Pokémon Fan Says US Customs Destroyed $4,000 Classic Game

Pokémon Fan Says US Customs Destroyed $4,000 Classic Game
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An image of an opened copy of Pokémon Yellow with the surprised Pikachu face superimposed over it.

An original, sealed copy of Pokemon yellowrumored to be worth almost $4,000, was ruined by US Customs and Border Protection after not only cracking its seal but also shattering its case and cleaning the front of the box in a wanton display of aggression against the collectibles’ owner had been cut off Expectations. That Owner walking by The_Master_Of_Unlocking tells kotaku He was disappointed to see such “pointless damage” to the now-ruined collectible.

The_Master_Of_Unlocking’s friend, Night Dive Studio CEO Stephen Kick, tweeted a picture showing the ruin Pokemon yellow Copy on January 19th.

“A friend of mine received this sealed and graded original Pokemon yellow‘ Kick said. “US Customs: The acrylic case shattered, the seal torn and discarded, [and] cut off the front of the box. Maybe they weren’t fans of Wata Games?”

Wata Games is an independent company that rates and certifies games for collectors. Chances are you’ll come across Wata Games if you’re looking for high-quality, like-new copies of old games. The company was responsible for rating and certifying the copy of The_Master_Of_Unlocking, giving it an A+ rating and a score of 9.2. According to Wata Games’ website, the game is located in “exceptional condition‘ and worth $3,800. Or it took US Customs to get through and decimate the certification.

“So…either they hated the battery inside the cartridge…or they thought it’d contain drugs or something,” one tweeter suggested in Kick’s mentions. “Can US Customs just destroy things without recourse?” asked another tweeter, with many other demanding consequences versus the Agency.

Information on why customs would go so far is murky, but according to the domestic and international vehicle shipping service Easy trainthe purpose of an inspection by the government agency is “to prevent [the] Exporting or importing “smuggled, counterfeit, misdeclared, prohibited, embargoed, or other goods” that do not comply with U.S. Customs regulations. Aside from the possibility that a package may contain some type of illegal substance, U.S. Customs appears to have to give no reason why an inspection was called at all.

kotaku has reached out to US Customs and Wata Games for comment.

In an email to kotakuThe_Master_Of_Unlocking said he bought the copy of Pokemon yellow from an independent seller in Canada who previously reviewed the game. The two communicated on January 17 and agreed on the price of $3,800, with the package being shipped the same day and scheduled to arrive on January 19. The package even cleared US Customs at Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport in Kentucky, but The_Master_Of_Unlocking spotted an item very different from what the original seller shared on pictures. He was shaken.

“I opened the undamaged shipping box and found that the Wata Games case was broken and the Pokemon yellow Cardboard loose in there,” said The_Master_Of_Unlocking. “Initially I thought it was just the acrylic case from Wata Games that was broken and I wasn’t particularly concerned. Then I noticed that the factory seal was no longer at stake and, more importantly, the front cover of the Pokemon yellow Box was completely cut off! I couldn’t believe it at first, but immediately took photos to document the damage. I notified the seller immediately after taking photos of the damage and to say he was shocked is an understatement. We then started processing the currently ongoing dispute settlement procedure with PayPal.”

The_Master_Of_Unlocking has no idea why US Customs was so lax with this copy of Pokemon yellow. He said the agency’s actions are “particularly outrageous” when there are safer methods, like cutting the seal at the top to inspect the case and cartridge. He noted that he “has had high-value items shipped from a variety of other countries in the past,” but he’s never had a problem like this with US Customs before.

“It was really disappointing and disheartening to see the senseless damage done to the game,” said The_Master_Of_Unlocking. “Pokemon yellow was the first Pokemon game I owned as a kid and like so many of this generation I was utterly enthralled with the handheld RPG. I had regrettably given up a mint copy of the game years earlier and was trying to secure a near mint copy for display on my office desk. Unfortunately, I don’t have as much time to play video games as I used to, but I wanted to give the game a prominent place so I can enjoy watching it and be reminded of simpler times while I work.”

While there are many copies of Pokemon yellow sold online, there aren’t too many that are in “excellent condition” and near mint condition, as was the case with The_Master_Of_Unlocking. There are those on eBay that’s close, but with an A+ rating and a score of 9.4, it’s currently priced at $10,500.

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