Have Any Vintage Pokémon Cards? It Could Fund Your Next Vacation

The Pokémon Collecting Craze

Media Factory introduced Pokémon cards to the Japanese Market in 1996. It took three more years until their release in North America.

5: Kangaskhan Family Event Trophy: $150,100

The Kangaskhan Family Event Trophy card sold for over $150,000 at an auction in October 2020. This card is so limited in quantity that its value is off the charts.

4: Wizards Of The Coast Blastoise Prototype: $360,000

In 1998, Wizards of the Coast wooed Nintendo in an attempt to land the Pokémon Card Trading Game licensing deal for the North American market. They produced a series of Pokémon card prototypes to display to the Pokémon Company’s executives.

3: 1st Edition Charizard, Holographic: $369,000

This Holographic Charizard Pokémon card from the revered 1st Edition Set. In December of 2020, this card sold for $369,000.

2: Base Set Shadowless 1st Edition Charizard: $420,000

Charizard cards are generally more sought after than others, and it’s been this way since 1999. That’s one reason why this Base Set Charizard card from 1999 is so valuable today.

1: Pikachu Illustrator: $5,275,000

The Pikachu Illustrator cards were a prize for winners of the 1998 Pokémon Illustrator Artist Contest held by the CoroCoro Comic magazine.

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