Rare Pokemon pins could be the next Pokemon cards

Laura Gray

Pokemon pins have become surprisingly collectible, and limited edition options can be as expensive as desirable Pokemon cards.

Much like the button craze of the 2000s, enamel pins are currently a popular and highly collectible hobby for many people. Pokemon pins can be used to decorate lanyards, backpacks, purses, and hoodies, or even kept in binders in the same way expansive Pokemon TCG cards are stored.

Official enamel Pokemon Pins are frequently included as bonus items in TCG collector boxes, or even purchased online through the official Pokemon Center store. The pins are shaped like Pokemon, Gym Badges, or even include full scenes with backgrounds that change as the pin is twisted.

While many of these Pokemon pins can be obtained by simply buying the collection they are a part of, several limited-edition options can be much harder to come by.

Because of this, the value of these colorful badges can be surprisingly high – even challenging Pokemon TCG values.

Pax West 2022 Pinny Arcade Pokemon Pins sell for shocking amounts

During Pax West 2022, players had a chance to earn one of these rare, limited edition pins for free by visiting the Pokemon Play Lab booth in the expo hall.

As shared by WillPostTweets on Twitter, the booth gave fans a chance to try their hand at the PokemonTCG.

Those who took the time to go through the demo and try a match were awarded with a stunning Pinny Arcade Pokemon TCG pin. The enamel surface features Pikachu laying on its belly in front of a handful of blue TCG playing cards.

How much do Pokemon pins sell for?

Because the pins were only available through the Play Lab events at Pax West, they have quickly become a rare and expensive find for Pokemon pin enthusiasts.

Currently, the originally free pins are selling between $50 and $150 online. Rarity is the key here, but compare that to the $5-$10 pins that they sell on the Pokemon Center.

Let’s compare that to a product that scalpers have been flogging for insane amounts recently… Special Delivery Charizard codes were selling for up to $100 alone on August 17.

Alternate art Gengar VMAX also sells for around $100, considered to be one of the rarer of its set. This shows that these pins are not far off the Trading Card Game – and if they keep being produced in small numbers, scalpers will circle.

One listing on eBay has set the Pokemon pin purchase price at a minimum of $105, while a listing on Mercari has a listing for a steep $150. These prices rival some of the most expensive Pokemon TCG cards in recent expansions.

For those who earned a pin during the convention, it may be tempting to put it up online for a quick and solid profit. Yet, fans of enamel pin collecting may want to hang on tight to these limited-edition trophies, as it is unlikely they will be easily obtainable again at any point in the future.

About The Author

Laura Gray is a former Senior Writer for Dexerto who mainly covered Pokémon, farming simulation titles, Dungeons and Dragons, and other family-friendly games. Living in Idaho, Laura has previously written for Screen Rant and also works as a book/comic illustrator.