$60,000 Mewtwo Card Lost or Stolen in the Mail, $1,000 Reward Offered

One of the Pokemon TCG’s rarest and most valuable cards has gone missing.

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:

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  1. Tails The Blonde Brainiac
    Tails

    Forum Mod Advanced Member Member

    Something this rare and worth so much should've been exchanged in person. Because of the rare chance that a third party decided to help themselves.

    I hope the card shows up soon, but this is the kind of risk you run of you decide to mail precious cargo via the USPS.
     
  2. bbb888 One Life. One Dream.
    bbb888

    Member

    Which is worth more - this card or the Illustrator Pikachu card??

    What a shame it got lost or stolen....
     
  3. Frost Amethyst AMAB-NB
    Frost

    Member

    Illustrator Pikachu is worth more.
     
  4. gareth Aspiring Trainer
    gareth

    Member

    Shame on them.

    And also, a good warning. We don't know all the circumstances and requirements of this sale. But for a physical thing this valuable on the line, imagine how you'd handle moving that same cost in cash, then do that.

    Best of luck, hopefully someone comes through.
     
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  5. Jswoop22 Aspiring Trainer
    Jswoop22

    Advanced Member Member

    Team Rocket.. up to no good
     
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  6. Tytus Aspiring Trainer
    Tytus

    Member

    This is really sad that something of this value has been stolen. But I must state that in the end you spent $60,000 on a piece of 20+ year old cardboard. That is not to degrade the fact that it was stolen and that it is wrong.
     
  7. Lechu v 2017 The SHARPEST tool in the shed.
    Lechu v 2017

    Member

    What I am seeing here is a court case, a kid-napping, and a government Investigation.
    Wow, Imma real nerd.
     
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  8. The-Kaiser Starfleet Captain and Pokemon Trainer
    The-Kaiser

    Member

    Or plot to a great movie :)
     
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  9. MLdarknightmare Aspiring Trainer
    MLdarknightmare

    Member

    If it was even stolen, how would the thief know that, that specific package/letter included this 60k card? That doesn't make sense to me, unless one of the 2 victims specifically told someone that they bought/sold this card. I'm thinking that it probably got lost somewhere along the way.
     
  10. Trey Hooper Aspiring Trainer
    Trey Hooper

    Member

    I believe the correct term for this is theft by receiving. The current owner of the card could be charged, as well as the person who traded it with provided proof, of course.
     
  11. Ian Hatcher Aspiring Trainer
    Ian Hatcher

    Member

    Really depends on a lot of things. If the card is taken out of the PSA case the seller and buyer are pretty much SOL as since there are multiple copies of this so proving it IS actually their card is pretty tough even though it is severely limited. They would have to prove the thief worked with someone or for USPS I'd assume if that was the case.

    If someone unknowingly buys stolen merchandise though they are not legally responsible and wouldn't be charged however they would lose the property and are out the $$ unless it can be obtained from the person that sold the stolen merch. So for arguments sake let's say this card pops up after being sent to PSA in a few years after being taken out of the case. I would think the seller and buyer are pretty much SOL and would need to rely on the insurance to get their $$ back.

    I heard the seller only insured the card for $50k too but that was said on Derium's twitch stream so not sure if that is true or not. Pretty stupid if true.
     
  12. The Almighty Bidoof Aspiring Trainer
    The Almighty Bidoof

    Member

    No one should buy an ungraded SSB. Plus there's more than enough scans of the specific card to know if it's the lost one anyway. So if one goes up, we'll know if it's the stolen one
     
  13. Ian Hatcher Aspiring Trainer
    Ian Hatcher

    Member

    There are potentially 7 more ungraded copies out there I believe so that is not necessarily true and might be tough to prove from a scan. I'm certain if one does or is submitted to PSA/Beckett that it will be looked into for sure.

    Guess we'll see. Sounds like the seller is out $10k though so it really sucks for him. I would never ship a card like this International though. Stupid.
     
  14. Number51x Blasting off at the speed of light!
    Number51x

    Member

    That was the maximum it could be insured for. Ultimately, insuring it is probably why got it stolen in the first place since the insured amount is on the shipping label. You have to fill it out for customs, so it's not like that was optional.
     
  15. Ian Hatcher Aspiring Trainer
    Ian Hatcher

    Member

    Agree, as soon as someone saw that label their fingers got really sticky I am sure. UPS has a maximum of $70,000 for express services so I'm sure they are kicking themselves by not doing that instead.