Man given Pokemon cards by mum 20 years ago finds out they're worth £35,000

When Nigel Brookes was given a set of Pokemon cards for looking after his brother in 1999, he initially felt of the gift as a ‘waste’, as he wasn’t into the game.

Nigel, now 34,  was gifted the complete set of cards by his mum after he looked after his then seven-year-old brother, Jeremy, now 28, defending him from kids who were trying to con him out of his best cards.

His proud mum bought Nigel the collector’s edition pack to reward him – even though the grumpy teen didn’t even like Pokemon.

But 13-year-old Nigel set them aside hoping they would be worth something one day – and their growing value has surpassed his biggest expectations.

The business owner from Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham was offered £6 by his own daughter for the cards so decided to get them valued. But he was blown away when auctioneers told him the collection was estimated to be worth £35,000.

Nigel, a dad-of-three, said: ‘I was disappointed at the time because the collection was one of my birthday presents so to me it was waste of a present.

‘Little did I know they would be worth £35,000 now, we have kept them in the family for over 20 years and now they’re going up for sale for a collector who will take care of them.

There are 103 cards in total, they are all in pristine condition and were bought direct from creators ‘Wizards Of The Coast’ in the US, and are all first edition.

My daughter Layla loves Pokémon and did try to buy them all of me for £6. Unfortunately that won’t cut it, and I’m sure she’ll appreciate why I said no in the future!’

Although Nigel was told that the cards will potentially double in value over the next 20 years, he’s decided to sell them to a collector now to take his family on holidays and make memories with the children.

‘My kids are growing up and I want to be able to give them a really special childhood, with this money we can really set ourselves up for the future,’ said Nigel.

‘It is also scary having this collection. If there was a flood, they got damaged, lost, or ruined in some way, they wouldn’t be worth anything.

‘Now I think it’s time to get our moneys worth and enjoy ourselves.’

Richard Winterton Auctioneers will be selling the set live from The Lichfield Auction Centre as Lot 1600 at 4pm on 27 July via international auction platforms The Saleroom and Easy Live Auction.

Auctioneer, Richard Winterton, said: ‘The collection is estimated to fetch in the region of at least £25,000 to £35,000 and is viewed as something of a Holy Grail for serious Pokemon aficionados all over the world.’

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