A missing Pokémon card worth $60,000 has left the collector community in shock. The card was bought on eBay last year, and disappeared while on transit to its new owner.
The card in question is “Trainer No: 3.” Trainer No. 3 is considered a highly valuable card because of its historical value.
The collectible was given out back in 1999 to the third-place winner in a Pokémon competition in Japan called Super-Secret Battle. Which is to say: It’s very unlikely that you have one of these puppies in your old collection, unless you have a fake or something.
The card, which came into the hands of eBay seller pokemonplace, was sent out via USPS with an insurance cover of $50,000, the highest that you can insure an item via the mail through this service.
The card, which was delivered with an assortment of other items by the shipping company, was never received. According to collector and the Pokémon trading card authority smpratte, the parties involved have no idea if foul play was involved.
“My responsibility was to ship the card to Aramex […] a middle man company that then ships the card to the buyer,” pokemonplace said.
“The tracking information I have was with registered mail and shows tracking and a signature. Aramex claims they haven’t received it and signed for a bulk lot.”
Unfortunately, because the lot was signed for, pokemonplace says that they cannot file the insurance claim.
It’s unclear if the card simply went missing or if it was stolen by an employee. Trainer No. 3 was encased in a plastic container and is registered in a database for collectors. Given the card’s rarity , it would be difficult to resell at full value under normal circumstances.
Regardless, pokemonplace has issued a $1,000 bounty to anyone who has information on the whereabouts of the card, or anyone who can provide information to locate it.