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A rare sealed 1999 Pokémon booster set broke a world record on September 10 when it sold for $198,000 in Heritage Auctions’ Comics & Comic Art Auction, Dallas, United States.
“Sets like this one, especially in such extraordinary condition and sealed in shrinkwrap, have become undeniable rarities,” said Jesus Garcia, Assistant Comics & Comic Art Operations Supervisor at Heritage Auctions in a press release.
The Pokémon booster box that set the new benchmark was the first set ever made, consequently, it comes from a very low print and includes 396 cards that are spread through 36 booster packs, each of which contains 11 cards.
Since the auctioned box is unopened and shrinkwrap-sealed, the cards included are expected to be in excellent or ‘Gem Mint’ condition.
The sale eclipsed the previous record amount at Heritage Auctions, which was a $$78,000 bid in February 2019 by more than double.
“The previous record, of $78,000, at Heritage Auctions was set in was set in February 2019. To see this result, more than doubling the previous mark, just shows the popularity and demand for these cards show no sign of slowing down,” Garcia said in a press release.