Demand for elite Pokémon collectibles continues to soar at Heritage Auctions, which sold a Pokémon First Edition Base Set Sealed Booster Box (Wizards of the Coast, 1999) for a world record-setting $408,000 Thursday afternoon.
The box sold during the second session of Heritage’s four-day Comics & Comic Art Auction, which runs through Sunday.
“Recent history has shown that the demand for First Edition Base Set Sealed Booster Boxes is soaring,” said Jesus Garcia, Trading Cards Expert in the Heritage Auctions Comics Department. “Based on the competitive bidding when Heritage Auctions sold a similar set in November, we expected the interest in this set to be even higher, and our collectors did not disappoint.”
Offered in its original shrink wrap, the First Edition Base Set Sealed Booster Box broke the previous world record for an auction sale, set when Heritage Auctions sold a similar booster box in November 2020 for $360,000. Still sealed in its original shrink wrap, the set was created in 1999 by Wizards of the Coast and set featured 102 cards, most notably the Charizard. Today, it is considered the pinnacle of Pokémon box collecting.
Due to their low print run, these box sets have become extremely scarce, especially those still in the original sealed state. The box contains 36 booster packs, each with 11 cards for a total of 396 cards, each of which likely is in GEM MINT condition because the packs have not yet been handled.