards from the two most popular trading card games in the world: Pokémon and Magic: The Gathering. Uncut sheets from either game are coveted by collectors, but to have both games on the same sheet is incredibly rare. In addition, it is the only sheet known that represents a Pokémon card with a black border.

“This record price is fitting for such an important piece of trading card game history,” says Jesus Garcia, Consignment Director of Trading Card Games at Heritage Auctions. “It smashed the previous mark of $250,000 that was paid at Heritage last year for a Pokémon Unlimited Base Set Test Print Uncut Sheet.

“The market for trading card games remains remarkably strong, and the results in this auction reflected that.”

A Pokémon First Edition Base Set Sealed Booster Box also was in high demand, pulling in 24 bids before closing at $237,500. Released in January 1999, the set included 102 cards, including the enormously popular Charizard. Because of the low print run, booster sets like this one that are scarce, and rarely reach the collecting market.

A Pokémon Charmander Unnumbered Promo 64 Mario Stadium Best Photo Contest CGC Trading Card Game Mint 9 (The Pokémon Company, 1999), featuring an image by Tsukasa Hosono, brought in a winning bid of $75,000. Contestants competed to take the best photos they could for the N64 classic, Pokémon Snap, with the top five photos printed on reprint cards from the Japanese Pokémon TCG Expansion Pack.

Another card featuring an image from a Pokémon tournament, a Pokémon Squirtle Unnumbered Promo 64 Mario Stadium Best Photo Contest CGC Trading Card Game Mint 9 from the 1999 64 Mario Stadium Best Photo Contest, ended at $68,750, as did a Magic: The Gathering Limited Edition (Alpha) Sealed Starter Deck that was the very first set released for the game.

One of the most popular cards from any game, a Magic: The Gathering Black Lotus Limited Edition (Alpha) BGS Trading Card Game EX-MT 6 (Wizards of the Coast, 1993) Rare, drew $50,000. The most sought-after trading card in existence, this spectacular card from the Alpha Edition is part of the most powerful group of cards in the entire game, known as the Power Nine. BGS has certified 10 copies earning an EX-MT 6 grade with 250 graded higher.

Other top lots included, but were not limited to:

• $47,500: a Magic: The Gathering Antiquities Edition Sealed Booster Box

• $30,000: a Magic: The Gathering Legends Edition Sealed Booster Box

• $28,750: a Pokémon Japanese Base Set Sealed Booster Box

Today's News

May 21, 2024

Making sense of the spring art auctions

A city with a medieval history of killing cats now celebrates them

Morphy's June 11-12 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction crowned by magnificent Tiffany Studios 'Peony' lamp

Works by Agnes Pelton, Rembrandt Peale and Joseph Leyendecker lead Heritage to $4.3 million American Art auction

Now open: "Theaster Gates: The Gift and the Renege" at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Re-creating Amy Winehouse's look on screen

Harry Cooper takes on new role as Bunny Mellon Curator of Modern Art at The National Gallery of Art

'Taking Venice': The strange story of the U.S. government and a painter

Rajiv Menon Contemporary opens group exhibition 'The Past is a Country: Indo-Nostalgia in Contemporary Art'

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts presents two new exhibitions

Painting by Marc Chagall soars to $199,700 at Ahlers & Ogletree

'Re-Discovering Native America: Stories in Motion with The Red Road Project' at Beford Gallery

Galerie Lelong New York represents Thailand-based artist Pinaree Sanpitak

Solway Gallery announces the passing of Jay Bolotin

SFMOMA announces new details regarding major commission by Kara Walker

'Megalopolis' premieres at Cannes: First reaction

'Nobody Cares' about Laura Benanti, but they let her entertain them

National Gallery of Art acquires two Netherlandish decorative objects from the 17th century

The (very brief) return of Gastr del Sol

Sandy Koufax's rookie-season Brooklyn Dodgers jersey realizes record-setting $1.8 million at Heritage Auctions

Uncut sheet of 'Pokémon' and 'Magic: The Gathering' cards brings record $375,000

Review: The tragic story of 'An American Soldier' comes home

After a wrenching bestseller, an author takes up her dream project

Can You Drive on Kratom?

How to Safely Use CBD Oil in Your Bong? A Step-by-Step Guide

From Dream to Reality: The Filmmaking Journey of Yalian Li

Layers of Meaning: Science, Art, Emotion

Enhance Your Tesla Experience: Top Seat Covers for Model 3 Owners

Joanna Li: The Luminous Reflections of Thought

Your Ultimate Guide to Having Commercial EV Charging Stations

Creating a Haven: Inside My Chicken Coop

Elevate Your Entertainment: Find the Perfect TV Unit for Sale

Enhance Your Outdoor Living Space with Stylish Furniture in Sydney

Creating the Perfect Haven: Designing a Large Dog Kennel

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Writer: Ofelia Zurbia Betancourt

Royalville Communications, Inc

ignaciovillarreal.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful