Aramex has found itself in hot water over a missing Pokemon card worth $60,000, after the card was lost in transit to a new owner in Dubai, reports Business Insider.
The collector community has reportedly been left in shock after the card was misplaced enroute to the Middle East.
The card worth $60,000 was sold by Polygon's Patricia Hernandez on eBay last year to a buyer in Dubai. She insured it to the value of $50,000, but has been unable to claim the insurance as Aramex signed for the shipment when it arrived in Dubai.
It was shipped via USPS to the Dubai-based courier, which would then be responsible for delivering it to the new owner, but Aramex told Polygon that the card was never received, and that the signature from Aramex was for a bulk shipment.
The insurance company wont pay out as the shipment was signed for, and USPS denies responsibility as it has the handover signature from Aramex, but Aramex has been unable to locate the card.
The card in question is "Trainer No. 3," an exclusive card given to the third-place finalist of a Japanese competition called Super Secret Battle in 1999. Trainer No. 3's unusual origin makes it one of the rarest Pokémon cards in existence.
Trainer No. 3 was encased in a plastic container and is registered in a database for collectors.
It's unclear if the card simply went missing or if it was stolen by an employee. Given the card's rarity, it would be difficult to resell at full value under normal circumstances.
The seller is offering a $1,000 reward for anyone who can return the card, and has promised that no charges will be filed, they just want the card returned.Logistics Middle East has reached out to Aramex for comment.