Sunday, May 22nd, 2022

Meet a hero, a former Nintendo employee of the Holy Grail, and save a $ 10,000 Kirby card

image: Rob A

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Recently, a reader contacted me about the details of the treasure I found. This is a very rare Kirbye-Reader card created specifically for the face-to-face E32002 contest. Not only is it a limited edition card created for an industry-only event nearly 20 years ago. also The first award that miraculously escaped destruction (only 10 of which were created), responsible for preventing Nintendo show personnel from redeeming prizes twice.

The card came from an unopened pack and eventually became owned by a lucky former Nintendo American employee. Rob A recently auctioned his e-Reader card for a winning bid of $ 10,600.

After the sale, we were fortunate enough to be able to talk to Rob about this wonderful discovery. I was able to get a glimpse of the story details on the back of the card, how he secured the preservation before selling the card, and some of the other treasures of this former. NOA employees have been collecting for years …


Along with Kirby Card (upper left) and others found by Rob, E32002 participants had a chance to win first and second prizes.
Along with Kirby Card (upper left) and others found by Rob, E32002 participants had a chance to win first and second prizes. (image: Rob A).

Nintendo Life: First of all, please tell us how you first got this card. Did you participate in E3 2002?

Rob A: It’s a pure coincidence that the card got with me. Nintendo has collected and stored a lot of things over the years. During a remodeling in one of the buildings, I was asked to clean and throw away many old cabinets dating back to the 80’s. This includes untouched replacement manuals, training materials, and old equipment for agents dating back to the game counselor era. Along with such things, I had to decimate a swarm of old systems and decimate the stolen goods that were collected. As a fan, I was somewhat regretted thinking of destroying one of them.

Anyway, I asked if I could store some things … some of them were a couple of old pamphlets and loose card boxes. The best guess I have is that the stolen goods came back from E3 to the group I was in and were just playing, destined for someone to throw away or discover. I am grateful that I hated the unsolved mystery and discovered it.

You obviously have this card for a while, but you probably just opened the pack recently. Why?

Many were sitting in my garage box after I left, until I started cleaning and organizing about a week before I found the card. Everything else was loose, except for the unopened pack. It sits snugly on a stack of Mario Party and Animal Crossing e-readers and various cards.

What was your first thought when you scanned the card and found out that you were the winner of the first place? Do you know the meaning immediately?

I knew the importance of the pack, but didn’t reach the loose one until the weekend. Soon, I came upstairs to joking with my wife … as I had a winner. I had three, so when I talked to her about the cards, I was going to pretend to have a winner with the second card …

My arm froze. The image popped up and the jingle rang. I felt like I won in 2002.I said “OMG, Honey, this is the real number one card.” At that moment, I knew that I was the only one who heard the jingle in almost 20 years.

Once you’ve established what you have, how did you make sure your card wasn’t accidentally damaged when deciding what to do with it?

To answer the heart’s questions of many … The data is properly archived.The first thing I thought was … If you sell this, you’ll never see the light of day again

I contacted a few conservationists to ask how to handle it.Then I made video I was able to stop swiping. Then I blocked it. To answer the heart’s questions of many … The data is properly archived. The first thing I thought was … I would never see the light of day again if I sold it, and that would be sad.

The second question is “Why sell?” Simple … I love e-readers, but I’m not a collector of them. There are few samples, but I like games.

Eventually, you sold your cards on eBay instead of an auction house, but what was behind that decision?

I contacted Heritage and another popular auction block to provide information. Heritage returned to me with a “no” as it literally has no history and required a rating of at least 10k to submit. If there are more, they will consider it. Considering the cost of preparation and the cost of selling, I was already in the auction and decided to leave my luck to the chance.

I’ve been a little criticized for not getting any more, but the value is determined by what people are willing to pay. If someone killed it later, I literally didn’t know I had it at all … the point of view is important and I know that someone who cherishes it has it increase.

Shipping costs for such small, high-value items can be a headache. Which delivery service did you end up with (or was it just a collection)?

The shipping fee for the winners has been covered. 1 day delivery, heavy insurance. Signature required and shot both packing, taping and drop-off scan. UPS is unlikely to try anything strange.

Kirby E3 2002 e-Reader Scan your card
image: Rob A

Before selling, we have taken steps to ensure that the card is stored. Please tell me about the contact information and the process that accompanies it.

keep [in collaboration with community-driven non-profit Hit Save] It consisted of a high quality scan on both sides and a color value measurement to make sure everything was maintained. I also saved some other cards and some packages I had while the scanner was with me. Having a background of printed matter, I could easily handle it myself, but those cards carry the actual data. I also consulted with some others to make sure they were happy with it.

What happens to the other “less” cards included in the E3 2002 pack? Are there any other high value Nintendo items in the collection?

After selling another pack, we will commemorate the event with the collection [see the WaveBird, Pokémon GBA and e-Reader card layout further up the page]..

There are several Holy Grail collected at garage sales and internal auctions. Important for my wife and me. Punch Out Shadow Box with Sealed Pristine NES Stackup, Working Super Bright Sign, and Green Boxing Gloves Signed by Reggie and Don … Gold NES Punch Out Cart … Complete Virtual Boy In the US game lineup.

An important part of the Nintendo system I collect is the cases made for the system. We also collected all the NES systems and peripherals in a box … and a good rainbow in the game.I played a lot of NES and beautifully restored and remodeled the NES Retro fix.. The color and lack of jail bars are amazing on CRTs.

Yes, it’s like that.

The card sold for over $ 10,000, do you have any plans for cash?

As for money … I have two teens and two year olds. You need another 40 cards to get over it. Certainly my wife deserves something wonderful. She supports my arcade and Nintendo merchandise collection like no other.

Have you ever regretted selling your card? Are there any Nintendo-related items you can’t let go of?

As I said before, I literally didn’t expect this to happen a few weeks ago. I know the people around me are thrilled … but I’m excited to have the card, learn more about the card and the stories around it, archive it … and finally the excitement of the auction. I’m really lucky to be able to see it. If it sold for only $ 500, it would have been.

While working in the industry, I saw and experienced many wonderful things that I will never forget. This is part of it. It’s a great industry and many take the opportunity for granted. There are many ways to childhood and adulthood, and I started to participate in them.

"This was comparable to a card ... My hero came to my Switch Demo Station in New York before fans could see the Switch in my airline seat." --Rob on interacting with Eiji Aonuma and Shigeru Miyamoto
“This was comparable to a card … my hero came to my Switch Demo Station in New York before fans could see the Switch in my airline seat.”-Eiji Aonuma, Miyamoto Rob about interacting with Shigeru (image: Rob A).

Thanks to Rob for taking the time to talk to us and share his impressive Nintendo collections and memories.