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Someone’s Bought A Box Of Pokémon Cards For $56,000 

Everything was a lot simpler in the 1990s because happiness could be bought – and it came in shiny pristine packets of original Pokémon cards. 

Apparently there are people out there who are more than keen to part with big bucks to get themselves a bit of that good ol’ childhood nostalgia (and potentially a rare shiny Charizard card.) 

An unopened box of the original 1999 cards recently went up for auction in the United States, where its starting price of $20,000 USD quickly rocketed to an eye-watering $56,000. 

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Now although that might seem absolutely crazy, there is a bit of logic behind the expensive purchase, as last year an incredibly rare mint condition shiny Charizard card sold for $55,000, meaning if such a card is in the unopened box, the buyer will be able to make their money back and then some. 

Whether or not that will actually happen is a different story, as the item’s auction description breaks down the statistics of the unopened box, stating: “A box break will yield (36) 11-card packs. Additionally, each pack will deliver: (5) common, (3) uncommon, (2) Energy and (1) Rare or Foil card. 

“Based on production, the odds of pulling a foil card are nearly 1:3 packs. With 396 chances for Gem Mint 10 holos and other high-grade treasures, ‘the sky’s the limit’ for this transcendent non-sport box!” 

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The auction image of the item proudly states: “1st Edition Limited Printing.” 

Hopefully we’ll see a YouTube unboxing of the item one day, but there’s a good chance the box’s proud owner is going to keep the box sealed forever. 

It might very well be one of the only ones left in the world! 

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And to think our parents told us these cards were a waste of money… 

What do you think about this very unusual financial investment? Solid maths or a plan that’ll have the buyer blasting off Team Rocket style?