As any amateur collector can tell you, Pokémon cards can be worth a lot of money. Some individual cards are so rare that they value in the thousands of dollars, with an incredibly hard to find few fetching as much as $20,000 in online sales. When an unopened box finds its way to market, those numbers multiply, which is why a current auction is expected to rake in as much as $65,000 by the time it ends.
The auction in question is being hosted by Hyggins & Scott and follows a previous listing from 2018 for a 1999 Pokémon 1st Edition Limited Printing (English) Base Set Unopened Booster Box. Back in August 2018, the company sold an identical item for $66,920, which suggests this new auction will bring in as much or more. The listing details are enough to make even the most casual collector envious at the prospect of winning this auction:
This tightly sealed and virtually untouched container has been in the possession of our consignor since release decades ago. 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 cornerstone!
The auction bidding opened up on Feb. 1 and closes on the Feb. 13 at 11:30 p.m. EST.