An incredibly rare Pokémon card from the late ’90s has resurfaced, selling for a whopping 5 million yen ($136,000 USD) at a Japanese auction.
The card in question is one of 20 ‘Snap Magikarp’ cards doled out to winners of a Pokémon Snap competition held in Japan. The competition itself required entrants to send in their favourite snaps of certain Pokémon, with the winners having their entry made into an official Pokémon card.
There are ten unique cards in total, including Magikarp, Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Articuno, and more. What’s interesting about the competition is that the winners didn’t receive one of each unique card; they only received 20 copies of their own design. So effectively, the entire circulation of each design were given solely to the winners of the competition.
This makes these cards incredibly rare, as it’s entirely possible that some of the winners simply boxed up their cards and popped them in storage. Indeed, while nine of the ten cards have been seen over the course of the two decades since, ‘Snap Magikarp’ has remained elusive… until now, that is.
As stated in the smpratte’s YouTube video below, the irony behind this is that Magikarp is possibly one of the most common creatures in Pokémon Snap, appearing at least once in all of its levels. As for the remaining 19 ‘Snap Magikarp’ cards, where they’re hiding is anyone’s guess.