Collectors go out of their way to purchase the games that are difficult to get. Most often, mistakes only occur on a handful of cards, making them highly collectible and, of course, expensive. Here are the ten rarest Pokemon cards you may ever own.
The ten rarest Pokemon cards ever
Most of the cards on this list are rare because they were given out as part of a tournament prize or because they were contaminated with printing errors. Some have become rarer as time passes and there are less opportunities to purchase them.
The rarest Pokemon cards are missing a symbol in the bottom right that indicates how rare it is, and this is what gives you this Venusaur card, which was first issued in 1996. Only five cards are believed to have ever been traded.
This card is going to be a major increase in price. It makes sense that the most expensive and rare Pokemon card of all time would feature fan-favorite Pikachu. Only 39 copies were given out back in 1997-98 by a Japanese magazine as part of an art competition, but only 23 have ever been available online.
How much did this card cost? In July 2021, it was purchased for $5.275 million by YouTuber Logan Paul. This may not be the rarest Pokemon card of all time, but it is certainly the most costly.
Back in 1999, players gathered together to compete in the Pokemon World Championships, which would eventually become the Pokemon World Championships. Only the top 12 players received the Tropical Wind card as a prize, which explains why it is so rewarding when one appears in the marketplace. In October 2020, one sold for more than $65,000.
This one was a second prize at a Pokemon tournament. It was awarded to the winners of the Super Secret Battle tournament held in Tokyo in 1999. It had a holographic back and a message inviting them to the finals. Only seven cards are known to have been made, so finding them on the market rarely happens. The last time that happened was in July 2020 when the card sold for $90,000.
Only three of these cards were presented to players at the Pokemon World Championships in California in 2006, as well as the prestige of winning them. A mint condition card has sold for more than $110,000 in February 2021.
Lugia is a Gen II Legendary Pokemon, and it makes sense that it would need a legendary card to accompany it. This card is so rare because of the large number of errors and misprints that were included on the card. Only three of these cards have ever been graded, with only one being the highest condition grading. In May 2021, a rare copy of this card sold for more than $144,000.
It makes sense that this card was awarded to a parent and child team at a tournament in 1998. Teams that advanced to the final were awarded this valuable card. It sold for $150,000 when it arrived on the market in October 2020.
This is one of the newest cards on this list. In April 2021, this remarkable card went to market and raised more than $247,000. It commemorates the founder of the Pokemon Company and its president Tsunekazu Ishihara, who was selected to commemorate his 60th birthday in 2017. What makes this card even more rare and valuable is the fact that Ishihara signed it.
This card, which was a fan-favorite character in Shiny condition, is in excellent condition, which is unusual considering its age. The absence of a shadow underneath the Charizards form makes this one of the rarest Pokemon cards of all time and its selling price to $420,000 in March 2022.
Not all of the cards on this list were intended to be on the market. This one, which sold for $360,000 in January 2021, was created as part of a pair by the makers of Magic: The Gathering to persuade Nintendo executives to permit them to handle the card games' English release. Only two were created, but only one has ever been seen at auction, making this the rarest Pokemon card of all time.