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This McDonald's Item Is Selling for $500 on Ebay

If you've purchased a Happy Meal this year, you could be in possession of a valuable collectible.

If you were lucky enough to snag some of those collectible Pokémon cards that come as part of the latest McDonald's Happy Meals, you could be sitting on a pile of cash.

As soon as the Pokémon collaboration was launched in February, professional collectors and scalpers descended on McDonald's restaurants to scoop them up—resulting in shortages of the new toys just a day later. Soon, the booster card packs and even individual cards started popping up for resale on Ebay, and some have been sold for hundreds of dollars.

Because the toys have a limited-time run at McDonald's, Pokémon fanatics are willing to shell out some serious cash for toys that normally come for free with a Happy Meal. According to reports, a single McDonald's Pikachu card recently sold for $500 on Ebay, while entire cases of these cards can be bought for over $1,000.

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Some have blamed the too-quickly sold-out toys on policies of individual McDonald's locations that were willing to sell them without the Happy Meals, charging them as side items. This allowed buyers to clean out McDonald's restaurants of these coveted collectibles without having to deal with a hundred pesky Happy Meal burgers.

McDonald's eventually issued a statement about the issue, asking their restaurants to set limits on Happy Meal purchases.

"We love seeing fans' passion for our limited-time Happy Meal promotion celebrating 25 years of Pokémon," the company said in a statement. "With such significant demand for our promotional Pokémon TCG cards, and seeing some fans going to extreme lengths to get them, we're working quickly to address shortages and also strongly encouraging restaurants to set a reasonable limit on Happy Meals sold per customer."

While GameRant predicts the prices of these Pokémon cards on Ebay will eventually drop as the perceived scarcity of the cards disappears, some of the rarer items will certainly keep their monetary value. Here are some examples of 7 McDonald's Happy Meal Toys Worth Tons Today.

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Mura Dominko
Mura is ETNT's Executive Editor, leading the coverage of America's favorite restaurant chains, grocery stores, and viral food moments. Read more about Mura