All the return to E3 2002, Nintendo is promoting its new e-Reader platform from the distribution of award-winning cards on the showroom floor. The winning cards were all presumed to have been lost or destroyed, but one has just (apparently) emerged from the void and is for sale on eBay.
As this 2007 story recalls, Nintendo representatives at E3 2002 gave e-Reader card packages to participants, and among them were certain Kirby cards whose sole purpose was to be part of a competition. There were three different results you could get from these otherwise identical cards; a “no prize” result on the most common cards, 100 “second prize” cards and only ten “first place” cards.
If you’ve ever had a “first place” card you should hand it to Nintendo to claim your prize, and those cards were then knock out, which is what led to the “first place” Kirby cards becoming supposedly the rarest E-Reader card here, both because of their number, but also because the E3 presence in 2002 was so limited.
A word of caution before going any further: while the seller has a long-standing account dated to 2005, with a 100% seller rating, this card has not been independently verified, or has had its own classified condition.
That said, they say the card was unfolded in an e-Reader to confirm he was a winner, and they provided photos of a Game Boy Advance and a created e-Reader showing the congratulatory message. There’s also a video of the card being swiped:
As such, if it is proven genuine it will not be mint, but then give the origin of the card and they will be put to the test for verification purposes which was expected a bit much.
The card is currently set to USD $ 1500 at auction, even if you’re feeling lucky and loose with your money, there’s an unopened package of e-Reader cards from E3 2002 (which could also feature a Kirby winner) for $ 4400.