A “No. 3 Trainer” trophy card featuring Mewtwo was recently stolen (or lost) during a mail transaction. The card sold for $60,000 through an eBay auction and went missing in transit to its buyer in New York. Both the seller and buyer are respected members of the Pokemon community, so a third party is suspected in its disappearance. The card was insured, but that doesn’t change the fact a historical piece of Pokemon history is gone due to theft or postal negligence.
The Mewtwo card was originally awarded to the 3rd place winner of 1999’s Secret Super Battle tournaments in Japan. Along with the 1st and 2nd place copies, it’s estimated Pokemon only awarded nine to 18 sets of the three cards. Only 12 of the individual cards have ever been submitted to PSA for grading.
Due to the value of the card and the fact mail theft may be involved, if someone stole it they would face felony charges. The person would also never be able to sell the card in public because it features a unique holo pattern and would be immediately identified. Furthermore, the intended owner of the card can by law claim the card back even if someone pays for it without knowing it’s stolen. So the only way the card can remain in someone’s possession is if they keep it to themselves.
A $1,000 reward is being offered to anyone who can offer information on the card’s disappearance. You can e-mail us at [email protected] and we will forward the information to the correct parties.
This news comes courtesy of Smpratte, one of the Pokemon TCG’s most knowledgeable collectors and a frequent PokeBeach helper. You can watch his video on the card’s disappearance here: