Pokémon Yellow is one of the most valued games by collectors of the entire franchise.
Pikachu in Yellow Pokémon.
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Few entertainment franchises have more collectibles than Pokémon, from cards to video games. Old Pokemon games and other collectibles even sealed they reach a great value at auctions, although today’s protagonist will not be able to get much money after a customs controller destroyed his precinct copy of Pokémon Amarillo.
pokemon yellow It was released in Japan in 1998. for Nintendo’s Game Boy Color, a slightly different version of Pokémon Red and Blue, released a couple of years earlier, as the possibility of carry a partner pokemon that follows you for its open world. Certainly a collector’s item that could have fetched considerable value at auction.
Customs controller used Break box, it was super effective
As we can see in this story shared via Twitter by Stephen Kick, after passing through the airport, a friend of his received his copy of Pokémon Yellow completely vandalized by customs controllers. Not only was the box open, they had broken the plastic box that protected the game, they had broken the seal and cut the cardboard box itself. In short, all nonsense for a collector’s item.
Friend of mine received this sealed and graded original copy of Pokemon Yellow…
Broke the acrylic case
Ripped and discarded the seal
SLICED the front of the box off
Maybe they weren’t fans of @TheWataGames ? pic.twitter.com/lGs1qC1RIF
— Stephen Kick (@pripyatbeast) January 19, 2023
As we can read in Gizmodo, the buyer of the game, The_Master_Of_Unlocking, explains that he acquired the game for a value of $3,800 to an independent buyer in Canada who had previously rated the game through Moon Games, a body dedicated to assessing the value of collectibles of this type. His surprise upon receiving it on January 19 was discouraging.
“I opened the intact shipping box to find the Wata Games box torn and the Pokémon Yellow cardboard box loose inside,” the collector said. “At first, I thought the Wata Games acrylic case had simply broken, and I wasn’t particularly worried. Then I realized that the factory seal was gone and, more importantly, the front cover of the Pokémon Yellow box had been cut off. I couldn’t believe it at first, but I quickly took pictures to document the damage. I then notified the seller and we started working on it. dispute process with PayPalwhich is currently in progress.
“It has been really disappointing and discouraging to see the senseless damage done to the game”, he assures. “Pokémon Yellow was the first Pokémon game I owned as a kid, and like so many of our generation, I was completely enthralled with the game. Unfortunately, I had given up a perfect copy of the game years before and was trying to get a hold of one. to display on my office desk. Unfortunately, I don’t have as much time to spend playing the game as I used to, but I wanted to give the game a prominent place so that I can enjoy watching it and remember simpler times while I work”.
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It’s not clear why customs controllers vandalized the game in this way, it’s only usually done when there are suspicions of smuggling drugs and other illegal substances, but the damage is done and only remains claim a refund of the amount paid. Will a copy of Pokemon Scarlet and Purple be worth that much money 24 years from now?
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