A Pokémon Snap Magikarp card has sold at auction in Japan for 15m Yen ($135,000)
This is reportedly the first time that Snap Magikarp has appeared for sale making the Yahoo! Japan Auction a landmark sale for one of the rarest cards in Pokemon TCG.
An incredibly elusive item, PSA only started grading the full set as of 2017. And due to their distribution finding one for sale, let alone in near-mint condition, is almost impossible.
For years PSA was unable to grade three out of the ten Snap cards due to their scarcity, making legitimacy incredibly difficult to confirm. The three cards in question: Articuno, Charmander, and Squirtle.
Throughout the years, more information has surfaced surrounding these cards. That being said, Ludkins Collectables has been very vocal about the journey towards having these elusive Pokemon Snap contest cards acknowledged by grading companies like PSA. Up until September 2019, PSA refused to grade the Charmander, Squirtle, and Articuno cards from the contest due to contradictions between the physical cards and an official image in “The Silver Bible”, a Japanese Pokemon TCG art book from 2000. If you’d like to read more about the Pokemon Snap promo cards and why they’re so rare, check out this article here.
Last year, we saw a Charmander Snap promo sell for roughly $75,000 in near-mint condition on Yahoo! Japan Auctions as well as YouTuber Maxmoefoe reveal his PSA 8 Snap Gyarados in a video that has been seen nearly 700,000 times.
With cards like this, it is becoming increasingly difficult to verify their authenticity and with very few people that have ever seen Snap promos in person, there is definitely a risk to be acknowledged.
Are you surprised by the staggering price?
John-Anthony Disotto – Ludkins Media Editor-in-Chief
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