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    I Choose You...Sandshrew?!

    Pokémon Red Version - Wata 9.4 A++ Sealed [Sandshrew, First Production], GB Nintendo 1998 USA. Though we have offered some seriously centerpiece-level copies of Pokémon Red Version thus far, this particular copy is in a league of its own. This is the only sealed copy from the definitive first production of Pokémon Red Version we've offered. The earliest copies that were produced of this game (as well as its sister title, Pokémon Blue Version) have a Sandshrew battling a Meowth in the screenshot on the back of the box. Surprisingly, this distinction was first made (or publicly pointed out) within the last twelve months. Since then, we've known many a collector who has rushed to their display cabinet to look at the back of their copy only to find a Rattata battling a Pidgey instead. For most games that have several discernable production runs, the first production variant is almost always the hardest to either find in sealed condition or a high grade. History has a way of repeating itself, so we think it's fair to say that the case will likely be especially true for both Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version as well.

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