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We’ve all dreamed of holding onto our original Pokémon cards from the late ’90s to the present day before selling them for big bucks, but now we get to see that play out in reality – Antiques Roadshow, PBS bastion of hunting around America for rare items, recently appraised a binder full of 1999 cards in a short, charming, and informative segment.



The seller got the cards from her mom in the late 90’s, who said she was being taken advantage of in school trades and got her a complete set online for about $35. The appraiser, Travis Landry, goes into extensive detail as to two pages of cards and how much they would be worth, detailing certain particulars like “shadowless” cards or grading based on wear in tear. In total, he estimates the binder would sell for about $5,000 to $10,000 – much more than what the seller thought it would go for, which was $50. Never discount how much your old treasures might be worth, folks!


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Written by Amelia Fruzzetti

A writer and Nintendo fan based in Seattle, Washington. When not working for NinWire, she can be found eating pasta, writing stories, and wondering about when Mother 3 is finally going to get an official localization.