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Insanely rare Pokemon card sells for eye-popping $90,000

Published: 11/Jul/2020 0:57

by Brent Koepp


An extremely rare Japanese Pokemon card broke records in July after selling for a whopping $90,000 at auction. The Super Secret Battle No. 1 Trainer is so scarce, only seven of them exist in the world. 

Pokemon made its debut in North America with Red & Blue for the Nintendo Game Boy in 1998. That same year, the Trading Card Game was also released, and quickly became a cultural phenomena as collectors scoured for the rarest of rares.


Over 22 years later, some of the holographics you collected as a kid are actually now worth quite a lot. In July, a Japanese card only given out at tournaments in 1999 broke records when it fetched over $90k at auction.

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Pokemon cards have gone up in value since its debut in 1998.

Pokemon card sells for $90k at auction

In 1999, The Pokemon Company hosted seven regional tournaments for the TCG. First place winners of these secret contests were given the Super Secret Battle No. 1 Trainer card which have a holographic Mewtwo silhouette on them.


In July, one of these seven prizes went up for sale at the Heritage Auction and sold for an eye-popping amount. Over 22 bidders participated in the lot, before the final owner shelled out $90k to own the prized possession.

The insanely high price was due to its scarcity, as well as its condition. The card was graded by PSA as Gem Mint 10 – the highest score possible. Grading largely depends on several factors, including the centering, scratches, print lines, and the holographic background.

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The rare Japanese card sold for $90k.

Despite the insane price, another TCG rarity sold for even more in 2019. The extremely sought after Pikachu Illustrator card brought in over $195k at auction. The jaw-dropping amount is enough to buy a house.


Classic Pokemon cards have continued to climb up in value, as more and more collectors from the 90s are now adults and feeling the game’s nostalgia. The mind-blowing prices people are willing to pay to capture their childhood looks to have no end in sight.

It’s also not just the old TCG that is bringing in the money either – modern sets like the 2019 Hidden Fates have already seen a surge of items selling for high prices on eBay, such as the Eeveelution line, or the extremely rare Shiny Charizard.


Pokemon Go: Legendary Pokemon are getting even rarer

Published: 13/Oct/2020 15:36 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 15:37

by Paul Cot


In recent times Legendary Pokemon have been made what they should have been all along in Pokemon Go – rare.

There was a time in Pokemon Go when getting those legendary ‘mons became all too common and easy. This resulted in it becoming a mundane task – something which getting one should never be.


Research Breakthrough rewards were introduced to the mobile game in April 2018. You can obtain these rewards by earning seven Field Research stamps.

Only one can be earned per day and you get one for completing any Field Research task. As anyone who has completed these before can attest to, they are often very easy to do.


From April 2018 until December 2019, the majority of these months had a Legendary Pokemon waiting for you when you earned those seven stamps. This meant you could earn an encounter with the likes of Moltres, Latios, Groudon – and any other of the litany of legends that featured – for completing seven simple tasks.

If you routinely played, this meant a new Legendary Pokemon every seven days. It was no wonder Legendary Pokemon lost their allure.

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Easy to obtain Legendary Pokemon are a thing of the past in Pokemon Go…

Make Legendary Pokemon rare again

From January 2020 though, legendary species no longer featured as the Research Breakthrough encounter reward. Niantic likely realized they were too easy to get and wanted to make getting them mean something again.


Generally, this made them only obtainable in Raid Battles. This made sense because with rare ‘mons so easy to get hold of previously, fewer trainers would spend the time to get them in the more difficult route of Raid Battles. This is in addition to them costing real money/PokeCoins if you did more than one a day.

It hasn’t stopped there, however. It looks like Niantic want to make them even rarer. Many trainers will have noticed five-star Raids are appearing far less frequently.

This hasn’t been confirmed in any official capacity but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from the Pokemon Go community. “[I] was in an area with over 25 gyms but could only find 2 Giratina during 5 [a] hour period this afternoon,” MarinaBlu shared. They did note a lot more Mega Raids were appearing during that time.


Encouraging Mega Raids?

There could be multiple reasons for this. Firstly, it will make trainers jump on Raid Battles that feature Legendary Pokemon, stopping the often empty lobbies which single trainers have to avoid.

Then there could be an element of wanting to make Legendary Pokemon even more desirable. This is understandable but certainly puts newer players at a disadvantage. After all, experienced trainers will have a lot stocked up. They would argue this is deserved, however, due to the time they have put into the game.


Finally, it could be Niantic are trying to encourage trainers to play more Mega Raids. The concept of Mega Evolution in Pokemon Go hasn’t been received as well as the developers would have hoped, though.

We don’t know if the reduced five-star Raid Battles will carry on, but it’s definitely something to keep an eye on.