Top 7 most expensive Pokemon Trading Cards

Published: 15/Dec/2020 19:35 Updated: 15/Dec/2020 19:39

by Brent Koepp


Despite launching over 20 years ago, the Pokemon Trading Card Game has exploded in popularity in 2020. Items once thought worthless can now sell for thousands of dollars.

Not many could imagine in 1999 that Pokemon cards would one day be worth a lot of money. However over two decades later, rare items from the TCG have absolutely skyrocketed in value.

From special tournament prizes to shadowless 1st Edition monsters from the Base Set, here are the seven rarest and most expensive collectibles on the market today.

leonhart holding pokemon cards
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Popular Pokemon YouTuber Leonhart has some of the most valuable cards in the world.

Top 7 most valuable Pokemon cards

Before we jump into it, it should be noted that top lists are almost always up for debate. A card’s value can be determined by the highest it’s ever sold at auction, or what it sells for on average. Prices also wildly fluctuate with the market, and are largely dependent on the item’s grading and condition. Our list is based on what the collectible has sold for in latest auctions, and its position will be updated if it sells for less.

7. Ishihara GX Promo (2017) – $50,000

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A bit of an oddity, the rare promo card dawns the artwork of none other than the CEO and President of the Pokemon Company Tsunekazu Ishihara. According to interviews, the card was actually given out to each employee at the executive’s birthday in 2017.

The extremely scarce item sold at auction in April for $50,000. Reports also estimate that only 30 to 60 of these cards may exist, although it’s hard to know for sure unless more of them make their way out into the public.

6. No. 1 Trainer Super Secret Battle (1999) – $90,000

Screenshot of No.1 Trainer Pokemon card featuring Mewtwo.

In 1999, The Pokemon Company hosted regional contests in Japan. Winners received a No. 1 Trainer card which granted them access to the final that took place in a secret location.

Named “Super Secret Battle”, the tournament had a lot of mystique surrounding it. The reward featured a silhouette of Mewtwo, which has made it all the more desirable to fans.

In July 2020, the Japanese promo sold for an astonishing $90,000 – making it one of the most valuable Trophy cards to ever exist.

5. Trophy Pikachu Gold 1st place (1997) – $100,000 to ?

The incredibly rare Trophy cards were handed out at the Japan World Championship. Since these cards were given to winners, it makes their population extremely scarce.

The prize cards also come in three versions, such as a second and third place. The Bronze trophy, for instance, sold for a jaw-dropping $100k . So it’s anyone’s guess what the gold one will eventually sell for.

It almost feels like a crime putting the collectible at this spot. Although, due to its scarcity, it rarely goes up for sale. According to PSA, only four are known to have been graded. Whenever this item hits an auction again, we are sure it will launch to the top of the list. One is currently listed on eBay for $2 million, but has not yet found a buyer.

4. Lugia 1st Edition Neo Genesis (2000) – $129,000

Screenshot of Lugia Pokemon card.

Similar to Mewtwo, Lugia was an iconic Legendary for many children who grew up with the series in the 00s. So it should come as no surprise that its debut as a Pokemon card was a major hit.

Decades later, the Psychic bird has become a hot item for collectors. While hovering around $50k the past few years, its 1st Edition release sold for a mind-blowing $129,000 at a PWCC auction in November 2020.

3. Kangaskhan Family Event Trophy (1998) – $150,000

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This could only be obtained by participating in a special tournament in Japan. The adorable item features Kangaskhan with its baby in its pouch, surrounded by holo sparkles.

Fittingly, the contest required both a child and their parent to participate alongside each other in battles. According to reports, there are only 11 of these currently in existence that have been graded.

In October 2020, two PSA 10s went for $150k. With its scarcity, we expect its price will only continue to go up.

2. Illustrator (1998) – $243,000

illustrator pikachu pokemon card psa

Without a doubt one of the rarest of the rare is the elusive Pikachu Illustrator card. In 1997, CoroCoro held an art competition where winners were given the stunning item which depicts the Electric-type adorably drawing other monsters.

Over the last five years, the card has consistently sold around $195k to $200k. However, in 2020, one fetched a whopping $250,000, eclipsing the previous record of $243,000 that another one fetched back in 2019.

According to reports, less than 20 of them are known to exist – almost guaranteeing that its price will continue to grow in the coming years.

1. Charizard 1st Edition Shadowless grade 10 (1999) – $369,000

charizard 1st edition pokemon card PSA

As almost any kid that grew up in the 90s can attest to, Charizard has always been the crown jewel. If you didn’t have one, you desperately opened booster pack after booster pack trying to obtain it.

1st Edition versions of this 1999 base card can go for an absurd amount. Even more so if it’s “Shadowless” – an early print version that doesn’t have a shadow around the art’s border.

On October 9, 2020 former rapper and Twitch streamer Logic paid over $226k for a Grade 10 1st Edition Charizard, setting a new bar for the fire Pokemon card. However, just two months later, a new record was set.

A bidder at a December 12 PWCC auction dropped $350,000 for the 1999 Base Set collectible. Incredibly, only four hours later, another 1st Edition reportedly went for $369k according to Goldin Auctions, making it the most expensive Pokemon card ever sold.


Valorant world records: Longest matches, most kills, popular weapons, more

Published: 24/Feb/2021 4:55 Updated: 24/Feb/2021 4:57

by Brad Norton


Bragging rights are all too important in Valorant but who actually stands atop the pack and truly leads on the global standings? From the longest match in Valorant history to the players with the most kills, here are the current world records for Riot’s tactical FPS.

Valorant has been out for over six months at the time of writing. From new maps to additional Agents and a ton of balancing updates, we’ve already been through a great deal as the competitive scene finds its footing.

Elite players have been able to climb through the ranks to Radiant and even cement their spot among the top 100 each month. Meanwhile, the world’s very best teams have been battling it out in a number of official and community-driven tournaments.

Here’s a list of the most impressive world records for Valorant. We’ll be keeping this updated as new players climb the rankings and new trends emerge.

Longest match in Valorant history

While competitive play started out with a simple ‘sudden death’ overtime rule, a new system requires players to win by two rounds. This means that games could theoretically run forever if teams continue to trade round win after round win.

So long as a draw isn’t called, a single match can just keep on going. That’s exactly what happened in one particular game on Ascent throughout 2020.

One hour and 28 minutes is the longest game in Valorant history so far, according to a December 28 post from Riot Games.

Valorant statistics
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The longest match in Valorant history, as confirmed by Riot Games.

A total of 58 rounds were played, making it more than twice the duration of a regular game, if said game went the distance. 

There are no specific details on who was in the match, whether a vote was called for in the end, or what rank this all played out at. It’s safe to assume the players in that lobby all took a break after that one.

Most kills in professional Valorant

With competitions taking place all over the world, pro players have had ample opportunity to showcase their skills. While eliminations aren’t everything, being an aggressive player certainly comes with some style points.

Indian player Debanjan ‘DEATHMAKER’ Das currently holds the world record for the most kills in a single map. During the TEC Challenger Series, Velocity Gaming secured a 21-19 victory on Haven over GodSquad. Throughout this lengthy map, DEATHMAKER came one away from a 50-bomb, dropping 49 kills on Jett.

DEATHMAKER Valorant pro
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DEATHMAKER has a fitting alias, as he currently holds the record for the most kills in a single map.

When it comes to the most kills overall in professional Valorant, however, that record is currently held by Brady ‘thief’ Dever of Luminosity Gaming.

The North American player has a staggering 1,171 kills to his name at the time of writing.

Most kills in public Valorant matches

While there are no leaderboards that track this particular stat for competitive or unrated, we still have a decent idea of who’s leading the charge.

Early into the release of Valorant’s competitive ladder, ‘lunviu’ placed in Iron 1. After grinding up the ranks, they swapped over to unrated where they secured a 73 kill win on Split.

Valorant scoreboard
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The current world record for most kills in a single Valorant game is set to 73.

In terms of the highest overall kills in Valorant, there’s currently no way to track this record. 

Most popular weapons in Valorant

From now until the end of time it’s likely the Vandal vs Phantom argument will continue on. Everyone has their preference from the top pro players to casual grinders, you’ll get a different answer everywhere you look.

But Riot cleared up the debate once and for all on December 28. The Vandal reigns supreme as the ‘deadliest’ weapon in the game. Players have tallied more kills with the weapon than any other in Valorant.

Naturally, the Phantom follows close behind in second place. Though the third entry might come as a surprise.

While the Operator is a fan favorite pick and Sidearms can always come in handy, it’s the Spectre that rounds out the top three. The powerful SMG has the third-most kills of any weapon in Valorant to date.

Valorant statistics
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The deadliest weapons in Valorant, straight from Riot Games.

The world’s best players are always setting new personal bests, so we’ll be sure to keep you updated as these records change.

If you know of any new records that have been set but can’t see them featured here, be sure to let us know @ValorantUpdates.