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    Pokemon Blue Version - Wata 9.4 A++ Sealed [Sandshrew, "Red" Text, First Production], GB Nintendo 1998 USA. There has been an incredibly interesting debate amongst the collecting community recently that centers around the variants of the First Generation Pokemon games. The focus has primarily been on which came first (or were they printed concurrent to one another) -- Meowth fighting Sandshrew, or Rattata fighting Pidgey. However, what we find even more curious is this specific variant. It does indeed have the Sandshrew screenshot, which was eventually replaced on later production runs, but the flavor text on the back of the box refers to this copy as "Pokemon Red." To us, there really is only one explanation for this -- this had to have been one of the earliest copies of Pokemon Blue ever produced. Other Sandshrew copies of that we've offered have corrected text, so it's extremely unlikely those copies could have been produced before this one. Even if the theory that certain Rattata copies were produced concurrent to Sandshrew copies is true, one cannot deny the likelihood that this copy is from one of the earliest possible production runs of Pokemon Blue, even if there was one or more other, simultaneous first production runs.

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