In August 2018, somebody on eBay spent $60,000 for a very uncommon Pokemon card. It’s now nearly a year later, the card still hasn’t arrived, and no one is aware of the place it’s received to.
YouTuber and Pokemon card collector Smpratte has the story (through CNET), as he claims to know each the customer and seller personally. What seems to have happened, Smpratte states, is that having sold the card for $60,000 last year to somebody outside the US, the seller posted it domestically, after which the card was forwarded to a Global Shipping Program center in New York City.
The card was signed for, valued at $50,000 for insurance coverage purposes—the highest figure attainably—and was alleged to then be despatched on its way. Nevertheless, that’s where the card’s journey ends, as no additional monitoring was ever noted, and no hint of it has turned up since.
The card in query is a “Trainer No.3” (left), one of many rarest in existence, which was given out to third-place finishers at a “Secret Super Battle” in Japan in 1999. Smpratte guesses that the card went lacking at the New York GSP office when somebody noted the insured worth of the package deal, however, there’s no proof of that; the video instead appears mostly geared towards warning whoever is in possession of it now that, due to the card’s rarity, there’s no means it can be sold without attracting the eye of people who know what it is and who legally owns it.
The client is now offering $1000 for data that may help track down the card’s whereabouts.