Friday , 19 October 2018

How Much Are Your Old Pokémon Cards Worth?

Pokémon cards were a big part of my early childhood. No one knew how to actually play the card game, but we’d tear open a fresh pack with excitement, eager to add them to our binders so we could show them off on the playground. Chances are, you’ve still got a large collection buried somewhere in the attic of your childhood home. Tell your parents not to throw them out. They’ll be worth a fuckton someday — especially when the real Pokémon get old and start dying.

It’s been over 20 years since the original cards were released, and now, many will net you a payday in the thousands.


1st Edition Squirtle — $100

As with most of the cards on this list, that little “1st edition” logo in the left corner of the picture is the difference between a valuable Pokémon card and a card worth little to nothing.


1st Edition Pikachu — $500


1st Edition Holographic Mewtwo — $810

Most of the rare, 1st edition holographic cards will net you in the high hundreds. Except Charizard — you’ll see how much that bad boy is worth further down.


1st Edition Holographic Blastoise — $900

1st Edition Holographic Machamp — $1,000


Pokemon Snap Cards — $8,000

To accompany the 1999 video game Pokemon Snap for the Nintendo 64, a Japanese magazine asked players to send in their best “snaps” taken in the game, which they would then place on a card. They are extremely rare.



Prerelease Raichu — $10,000

Only 10 of these were made and given to employees of the company, hence the “prerelease” stamp on the front.



Tropical Mega Battle cards — $10,000

Only 12 were ever made and given to winners of a Pokémon card tournament in Hawaii.


1st Edition Holographic Charizard — $12,000

Pikachu Illustrator card — $100,000

Only 20 to 39 copies of this card were given out to winners of a 1998 illustration contest. It is known as the world’s most valuable Pokémon card.

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