“I Told You”: Utah’s Father’s Pokémon Collection Set to Fetch Millions at Auction
MAPLETON, Utah (ABC4) – As the Pokémon trading card game has seen a resurgence over the past year and a change, Matt Kiser has noticed more and more viral posts from social media influencers leaving huge stacks of cash on the maps of the first edition.
Kiser noted one particular article by Logan Paul, in which the hugely popular Vine and YouTube superstar bragged about spending $ 200,000 on a staple edit box from the late 1990s. was eye-catching, the product itself was quite striking as well. It sounded so familiar, Kiser remembers thinking.
“I looked at it and I was like, ‘Oh my God, I swear daddy had at least one, if not several in his collection,'” he recalls.
Kiser ran to the garage of his parents’ house in Mapleton, where his late father had stored several duffel bags full of Pokémon cards and memorabilia he collected during his children’s youth. Sifting through the bags, Kiser found not one, but several sets of First Edition Pokémon Trading Card Boxes. He excitedly uploaded a photo of his discovery to the family group chat, with a link to Paul’s Instagram post.
“You’re kidding me,” replied her brother, Kendall, who lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
Growing up in Rexburg, Idaho, the patriarch of the Kiser family, Bart, was known as “Rad Dad,” both a reflection of his career as a radiologist and his passion for connecting and bonding with his family. Speaking to ABC4.com, along with their mother, Susan, Kendall and Matt tell each other how their father, who died in a skiing accident three years ago, took an interest in their passions, as stupid as they are may have appeared to an adult.
“He was first and foremost a father,” says Matt. “He found a lot of joy in things because we found joy in them, you know? He would get excited because we were excited.
The Pokémon phenomenon, which took the United States by storm towards the end of the millennium, was a prime example.
The Kiser brothers remember their old man taking an interest in pocket monsters – Pokémon, for short – after seeing Kendall’s excitement while browsing his cousin’s card collection at a family reunion. The thrill of seeing a Vaporeon, the water-based evolution of Eevee, a little dog-like character, really got the engine going on Kendall, 8 or 9, who enthusiastically showed it to her. father with the kind of enthusiasm that a child Could have.
“Maybe that’s when we were probably both initiated,” Kendall says. “I’m sure I was excited about it and I’m sure my dad understood that excitement.”
After seeing Kendall react to the fictional creatures created by the Japanese, Bart knew he had stumbled upon something big.
And the obsession began.
“He made sure he was like one, if not many,” Matt says of his father’s dive into the world of Pokémon. “He’s got toys, he’s got cards, he’s got boxes, he’s got random collectibles like posters and calendars, comics, whatever.”
Part of his collection that he shared with his four children, including a memorable Christmas day in 1999, which was entirely Pokemon themed and documented in a family movie. Other things were cataloged with deliberate note-taking and stored safely, out of the reach of a child, in the hope that they could become a big investment. For a while, the collection was mostly out of the minds of the Kiser family, until the recent surge in interest – thanks to influencers like Paul, as well as a collective bargain on all cards to collect – remind Matt of the bags in the garage.
After the family went through the entire collection of thousands of cards, many of which were in sealed, unopened boxes, they realized they had something substantial on their hands. Heritage Auctions, one of the world’s leading collectible auction houses, agreed. The company, which will host the ‘Rad Dad Collection’ auction, estimates that the value of the unsealed boxes and individual cards that Kiser has collected over the years will reach $ 3 million when the auction goes live this weekend. -end.
“This is by far one of the most extraordinary collections I have ever seen and one of the most extraordinary families I have ever seen,” said Joe Maddelena, Executive Vice President of Heritage Auctions. “The Kiser are a loving family, and Bart’s delight in sharing the Pokémon experience with his children is evident in the journey we’ve taken to build this epic collection – the ‘Rad Dad Collection’.”
One of the rarest items in the collection, a sealed booster box of the 1996 Japanese base set, a set of 60 English versions that was released exclusively in Asia two years before Pokémon mania reached the United States, has an estimated value of $ 40,000.
Almost all of the boxes Kiser has kept over the years are in pristine condition, in their original shrink wrap, except for one box Matt snuck into when he was little.
“I was the biggest troublemaker,” Matt laughs. “I once said to myself, ‘I can’t take it anymore! I want one of these brand new packs. And so I remember climbing up and opening the gym bag. I remember tearing it up a bit and pulling out one of the packages.
Sure enough, when the Kiser were sorting through the finds of their once-forgotten treasure, they found a Japanese box of fossil boosters – which can cost $ 15,000 if sealed – slightly open, with one package missing.
With the family just days away from receiving life-changing cash in exchange for a few pounds of 20-year-old cardboard, thoughts are not with dollar signs and zeros are pointing to them. They think a lot about their late father and the love he showed them by embracing the interests of his children. Items like Bart’s handwritten Pokémon notes, describing ones he liked or found interesting, as well as children’s personal card collections, stay with the family.
Matt imagines his father, who has been teased on occasion about being an adult Pokemon fanatic, smiling at how his vision of a future investment has come to fruition.
“I think he’s very happy that money potentially gives us more freedom and that the boxes people buy bring them joy,” he says. “I think he’s happy to see that we’re happy and I think a little bit of him might be like ‘That’s right, I told you.'”
Whatever the outcome of the collection, Kendall says her father would likely just be “satisfied” rather than justified.
“I mean the collection is only worth what people choose to pay for it. Whether it’s worth a million bucks or it’s worth nothing, that’s what people love it for and that is, we’re going to be happy with it no matter what it is.
After berating her husband for putting together so much Pokemon stuff, Susan believes the auction will be iconic of who he was as a person with their children and with everyone he has met.
“He loved his children and he loved to make them happy,” she remembers fondly. “During our Pokémon Christmas, when the kids had so many Pokémon things, there was a smile on his face. If there was anything Bart wanted, it was to make a kid or adult happy.