POKEMON ERROR: 1998 LTD Ed Factory-Sealed Horsea/Koffing in Charmeleon/Paras Box For Sale
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POKEMON ERROR: 1998 LTD Ed Factory-Sealed Horsea/Koffing in Charmeleon/Paras Box:
I C O N I C
THE KEY TO SUCCESSFUL INVESTMENT IS TOACQUIRE ANDPRESERVE ICONIC ITEMS OTHERWISE UNATTAINABLE
POKEMONERROR: 1 & Only 1998 LTD Edition Factory-Sealed Horsea vs. Koffingin Charmeleon vs. Paras Package
AVAILABLE NOWHERE ELSE ON THE PLANET
Collectibility in the present case is not based on arbitrary or time-limited valuations, such as those attributed to the popularity, for example, of a card or beanie.
Rather, it's anexclusive manufacturing aberration, AKA:a random act of God, comparable to a one-of-a-kind coinwhich,incidental tocards and beanies, involves both pristine cardboard and sealed stuffed characters.
It's One of a Special Kind. Consider the market value of another One-of-a-Kind piece,documented below (and fully referenced further down in the listing).
MSN HEADLINE DATE 02/07/2017:(DOCUMENTED IN ITS ENTIRETY UNDER "REFERENCES" BELOW)Harambe-Shaped Cheeto Reaches offer of Nearly $100K on
It is comparable tothe Gorilla Cheeto in the sense it will alwaysexist asuniquely iconicand, hence, always be singularly collectible.
True,itis inedible. On the upside (and, granted, I'm only speculating here) it may be less perishable.On the "always" scale, little details like that do influence trajectory on the long-term value of an item.
NOTE: SINCE I FIRST LISTED THIS PIECE, I'VE LOCATED THE (INITIALED &DATED)CARLTON "CELEBRATION CARD"I HAD STAMPEDTO RECORDTHE PURCHASE, ASPER THEHISTORYI SHARED BELOW (see Illustrations 4 & 5).
IT'S A RARE MEANS BY WHICH TOBOLSTER PROVENANCE.THE RECEIPTS WE RETAINEDFROM OUR PURCHASES BACK THENHAVE LONG-SINCE FADED TO THE POINT OF USELESSNESS. THIS CARD, ON THE OTHER HAND, IS A PERFECTLY PRESERVED REMNANT OF THE TRANSACTION.
IT'S A POSITIVE SPIN ON A PROMOTION WHICH WAS OTHERWISE PRETTY UNDERWHELMING. YOU'LL NOTE, I WAS ONLY ABLE TO RECORD FOUR PURCHASES AT CARLTON'S BACK IN 1999 BEFOREIT LEFT THE MALL. IN ORDER TO HAVE ACTUALLY RECEIVED THE "$5.00 OFF," AS ADVERTISED, I'D HAVE HAD TO MAKE AN ADDITIONAL 11 PURCHASES...
I WILL GIVE THEM CREDIT FOR AESTHETICS, HOWEVER: THE FLORAL ARRANGEMENT USEDTO REGISTERTHE STAMPS WILL MAKE AN ATTRACTIVE, FRAMEABLEKEEPSAKE FOR THE NEXT OWNER.
NOTE: from yet another of those MSN "Your Vintage Toys May be Worth a Fortune," stories (quoted herein on 12/13/18): Laurie Anderson Dowell, a toy collector in California says: “The most
important feature to a toy’s value is usually whether it is in its
original packaging, and what kind of condition the box, card, or bubble
is in. MIP (mint in package) and MIB (mint in box) toys are more highly
Though I doubt that comes as a revelation to most of us...
BONA FIDE TREASURE
Two Obscure First Generation Pokémon,Koffing & Horsea, Impeccably Sealed (see Illustrations) in a Package which Advertises One of the MostBeloved Poké Ever to do Battle, Charmander, verses Paras.
Pokémon's Legacyas anInternational Phenomenon isNot OnlyFirmly Established, it's Actually Growing in Popularity. Since1998, when Topeka, Kansas, renamed itself "ToPikachu" to mark Pokemon's U.S. debut (Bloomberg), it hasExisted asan American Icon.
As an Exclusive1st Generation Aberration, the Current Offering will Only Appreciate in Value.The Provenance isSingular & Unimpeachable.
I Discovered this Piece while Searching for an Actual Charmander vs. Paras Battle Setin a Carlton's Gift Shopon the (now Defunct) Irondequoit Mall in Rochester, N.Y. Like manyChildren in 1999, my 5-Year Old Son wanted Char Everything.
Like many Parents in the late ninties, I was Obsessively Dedicated to Making sureOur Children (there's also aDaughter; We have the Set)wanted for Nothing. Back then,Acquiring Pokémon wasn't merelya Matter of Money but, rather,Insane Diligence.
It was an Era both Great and Terrible.
In Fact, as it represented the Only Remaining Char Option, my Initial Response was to be incensed because the Package Presented with Falsely Advertised Contents. I hadActuallyintendedto complain to Store Management. Fortunately, by the time I'd made it to the counter, I relocated my Mind.
SIZE: The Package Measures 8 by 8 by 2.75 Inches& Weighs 3.5 Ounces (97 Grams). There are no Shipping Fees for Domestic Delivery. International Delivery may be Accomplished through 's Global Shipping Option.
The listing attracted 132 offers before closing at 3:45 a.m. on Feb. 7. The item was sold from Burbank, California, and even came with free standard shipping, according to the listing.
The seller, "valuestampsinc," listed the item as "Gorilla Hot Cheetos – RARE – One of a Kind Cheetos – Harambe Gorilla," juxtaposing it with a side photo of the gorilla.
In a phone call, confirmed to CNBC the item was valid and available for purchase, but has not yet returned a request for comment on the specific listing. Wired noted in 2015 that trolls tend to inflate the offers on "rare" and collectible items, making large offers that inevitably fall through. Oftentimes, the only consequence for not fulfilling a offer is a strike against thebuyer's account.
[ICONIC Note: This is why we tend to usethe "Buy it Now" sales option. especially for 1 and Only items. Thevalue is predetermined and, hence, Troll proof...JEM]
Seeing resemblances in food is not a new phenomenon. In 2014, the BBC explained why people see faces in everything from food to cars, and how it may have developed because of our dependence on socialization.
Harambe the Gorilla was a 400-pound silverback fatally shot by a zookeeper after a human child entered his enclosure. His shooting went viral on the internet, creating several memes and attracting worldwide attention. Harambe was housed in the Cincinnati Zoo.
An 8.3-ounce bag of Cheetos Crunchy Flamin' Hot retails for $2.50 at Target.
BOTTOM LINE: IT'S ONLY A GREAT BUY IF IT GETS TO YOU
USING USPS FIRST CLASS, WE SHIP QUICKLY WITH GREAT CAUTION.WE DOUBLE-BUBBLE WRAPEACH ITEM & WALK IT INTOTHE LOCAL POST OFFICE. WETHEN OBTAIN: (1)A RECEIPT DOCUMENTING TIME OF DELIVERY TO THE EXACT SECOND,(2) THE IDNUMBER OF THE POSTAL CLERK; & (3) THE TRACKING NUMBER.
~WE SHIP ANYWHERE IN THE U.S. IN2-4 BUSINESS DAYS ~
WE HAVEEACH ITEM MARKED "FRAGILE" INRED LETTERS & RETAIN THE RECEIPTUNTILIT IS SAFELY DELIVERED.WE ALSO SEND "POST PURCHASE UPDATES" TO OUR CUSTOMERS. USING THIS APPROACH, WE'VE NEVER HAD AN ITEM LOST OR DAMAGEDIN TRANSIT.