Electabuzz (3) Black Star Promo (upside down WB stamp)

How many of these cards exist? One on eBay right now and I’ve read in various threads here saying around 30. Is that verifiable or just ballpark based on graded copies? Thanks

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I feel like I’m following you around the forum.

It is some outstandingly small number. All four cards exist with the upside down stamp.

Occasionally you also see “no stamp” and “silver stamp.” We have no real representation of how many there are or how many have been discovered.

ebay.us/chLZuG

I had a fascination with these in 2009 and bought hundreds of sealed movie promos back when they were $2 a piece. I painstakingly wiggled cards around every sealed pack looking for an anomaly and never found one. Very sad adventure for me.

However many there are, it is a frightfully small number. The fact any have been discovered at all is a fluke.

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I think it’s the same case as Dragonite (WoTC Promo) … unknown amount of cards were affected.

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Haha shared interest areas for sure, that’s why! It’s the absolute grail, but a fee I could never justify for a misprint, although I do understand the value. Just interested because the seller in this listing is saying around 20 in existence, and allegedly selling the dragonite and mewtwo inverted stamps too (although not listed in the other items). Not bad to be in possession of three if they are all legit. Link for reference: ebay.us/86Ew5r

That must have been a fun chase. I dream of randomly stumbling across one. Is there a geographical fix for where they leaked into the public, or does nobody know?

I don’t think we have any idea. :open_mouth:

110 originally. Impossible to say how many are left.

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This is assuming there was a single sheet of all the same card, yes?

In this thread from 2019 we got to 8 full sets of all four promos, plus an additional Mewtwo and Pikachu: How many inverted WB stamp errors are accounted for? I’m pretty sure all those people still own their respective sets (I sold my Mewtwo to Mike in mid-2020, who started that thread).

I also know one more person not mentioned in that thread who owns a Pikachu.

1.5 years ago there were also quite a lot for sale simultaneously on eBay and FB, and I know I’ve seen five Electabuzz for sale at the same time (and 2-4 each of the other three inverted WB misprints). I see there are currently four Electabuzz for sale as well, but not sure how many are the same copies as 1.5 years ago: one; two; three; four.

Although I still have the feeling there are more than 30 out there, thus far I can only say I knew the locations of ~13 of a single inverted WB misprint (the Electabuzz in this case) simultaneously.

Don’t you mean 121? An uncut sheet is 11x11 cards:

Greetz,
Quuador

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I’m guessing the misprints were all from US theatres, but is there anyone who knows which country they originated from for certain and if any were leaked? I’m pretty new here but has anyone ever mentioned they have one from childhood collection I wonder. If they were from the same sheet, what is the likelihood they were sent to the same movie theatre? Just imagining a whole family having them after a trip haha. Not sure if I should start a new thread for these questions or not though, so let me know if you want me to do so.

I don’t have an answer to those questions, but iirc @thecharizardauthorty recently briefly mentioned in a video that the inverted WB promos likely came from the sealed promos with the double insert cards (Iron Giant + Catch Mew). Not sure if those were just rumors or were based on something he heard, though.


Greetz,
Quuador

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120 i mistyped. Actually, 20 years ago I tracked these. I found 4 distinct centering examples. This told me there were 4 sheets with appx 30 of each character applied upside down.

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I had always assumed they came from the ones with the purple side of the catch mew and no Iron Giant, but then I had bought an inverted promo off of someone from their binder. A few days later they came back and said they decided to open a few promos they had laying around and popped out a Pikachu. I wish I could have snagged it before the seal was broken, but it came from the kind as you mentioned with the two inserts including the Iron Giant coupon.

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Ah that’s unlucky, so close too! Can you remember if it was the inverted pikachu or the no stamp pikachu that he opened? Funnily enough if it was still sealed you would know it was a stamp error because you can just about peek the tops where the stamp is, but you’d not be able to know if it was inverted or no stamp whilst still sealed which is kinda cool. That would have been such a cool item!

Was it the guys childhood binder or just a collector who acquired later on? That would narrow down perhaps where they leaked out from.

Inverted

You can tell which it is as you can peek from both sides on this type(the stamp will be on the bottom side if no stamp on the top).

With the ones that have the purple catch mew side, sometimes you have enough room to check everything, sometimes you do not. I have a box of ~1800 I cannot check as the seal is much smaller. You barely have enough room to wiggle and see which card it is.

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One of my biggest regrets as a collector, and I really do not have many, is that I didn’t prioritize getting one of these a few years ago when they were more available and affordable. I remember thinking $400 was too much. I’ll probably never get one now!

I don’t know what it is about them that I like so much. I usually do not like stamped cards, I think the additional layer of branding gets between the viewer and the card most of the time - including these ones. Mewtwo #3 with no stamp is probably my ideal Pokémon card. But this whole series of mixed up stamps just speaks to me somehow.

I had put these on the back shelf of my brain for some time. Now the fascination is re-emerging. A curse!

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I just sold and shipped my Electabuzz inverted stamp promo for $1250. Ive had it since the movie. I started the price at $26,000 (just to see if I got any bites) but after a year i put it to $2000. Someone immediately inquired offering $1250 and i said what the heck lets do it. Ima be pissed if i find out later the going price is up to 1 million or something because of it being the rarest card in existence :joy:

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Don’t worry that is the overall demand. While I personally think they are cool they are super niche.

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As the primary buyer for this sort of card (you can see I even posted earlier in this very topic), you made the right decision. Part of what attracts people to niche cards like this - in addition to the novelty - is that they are not extremely competitive cards. They allow you to get an exclusive and interesting card at an achievable price point. If this card cost $26,000 dollars, I wouldn’t be interested in it. And people who are willing to spend $26,000 on a Pokémon card aren’t going to go for some fringe misprint with no story like this.

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Definitely made me feel a lot better about my transaction lol ive been trying to reach out to a buddy from high school that i used to trade with. Last year he said he still has his whole binder. He went to see the movie at the same theater i went to when i got my electabuzz, and 8 times out of 10 his is a misprint too. I just dont know if i should tell him outright, or throw him an offer for the binder lol :sweat_smile:

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