Richard Winterton Auctioneers, based in Lichfield, is launching the special timed sale featuring some of the finest collectable Pokémon trading cards.
The 25th anniversary of Pokémon falls on February 27 – and the international timed auction went live at 9am on Wednesday and will run until 10am on Monday, March 8.
The sale consists of 42 lots including an extensive collection of around 1,000 Pokémon cards from various sets – the majority PSA graded Gem Mint 10 first editions.
It is also includes 70 unopened and sealed Team Rocket booster long packs each containing 11 cards, and an unopened Base Set Booster Box from Wizards of the Coast 1999/2000.
The PSA Gem Mint 10 graded cards include first edition Team Rocket Dark Charizard Holo, estimated to fetch between £3,000 and £5,000 – as well as a first edition Team Rocket Dark Dragonite Holo, estimated to sell for between £2,000 and £3,000. These cards are all being marketed on behalf of a collector from the Cannock area.
last year, a rare complete first edition Pokémon base set sold online with Richard Winterton Auctioneers for £25,000. This latest sale is expected to be the company's biggest Pokémon auction yet.
Auctioneer Richard Winterton said: "Pokémon is quite simply a global sensation and the ultimate ‘new’ collectable.
"As the sale ties in with the 25th anniversary we expect huge interest across the globe, especially collectors in Japan, China and the USA.
“This is the hottest Pokémon ticket in town and we are super excited to be in on the action.”
He added: "We have organised a timed sale rather than our more usual live auctions so as to enable bidders from all over the world to get in on the action.
“We have also carefully timed the closing of the sale to ensure it falls on the same date and at as convivial a time as possible for bidders."
To view the collection, visit https://bid.richardwinterton.co.uk/auctions/7740/srric10235. For enquiries, telephone 01543 251081 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.