Pokémon cards are expensive, because they are the most sought after cards.
The Pokémon franchise, which is owned and operated by the Pokémon company was released in Japan in 1996 and its first international release happened in 1999. It is an action video game, which features the original 151 Pokémon.
Pokémon is a multimedia franchise that offers something for everyone whether it be collecting your own Pokémon cards or playing the Pokémon Trading Card Game (initially released by Wizards of the Coast), working your way through the video games, or watching the anime episodes and movies, Pokémon offers something for everyone.
So, we thought we’d put together a list of the most valuable collection of Pokémon cards in the world, and show you just how expensive some of them have gotten.
The 34 Most Expensive Pokémon Cards In the World
The best Pokémon cards and figures are those listed below. They are valued based on popularity and market.
These are the 34 most expensive Pokémon cards in the world:
These are the most expensive Pokémon cards in the world and they are available for more money than you may think.
34. Championship Arena Card
We mentioned the card before, but it seems that the 2005 Pokémon World Championships card from Japan was the first physical game card ever produced by Game Freak.
Once they were banned from the tournament, the only way to get your hands on one of these was to compete in the above-mentioned tournament.
The Arena is one of the rarest and most valuable cards in the Pokémon Trading Card Game. It can sometimes be very hard to find a copy of it in the wild, as it is only available at special events.
The Stadium Championship was a series of competitions held in several Japanese venues between August 24, 1996 and March 22, 1997. Pokémon TCG players were invited to participate in this tournament, by sending in a mail with a copy of their Champion card.
33. Gastly – Expedition Card
It’s not quite the most exciting Pokémon, and it’s not exactly a great card, but Gastly remains a highly valuable card. It has a solid presence on most competitive strategies, and it’s always a good idea to pick one up if you happen to get a good deal.
Well… most pro Pokémon players would not consider using an enemy Gastly against them.
Aces, Queens and Kings will also be considered the highest ranking single color cards, which will have more value, but they’re just worth more because of their position on the color pie. They too will not be more powerful individually than cards of the same rank in other colors, and will only have more power if in a deck with a higher ranked deck in the same color.
32. Holographic Shadowless First Edition Mewtwo Card
Pokémon cards have always offered really interesting art, but the Pokemon Trading Card Game offered something that nobody else had offered before. There were some cards that had an incredible amount of detail, and some cards that were really interesting to look at, and that was always a big part of the success of the game.
The only non-base card that comes close to the first edition shadowless is the Jirachi in the original 1999 Gold and Silver series.
If you have one of these in your collection or hiding around the basement, dig it out because it’s worth around $1,500!
31. 1st Edition Shadowless Holographic Blastoise Card
Most children of all ages know which Pokémon to choose when they are asked for one. Blastoise has become a favorite with most children.
Â Even if you’ve been paying attention to the market in the last couple of years, you might be surprised at how different things have really been these past few. Â The 9 has been one heck of a market, and I’m glad to be able to offer a PSA 9 for $1,250!
I had to dig through my boxes of cards and find them.
30. Gold Star Espeon Card
of the card, right next to the Pokémon’s name. Only 27 items of this kind were produced between 2004 and 2007, so they are really rare.
Pokémon were easy to recognize as they were slightly different from their opponents. They often had different-colored artwork and were found in approximately every 88 booster packs (or 2 booster boxes).
Players were given Espeon cards based on their performance in organized events as well as by random drawing in the Pokémon players club. This was given to players as a reward for competing in organized events, as well as being an ongoing way to allow the players club to expand their operation into the North American region.
29. Shining Charizard Card
A shiny Charizard is the first time a Pokémon has appeared on a Trading Card Game card or been in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
Shiny Charizard cards are very popular among Pokémon enthusiasts around the world, and the number of them that are produced is quite limited. These cards have also been known to reach the highest prices of any card in the game.
28. Pikachu – Expedition Card
Next on our list of the most valuable Pokémon cards is this Pikachu Expedition. They cost $10,000.
This set was made in 1983 and features Pikachu on a card that looks like the American flag.
Pikachu is my favorite Pokémon, and I’ve never seen or heard of a more powerful electric type. This card is just amazing!
If you’re a mega-fan of Pikachu, then you’re going to be delighted to learn that you can actually buy a single Pikachu doll for £9.99.
27. Holographic Shadowless 1st Edition Venusaur Card
Pokémon fans often know that Venusaur is not easy to find, and also that it has a holographic ability!
Even if you do not have the first edition stamps, your collection will be worth something and you can always sell it for a good price.
If you haven’t put a shadow around the image box, you’ll be able to fetch more.
26. Black Triangle Error Booster Box
Besides the few rarest Pokémon cards, you can also spend loads of money on booster packs like the one in the image and this one.
The fun with these is that you don’t know what type of rare cards you’re going to get. If anyone wants to send me a specific card, I’ll trade it for whatever I can get.
The triangle booster pack was the most valuable and it was printed as a mistake when factories were supposed to stop printing any more “1st edition” packs.
The price comes as a result of the fact that they’re in a booster box.
25. Master’s Key Prize Card
For some reason, the Pokemon Trading Card Game has a card which is actually a platinum card which has no effect, but is only worth the platinum and a card which can actually be sold for a lot of money.
If you want to get in trouble, then you could also just try to get one of these cards for sale, but you’re going to have to do a lot of digging around online.
24. Computer Error – Kamex Mega Battle Card
This was also the only prize card given away in the 1998 Kamex Mega Battle. Unlike the other prize cards in the game, Computer Error – Kamex Mega Battle was printed on a yellow card.
The English version of Magic: The Gathering, while it does have some flaws in it, is worth more for the rare cards than for the common ones.
23. Articuno – Tropical Mega Battle Card
The Articuno will definitely be very expensive since it is the first legendary type of its kind. The most valuable card in the whole game is the legendary Pokémon, and is worth about $14,000 dollars per card. It will also feature in the upcoming movie, Pokémon the Movie: Black & White – The Rise of Darkrai.
A rare card with a legendary Pokémon was awarded as a prize during the Tropical Battle tournament.
D: Pokémon Black Version 2
This is a list of text changes in Pokémon Black Version 2.
The Pokémon TCG: XY Limited Edition Booster Box is coming to a store near you on July 20, 2017! The set includes a number of brand-new Pokémon cards, plus an exclusive foil promo card, a full-color lithograph, a display stand, and more! It will retail for a suggested price of $9,999.99.
22. Mega Battle Tropical Wind Card
The English Tropical Wind was one of the Pokémon Trainers who was awarded to participants of the 2004 World Mega Battle tournament. It doesn’t cost a lot of money to get your own.
In 1999, the Grand Prize was the same as in 1986, with the prize being one million dollars. In 1999, there was also a prize of 50 million yen, which was given out to the runner up, as well as a million-dollar second prize.
Because it can now be sold to thetopplayers, the Mega Battle Tropical Wind card now demands $1,000.
21. Espeon Gold Star POP Series 5 Card
The Eeveelutions are the rarest of the Gold Star cards, due to the fact that Gen 1 Pokémon Eevee are the rarest of the species. The cards with writings in Japanese are even more rare than the Japanese only cards. It is highly unlikely for a trader to obtain any of these.
This was a rare example of a Gold Star condition card. The card was signed by the card’s designer and it was used by the creator as a prototype or display card. The card had some minor creases and scuffs, and was graded E with a Star rating of 2.5. These are the highest possible grades for Espeon, so this card represents a very good example.
20. Crystal Charizard Holo Skyridge Card
As the game has evolved, so have the cards. Pokémon cards have evolved from plain-colored trading cards into colorful, detailed cardboard. Over time, they have gone from simple cards to collectible toys, and now to popular collectibles.
This pack is quite an interesting one because it not only has the e-reader designs but also some of the rare cards that weren’t featured in the game. Although we don’t know what the cards are, we know that it’s a set of rare Pokémon cards.
Charizard had a decent design at the time, especially considering it was Charizard. I remember I had a Charizard card with a Charizard logo in the shape of a Charizard, because it was from a set called Charizard Explosion.
19. Wonder Platinum Trophy Card
This card is a really beautiful card. It was presented in Japan as the Wonder Platinum Trophy, which is a rare card. It is usually rare because only the best players are allowed to participate in the Japanese National Championship, so it is very rare. This card is still in really good condition, with only a few minor bumps.
18. 2002 Pokémon World Championships No. 1 Trainer Card
The Battle Road Spring Tournament was a qualification tournament for the Pokémon World Championships.
Originally a qualifier for the Pokémon World Championship, the tournament was held to determine the qualifiers for each region.
With a number of years’ worth of cards to choose from, collectors can find many winners they never expected to see. Cards from the inaugural year can bring amazing prices, given the scarcity and the amazing quality of the cards. While the vast majority of cards show the same Pokémon, some do have a unique look, such as this card which features Pikachu in a red frame.
This is probably the most well known and most recognizable card in Pokémon history. This design includes one of the most popular Pokémon in the game called Pikachu, a Pokémon that has been a mascot that fans have been waiting to see in this card. The Pokémon also represents a certain feeling that fans have had regarding the game, that is, fun.
After the release of the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the game had an extremely important role in the history of Pokémon, as it increased its popularity and brought the game to the next level.
The original paperboard trainer cards that were given out totop3 players at the 2002 World Championships in Los Angeles, CA was sold at auction for $31,200 in April 2021.
17. No. 3 Trainer Promo Card
The No. 3 Pokémon Trainer was awarded to the third highest-ranking player in the annual World Championships.
It has its own set of problems, but it is still pretty good.
This is a very common problem, and not an uncommon solution.
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The first part is just a comment.
In your case, it is pretty easy, since it is a comment.
I’m more curious to know if and how Apple can compete with Samsung in the premium space and to what extent it will be able to achieve this.
16. Master’s Scroll Card
15. 1st Edition Shadowless Chansey
Shadowless Chansey is one of the base Pokémon
cards that are not holographic or foil
cards. They have a value determined
based on the number of base Pokémon
cards in the pack that they are paired
with. As such, they can be found in
packs with the base Pokémon they’re
paired with, or in packs with the
equivalent number of Shadowless
This card is one of the rarest cards of a Pokemon from the base set, as it is a near-mint card. There are many different Chansey cards out there. In some cases, it has a ton of holographic effect, and the holographic effect itself can be worth a lot of money.
14. 2010 Pokemon Japanese Design Promo 4th Grade Winner Illusion’s Zoroark
For the next twelve years, nothing happened. However, some of the plot elements from the film were continued into a television series called Pokémon Z that came out in 2015, and it has been running ever since. In the show, Ash and his friends are in a time of a crisis, as all Pokémon are dying because of a mysterious force.
There was an illustrating competition to promote the movie. Six winners of this contest received 100 copies of the movie’s cards with the artwork they created. One of them reached a price of $40,800!
13. Gold Star Holo Rayquaza EX Deoxys
This card has been one of the most collectible cards for the past decade, not only because of the holographic image on it but also for the popularity of all Gold Star cards. This particular variant is the Gold Star version of a Pokémon card from the 2000s, as the first holographic Holo Rayquaza card, the most valuable of all variants of the card. It holds the record for the most expensive Pokémon card ever sold and the most expensive card in the series.
12. Tropical Mega Battle No. 2 Trainer Card
The cards they were able to use were presented to them and they were able to gain world-class treatment at any Tropical Battle.
These rare cards are now incredibly hard to find, which means they’re worth more than $100,000.
11. 1998 Japanese Promo Card – Tamamushi University Magikarp Trophy
This illustration depicts Magikarp jumping into the air firing a bolt of electricity from its head. The illustration was drawn by Pokémon illustrator Ken Sugimori. It currently sells for $66,100.
10. No. 1 Trainer Promo Card
The Pikachu Trainer Promo Card is the first of two promos available to players who purchase a bundle of Pokémon TCG booster packs. Players must purchase Pokémon TCG packs in order to get the promo card of the same name. Each promo is only usable inside that player’s first deck of cards, the number of cards that are required depends on the number of packs purchased. The same rules apply to the Promo Card’s alternate art foil version.
Pokémon had a two day event to celebrate its success. This gave birth to the official Pokémon card game tournament.
This is the most famous Pokémon card in the world, and it’s not even the most expensive of the No.1 Trainer Promo Cards. This is just a reprint of an ancient reprint.
9. Umbreon Gold Star Holo
Â A rare gem mint gold star holo card with a BGS rating of 9.5, making it equally expensive as the previously mentioned No.1 Trainer Promo Card. It was only available to the Pokémon Trading Card Game players who managed to gain as many as over 70,000 XP points. The card was part of a promotional pack called Master Card Collection, but no one got to play with it. Only 10,000 were created and sent to the players, and only a fraction were ever sold at auction.
8. No. 1 Trainer Super Secret Battle
This Pokémon Battle card was the proof of winning a tournament during the Pokémon Summer World Tour 1999. It was hidden by people from the media, and they were not allowed to give it away.
The story goes that a group of special people with very powerful Pokémon entered into a battle. This battle continued for months after the competition was over. They won, but not before one Pokémon was injured. This Pokémon was left alone in a secret room until another battle was held. There it was again defeated, and one of its powers was lost. Thus, this Pokémon was thought of as an enemy, for it was believed that they were responsible for the loss of the power.
With the release of the new Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon Expansion, several high-rarity cards were printed, including this card.
7. Pikachu Illustrator Card
One of the most valuable Pokémon cards in the world is definitely the rarest and most valuable Pokémon card: the Super Rare Pokémon Pikachu.
According to legend, there were only six of these cards, but they are thought to be extinct.
Well, if you manage to get your hands on this Pikachu Illustrator Pokémon card, then you’re looking to cash it in for roughly 100,000 dollars!
6. Neo Genesis 1st Edition Holographic Lugia
Not all of the problems with the original print of the card set stemmed from the fact that the card was printed in limited supply. In fact, the problems actually lie in the card itself. The red-blue effect on the card is simply an example of the ink bleeding that occurs when the card is printed on regular paper (such as post-it) and not on a special paper that allows the ink to stay in place. As for the printing errors, these were in fact quite common in every single print of the card set (except for the few that were printed for the original Japanese release of the card set). These printing errors could not be found in the card after the printing of the hologram.
Lugia is a highly sought after and rare card, especially in the Pristine condition. While some collectors want it just for the design, others want to collect all the rare Pokemon in the world.
5. No. 2 Trainer Promo Card
The second card is more expensive than the first card, but it’s not too common and it is a rare type, so the owner of the card can ask whatever price they want for their card.
I would rather not comment on the price range because there is always someone who is willing to pay a ridiculous amount of money for something.
4. Kangaskhan – Holo Family Event Trophy
In the final group stage match between Sweden and Japan, Sweden scored the lone goal, and afterwards it was handed out as a prize, commemorating their victory.
It is one of the most prestigious and rarest Pokémon cards left globally, and thousands competed in the competition for the right to be named Pokémon’s ultimate piece of merchandise.
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While the card was never officially released in the west, the anime is very popular here and a wide community of fans exist, which are very supportive towards the show.
3. Ishihara GX Promo Card (Autographed)
The card shows a close-up of the original printing of the card, the signature, and the hologram. The reverse also reveals the name of the owner of the card, the card number and the serial number. The card is an amazing item in its own right – so I’m not going to go through its history this time. But if you want to know more about it, maybe you can check out the article I wrote about it a few years ago.
2. Holographic Shadowless 1st Edition Charizard Card
Cost: $369,000 USD
When the holographic Pokémon cards became available, a new wave of collectors started to appear. The old fans of Pokémon cards were looking for every special edition and were willing to pay a lot of money for these “rare” treasures. This was a perfect situation for the people that were running card shops. A few of them started to collect the holographic Pokémon cards as well, giving them higher prices than regular ones. One of the few known facts is that this happened just before Game Boy and Game Boy Color arrived on the market. Since there were more people looking for these unique cards, the market became saturated and this was the situation even when regular cards arrived.
Pokémon Card Game is a collectible card game for people of all ages and skill levels, which was created by Game Freak in Japan, and later adapted to North America by Wizards of the Coast. Pokémon is one of the best-selling franchises ever, with over 20 billion games sold worldwide. It is a franchise that is continuously evolving with new video games and digital media, and each year is bringing new cards to the game.
1. Pre-Release Raichu Card
It’s a classic and if you want to get the most out of your Pokémon games, you need to get your hands on a few of these!
There are an estimated eight cards that have a “prerelease” sticker on them.
Everything else on the card remains the same as the base set version, except the base set is made completely unique for the new release.
The same rule applies to all new cards in the current expansions, and we expect this to be true for the rest of the expansions as well.
Unless you are a very wealthy person and are able to buy it directly, you would never see it in a retail setting. Even though they are made up of real gemstones, they are very hard to get.
The Most Valuable Cards Summary
Collectors who are eager to accumulate the most valuable Pokémon cards are ready to spend impressive amounts of money to gain access to exclusive cards.
Pokémon: Trading Card Game (Tenta Bank) Cards are very rare and very expensive. It all started when the first cards for the Pokémon Trading Card Game were released, the Pokémon Trading Card Game is very popular. Today more than 30,000 different cards are traded throughout the world. In North America in 2002, the total value reached nearly $1,000,000.
So, this is a quick recap of the 34 most valuable Pokémon cards in the world.