Feb 03 2011

What’s the Rarest Pokemon Card of Them All?

Published by at 11:30 am under Oddly Enough,Videos

A long time ago, I was hooked on collecting Pokemon cards. Yes, I’d mastered the Game Boy games and had every Pokemon at level 100, but this card game was a new challenge, and made the game’s cry of “gotta catch ‘em all!” even more literal.

I enjoyed the hunt to track down every card through packs and trading, and I even wagered holofoils on basketball games and ping pong matches with my friends. I liked collecting, and finally when I had every original, jungle and fossil series card out there, I thought I was going to be rich someday.

You see, much like every collectible trend, Beanie Babies, Pogs, etc, the creators claimed that these cards would increase in value over time. I had two holofoil Charizards for example (one I got in my very first pack), and at the time, each was valued at around $50. Surely, that could go nowhere but up over timer right?

Wrong. In fact, Pokemon cards are for the most part financially useless, though my binder does bring back some good memories which has some inherent value I suppose.

But that brings me to the point of this article, I wanted to find out if ANY Pokemon cards were actually worth something today, and I found one that stood out. The above card is called the Pikachu Illustrator. It was a prize given out in Japan to winners of a Pokemon Card Game Illustration Contest where presumably you had to design your own card. Only six of the cards ever existed, and it’s one of the few promotional cards to have a double star rarity.

So what’s it worth? The card has sold for $20,000. And here I thought my double Charizards would pay for my college tuition.

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21 responses so far

21 Responses to “What’s the Rarest Pokemon Card of Them All?”

  1. Zachon 03 Feb 2011 at 11:45 am

    I sold all of my cards way back when except for two. A US and Japanese Holographic Here Comes Team Rocket.

  2. xXburekXxon 03 Feb 2011 at 12:37 pm

    i raize your holo charizard and show you my holo alakazam, that was the greatest day of my young life

  3. Prof. Frinkon 03 Feb 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Surely a Charizard with giant scratches across its face because of a dumb British kid is bank right? Frowen!!!!!!!!

  4. Andyon 03 Feb 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Ugh, I know what you mean. I have a complete set of the Jurassic Park trading cards. Surely they’ll come in handy as a down payment for a house…. right?

  5. WakyWizerdXon 03 Feb 2011 at 9:26 pm

    What’s the card do? Does it have an all powerful effect or is it all for show?

  6. laraon 14 Mar 2011 at 1:31 pm

    actually if you go on ebay and type in pokemon cards then change the options to highest price first theres a colletion going for 10,000.00 more shocking than that its got quite a few offers on it xxx

  7. kamon 05 May 2011 at 8:37 am

    for real thats pretty good for a colector my bro gave me his cards and same for my dad to my bro and i now got triples of each card in english exept for lugia that does 200 damage.

  8. patrickon 28 Jun 2011 at 6:34 am

    Nice to see you got something good in your first deck, like me I got shiny Mewtwo :)

  9. Jackon 04 Aug 2011 at 1:32 pm

    I have a ancient mew card that’s pink and shiny and is all written in symbols is that any good?

  10. Bakedwafl3on 08 Aug 2011 at 7:00 pm

    i have like 9 ancient mew cards that i bought for $2 each back in like ’06. and i have all originals of fossil and jungle and what not

  11. garretton 25 Aug 2011 at 8:03 pm

    your rare ancient mew card may be valuable
    there are 3 types
    -original japanese which is holofoil with a spelling error
    it spells nintendo as “nintedo” ($600)
    -corrected is the exact same but nintendo is spelled right ($180)
    -and the dumb american version which doesnt have very good design ($15)
    hope this helps you ancient mew fans

  12. drewon 11 Sep 2011 at 6:16 pm

    know that feel…. i thought all the 1st gen and 2nd gen startrek cards in mint would pay my collage ……………… altogether they range about $100 …. fuuuuuuuu-

  13. Cherylon 16 Dec 2011 at 5:38 pm

    i just found all my son’s (who is 24yrs old now) pokemon cards…gee about 300-400 cards…LOL….he has about 100 foil ones all scratch free!!!!!!!! Should I tell him..he has never asked about it in years???

  14. Kiraon 05 Jan 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Hey, okay so i went to a flea market and got a platinum card set. So when i opened them they were awesome cards! i have no idea if their rare or not but there is 3 level x all of them are trainers pokemon (either gym leader or elite 4) and if they are not level x they are in the level 50s range and there is one that is level 49. and they also have a weird Japanese sign or a GL and they have sp in the lower left corner. Any advise if they are rare or not or they have a good price. THX :D

  15. Rockzzon 08 Feb 2012 at 2:06 pm

    I have the same card

  16. PokeFan #1on 17 Feb 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Hi, There are many rare cards like the one above I was an avide collector and traded EVERY card I had to my cousin for only one of her cards. I had to count every card, 568. This trade was the best trade of my life. I got the 8th card printed Blastoise. it was literally the 8th card every printed. net worth $50,000. Score.

  17. danielon 08 Mar 2012 at 5:07 pm

    charizard ex on ebay is selling around 35 pound

  18. Dougon 01 May 2012 at 7:45 pm

    where do you sell pokemon cards i have a lot of shadowless rares i want to sell

  19. Hey I just met you...on 07 Jul 2012 at 4:44 pm

    I have and electric/steel Charizard, I think it’s foil. It is Japanese and there is a weird purple etching in the background. Any ideas?

  20. Sean Ton 17 Dec 2012 at 8:45 pm

    i have a card that i have searched for in all the error sites and i cannot find this card. i purchased for my son at a card shop in 1998 i was told it was a rare error card by the shop owner witch is a very reputable card shop in Las Vegas. it has a ladybug type character and its error is that the power is printed HP40 instead of 40HP it is a holo or foil card where the border and writing all in japanese is holo or foil but the image is not if anybody knows anything about this card please email me at seant698@yahoo.com. the front has pocket monsters card game picture on it.

  21. joeon 12 Mar 2013 at 3:39 am

    The card says pokemon illustrator, not pikachu

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