Lost Magikarp Pokémon Card Resurfaces

A rare Magikarp Snap Pokémon card has resurfaced after decades of extinction, selling at a recent Japanese auction for $136,000.

Lost Magikarp Pokémon Card Resurfaces
Source: Gaming Bible

A Pokémon card previously thought to be lost from this world has recently made a surprise reentry into the market. After not being seen in over 20 years, a Pokémon Snap Magikarp card appeared for sale at a recent Yahoo! Auction in Japan, selling for $136,000.

The YouTuber ‘smpratte’ uploaded a video titled “The Only Known Snap Magikarp - $136,000 Pokemon Card” earlier this month. The buyer of the card had sent it to smpratte to include and examine in this YouTube video, generating massive interest from the world of Pokémon card collectors.

This card was part of a collection originally created as a prize for a photography contest held by the Japanese magazine CoroCoro. This contest celebrated the 1999 video game Pokémon Snap, where players went on missions to take photos of Pokémon. The five winners would receive custom cards that were created for this contest–featuring Gyarados, Pikachu, Poliwag, Bulbasaur, Magikarp, Squirtle, Koffing, Chansey, Articuno and Charmander.

This Snap Magikarp is incredibly rare and was graded by PSA, making it the only known graded Snap Magikarp in existence. Exciting surprises remind us how seemingly ‘lost’ cards and collectibles can reappear and rock the market!