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Pokemon Champion’s Path rainbow Charizard card already selling for a ton

Published: 25/Sep/2020 21:09

by Brent Koepp

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A new Charizard card in the Pokemon Trading Card Game is already selling for absurd amounts. The gorgeous rainbow holographic comes from the Sword & Shield expansion Champion’s Path which hit stores in September.

The Pokemon Trading Card Game made its North American debut in 1999, and quickly became a cultural phenomena just like the Nintendo RPG. Children and adults from around the world couldn’t get enough of collecting them.

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A new Charizard card that released on September 25 is setting the internet ablaze. The Champion’s Path collectible has fans scrambling to their nearest store, to try to get their hands on the Rainbow holographic – which is now selling for as high as a thousand dollars.

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The TCG expansion has three new Charizard cards.

Rainbow Charizard Pokemon card selling for crazy amounts

The latest Pokemon TCG set, Champion’s Path, is based on eighth generation title Sword & Shield, and even features Gym Leaders from the RPG. However, the expansion’s new Charizard cards are what has caught the attention of fans.

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While the Fire-type has always been an incredibly popular character going back to the Trading Card Game’s 1999 base set, the latest version features a stunning rainbow holographic that looks absolutely mesmerizing.

The Charizard cards are based on both the Gen VIII’s G-Max form, as well as its incredibly rare black Shiny version which has been a fan favorite for decades.

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Popular outlet PokeGuardian got their hands on these gorgeous cards.

Despite releasing on September 25, the secret rare rainbow card has exploded in prices on online auction sites like eBay. Many sellers have already began listing them from $800 to thousands of dollars. Some have sold for over $1k without even being graded.

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The rare Charizard card has sold for absurd amounts already.

The item’s insane prices shouldn’t come as too much of a shock as it is based on a rare promo in Japan which has sold for as high as $9k in past months. While the English versions are not anywhere as limited as the tournament promos, it’s identical in every way except just in a different language.

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The Japanese promo edition sold for over $9,000 in July.

Charizard continues to be one of the most popular characters in the beloved franchise. Its 1st Edition 1999 base set card can sell for as high as $50k if it’s in a Grade 10 condition. And new collectables featuring the monster keep selling at mind-blowing prices – with Champion’s Path being the latest example of this.

While the  TCG was mainly aimed at kids back in the 90s, the game has now attracted collectors from around the world years later looking to capture past nostalgia. Rare items have even sold for as much as a house, such as a rare Pikachu card selling for over $250k.

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Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot

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The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.

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That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!

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Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.

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While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.

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So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.

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Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

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Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.

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Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.