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Rarest Pokémon card sold at auction for unbelievable price

Published: 28/Oct/2019 5:57 Updated: 28/Oct/2019 6:16

by Andrew Amos


One of the rarest Pokémon cards in the world has gone under the hammer and sold for a record price this weekend, netting almost $200,000 USD at auction.

It’s not unusual to shell out a decent chunk of cash to get a card in a trading card game. Sometimes, it’s that one crucial card everyone needs, but few have, to complete their overpowered deck. Other times, it’s a card that slowly increases in value as time goes on.

However, in very few occasions, a card is so incredulously expensive, that even the most experienced card game players are stunned. A card so rare that the fact it still exists in good condition, let alone being on the market, makes fans of a franchise go into a frenzy.

PokemonBuying and selling trading cards can be a lucrative business, especially when you get your hands on something extremely rare.

That’s exactly what happened on October 27 at an auction in New York. An Illustrator Pikachu card from Pokémon has been sold for $195,000 USD, making it the most expensive card in the game’s history.

Only 39 Illustrator Pikachu’s were ever printed, after being given out to winners of comic contests back in 1997 and 1998. The first print of the card saw 23 units dished out as prizes, while a further 16 were printed for another couple of contests. 

It’s thought that only 10 are left in circulation today, with the likelihood that the cards aren’t in good condition.

Weiss AuctionsThe card came sealed and labelled, like most rare cards.

The card isn’t just one of only 10 though. There are hundreds of different Pokémon cards in circulation, but only one of them has the Illustrator tag at the top. It’s this one.

The art on the card was also drawn by Pokémon creator Atsuko Nishida, featuring a fountain-pen wielding Pikachu drawing other iconic characters like Charmander.

The subtext of the card is interesting too. According to a translation by Bulbapedia, the card is more of a certificate, rather than a playable card you can chuck in your deck.

“We certify that your illustration is an excellent entry in the Pokémon Card Game Illust Contest,” it says. “Therefore, we state that you are an Officially Authorized Pokémon Card Illustrator and admire your skill.”

While you’d be clinically insane to decide to sleeve up such a rare card in the first place and put it in your deck, you can’t put it past some people.

BulbapediaThis Poliwrath by Yuuki Kawamura was one of the winning entries in the 1997 contest.

The previous record holder for the most expensive card in history was another Pikachu Illustrator, which sold for almost $55,000 USD in 2013. That means the price of this incredibly rare card has almost gone up four-fold in the last six years, and will only increase.

It also dwarves records set in other card games. Magic The Gathering’s most expensive card, the 1993 Alpha Black Lotus print, sold for $166,100 USD earlier in 2019. There have also been one-copy-only unique cards in games like Yu-Gi-Oh!, but none of these have hit the market.

When the next Pokemon Illustrator hits the market, and you have a cool $200,000 sitting in your bedside drawer, it might be worth pulling the trigger to make a worthwhile investment. Although, by the time a card of this calibre goes up for sale again, it’ll be worth close to millions.


Pokemon community stunned after card collection worth millions surfaces

Published: 27/Nov/2020 21:06

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon Trading Card Game hobby was rocked in November when a man rediscovered his mind-blowing complete collection of the rare 1999 Base Set. The fan has stacks of every character, including hundreds of Charizards.

Despite releasing decades ago, the Pokemon TCG has seen a major explosion in value in 2020. Cards once traded on playgrounds and stuffed into 90s children’s binders are now selling for as much as a sports car. 

A man went viral after discovering their collection may be one of the most complete sets to ever exist. The fan’s unfathomable amount of rare collectibles could actually have an impact on the future of the hobby’s prices.

Screenshot of Pokemon Trading Card Game collection worth millions.
YouTube: PokeMans Alex
A jaw-dropping Pokemon card collection surfaced on YouTube.

Pokemon fan discovers TCG collection is worth millions

Pokemon cards have never been more popular this year as the collectible hobby has now even taken over platforms such as YouTube and Twitch. Celebrities such as former rapper Logic are dropping hundreds of thousands of dollars to scoop up the rare Nintendo items. 

On November 22, a video went viral online of a man showing off his mind-blowing collection that has many collectors turning their heads. “Literally got all of my Pokemons stuff out of the loft from my recent move,” YouTuber PokeMans Alex explained before showing off his astonishing collection.

Holding up a stack of rare holographic cards from the 1999 base set, the fan exclaimed, “As you can see they are mint, and have not been touched for so long.” The TCG collector then revealed his unprecedented number of Charizards. “I don’t know if you are ready for this,” he warned, before holding up a stack of 111 cards of the rare starter ‘mon.

(Charizard cards start at 07:56)

To put that into perspective, in October a PSA graded 10 of the same item is now selling for $30k alone. The content creator emptied over seven binders on his table to reveal a 1999 base set that was not only complete, but also had stacks of over 50 of the same card for every single character.“I’m ready to put all of these away back in the safe where they are now gonna stay,” he said.

Veteran Pokemon card YouTuber PokeRev reacted to the video on November 26 and exclaimed, “Did you open all these packs as a kid? It’s just an insane amount of holo cards. When we were kids, just to get a couple holos from the base set was really good. But to have thousands is insane!”

Other famous collectors such as British rapper Randolph commented, “Unreal mate.” Gaming YouTuber Ali A wrote, “How did you originally collect SO many cards!? Are you looking to sell any of them?”

Screenshot of YouTube comments reacting to million dollar Pokemon card collection.
Other famous Pokemon collectors took notice of the insane set.

At the time of writing, it’s unclear just how much the YouTuber’s incredible Pokemon haul is worth. None of the collectibles have actually been looked at by professional grading companies PSA or Beckett. And the majority of its value revolves around its condition and score.

A set of this magnitude is unprecedented and could have a severe impact on what TCG cards are worth in the future. A big factor in an item’s selling price hinges on it having a low population. PokeMans Alex’s collection could soon flood the market should he decide to get things graded.