Pokemon cards may become very valuable over time. In the past, these cards have sold for exorbitant sums of money.
The value of Pokemon cards has skyrocketed in the last decade or two, owing to their widespread distribution. Cards that were once just a few dollars to purchase are now worth tens of thousands of dollars, or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in certain instances. The record for the most expensive card ever sold has been broken several times in the past four years alone, and the value of the card has more than quadrupled in that time period as a result. There have been times when several of these cards have been more valuable than the majority of people’s houses.
1. Tropical Mega Battle – No. 2 Trainer ($60,000)
According to the official Pokemon website, showing one of these unique trainer cards is intended to provide players preferential treatment at official Pokemon events; nevertheless, it’s extremely doubtful that this is the reason why they’re so highly sought after. In 2019, an authentic PSA duplicate of the card sold on eBay for $60,000, according to the PSA. Despite the fact that this seems to be a substantial sum, it is likely just a fraction of the amount that a GEM-MT 10 copy of the card would get.
Trainer No.2 was one of eight limited edition cards handed out to guests of the Tropical Mega Battle, an annual event held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu between 1999 and 2001. It was one of eight cards given out to attendees of the Tropical Mega Battle. As of this writing, there are only 5 copies of the card registered with PSA, with just two of them being in pristine condition, making it among the most sought-after baseball cards ever produced.
2. EX Dragon Frontiers Gold Star Charizard ($60,066)
Despite the fact that it was first produced in 2006, a Gold Star Charizard managed to get an astounding $60,066 at auction not too long after. After attracting attention from a number of interested parties before the final selling price was announced, the Delta Species trading card was sold on eBay in October 2020 for the sum of $1,500.
On the PSA website, it is said that there are about 1,500 graded copies of the card in circulation, with just 59 of them being given the coveted GEM-MT 10 rating. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it was one of these 59 cards that broke the world record for the most expensive card ever sold. Others sell for between twenty and thirty thousand dollars on a consistent basis.
3. No Rarity Charizard ($60,100)
Set of fundamentals Charizard has long been one of the most costly Pokemon cards available, but the ‘No Rarity’ Japanese edition of the card is unquestionably one of the most sought-after versions available today. Even though a GEM-MT 10 copy of the card sold for little more than $20,000 back in September 2018, the card’s value has soared in the months and years afterwards.
A Mint 9 copy of the card sold at auction for more than $60,000 in November 2020, while another sold for about $58,000 less than two weeks later. Prices of 9-rated copies of the card have dropped somewhat since then, but many collectors are left wondering how much a GEM-MT 10 would be worth in today’s market at this point. There are only six of them still in existence, so it wouldn’t be unexpected to see one of them sell for more than a hundred thousand dollars at some point in the near future.
4. Tropical Mega Battle – Tropical Wind ($65,100)
The record-breaking price for a pristine condition copy of Tropical Wind was $65,100 when it was auctioned on eBay in October 2020. What’s even more amazing is that Tropical Wind is by far the most frequent of the Tropical Mega Battle cards in the collection. Nevertheless, due to the scarcity of pristine condition copies of some of the other cards, they are seldom available for purchase.
A total of eight cards were given out during the Tropical Mega Battle event, with Tropical Wind being the third of those cards. Currently, there are just two GEM-MT 10 copies of the card available, with the majority of the cards evaluated by PSA being graded 8 or 9. Having said that, even these are worth quite a bit of money.
5. University Magikarp ($66,100)
Even though University Magikarp isn’t available for purchase very frequently, when it does, it typically commands a very high price. The card has sold for an average price of about $17,000 over the last several years, but the most recent transaction brought in a substantial increase in value. It was discovered that a GEM-MT 10 copy of the card was auctioned on eBay at the end of February 2021 for an incredible $66,100. This was a significant improvement above the previous record for the card (which was established in October 2020) by a whopping $16,000.
Tamamushi University conducted a competition in which the card was awarded as a reward, and the prize was the card. Participants were required to take a series of exams, and those who succeeded were invited to a unique competition in Osaka, Japan. Each winner received a copy of University Magikarp once the competition had concluded successfully. In a magazine advertising for the competition, it was said that 1,000 copies of the card were produced; however, only 68 of those copies have been graded by PSA.
6. No.1 Trainer ($90,000)
A replica of the No.1 Trainer card, which is considered by some to be the most valuable Pokemon card in existence, sold at auction for $90,000 in July 2020, according to reports. Given its alleged scarcity, it’s a bit odd that the card didn’t fetch a higher price, but $90,000 is still a respectable return for a card that was given away for nothing.
In Tokyo, the Card was given to each of the seven regional winners that competed in the 1999 Pokemon World Championships, with an extra card finding its way into the public domain. In addition to featuring artwork by Hideki Kazama, it is also included in the hidden super fight promo set. Only six of the eight copies of the card that have been graded by PSA have received the top grade of GEM-MT 10. This is the highest possible rating.
7. 1st Edition Neo Genesis Lugia ($144,300)
When a card is published in the West, it’s uncommon that it sells for outrageous amounts of money, unless it happens to be a part of the basic set. In light of this fact, the original owner of this 1st edition Lugia card was probably a bit shocked when it was auctioned by PWCC Auctions in November of 2020 for almost $130,000. Six months later, the price of the card increased even more when a duplicate of it was sold for $144,300 at a private auction.
However, the current record holder was actually graded by Beckett, who gave it a 10 Pristine rating, rather than the PSA’s GEM-MT classification. It remains to be seen whether or not this transaction will cause the value of other Neo Genesis cards to soar, but before to the current shift, the average selling price of a 1st Edition Neo Genesis Lugia had been only $70,000, making this a significant increase in value.
8. Family Event Kangaskhan ($150,100)
When the Family Event Kangaskhan card first went on the market four years ago, it sold for about $10,000. In October 2020, a PSA GEM-MT 10 copy, on the other hand, sold for more than 15 times the original price. The card was sold by PWCC Auctions on eBay for a whopping $150,100, with the winning offer standing at a whopping $150,000.
The card itself was handed out in Japan in 1998 as part of a parent and child Pokemon tournament that had been conducted there. Families competed against one another, with the parent and child teams that tallied up the most victories receiving a Kangaskhan promotional card. There are only 11 GEM-MT 10 copies of the card in circulation, and they have a total worth of more than one and a half million dollars, making them very valuable.
9. Pikachu Illustrator ($233,000)
On a number of previous times, the Pikachu Illustrator card held the record for the most expensive Pokemon card ever sold, however it is now ranked second in terms of price. On December 16, 2016, a duplicate of the card was sold at auction for $74,000, while another was sold for $190,000 only a few months later. The most current copy, which also happened to be the previous world record holder, sold for a whopping 25 million on the Japanese marketplace ZenPlus in July 2020.
When the Japanese monthly comic CoroCoro Comics conducted an artwork contest in 1998, the winners were given a special edition of the CoroCoro Comics card. One hundred and ninety-nine copies of the card were produced, and only twelve of them are known to remain in excellent condition today. Interestingly, all three of the aforementioned copies were graded 9 by PSA, which means that if the one and only remaining GEM-MT 10 copy ever goes up for auction, it would very certainly fetch an exorbitant sum, allowing the Pikachu Illustrator card to regain the top position.
10. 1st Edition Shadowless Charizard ($399,750)
Controversial After spending $150,000 for a Shadowless Charizard card from the 1st Edition of the Pokémon Trading Card Game, YouTuber Logan Paul made news in October 2020. To some people’s surprise, this is not the most costly copy of the card that has ever been offered for sale. In fact, it’s not even close to being a tie. Currently, the most expensive Pokemon card ever sold is a Shadowless Base Set Charizard, which was sold for just short of $400,000 by Goldin Auctions only a few months after it was first released. This makes it the most expensive Pokemon card ever sold by a significant margin.
In accordance with the PSA website, there are only 54 GEM-MT 10 copies of the card in existence, which goes a long way toward justifying the high value of these cards. Given that the base set Charizard was manufactured in such large quantities, though, it’s quite conceivable that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of more copies lying about waiting to be found.