In the second-hand market, trading cards, especially Pokémon TCGs, have become more popular in the past few years. Heritage Auctions, Goldin Auctions, and PWCC Auctions have all broken records with sales of Pokémon cards, including a first publication Holo Charizard which sold for about $420,000 USD last year and is still one of the most expensive Pokémon cards ever sold.
At WrestleMania 38, YouTuber-turned-wrestler Logan Paul showed off his $5,275,000 USD PSA Grade 10 Pikachu Illustrator Card, which he had just bought. Paul broke the Guinness Book Of world records for the most expensive private sale of Pokémon trading cards. Paul’s card is not on this list because of how it can be sold.
When it comes to Pokémon cards that have been sold at auction, the numbers are also not small. Fans have done a lot to get their hands on Pokémon cards. In March, a guy was caught using COVID aid money to buy Pokémon cards worth $57,000 USD. As long as Pokémon cards keep being passed down from generation to generation, it’s clear that their value will keep going up. Here is the top list of top 10 Pokémon trading cards that have ever been sold at auction.
1. The first edition of the Pokemon game Charizard Holo sold for $420,000 in 1999.
2. A 1998 Japanese Pocket Monsters “Illustrator” Pikachu Holo PSA NM 7 card costs $900,000 USD.
3. Pokémon Blastoise # 009/165R Commissioned Presentation Galaxy Star Hologram (Wizards of the Coast, 1998) CGC NM-Mint 8.5 ($360,000.00)
4. The price of a 1998 Pokemon Japanese Family Occasion Trophy Card Holo Kangaskhan #115 PSA 10 ($150,000 USD) is $150,000 USD.
5. The Trainer Promo No. 2 for the 2006 Pokemon World Champs costs $110,000 USD.
6. 1999 Japanese Pokemon Promo No.1 Instructor Top Secret Battle Gem MT 10 ($90,000 USD)
7. 2005 Pokemon Japanese Play Promotion 70,000 Pts. Holo Gold Star Umbreon #026 PSA 10 is valued at $78,000.
8. The 1998 Japanese Pokemon Tamamushi University Prize Magikarp #129 PSA 10 GEM ($66,100 USD) was a promotion for the game.
9. The 2012 World Championships for Pokemon Promo No. 1 Trainer World Championships PSA 9 ($55,000 USD)
2000 Pokemon Neo Genesis 1st Edition Holo Lugia #9 BGS10 PRISTINE ($47,970)
In other news about trading cards, a rare Kobe Bryant Precious Metal Gems card that has been signed by him could sell for more than $1 million USD.