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1st Edition Base Set Sniped

By August 21, 2016 2 Comments

On the 18th of August the complete Pokemon Card 1st Edition Shadowless Base Set which includes a total of 102 cards, ended in an auction on eBay for $1,325 out of Iowa, United States. As many of you know the 1st Edition Shadowless Base Set is by far one of the most sought after sets in the entire Pokemon Trading Card Game.

This set also includes my personal favourite card, the 1st Edition Charizard 4/102. The last PSA 10 graded card was spotted on eBay a few months ago, with an asking price of a whoppin1stEditionCharizard1g $10,000. But ever since it’s last sighting no other graded 10 1st Edition Base Set Charizard card has arised. It is important to mention, there is only 97 PSA Graded 10 1st Edition Charizards in population according to the PSA database. There are many other 1st Editon Shadowless Charizard’s that are for sale that are either ungraded or below a grading of 10 which range between $625-2900

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First 36 cards of the Base Set that was sold. Click for larger image.

Some may ask, why did this listing sell for so cheap? The main reason why this auction ended at such a low price is due to its condition of the cards. In the description of this listing this is what the seller included:

“SEVERAL CARDS HAVE BEEN HANDLED AND HAVE WHITE EDGES. A FEW OF THE HOLOS ARE NEAR MINT BUT MOST HAVE BEEN PLAYED CONTAINING WHITE EDGES AND SMALL SCRATCHES. DO NOT EXPECT THIS SET TO BE A PERFECT MINT SET.”

Congratulations to the buyer, in my opinion it is a fantastic price for such a relic of Pokemon Card history. There was 10 bidders going head to head to win this auction. The buyer’s information is hidden but what you can see, is the feedback rating. The feedback rating shows how experienced they are with eBay.Those who have close to a zero rating are fairly new. Those with a higher rating shows they have been buying and selling on eBay for quite a while. The winning bidder’s feedback rating is over 3,000. He didn’t bid for the entire 5-day duration of this listing and then sniped the auction with 3 seconds to go. This is a perfect example of eBay sniping. The winning bidder is clearly an eBay veteran, he knew exactly what he was doing.

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‘Sniping’ is a term used for someone who comes in at the last second of an auction and bids at the last moment. Sort of like a real life sniper, they lie patiently in wait for that perfect single shot. The right shot when it comes to eBay auctions, is the final few seconds of a listing. It is the most crucial part of an entire listing, because anything can happen. Listings can double in price in the final few seconds due to people using this method. Anybody can use this method, you don’t need to be an eBay expert. Just watch an auction you really want to win and instead of bidding days before the auction ends wait until the final few seconds to pull the trigger.

If the whole 1ST Edition Base Set was graded a perfect 10 then you would easily be looking at tens of thousands of dollars. But maybe it wasn’t just the condition that made this set sell for such a low price. Another reason being, because it was an auction and usually auctions sell for a lot cheaper than expected. Maybe some people were busy at the time of the auction end and missed out on their chance to bid. Another thing that may have affected this price is maybe people didn’t have the free funds to spend on Pokemon Cards at this time.

Those of us who actually grew up with these cards as kids, would want nothing more than to own this set. But those of us who were kids in the late 90’s, are now fully grown big kids and we are in that time of our lives that is filled with an ever increasing list of responsibilities and financial deprivation situations that include but are not limited to; paying the rent, new baby on the way, a wedding, saving for a mortgage to buy a house or maybe you need to pay for a new pet iguana enclave because the last one you bought sucked. You know, all the boring life-stuff which prevents you from buying all those awesome Pokemon Cards you’ve always wanted.

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How much would you pay for this set? Or if you already own this set, how much would you be willing to sell it for? Leave a comment in the section below.



Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • Brendon says:

    Depends how many were in played condition…
    Buying it as a collector would be fustrating having to replace all the played cards (and most likely sell off the played conditon ones)
    Or buying it as an investor would be risky because the condition of each card is not explained.

    I think it sold for the exactly price it is worth, maybe a little bit less but nothing more.

    • James says:

      I agree with you. As a collector it would be extremely time consuming to go through and try to cleanse the set of any played/damaged cards. Buying it as an investment to flip it soon after would be the only upside to this auction. If you took the risk, you could split up and sell the cards individually, well the holos anyway. Again, would be extremely time consuming to do it that way and you would be hoping that majority of the cards are in decent condition, but I believe it would pay off if you have the patience and luck on your side. You have some very good and valid points, thank you for your input Brandon.

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