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How much are your Pokemon cards worth? Rarest cards and their value

Published: 2/Dec/2018 21:27 Updated: 12/Jul/2019 13:43

by Paul Cot


Do you own any original Pokemon Cards? You may even have shiny Pokemon Cards stashed away. We discuss the rarity and value of them to see if your Pokemon Cards could now be worth a staggering amount!

Rarest Pokemon cards

Pokemon Trading Cards are still being produced today covering all the generations of Pokemon. Here we focus on rare Pokemon cards from generation one.


Charizard shiny First Edition

One of the most notorious Pokemon, especially when it comes to the cards, is Charizard. You may remember a shiny Charizard being the most sought after, even when they were first released.

It has retained its value through to today. An average condition Charizard shiny first edition, whilst rare, can only fetch $80. However, in mint condition, it can reach as high as $500.


Shiny Charizard First Edition…

Raichu shiny pre-release

This is arguably one the rarest Pokemon cards and is shrouded in mystery. Supposedly there are between 8 and 11 in existence. The supply of the card is questioned as they may have all be handed out to WOTC employees, Wizards of the Coast, the original Pokemon card publishers.

It is unknown where these cards are today but there have been a few anecdotal stories of these cards selling for $10,000 a time. They could be worth even more today!

Pre-release Raichu Card

Number 1 trainer card

Since the introduction of the Pokemon Trading Card Game, there have been official competitions and the winner of these competitions was given a number 1 trainer card.


The card was to be used to grant entry to the following year’s competition. However, given their rarity they have become a collector’s item. The older ones are worth more. A Number 3 trainer card recently sold for $60,000 indicating Number 1 and 2 trainer cards could be worth more. This particular sale ended in a nightmare for both seller and buyer but you can read about that in the link above.

Pokemon Number 1 Trainer Card

Pikachu illustrator cards

This is arguably the rarest Pokemon card there is! The Pikachu illustrator cards were given out to winners of a Pokemon Card Game illustration contest all the way back in 1997, in Japan. Reports of how many actually exist vary.

Apparently, 20-39 copies of the card were released with only 10 of those being graded in top condition. It is estimated only 6 are known to still exist, with one of those being owned by the Pokemon TCG blog. Sales vary anywhere from $20,000 to $100,000 although the higher end of this range is more likely.


Pikachu Illustrator Card

Ancient Mew

There is a misconception within the Pokemon Trading Card community that Ancient Mew is rare. In actual fact the supply isn’t scarce resulting in a low price. It can be found on eBay for as little as $20.

Ancient Mew

Shiny Pokemon cards

The above, with the exception of Mew, are ultra rare Pokemon cards. Some of you will be looking to know how much your average rare cards are though. Here are rough prices for each of them:

  • Shiny Charizard: $60
  • Shiny Blastoise: $40
  • Shiny Venusaur: $25
  • Shiny Mewtwo: $12
  • Shiny Gyarados: $12
  • Shiny Alakazam: $14
  • Shiny Machamp: $16
  • Shiny Raichu: $14

These are based on base set 1 and 2. Generally, base set 1 tend to be worth more.

What are Pokemon cards?

Pokemon cards are now collectors’ items but there actual purpose is for the Pokemon Trading Card game. They were first introduced in 1996 and over 25 billion Pokemon Cards have been sold.

There are three main types of Pokemon Card: actual Pokemon, energy cards and trainer cards and all are an integral part of the game. There are also shiny variations which unsurprisingly tend to be the rarer and higher value cards.

The Fantastic StoreLong-time Pokemon fans will recognise these Pokemon cards…

Trading card sets

There are numerous sets of Pokemon cards which in truth can get confusing. The first base set, which includes the classic Charizard, Blastoise shiny cards, released in January 1999 with 102 cards.

There were subsequent sets called Jungle and Fossil, which completed this first base set. The second base set, considered the 2nd generation of Pokemon cards, was released in February 2000.

Pokemon Trading Card video game

If you want to learn how to play the Pokemon Trading Card Game then we recommend trying the original game on the Gameboy Color.

It was released in Europe and North America in 2000. Nevertheless, despite it being dated by today’s standards it is the quickest way to understand how the game works.

Last uopdated 09:20 ET, July 12, 2019


Pokemon Go Autumn event – Start time, new Gen 5 Pokemon, bonuses, more

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:57 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 1:59

by Paul Cot


To celebrate the change of season, Niantic is hosting an autumn-themed Pokemon Go event. A new Gen 5 Pokemon will be introduced as well as other bonuses.

The 2020 Pokemon Go autumn event starts on Friday, October 9, 8 am PDT and finishes on Monday, October 12, 1 pm PDT. That’s an 11 am EDT start for those on the east coast of the US and 4 pm BST for those residing in the UK.


To the surprise of nobody, the event will feature various fall-themed Pokemon. These ‘mons can be found in the wild and in eggs when you hatch them.

Double effective Berries

Elsewhere, autumn is the time harvest and that seemingly applies to Pokemon Go, too. As a result, Berries can be found more often when spinning PokeStops. There will also be berry-themed Field and Timed Research.


During the event, all Berries will be twice as effective when giving them to your Buddy Pokemon as treats. Perhaps more excitingly, however, is that Pinap Berries will also become doubly as effective.

This means that instead of just double Candy when capturing a Pokemon, you’ll actually get four times the amount! Other Berries such as the Razz variety won’t be doubly as effective, though.

Autumn-themed Pokemon

Meanwhile, the following Pokemon will be appearing more frequently in the wild:

  • Oddish
  • Vulpix
  • Bayleef
  • Hoothoot
  • Sudowoodo
  • Yanma
  • Pineco
  • Zigzagoon
  • Seedot
  • Shroomish
  • Plant Cloak Burmy
  • Foongus

Others will be appearing in 5km eggs but those Pokemon weren’t released in the Pokemon Go blog post.

Additionally, Shiny Vulpix will be spawning more often. The ever-popular Fox Pokemon has already had its Shiny form released previously but few trainers will want to miss out on the chance to get another or even their first!

Deerling Pokemon Go
Deerling changes color depending on what seasonal form it is…


As is very apt for the change of season, Deerling will be introduced to the world of Pokemon Go for the first time. The Season Pokemon has four forms – Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter – so expect to come across its autumn variant.


It evolves into Sawsbuck, which has the same four forms, also. Deerling needs 50 Candy to evolve, so if you want to get Sawsbuck during the event you’ll need to catch as many Deerling as possible. When using a Pinap Berry though, you’ll only need to catch five of them!

There’s plenty to look forward to in Pokemon Go during October. Charmander is coming to a Community Day a second time with the exclusive move Dragon Breath and there is even a surprise Raid Boss to look forward to at the end of the month.