Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-07-20 05:11:25 –
Mapleton, Utah (KTVX) – As Pokemon card games enjoyed a resurgence last year And with the changes, Matt Kiser noticed an increasing number of viral posts about social media influencers dropping huge amounts of cash on their first-edition cards.
Kiser paid particular attention to one post by Logan Paul. In this post, the popular Vine and YouTube superstars boasted that they’ve spent $ 200,000 on base edition boxes since the late 1990s. The price tag was eye-catching, but the product itself was also very impressive. It seemed very familiar, Kiser remembers thinking.
“I saw it and it was like,’Dad swear he had at least one, if not more than one in the collection,'” he remembers.
Kaiser rushed to his parents’ garage in Mapleton. There, his deceased father kept several duffel bags full of Pokemon cards and souvenirs he had collected as a child. When sifting the bag, Kaiser found not only one, but several first edition Pokemon trading card box sets. Excited, he posted a photo he found in a family group chat with a link to Paul’s Instagram post.
“You need to make fun of me,” replied his brother, Kendal, who lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
Raised in Rexburg, Idaho, Bart, the patriarch of the Kaiser family, was known as “Rad Daddy”, reflecting his career as a radiologist and his passion for family ties and ties. When Kendal and Matt talk to KTVX with their mother Susan, no matter how ridiculous their father, who died in a ski accident three years ago, looks to adults, he is interested in their passion. I knew if I had one. ..
“He was, first and foremost, a dad,” Matt explained. “He found a lot of joy in things because we found joy, do you know? He will be excited because we were excited.”
The Pokemon phenomenon that captured the United States by a storm near the end of the millennium was a perfect example.
The Kaiser brothers remembered an old man who was interested in Pokemon (Pokemon for short) after seeing Kendal’s excitement while looking at his cousin’s card collection at a family reunion. The thrill of seeing Vaporeon, a water-based evolution of Eevee, a little dog-like character, has really revived the engine of Kendal, aged 8 or 9. Children can have.
“It was probably when we were both introduced to it,” says Kendal. “I’m sure I was excited about it, and I’m sure my dad caught up with that excitement.”
After seeing Kendal react to a fictional creature made in Japan, Bart learned that he had come across something big.
And the attachment began.
“He confirmed that he resembled all one, if not more than one,” Matt said of his father’s dive into the world of Pokemon. “He got toys, cards, boxes, posters, calendars, cartoons and other random collections.”
Some of his collections were shared with four children on one memorable Christmas day in 1999, including one recorded in a home movie entirely Pokemon-themed. Others were cataloged by deliberately taking notes and kept safely out of the reach of children in the hope that they would grow into a significant investment. For some time, this collection has been largely unnoticeable to the Kiser family, thanks to the collective benefits of Paul-like influencers and all trading cards, until the recent rise in interest reminds us of garage bags. It was.
After the family examined the entire collection of thousands of cards, many were in sealed, unopened boxes, but they realized that there was something substantive in their hands. I did. Heritage Auctions, one of the world’s leading collectable auction houses, has also agreed. The company, which hosts the RadDad Collection auction, estimates that the value of unsealed boxes and individual cards that Kiser has collected over the years will reach $ 3 million when bidding begins this weekend.
“This is one of the greatest collections I’ve ever seen and one of the greatest families I’ve ever seen,” explained Joe Maddelena, Executive Vice President of Heritage Auctions. “Kaisers is a loving family, and Bart’s joy in sharing his Pokemon experience with his children is evident in how far he built this epic collection, the” Raddad Collection. ” “
One of the rarest items in the collection, the 1996 Japanese Base Set Seal Booster Box is a 60-pack English version set released exclusively in Asia two years before Pokemon enthusiasts hit the United States. Yes, the estimate is $ 40,000.
Except for one box that Matt sneaked into when he was young, almost all the box sets that Kaiser had stored for many years were in their original shrink wrap and unused.
“I was the biggest troublemaker,” laughs Matt. “At one point I can’t stand it anymore! I want one of these new packs.” So I remember climbing up and opening the gym bag. I remember opening it a little and taking out one of the packs. “
Sure enough, while Kisers was organizing the treasure discoveries he once forgot, one Japanese fossil set booster box (available for $ 15,000 if sealed) was slightly open and one pack I found it missing.
It’s only a few days since the family receives life-changing money in exchange for a few pounds of 20-year-old cardboard, but the idea isn’t the dollar sign, and zero is on their way. They are thinking a lot about their deceased father and the affection he has shown to them by accepting the interests of their children. Items like handwritten notes about Bert’s Pokemon explain what he liked or found interesting and are with the family, along with the kids’ own personal card collection.
Matt imagines his dad, sometimes teased about being an adult Pokemon fanatic, laughing at how his vision of future investment came true.
“I think he’s very pleased that money gives us potentially more freedom and the boxes people buy bring them joy,” he says. “I think he’s happy to see us happy. Perhaps a little of him will be something like’Yes, I told you.'”
Whatever the takeaway of the collection, Kendal says his dad will probably “please” rather than prove it.
“I mean the collection is only worth choosing to pay for it. Whether it’s worth a million dollars or not, if it’s what people value it. Anything … no matter what it is, we will be happy with it. “
Susan, who once accused her husband of collecting a lot of Pokemon stuff, feels that the auction will symbolize that he was with everyone he met with his children.
“He loved children and loved making them happy,” she recalls lovingly. “During our Pokemon Christmas, when the kids got a lot of Pokemon, there was a smile on his face. What Bart wanted was to make kids and adults happy. did.”
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