Rarest Pokémon Cards:

A New Collector’s Guide

Collecting Pokémon cards is a recent craze. While people have been collecting these little beauties for a while as a hobby, it became a proper alternative investment when many influencers like Logan Paul started getting involved in the business.

Stores worldwide are now flooded with collectors and scalpers, which can sometimes turn into a proper brawl. This reaction has led a few stores to suspend the sale of these cards completely. 

The rarer the card, the harder it is to get it in its original packaging. The value of the collectible decreases depending on how bad — or good — the item’s condition is. 

Released in 1998, this card was sold for $150,000 at an auction. You could only get this card if you participated in a special event in Japan.

Kangaskhan-Holo #115 Family Event Trophy Card

The Ishihaha card sold for over $240,000. This version is a signed edition of a card given to all Pokémon company employees on CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara’s 60th birthday.

Black Star Ishihara Signed GX Promo Card

It’s one of the earliest cards ever released, at least as part of the North American run. It sold for $360,000 at the Heritage auctions in January 2021.

Blastoise Commissioned Presentation Galaxy Star Hologram

Released in 1999, this Charizard is part of the shadowless collection, meaning it does not have a shadow around the artwork. First-edition Charizard base cards are super valuable, but the shadowless version makes it a rare entity.

First Edition Shadowless Charizard

The Pikachu Illustrator is currently the most valuable and rarest Pokémon card. Released in 1997, the PSA Gem Mint 10 Grade one sold for the stupidly high sum of $6,000,000 in October 2022.

Pikachu Illustrator

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