Charizard Pokemon Card

Charizard Pokemon Card my parents laughed when I said my Pokémon cards would be worth something someday, but now in 2022, original, pristine sets of cards are indeed being sold for a ton of money, part of a recent “gold rush” trend on Pokémon cards that has culminated in the biggest sale yet of an OG Charizard.

At the PWCC March Premiere Auction, a 1999 Charizard Pokémon card just sold for a record-breaking $420,000, the most a Charizard has ever sold for, and the third highest for any Pokémon card of all time.

Charizard Pokemon Card
Charizard Pokemon Card

Charizard Pokemon Card

Charizard Pokemon Card Why so much? Well, this was a special one, it seems. The most special, in fact. Here’s what netted that kind of price:

“The card’s price was buoyed not only by its PSA 10 Gem Mint grade – only 121 PSA 10s exist in the world at the time of the auction – but also by the fact that it is one of the cleanest copies in existence. The card has no visible whitening on the back, appears to have perfect centering, and looks to have no holo imperfections.” Another reason the price was so high is that because of the 121 PSA 10s in the world, most are owned by serious collectors or celebrities and as such, are not likely to make it to market. So when one actually does, well, you get this kind of ridiculous price.

So, you say, you have a Charizard at home. Can you sell it and buy yourself a house as a result? Prrrrobably not.

There are a zillion different stipulations in terms of what elevates the price to this level. It has to be the right printing, absolutely flawless condition, meaning if you held it in your hand as a kid for more than five seconds before sealing it away, it’s probably not good enough already. Then you have to have the card graded by professionals, and since this has become such a popular trend recently, there’s a huge backlog in that field, and it would take a long, long time to get that certification, whatever grade it ends up being. It’s not impossible, and you could still have a valuable one, but to reach this level, your card would have to be on another plane of existence entirely.

Charizard Pokemon Card
Charizard Pokemon Card

Charizard Pokemon Card

I believe the most valuable Pokémon card in history is still the Pikachu Illustrator card that sold for $900,000, the Japanese card that was a limited edition creation for winners of an art contest, making it exceedingly rare. No Charizard is likely to hit that mark any time soon. Before this, the previous Charizard record was $399,000.

Starting off the list at number 16 is this beautiful and unique Ultra Shiny, Full Art, Charizard GX from the 2018 Japanese Sun and Moon set. This set was released in Japan and got the Pokémon community, collectively, more excited about a release than any other modern set.

It contains reprints from earlier sets and has a massive 375 cards in the master set, the most significant set. Getting your hands on this beautiful blue beauty in gem mint condition will only get more expensive as the availability gets more limited. So far, it’s proving to be more scarce than initially projected.

The #15 spot is the 2017 Sun & Moon Burning Shadows Secret Rare Charizard GX #150. PSA 10 graded examples are selling for $450 on average as of today. We can expect this price to only go up by donning the new-age rare rainbow foil look. Especially when we see the population report. This was the first year Wizards of the Coast printed these Secret Hyper Rares with the rainbow foil and unique texture. Because it’s the first of its kind, we expect the value to go up as WOTC produces other similar sets.

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