In a tale of familial bonds and the economic power of nostalgia, the Original Poster (OP) finds himself embroiled in a heated conflict with his brother over the sale of their shared Pokémon card collection.
A Shared Hobby
OP and his older brother, both devoted Pokémon fans, spent over a decade gathering an impressive collection of an estimated thousand cards. These were fond memories that they shared together and were a huge part of their childhood.
Old Habits Die Hard
OP’s brother was moving out of the house, and they were both moving lots of items around to get him ready to move out. This led OP to discover his brother’s deck of cards.
The Hidden Treasure
OP stumbled upon a few recognizably rare Pokémon cards in great condition lying within the deck. OP, aware of the potential value of these cards, decided to get them appraised.
Appraisal and Sale
OP got the rare cards appraised, which cost money on his part. He knew they were valuable but underestimated just how much they would be worth. Their value was estimated at around $4,300 in total.
Because they were worth such sentimental value, OP was not willing to settle for this. So, he pushed for a higher price and successfully sold them through a private, organized sale to an interested collector.
A Surprising Revelation
OP, thrilled by the successful sale, excitedly shared the news of the earnings with his brother. However, his brother’s reaction was not what he expected – he became angry.
All Or Nothing
He claimed OP was in the wrong for not offering him the full value of the cards. He felt like he had been robbed of his own belongings and memories.
OP defended his actions, arguing that his brother would never have realized the cards’ worth without his initiative. Attempting to appease his infuriated brother, OP suggested sharing a portion of the profit. However, his brother outrightly refused to consider this proposal.
The Cold War
In the days that followed, OP’s brother became distant, sulking around the house and refusing to acknowledge OP’s presence. It was an uneasy time, with the tension between the brothers increasing.
Time Is Ticking
OP felt the strain, especially given his brother’s impending departure. He didn’t want him to leave home with a bad taste in his mouth about his own brother.
A Guilty Conscience
Despite the ongoing conflict, OP began to question his actions. He felt guilty about selling his brother’s cards without his explicit consent.
An Unresolved Departure
As his brother’s moving day approached, OP grew more anxious. He didn’t want their last days living together to be filled with resentment. The timing added pressure to their already strained relationship.
The Surprise Buyer
As the conflict seemed unresolvable, a surprising twist occurred. The collector who bought the cards reached out to OP with an unexpected proposal. He was interested in buying the remaining cards from their shared collection.
Was Selling His Brother’s Pokemon Cards Appropriate?
The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:
One reader said, “All of the money is his. What you’re doing is theft.”
Another Commenter Thinks
Another responder wrote: “If you were as close to your brother as you claim, you would have shared the discovery with him, and the two of you would have decided together whether to sell the cards and for how much.”
A Third View on The Story
A different person states, “You can’t sell other people’s belongings, especially without their consent, making a profit and not giving them the money for their stuff.”
A Final Perspective on the Matter
Another viewpoint on the story: “ If I were the brother, I would threaten to file a police report.”
What Do You Think?
What are your thoughts on their actions?
What would you have done in this situation?
This story is inspired by a thread from an online forum.