24 Most Expensive & Rarest Pokemon Cards Ever Sold
Pokemon has become so popular all over the world that it has made its trading cards value boom over the last few years. In fact, some of them could be sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Rare items from the Pokemon brand has started to become popular which has led to its value to increase. In this article, we shall provide you a list of the most expensive and rarest Pokemon cards.
What Makes Pokemon Cards Valuable?
In the recent years, there have been online personalities who have started and been collecting Pokemon cards which have brought it into popularity. In fact, there are some cards that have been valued over $300,000. With large amount of money involved, it is not surprising for Pokemon fans to get excited about this.
Just like with any other things, value always depend on the rarity of the item. This goes with Pokemon cards as well. Of course, the condition is another factor. Lastly, how much collectors are willing to pay and to bid for it.
Most Expensive Pokemon Cards
With every list created, keep in mind that there will always be a debate as a card’s value depends on which on card was sold the highest at an auction and what its average price is.
Moreover, just like any value, a Pokemon card’s value could fluctuate with the market as its value is also dependent on the item’s grading and condition.
In this article, we have come up with a list of the most expensive and rarest Pokemon cards.
Poliwrath No Rarity Symbol Base Set
The Poliwrath card has been release in 1996 and comes with a grade of PSA-Gem Mint 10. The current value at auction of this card is $25,015. This card is part of the Japanese version of the Base Set. However, though the water type of Pokemon usually is considered as weaker type of cards (1996 and 1999), this one actually a special one.
The first print of the Japanese set does not have any markings. Unfortunately, this one is limited one as there are only few printed. In fact, only one card has appeared for auction and it has been priced at $25,015.
Crystal Charizard Holo Skyridge
The Crystal Charizard Holo Skyridge was released in 2003 and it has a grading of PSA- Gem Mint 10. This card is auctioned at a value of $25,100.
The Skyridge has been collected by fans since 1999. However, its production of the card has been lower compared to others. In fact, it has been said that the last printed cards have already been released. The cards come with iconic e-reader design which is made for tie-in for Game Boy Advance.
With the low production of this one has made its value higher.
Torchic Gold Star Holo Team Rocket Returns
The Gold Star Pokemon cards have been released in 2004 and its grading is PSA- Gem Mint 10. Its card value at an auction is $25,400. It is another card that has been printed in limited amount. Moreover, it is also very popular and at the same time it is considered as one of the rarest Pokemon cards.
Charizard Gold Star Holo Dragon Frontiers
This one has been released in 2006 and its grading is PSA- Gem Mint 10. Its auction value is at $25,405.00 and it is not surprising for this one to hit the mentioned value. It comes with amazing artwork and it comes with rare variant of the Kanto’mon. This one is another scarce collectibles and it is also considered as one of the rarest Pokemon cards.
2010 Pokemon World Championship Master’s Key
This card has been released in 2010 and its grading is BGS-9. Its value at auction is $26,900. What is more amazing about this one is that it has been flown across the world to Waikoloa Village, Hawaii for World Championships by some of the players. This item has a total maximum of 36 prints which makes this card another rare card.
Neo Summer Battle Road Number 2 Trainer Trophy
The Neo Summer Battle Road Number 2 Trainer Trophy card has been seen in tournaments and competitions. Those who usually manage to get this card usually place second place. This trophy card has low production which means it is another card that is rare. Moreover, this card is a very special one as it comes with a name of the second place winner, Fukunishi Tomoki.
Daisuki Club Holo Masters Scroll Promo
Japanese fans usually sign up for the Pokemon Daisuki Club. Through this club, players are able to get unique promotions and at the same time get to have to opportunity to purchase limited edition items and one of those limited items is the Daisuki Club Holo Masters Scroll Promo. Since this collectible is difficult to obtain, its value has also increased. In fact, this one is priced at $35,200.
Chansey #3 1st Edition Shadowless Base Set
This card has been released in 1999 and its grade is PSA- Gem Mint 10. Its auction value is priced at $36,877. This one features TCG series’ iconic artwork and fans all over the world would love to get a hold of this card.
Blastoise 1st Edition Shadowless Base Set
The Blastoise is one of the most loved characters in Game Freak RPG. It is a water type of card and though this is the case, it has still become one of the most valuable Pokemon cards. This card has been released in 1999. Its grading is PSA- Gem Mint 10 and it is auctioned at $45,100.
Rayquaza Gold Star Holo Ex Deoxys
This is another one that collectors would love to have. It is considered as one of the rarest cards especially with its special symbol next to its name, ‘mon. This card has been released in 2005. Its grading is PSA – Gem Mint 10 and it is priced at $45,100.
Tropical Mega Battle No. 2 Trainer
Though this one has poor quality type of card and it did not even receive a grade, PSA has given it a grade of official Authentication. Though this is the case, do not get fooled by it as this card is actually pristine.
Only top players were able to get their hands on this card. In fact, only five of this card has been seen all over the world which makes it one of the rarest Pokemon cards. In fact, you would be surprised that this card is priced at $50,300.
Venusaur No Rarity Symbol Base Set (Autographed)
This one has been released in 1996 and its grading is PSA-Gem Mint 10. Though this card has no rarity symbol, its auction card value is $55,000 due to its rarity. In fact, this type of card only has 5 printed all over the world.
Summer Battle Road Mew Victory Orb Trophy
Another tournament trophy, Pokemon card, the Summer Battle Road Mew Victory Orb has been give out during the 1998 Summer Battle Road competition. What makes this one unique and rare is that only the top three trainers in each bracket was given this card. In fact, only 16 of them have been given the Gem Mint 10 score by PSA. This one is priced at $60,000.
Tropical Mega Battle Tropical Wind Promo
This card has been released in the TCG World Championships in 2004 which was held in Honolulu, Hawaii which only 50 players all over the world were invited. This one is unique as it is not a trophy Pokemon which often times is given during competitions. This card is auctioned at a price of $65,100.
Tamamushi University Magikap Trophy Promo
This one has been released in 1998 and has a grading PSA Gem Mint 10. It has a value of $66, 100. Winners of the Tamamushi University contest got to get this item. It is considered as one of the rarest cards.
Umbreon Gold Star Holo
The Umbreon Gold Star Holo has been released in 2005 and its grading is BGS-9.5. Its value is priced at $70,000. This card is highly unique. Its players need to get over 70,000 XP points for them to be able to obtain this card. It is also very rare which is why it comes with a high auction price.
No. 1 Trainer Super-Secret Battle
This card would shock you with its value of $90,000. Only winners have received this card. The competition for this one is very exclusive wherein the competition took place in a secret location. Hence, the name of the card. This one was released in 1999 and its grading is PSA- Gem Mint 10.
Pokemon World Championships Promo No. 2 Trainer
This one has been released in 2006 and comes with a grading of PSA 9. It is a trophy card which has been given to the winners of 2006 World Championship which has been held in Anaheim, California. This card comes with an auction value of $110, 100.
Lugia 1st Edition Neo Genesis
This card is considered as an iconic one. It was released in 2000 and it has a grading of BGS- Pristine 10. Its value at auction is $144,300 which makes this one definitely a very hot item for collectors. In fact, its Beckett grade 10 version is sold at $144,300.
Kangaskhan Family Event Trophy
This card is definitely one of the most precious cards for a collector. It is priced at $150,000 and its grading is PSA – Gem Mint 10. It has been released in 1998. It is a trophy card which only those who has participated in a special tournament had the opportunity to get one. There are only 11 of this card printed which makes it one of the rarest cards.
Ishihara GX Promo Autographed
This card has a value of $247, 230. It has a grading of PSA-7 and for its autographed version it is graded at 9. It is actually a promo card which has an artwork which was created by the CEO and President of the Pokemon Company, Tsuneksazu Ishihara. It has been said that there are only about 30 to 60 printed out.
Blastoise Wizards of the Coast Presentation Galaxy Star Holo
This one is considered very rare with it being valued at $360,000. Its grade is CGC- 8.5 and it has been released in 1998. It has been mentioned that this one has only 2 pieces printed all over the world.
Charizard 1st Edition Shadowless Base Set
This card is priced at $420,000 in terms of auction value. Its grade is PSA – Gem Mint 10. It is considered as the most expensive Pokemon card ever been sold. It has been said that there are only 121 Charizards in the whole world which makes this card very rare.
Illustrator CoroCoro Comics Promo (Pikachu illustrator card)
This card has been auctioned at a price of $6,000,000. Yes, that is right. It is the most expensive card. It has been given to the winners of CoroCoro art competition. It is graded as PSA Gem Mint 10. Collectors definitely would be ecstatic to get their hands on this.