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World’s Largest Pokémon Collection Could Sell for $520,000 at Auction

Most parents gave away our Pokémon collections at a garage sale in 2005. Little did they know those “stupid cards and toys” would turn out to be a literal gold mine. Smartly, one superfan has held onto their stash and is now looking to sell their memorabilia for an estimated total of a half-a-million-dollars. Another blatant example of baby boomers screwing over the millennial generation; think where you’d be if Dad didn’t chuck your Charizard in the bin.

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Pokémon Collection Hansons Auctioneers

Image: Hansons Auctioneers

Over 20,000 items from the Pokémon franchise will be up for sale later this month in the United Kingdom. According to the BBC, Hansons Auctioneers will be acquiring the lot from a woman in Hertfordshire who owns the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of Pokémon memorabilia. The offering includes everything from trading cards to vintage action figures and could fetch over £300,000 (AU$522,000).

“There are more than 20,000 individual items which amounts to a world-record amount for one single Pokémon collection,” explains David Wilson-Turner, Head of the Toy Department at Hansons Auctioneers. “It covers everything from folders filled with trading cards, sealed box sets, rare cards, books, stationery and food to hard-to-find items, figures, plush toys, Pokémon stands, apparel, clothing and much more.”

Pokémon Collection Hansons Auctioneers

Image: Hansons Auctioneers

The seller’s treasure chest has been 25 years in the making, sourcing collectibles from all over the world, including the UK, Japan, France and Japan. “From childhood, every penny of pocket money and savings went on Pokémon, and when it came to Christmas and birthdays, Pokémon presents dominated,” she told the auction house. With financial reasons cited as the cause behind parting ways with the merch, she intends to keep her Guinness World certificate, formerly on display as part of the pop culture exhibit at the Hertford Museum.

Potential buyers should be warned that Pokémon memorabilia won’t come cheap. Earlier this year, a single Pocket Monsters Japanese Promo “Illustrator” Holographic Pikachu card sold for USD$900,000. A few months later, YouTuber and WWE star Logan Paul paid a staggering USD$5.27 million for a one-of-a-kind PSA Grade 10 1998 Pikachu Illustrator card.

“Pokémon has been soaring in value in the collectors’ market for six years,” adds Wilson-Turner. “Wealthy young people in their 20s and 30s who got into Pokémon when they were children are buying, and prices have spiked. This is a fantastic investment opportunity for a wealthy Pokémon collector or any wise investor.”

For those ready to catch ’em all, the auction begins on October 18. Check out more images of the collection below. 

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Pokémon Collection Hansons Auctioneers

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Pokémon Collection Hansons Auctioneers

Image: Hansons Auctioneers

Pokémon Collection Hansons Auctioneers

Image: Hansons Auctioneers

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