The 7 Most Expensive Pokemon Cards Ever Sold


Collectors of coins, comics and cards know their worth well. What would usually start off as something costing a few cents sometimes reaches a value more than hundreds of thousands of dollars. The only things governing this exponential rise in the worth are the rarity of the item and the passion of collection. Over the years, we have seen many Pokemon cards sold for a hundred times their price – the same cards we would collect as kids and are now burried in our attics. Today, we take a look at the 7 most expensive Pokemon cards ever sold in history. 

The 7 Most Expensive Pokemon Cards Ever Sold

Pikachu Illustrator

Sold at: $5,275,000

PSA Grade: GEM-MT 10

The 7 Most Expensive Pokemon Cards Ever Sold
via Guinness World Records

It makes complete sense that the most expensive Pokemon card to ever have been sold belongs to Pikachu. The Pikachu Illustrator card was distributed to the winners of an illustration contest in Japan in 1998. There are only 12 copies of this card in good condition, even though 39 copies were printed. The Pikachu Illustrator card has, on many occasions, been sold as the most expensive Pokemon card in the world. The present card that was valued at for $5,275,000 is a GEM-MT 10 and was sold to Youtuber Logan Paul in 2021. 

1st Edition Shadowless Charizard

Sold at: $420,000

PSA Grade: GEM-MT 10

The 7 Most Expensive Pokemon Cards Ever Sold
via Iconic Auctions

The second most expensive Pokemon card was auctioned off by Iconic Auctions, and has Charizard on it. Sold at a staggering price of more than $400,00 in March 2022, the value is explained by the rarity of the card, for only 54 Gem Mint 10 copies of this Pokemon card are in existence. 

Blastoise Wizards of the Coast Presentation Galaxy Star Holo

Sold at: $360,000

XGC Grade: NM/Mint+ 8.5

via Heritage Auctions

Sold by Heritage Auctions for a whooping $360,000 in 2021, there are apparently only two copies of the Blastoise Wizards of the Coast Presentation Galaxy Star Holo Pokemon card. The card, being rare as it is, has never been sent to PSA for grading! The two copies were created before Wizards of the Coast was about to pitch the Pokemon trading card game idea to Nintendo. 

Ishihara GX Promo

Sold at: $247,230

PSA Grade: PSA7

The 7 Most Expensive Pokemon Cards Ever Sold
via Goldin Auctions

The Ishihara GX Promo Pokemon card was distributed to employees, family and close friends to commemorate the birthday of the President of Pokemon Company, Tsunekasu Ishihara. One autographed copy of this card was auctioned by Goldin, and it is a PSA7. It was sold at $247,230! There also exists a GEM-MT 10 copy of this card, which has not been sold yet!

Family Event Kangaskhan

Sold at: $150,100

PSA Grade: GEM-MT 10

via PWCC

Sold through eBay by PWCC Auctions, the Family Event Kangaskhan Pokemon card sold for $150,100 in 2020! The card is in Gem Mint 10 condition, and was awarded to  winners in Japan in 1998 during a parent-child Pokemon tournament. There are 100 GEM-MT 10 copies of this card in circulation. 

1st Edition Neo Genesis Lugia

Sold at: $144,300

Beckett Rating: 10 Pristine 

via PSA

While 41 copies of the 1st Edition Neo Genesis Lugia Pokemon card have a PSA GEM-MT10 grade, the copy that sold for $144,300 was rated by Beckett as 10 Pristine. The beloved Lugia belonged to Pokemon Gen II, and with so many Gem Mint copies in existence, the price of this card might soon grow exponentially. 

World Championships 2006 – No.2 Trainer

Sold for: $110,100

PSA Grade: PSA 9 

The 7 Most Expensive Pokemon Cards Ever Sold
via PWCC on YouTube

The Pokemon World Championships variant of the No. 2 Trainer was auctioned by PWCC for $110,00 in 2021. This PSA9 card became one of the most expensive Pokemon cards ever sold, and the most expensive No. 2 Trainer card in history. Originally awarded to participants at the Pokemon World Championship in 2006, held in California, these cards are extremely rare to find. 

These were the 7 most expensive Pokemon cards to ever have been sold. Which one do you dream of buying? Tell us below!

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