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    Pokémon Blastoise #009/165R Commissioned Presentation Galaxy Star Hologram (Wizards of the Coast, 1998) CGC NM/Mint+ 8.5. One of two copies produced... period! And the present day existence of the other is questionable! Historic, iconic, unsurpassed... there simply aren't enough superlatives to express the importance of this card within the Pokémon hobby! Wizards of the Coast in mid-1998 commissioned Cartamundi to print two of these cards to be used as "Presentation" pieces to seek Nintendo's approval to begin printing Pokémon cards in English. To add to the desirability, the card features one of the most popular Pokémon in the game, Blastoise!

    This card was graded and certified by CGC whose website showcases in detail the extent the company delved into the history and authentication of this card. It's simply unprecedented in the trading card hobby! The card is graded NM/Mint+ 8.5 by CGC, the highest-graded of the four cards mentioned in the article. The additional three cards listed in the article are all test prints with Magic: The Gathering card backs.

    The unique features of this card include:

    • One of two "Presentation" pieces known. One other similar example was created for international use, but its whereabouts is unknown.
    • Galaxy star holofoil Blastoise card front.
    • Blank/white card back.
    • CGC authenticated and graded

    More information is detailed at the CGC Comics website, here:
    CGC Trading Cards Certifies Four Extremely Rare Pokemon Test Print Blastoise Cards


    The artwork is by Ken Sugimori. In summary, the historical significance of this card is unquestioned. It's simply a "cannot miss" lot for the most discriminating collector and/or investor seeking the rarest and very best!
    From the Pokémon Central Collection.

    More Information: EDIT: Re-added link to CGC article.

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