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The Most Valuable Pokemon Cards of All Time

Pokémon trading cards are a global phenomenon, with collectors and enthusiasts seeking out the rarest and most valuable cards. Over the years, some cards have fetched incredible prices at auctions, making them highly sought-after items. Here's a ranking of some of the most valuable Pokemon cards of all time.

Pikachu Illustrator (1998) - $5,275,000

The Pikachu Illustrator card is the undisputed king of valuable Pokémon cards. Given to winners of the CoroCoro Comic Illustration Contest in 1998, only 39 copies were awarded. In 2022, a PSA 10 Pikachu Illustrator was sold for a staggering $5,275,000, setting the record for the most expensive Pokémon card ever sold.

1st Edition Shadowless Charizard (1999) - $420,000

The 1st Edition Shadowless Charizard from the Base Set is one of the most iconic and desirable Pokémon cards. In March 2022, a PSA 10 copy of this card was sold for $420,000, cementing its status as a highly valuable collectible.

Blastoise Wizards of the Coast Presentation Galaxy Star Holo (1998) - $360,000

This extremely rare Blastoise card, created as a presentation piece by Wizards of the Coast, features a unique galaxy star holo pattern. With only two copies known to exist, a CGC 8.5 Blastoise Presentation Galaxy Star Holo was sold for $360,000 in January 2021.

No Rarity Charizard (1996) - £325,000 (~$402,000)

The No Rarity Charizard is a Japanese Base Set card that predates the inclusion of rarity symbols. In April 2022, a PSA 10 No Rarity Charizard, featuring a signature from illustrator Mitsuhiro Arita on the case, was sold for £325,000 (approximately $402,000).

1997 Bronze Pikachu No.3 Trainer Trophy Card - $300,000

Awarded to third-place finishers in the 1997 Pokémon tournament in Japan, the Bronze Pikachu No. 3 Trainer Trophy Card is extremely rare, with only four copies given out at each event. In April 2023, a PSA 8 copy of this card was sold for $300,000.

Black Star Ishihara GX Promo (2017) - $247,230

This promotional card, featuring Pokémon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara, was given to employees to celebrate his 60th birthday. In April 2021, a PSA 7 copy with a PSA 9 autograph was sold for $247,230.

Family Event Kangaskhan - Holo 115 Trophy Card (1998) - $150,000

The Family Event Kangaskhan Trophy Card was awarded to winners of a 1998 Japanese Parent/Child Mega Battle tournament. In October 2020, a PSA 10 copy of this rare card was sold for $150,000.

Neo Genesis 1st Edition Holo Lugia 9 (2000) - $144,300

Lugia, the iconic Legendary Pokémon featured on the cover of Pokémon Silver, has become a fan favorite. In May 2021, a PSA 10 1st Edition Neo Genesis Holo Lugia was sold for $144,300.

World Championships 2006 - No. 2 Trainer Card - $110,000

Awarded to the second-place finisher in the 2006 Pokémon World Championships, this rare Trainer Card features a holofoil design and the event logo. In February 2021, a copy of this card was sold for $110,000.

1999 Super Secret Battle No.1 Trainer Card - $90,000

The 1999 Super Secret Battle No. 1 Trainer Card was awarded to the winner of a special tournament held in Japan. Only seven copies were produced, making it one of the rarest Pokémon cards in existence. In July 2020, a PSA 8 copy was sold for $90,000.

The Future of Pokemon Cards

These ten Pokémon cards represent the pinnacle of collectibility and value in the world of Pokémon trading cards. From the record-breaking Pikachu Illustrator to the ultra-rare promotional cards, these items have captured the hearts and wallets of collectors worldwide. As the Pokémon franchise continues to grow and evolve, it's likely that we'll see even more impressive sales in the future, further solidifying the enduring legacy of these beloved cards.

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