Rarest Pokemon Card

Rarest Pokemon Card There’s one metric above all else when it comes to Pokemon cards: value. The Pokemon Trading Card Game might have been around for two decades, but it’s just as popular as ever. People still play it as a game, collectors still covet rare Pokemon cards, and some go for a ridiculous price at auction. People make hundreds of thousands of dollars by selling and trading Pokemon cards. Hell, some people have become millionaires. Millionaires! We all knew that one kid at school who had pockets full of these things.

Rarest Pokemon Card
Rarest Pokemon Card

Rarest Pokemon Card

Rarest Pokemon Card If you’ve been rummaging around in your closet and you’ve found a rare Pokemon card, you’re probably looking to find out if it’s going to make you rich. While the answer to that question is likely “no”, there’s no harm in checking if you have one of the most expensive Pokemon cards in existence, is there? 

There are two main factors that make Pokemon cards increase in value: rarity and condition. If your card is rare and pristine, it’s probably worth some money. You’re a step closer to Logan Paul turning up at your house with $3.5 million. Tasty. 

With it being a market, these prices are always estimates, based on historic auction sales and other factors, so the values listed here aren’t ironclad. However, they should give you a good idea about just how much your Pokemon cards are worth. If you’ve got literally any of the cards on this list and they’re in mint condition, we’re about to make your entire day. 

Let’s take a look at some of the most valuable Pokemon cards around. If you were a Pokemon fan back in the 1990s, you probably have a fair few old Pokemon Trading Card Game cards stashed somewhere in the back of your closet. We all had a few Caterpies and Rattattas lying around from this trend, and if you managed to collect a coveted card like a holographic Charizard, you were the talk of the school playground and truly got lucky.

Rarest Pokemon Card
Rarest Pokemon Card

Rarest Pokemon Card

New Pokemon cards are still being produced to this day, making many of the oldest Pokemon cards even harder to find. As long as Pokemon remains a popular video game franchise, the Pokemon Trading Card Game will keep on producing new types of cards, but none of them can reach the heights of the rarest and most valuable Pokemon cards in the history of the franchise.

Updated April 25, 2022 by Joe Parlock: Since the last update to this article, a few cards completely obliterated previous sale records. Charizard and Pikachu Illustrator sold more than ever before, and a few new copies of other cards have been identified.

The Japanese version of the Shining Umbreon Pokemon card is pretty highly desired, with its unique coloring and gorgeous frame-piercing artwork making it fittingly beautiful as one of the first shiny Pokemon to appear on a card.

However, its price is so high because of much more than just its looks and popularity. The Shining Umbreon card only saw a very limited release through the Japanese Pokemon Players’ Club for hitting the maximum number of experience points through attending organised play events between 2005 and 2006, making it one of the rarest cards out there. In 2020, PWCC Auctions sold a PSA-10 copy of it for $20,000, showing just how in-demand it is. Notably, this card was reprinted for the first time ever in 2021, as part of the 25th Anniversary Celebrations set. Though that version is worth way, way less, it’s still the third most valuable card in the expansion.

Produced as a promotion for magazine publisher Shogakukan’s Celadon University campaign, this Magikarp card was awarded to those who successfully became “Pokemon Professors”. By mailing in the Entrance Test, Professor Test, Super Professor Test, and Hyper Professor Test (all found in different magazines aimed at schoolchildren published by Shogakukan), 1000 Magikarps were up for grabs.

Though so many were printed, only 91 have been identified by the PSA so far. PSA 10-graded cards fetch a much higher price than any other condition, getting $66,100 at auction

It wouldn’t be unreasonable to think this was a prank, or a fake card, but nope. This is a real card that was part of 1998 promotion for the Pokemon-themed album Trade Please by Suzukisan. By sending in the flier that came with each album, entrants could receive an evolved Kanto starter of their choice (Venusaur, Blastoise, or Charizard) as well as this… unique… trainer card.

The starter Pokemon that came with are also quite rare and valuable cards, but sites like PSA Card show that the original Trade Please card can reach prices as high as $1900 if it’s been preserved at a high enough quality. This card actually did get a reprint just a few years ago for a similar event in Japan during Pokemon’s 20th Anniversary, but these ones were printed in much higher amounts and aren’t nearly as high-value.

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