At E3 2002, Nintendo began marketing its new e-Reader platform for Game Boy Advance by giving participants cards with some of Nintendo’s favorite characters, each of whom had a chance to win the lucky guest a prize. All of these were thought to have been lost or destroyed, but one “first place” Kirby card has reportedly reappeared and is now for sale on eBay.
As reported by Kotaku, the eBay list is currently 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 further redemptions, but this card was never redeemed, so 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 hovered on a Game Boy Advance with an e-reader to prove it’s real, and you can watch it here.
According to a 2007 story, most of these promotional cards will result in a “no prize” result, while 100 will earn a “second prize” result and 10 will secure a “first place” result.
It is important to note that this card has not been independently verified or given a degree of condition, but the seller has given a good case for its authenticity.
In comparison, an unopened coin-operated package with these cards that were rated PSA 10 currently has a price of $ 4400 on eBay.
This is just another example of Nintendo collectibles appearing for sale for their value, and follows a copy of Super Mario 64 that is almost sold for auction at $ 1.5 million.
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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Jerk.