Sealed Pokémon box set sells for world-record $198K

Sealed Pokémon

The sealed Pokémon booster set broke a world record Thursday when it sold for $198,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

DALLAS – A rare sealed Pokémon booster set broke a world record Thursday when it sold for $198,000 Thursday, Sept. 10, in Heritage Auctions’ Comics & Comic Art Auction. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.

The Pokémon first edition base set sealed booster box (Wizards of the Coast, 1999) soared well past its estimate of $80,000+ during the advance bidding before the auction’s live bidding even began.

“Sets like this one, especially in such extraordinary condition and sealed in shrink wrap, have become undeniable rarities,” said Jesus Garcia, assistant comics and comic art operations supervisor at Heritage Auctions. “The previous record, of $78,000, at Heritage Auctions 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.”

The first set ever made, this booster box comes from a very low print and includes 396 cards spread through 36 booster packs, each of which contains 11 cards. Because the set is unopened, it is likely that most or all of the cards are in gem mint condition.

The Heritage Auctions Comics & Comic Art Auction continues Friday with a session beginning at 11 a.m. (Central time) focused on video games and video game art, and continues through Sunday, Sept. 13.