At E3 2002, Nintendo began promoting its new e-Reader platform for Game Boy Advance by giving attendees cards featuring some of Nintendo’s favorite characters, each of which had a chance to win the lucky guest a prize. All of these were thought to be lost or destroyed, but one “first place” Kirby card has allegedly reappeared and is now for sale on eBay.
As reported by Kotaku, the eBay listing is currently sitting at $6,500 with 25 bids, and the seller notes that the First Place card would win the guest a Limited Edition Gold Game Boy Advance Pokemon/NYC Store Limited Edition handheld. All the winning cards were destroyed by Nintendo to prevent additional redemptions, but this card was never redeemed, therefore it was not destroyed.
The seller AndersonCentral has been an eBay member since 2005 and has 100% positive feedback. They also uploaded a video of the card being swiped on a Game Boy Advance with an e-Reader to prove its authenticity, and you can view that here.
According to a story from 2007, most of these promotional cards would result in a “no prize” result, while 100 would earn a “second prize” result and 10 would secure a “first place” result.
It’s important to note that this card hasn’t been independently verified or had its condition graded, but the seller has provided a good case for its authenticity.
For comparison, a mint condition unopened pack of these cards that was graded PSA 10 currently has a price of $4,400 on eBay.
This is just another example of Nintendo collectibles appearing up for sale for their value, and follows a near-mint condition copy of Super Mario 64 selling for $1.5 million at auction.
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