Pokémon is one of those things, you’re either a rabid fan or you’re indifferent and clueless about the whole thing. I can safely say that I am pretty indifferent about Pokémon and one of its most popular characters Pikachu. This year Pokémon made a big splash with the augmented reality game from Niantic, Pokémon GO but the franchise has been popular long before AR. Back in the days before AR and collecting Pokémon in a virtual world, people collected Pikachu and his pals by buying trading cards. Now a super-rare Pikachu Illustrator card from 1998 has sold at auction for a whopping $54,970USD.
The rare Pikachu card was apparently “given out January of 1998 to champs of the CoroCoro Comic Illustration Contest” and only 39 of the cards were ever made. It’s said that of the 39 cards only 10 are known to be in mint condition and the sold card was one of them. It was sold to an unidentified Hong Kong collector who is in his 20’s and has been collecting Pokémon cards since he was a kid.
Pop culture is a crazy thing and the sale of this rare trading card goes to show that collecting pop culture items is still alive and well. While the amount of people who would never pay that much for a Pokémon card probably outnumber those who would, it is safe to say we all have our priorities. What one person values is usually not what another values. Congratulations to the gentlemen who won the bid and added to his collection, hope he enjoys it!
What do you think about collectibles? Would you pay this much money for a Pokémon Pikachu card? Would you pay this much for any piece of memorabilia? Let us know your thoughts and comments below or on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.Source:Today’s Pak