Pokémon Card Value: How Much Are Your Pokémon Cards Worth?

Over the next fifteen years, Pokémon became a multi-media franchise, setting records with each installment. The widely successful video game series sparked the creation of a Pokémon TV series with over one thousand episodes. On top of that, the Pokémon Trading Card Game is the most popular Collectible Card Game (CCG) worldwide.

Do you remember the good ol’ days when you’d stop in a toy shop with your parents and beg them for a pack of Pokémon cards to collect and trade with your friends? In the late 90s and early 2000s, one pack of those cards cost less than $2. Today, unopened packs can be worth hundreds of dollars, and some rare single cards can go for any price between $30 to $200,000!

If you were a Pokémon fiend back in the day, you might want to scourage through your parents’ basement to find your long-lost collection. Who knows—maybe you’re sitting on a rare Charizard that could cover the rent this month!

The Kangaskhan Family Event Trophy card sold for over $150,000 at an auction in October 2020. This card is so limited in quantity that its value is off the charts. The company gave this exclusive Pokémon card to a select few who competed and won events at the 1998 live ‘parent and child team' Mega Battle in Japan.

5: Kangaskhan Family Event Trophy: $150,100

In 1998, Wizards of the Coast wooed Nintendo in an attempt to land the Pokémon Card Trading Game licensing deal for the North American market. They produced a series of Pokémon card prototypes to display to the Pokémon Company's executives.

4: Wizards Of The Coast Blastoise Prototype: $360,000

Not only is this Holographic Charizard Pokémon card from the revered 1st Edition Set. The Sportscard Guaranty Corporation (SGC), one of the most trusted third-party card grading services, also rated it and gave it the highest possible condition rating: SGC Gold Label Pristine 10.

3: 1st Edition Charizard, Holographic: $369,000

Charizard cards are generally more sought after than others, and it's been this way since 1999. That's one reason why this Base Set Charizard card from 1999 is so valuable today. At the PWCC Auction in March of 2020, the card sold for a record-breaking $420,000. However, a few months later, another card would swoop in and grab the World Record title.

2: Base Set Shadowless 1st Edition Charizard: $420,000

The Pikachu Illustrator cards were a prize for winners of the 1998 Pokémon Illustrator Artist Contest held by the CoroCoro Comic magazine. Twenty-three initial winners received the Pikachu Illustrator card as a prize, followed by sixteen winners the following year.

1: Pikachu Illustrator: $5,275,000

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