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Rarest Pokemon card ever sells for record-breaking $250,000

Published: 22/Jul/2020 20:40

by Michael Gwilliam


An extremely rare Pokemon card has broken all previous sale records after selling for a whopping quarter of a million dollars.

The card, which was sold on ZenPlus, is the rarest in existence. The 1998 Pokemon Illustrator is so elusive, it’s said that only between ten and twenty exist.


Back in 1998, the card was awarded to winners of a Japanese CoroCoro comic contest. Its design is unique and, despite being a “trainer” card, it reads “Illustrator” instead and is the only known card to have this change.

It’s also the only item to have a special pen symbol in the bottom right corner, further adding to its mystique and exclusivity.

Pokemon Illustrator card sold for $250,000
Illustrator had a grading of Mint 9.

Additionally, it features art by Atsuko Nishida, the original illustrator of Pikachu, who is featured prominently in the card’s design. From a competitive standpoint, the card has no benefit to trainers, not that it would be tournament legal to begin with.

Its text reads: “We certify that your illustration is an excellent entry in the Pokemon Card Game Illustration Contest. Therefore, we state that you are an Officially Authorized Pokemon Card Illustrator and admire your skill.”

According to ZenMarket, the card was sold to an American buyer. Furthermore, it had a Professional Sports Authenticator rating of “Mint 9,” the second-highest possible condition grade.

Pokemon cards all spread out
The Pokemon Company/SyFy
You won’t find this card in a regular pack.

Mint 9 cards are said to be in “superb condition” with only one minor flaw such as a light wax stain on the reverse, a minor imperfection, or slightly off-white borders.

Previously, a copy of the card sold for $243,000 in 2019, so this is the first time it has broken the quarter-million mark. With so few copies of Illustrator out in the open, it will be interesting to see just how much the card will sell for in the years ahead, given its absurd rarity and the prestige of owning one.


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.