Collecting trading cards has been a time-honored tradition for generations. From baseball cards to Pokemon cards, there’s a trading card for every kind of fan! Trading card games focus on the gaming aspect of certain trading cards — such as the previously mentioned Pokemon and the widely popular Magic: The Gathering. Each week, we’ll look at some cards that are eye-catching for all kinds of buyers!
Neopets Group of 61 Trading Cards
In the late 90s and early 2000s, my friends and I were hooked on the online virtual pet game Neopets. Much like the Tamagotchi of just a handful of years prior, Neopets let you take care of an online whimsical creature. While the game may not be played as much now, a number of us look back on the game fondly, and with the help of nostalgia glasses, there is new Neopets merchandise you can purchase for adults who played the game as kids. But finding vintage Neopets items is an absolute delight.
This set of 61 trading cards from Wizards of the Coast was released in 2003. This TCG was a great way to bring new players into the TCG world with something they were familiar with. This game was popular with younger players but was ultimately discontinued in 2006.
This lot contains 61 ungraded cards from the TCG game. Heritage notes these as being in NM/Mint 8 to Mint 9 condition. Lots similar to this on eBay tend to sell for under $30, though sealed booster packs and sealed booster boxes can command more. If you’re a Neopets fan looking to add these to your collection, this is the perfect lot for you.
Pokemon Unlimited Base Set Charizard Sealed Booster Pack PSA Gem Mint 10
I love to see sealed Pokemon boosters in each week’s auction. There’s something so unhinged about an unopened pack of original playing cards that we can only assume was originally for a kid. These have become big collector’s pieces, and as a result, have commanded impressive sales. The Unlimited Base Set was released by Wizards of the Coast in 1999 and had the potential of carrying the card everyone wanted — Charizard.
This booster pack features the now priceless Pokemon on the front with a bright, bold blue background. The Unlimited series is how many of us discovered Pokemon, and now the franchise is one of the most recognized IPs on the planet.
This PSA Gem Mint 10 is perfect. If you like high grades, look no further. There are 11 untouched cards in here, and it is very possible one or more of those cards could be worth thousands. But if you have the original Unlimited Base Set graded, then why not jump on a graded booster pack? In November of 2021, a similarly graded booster pack with Venusaur sold for $780.
Finding other PSA Gem Mint 10-graded booster packs isn’t easy, though lower grades pop up more. If you’re looking for a sealed booster pack that you can open, there are a few examples in this week’s auction for you.
Magic: The Gathering 1998 World Championship Sealed Deck Box
Here’s something you really don’t see every day. This sealed 1998 Magic: The Gathering World Championship Deck Box was from the August 1998 championships that took place in Seattle. There were four decks with gold borders around the cards, indicating they are from the championship.
This sealed deck contains playable cards, as well as a VHS that chronicles the road to the championship. This is a neat find that likely won’t break the bank for the right collector.
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