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World's Most Expensive Pokémon Card Just Sold For An Incredible Amount

World's Most Expensive Pokémon Card Just Sold For An Incredible Amount

There are Pokémon cards, and then there are Pokémon cards, if you catch my drift. Most of us who grew up with the beloved trading card game in the 90's probably have a fairly impressive collection of the former knocking around somewhere, but the sad fact is that it's probably not worth that much.

That's right kids, that dog-eared half-chewed Eevee card you've had since you were six really isn't worth that much to anyone besides you. The truth hurts, I know.

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Those are Pokémon cards, though. Pokémon cards, on the other hand, are exceedingly hard to come by, and are capable of fetching frankly ludicrous sums of money. One such card - one of the rarest in existence in fact - recently went up for auction in New York and sold for an incredible $195,000, making it the most expensive Pokémon card in the world.

Pikachu Illustrator Card / Credit: Invaluable
Pikachu Illustrator Card / Credit: Invaluable

Kotaku reports that the card in question was a "Pikachu Illustrator" card - a promotional item adorned with unique art from Pikachu creator Atsuko Nishida. The card was originally given to winners of a comic contest held in Japan back in 1997.

Thirty nine of these cards were given out at the time, although it's believed that there are only ten left today.The last time a Pikachu Illustrator went up for auction was back in 2013, though it only managed to fetch $54,970. Clearly the card has only increased in value over the years, with this most recent sale nabbing 4x the price paid for the last card.

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Just to further underline how valuable the Pikachu Illustrator card is, back in August, one serious collector managed to shift a mint-condition set of 103 first-edition Base Set Pokemon cards for an incredible $107,010. That one Pikachu Illustrator card managed to go for nearly twice as much as a set of 103 mint-condition cards so yeah... it's clearly a big deal.

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Back in July, an incredibly rare limited edition card sold on eBay for $60,000. The No. 3 Trainer card boasts a holographic image of Mewtwo on the front, and was the prize for placing third in a 1999 Secret Super Battle tournament held in Japan, and there are thought to be between just nine to 18 sets of it in existence.

Pokemon: The First Movie / Credit: Nintendo
Pokemon: The First Movie / Credit: Nintendo

Unfortunately, the aforementioned card went missing in the mail, and at the time of writing has yet to be recovered. The card's original buyer has since offered a $1,000 reward for the its safe return and safe passage home.

Like I said, there are Pokémon cards, and then there are Pokémon cards.

Featured Image Credit: Nintendo

Topics: Pikachu, pokemon

Ewan Moore

Journalist at GAMINGbible who still quite hasn’t gotten out of my mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), I went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis.