Pokémon Video Game Collecting - Let’s chat!

Hi guys, I have been collecting sealed Pokémon games for years! With wata releasing pop reports, I have been hunting down the owners and documenting the stories of the top high grade pokemon games!

For those that aren’t familiar with the grading scales wata and CGC use a split scale grading both box and seal separately. The box rating influenced by the comic grading scale (out of 10). And the seal rating a letter ranging from C-A++.

VGA has a scale influenced by the toy scale (out of 100). Both seal and box grade is combined into 1, with “good” condition games typically falling in the 85+ range, and the grades above that become very difficult to obtain on cardboard games. 90 / 90+ are typically really nice and 95 / 95+ / 100 are basically impossible.

I am aiming to track the copies at are in the top 15-20% of copies on the pop reports. Based on the June 2023 wata pop reports, the following are the grades that I am tracking :

With the prices dropping to realistic levels, I am having as much as ever hunting down these high grade games, and I strongly believe if graded games interest you, there will likely be a time where these grail level games will no longer be attainable!

I’d love to see what other graded games you guys have, and if there are any questions you guys have about graded games, I’d be happy to answer them!

I can be found on IG @N64collector as well if you guys ever want to connect there!


Are you tracking the Japanese prices as well? That would be very interesting to me, especially considering the Heritage auction results from this week and how it was a concentrated pump by a group of individuals.


I’m not tracking the JPN side, and honestly the JPN games scare me because VGA hasn’t published its pop reports, so I have no idea on the relative rarity!

I do feel that some of those HA prices seem like they would be difficult to replicate, similar to how we saw the top of the NA market act at the top of the market. But I don’t follow closely enough honestly!

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I mean this in the most respectful way possible: Have you lost any money in the graded video game market?

I am aware of the crazy prices that have since subsided. If you’ve been collecting them since the beginning, I would imagine that you may have been hit hard with the drop.


Absolutely fair point, I was collecting them in 2018/2019 so I bought some for dirt cheap. I started buying again in 2023 after the price drops.

I feel really good about the price points I am into all of them honestly.

When prices got crazy, I stepped back and watched it unfold. In hindsight I should have sold into the market, but I held on to them because I truly enjoyed owning them!


I have a few graded games but ironically no Pokemon games. I think the cards satisfied that itch plus non-pokemon games tend to be cheaper and a lot of them hold more personal significance to me.


I am just getting into collecting WATA Pokemon games but Japanese to fit the rest of my collection. They make really nice display pieces. The Stadium one I graded myself with WATA and the other I picked up from a friend on IG. A little late to the sealed game collecting scene, but will keep an eye out for more!


Good luck on documenting the games! Also hi lol

I have a good number of graded games including Pokemon. These are my favorites:


Those are some nice JPN games! I assume gen 1 is basically impossible to track down in any condition?


I do wonder about the cross collectability of the graded games. With how big the TCG market is, I’m surprised there aren’t more people in these parts that collect them.

Any ideas why?

It’s nothing for people to drop $5-$10k on a card, but there seems to be a lot of hesitation on the games.

It actually is massive for the vast vast majority of tcg collectors to drop 10k on one item. But there are hundreds of thousands to millions of TCG collectors. If 1% of collectors afford a 10k card, that’s 5000 people for every half a million.

Even then, there are plenty of those people that can buy a $5k card once and their next 100 purchase will be way less than $5k

That foundation of lower cost options keeps the TCG healthy. To engage seriously with graded game collecting, every purchase will be on the order of $1000. There really is a lack of lower cost options. It’s also not treated seriously by most video games enthusiasts - in fact the average sentiment is disdain for both graded games and the collectors that enjoy them.

It’s a rough environment when you need spend $1000+ per purchase and you’re simultaneously being told you’re an idiot by the people who should be the most enthusiastic about your purchases.


I personally dont go for high grades. I buy graded WATA because i like the cases and protects the seals (I also dont trust myself with raw games). Rn my collection consists of:

7.5 A Silver
6.5 A Gold
7.5 A Sapphire
8.0 A+ Leaf Green w/ Adapter
8.5 A+ Fire Red w/ Adapter
6.5 A+ Emerald
9.4 A Colosseum Bonus Disk
9.0 A XD

75 Colosseum
80 Diamond
85 Pearl
85 Ranger: Guardian Signs


my understanding is they are difficult to find in any condition, unopened. :frowning:

Just to add my $0.02, there’s games selling well under $1000 across modern and retro. The issue is console game libraries aren’t nearly as diverse or populous as TCGs, mainly in graded pop, and retained sealed copies after print runs end. It’s also a relatively young sector of the hobby compared to grading in cards, coins, currency, etc. Coupled with the poor optics created from videos during the pandemic really made all the fence sitters feel justified in thinking grading games is some moral & social crime. Funny enough, the same people who feel that way, also tend to feel the same about card and comic grading. lol

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It’s true in theory but not in practice. Generally you’d have to have played a game to want it.

An ebay search for “wata Nintendo 64” bin only gives me this:

Cheapest game that would be generally recognizable:

Its CIB though and pretty poor condition

Cheapest that is not CIB:

The lowest end here is $400-600. It also requires accepting a lower condition item. Any game with significant name recognition is generally going to start at $1000. I realize N64 is only a portion of the market, but it’s where a lot of Pokemon tcg demographic will overlap. It’s hard to get “into” video games as a collectible when you’re paying so much and simultaneously making a lot of compromises.

Another major problem with video game collecting is that 5 graded games is the equivalent of like 1000 graded cards in terms of size. My own personal hypothesis is that the success of trading cards generally as collectibles is due to their small, thin size - similar to stamps and coins

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The Japanese sealed games don’t give me much nostalgia because they’re different, but man do they look good. I’ve been wanting to get some Japanese Pokemon games for a while now. Not really into graded games at all though.


You hit it on the head! Video games libraries are much more limited. New pokemon sets have almost the same amount of cards as every n64 game released in NA.

I think the smaller selection makes video games are harder to collect within a community. For example, cart collecting is very affordable, but graded games are the opposite, making them more polarizing. Where in trading cards, pokemon especially, there are plenty of junk slabs. In fact many solid cards are a better value purchased graded right now vs raw. Mainly because the selection and buyer pool is more varied.

Anyway I think video games are here to stay! I love collecting them just like cards! But they are younger and the limited selection creates more polarization towards graded games.


I always thought graded sealed games where way more expensive as i remembered one sale around 40k not too long ago.

Im literally finding out right now and i am quite suprised that you can buy a sealed pokemon yellow copy for under 5k.
I wish i didnt know as this could be disastrous for my wallet.

For now my cib pokemon games will do and i think for a lot of people cib games are enough but man these sealed games are cool.


The cards always had a collectible aspect to them that has only grown as the art got better and better. Even now, collectors outnumber players everywhere besides Japan maybe or maybe not even there.

The games OTOH were always meant to be played not collected. One could argue collecting them sealed is not collecting them at all since they can’t even be played.

The original video game collector collected so that they could play them. The original card collector never even played with the cards to begin with.

These were my thoughts on the graded video game market. I might be more interested in several years when pop reports are a bit more flushed out and we see what is laying around.

I just have to believe that there are thousands of sealed copies scattered across the world, and that makes me nervous when I see these games selling for thousands of dollars. I don’t think the average consumer truly understands the potential size of the sealed population.