19 April 2024
Games Technology

These Pokémon-Themed Skateboards Are Promoting for $20K

We’re fairly used to eye-watering costs for Pokémon TCG cardboard merchandise, however how about for Pokémon skateboards? A recent collab between the pocket monster company and Santa Cruz Skateboards, which offered out in literal seconds, noticed 1000’s of individuals shopping for sealed, unknown decks, which at the moment are altering fingers for tens of 1000’s of {dollars}.

This isn’t Pokémon’s first foray into skateboards, as there’s the enormously popular Bear Walker collab that you would be able to nonetheless purchase right this moment. Nevertheless, the Santa Cruz match-up went a step additional. It put sealed Pokémon boards up on the market, with clients not understanding which of 15 designs they had been ordering, in a approach that mimics opening up TCG packs. It additionally included an astonishingly tiny likelihood of “pulling” a gold skateboard from the packaging, with 5 golden designs—Eevee, Gyrados, Pikachu, Charizard and Mimikyu—thrown within the combine, restricted to only 50 of every.

The Pokemon decks, loose and sealed, and some other merch.

Picture: Santa Cruz

For $110 every, the decks themselves are extremely fairly priced (an average-priced common skateboard will run you about $50-$100), which doubtless explains why most individuals who visited the web site at precisely 9 a.m. EST on September 13 discovered that they had been instantaneously offered out. And that was regardless of a purchase order restrict of 5 per particular person. Since then, those that did handle to choose some up have both held onto the decks, or gone to eBay in an effort to money out early.

Why? As a result of the decks have wildly completely different valuations all based mostly on which Pokémon seems after you tear open that packaging. Placing apart the unlikely likelihood of pulling one of many 250 golden boards, clients had a one-in-fifteen likelihood of getting a board with one thing as fascinating as a Gengar, Charizard or Pikachu. But in addition a one-in-fifteen likelihood of getting Magikarp. Certain, all of us love Ivysaur, however all of us need Mewtwo. So, after all, promoting them sealed means you may earn more money, or vastly much less, relying upon what’s inside. As such, each opening has confirmed social media manna.

Take, as an illustration, this superb opening by a woman with a parrot on her head.

Even the largest Pokemon YouTubers didn’t get any benefit on this one. Each Poke Vault and PokeRev had to purchase scalped ones on eBay for costs between $300 and $500.


Now, with the hype even increased than earlier than, a sealed board will likely cost you around $1,200, over 10 occasions the unique value.

And a gold foil Charizard deck? $20,000 please. And solely since you’re tardy. Others have sold for $15,000.

This man acquired one!

It actually helps that the decks look superior. Large, daring designs for the monsters, in opposition to extra refined, detailed backgrounds. However yeah, that is in all probability going to finish up getting even sillier relating to costs.

Oh, and it’s necessary to me that you realize that the elective grip tape actually seems to be like a pair of my boy’s pajamas.

Pokemon grip tape and pyjamas.

Picture: Santa Cruz / Kotaku