Used Pokémon Popsicle Sticks Fetching High Prices Online In Japan

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It’s summertime! It’s hot. Time to eat popsicles and—if you are in Japan and like Pokémon—perhaps buy the used sticks for hundreds of dollars.

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On June 1, as Kotaku previously reported, Garigari-kun popsicles were teaming up with Pikachu for a limited collab. A box of six Pokémon Garigari-kun cost 350 yen ($3.30), but according to Hachima (via Soranews), used sticks have been going for as high as 50,000 yen ($473).

These aren’t just any old used sticks, but rather “winning” ones that can be exchanged for a rare Pokémon card. The card features a Zarude, which appears in the new Pokémon Coco animated film. You would have to eat the whole popsicle to see if you won.

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By trading in a winning stick, you can get said card.

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Initially, a lot of the winning sticks have been going for under 10,000 yen ($94.55). But recently, some of the prices have gotten quite high.

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The 99,999 yen ($945. 50) stick is still unsold.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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Shiroe, Machiavelli-in-Glasses

Are promo cards worth a lot in Japan?  I’ve read that this particular card made its way into a normal set.