Christoph Kramer has made nearly 200 Bundsliga appearances for Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach over the past seven and a half years and won the World Cup in 2014. But one of life’s greatest achievements might just be a full set of all 151 original Pokémon cards.
Born in 1991 and now 29, Kramer was the perfect age for the first Pokémon boom in the late 1990s.
He posted images from his entire collection on Instagram, while Gladbach’s official English Twitter account also shared the photos.
The original 151 Pokémon are here, and based on the pictures, he clearly cherishes them and keeps them in pristine condition, meaning the set could be worth a small fortune.
Some of the rarer Pokémon cards can sell for thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars in new condition, and a quick scan from eBay might prompt you to pull out that old box under the bed or tucked away in the back of the bed. ‘cabinet.
But even Kramer’s Pokémon card set would likely earn nothing of what his World Cup medal would be worth. It was reported in May 2020 that an unnamed member of the France 2018 squad had sold its winner’s medal at auction for just over $ 71,000.
With only one season of top-level first-team football under his belt, Kramer started the 2014 World Cup final in a German midfielder alongside Bastian Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos.
However, he suffered a head injury early in the game against Argentina and had to be pulled out in the first half after first attempting to play with what was later suspected to be a concussion. The impact was severe enough that he forgot he was in the World Cup final.
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