All the way back at E3 2002, Nintendo has advertised its new e-reader platform
As this story from 2007 recalls, Nintendo representatives at E3 2002 distributed packs of e-reader cards to entrants, including certain Kirby cards, the sole purpose of which was to serve as part of a competition. There were three different results you could get with these otherwise identical cards; a “no price” result for the most popular cards, 100 “second price” cards and only ten “first place”.
If ever you got a first place card, you had to hand it over to Nintendo to get your prize, and then those cards were destroyedwhich resulted in the Kirby “first place” cards becoming what is believed to be the rarest e-reader cards on the market, both due to their number and low attendance at E3 in 2002.
One word of caution before we go any further, although the seller has a long standing account dating back to 2005 with a 100% seller rating, this card has not been independently verified or assessed for condition.
However, they claim the card was swiped in an e-reader to confirm the winner and have provided photos of a Game Boy Advance and e-reader setup with the congratulatory message. There’s even a video of the card being swiped through:
So if it turns out to be real, it won’t be mint, but then given the card’s provenance and tested for verification purposes, that would expect a bit much.
The map is up to date sit at an auction at $ 1500however, if you are both lucky and losers with your money there is an unopened pack of E3 2002 e-reader cards (which may also include a Kirby winner) for $ 4400.