Otaku USA Magazine
Pokémon Items Bring in More Than $1.3 Million at Auction

Heritage Auctions’s Comics & Comic Art Auction event brought in some serious money and broke records. And we have Pokémon to thank for that.

The Pokémon First Edition Base Set Sealed Booster Box (released in 1999) sold for a whopping $408,000, and that’s put it on the record books. Last year Heritage Auctions had sold a similar booster box and netted $360,000 for it, which was the world record at the time.

But this wasn’t the only piece of Pokémon history to get people bidding huge numbers at the event. A Pokémon Blastoise #009/165R Commissioned Presentation Galaxy Star Hologram also went for $360,000. As of Heritage Auctions’ announcement, there were 16 Pokémon items going at the auction, and they brought in more than $1.3 million.

“Recent history has shown that the demand for First Edition Base Set Sealed Booster Boxes is soaring,” reported Jesus Garcia from the Heritage Auctions Comics Department about the $408,000 sale. “Based on the competitive bidding when Heritage Auctions sold a similar set in November, we expected the interest in this set to be even higher, and our collectors did not disappoint.”

Source: Heritage Auctions


Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.