We all have played Pokemon FireRed, LeafGreen, and those Emerald and Ruby times when the days were really fun and exciting. But back then in the early 2000s, not everyone has had a chance to get a Nintendo Gameboy Advance to play Pokemon even though we fiercely desired it.
What was the next best alternative while waiting for the GBA, collect Pokemon cards.
Back then, rarity made really no sense as for us, it was just simple card however, some cards were really hard to get but we could still get those in bulk by buying tons of card packs.
From here began the Pokemon Trading Card culture and gamers and Pokemon fans from all over the world started collecting these Pokemon cards. The Pokémon Company has done its best to make these shiny cards extremely valuable and the final result is what we see today online which is cards costing up to $200,000.
This is the value of some cards that which you used to collect 10-15 years ago.
So, Here are 18 of the Rarest Pokemon Cards That are Worth a Lot of Money
1.Holographic Shadowless First Edition Charizard
Worth : $12,000
Why is it worth so much? – This card is known as a shadowless card and that’s because it’s an error card that doesn’t have a shadow to the right. Error cards are one of the most valuable cards in Pokemon and such errors are fixed soon which makes these cards really valuable in the hands of the collector.
2. First Edition Shadowless Holographic Blastoise
Worth : $1500
This Blastoise card was released back in the early 1990’s and it was super rare by 1999. Today, only a few people possess the card. This is a shadowless holographic starter card and if you ever find a PSA 9, you’d be very lucky.
3. Pikachu Illustrator
Worth : $195,000
The Pikachu Illustrator card is one of the most valuable card in the world which is worth over $195,000. The reason being, it was only given to the winners of the CoroCoro Comic Illustration Contest that happened in January 1998.
Presently, only 40 of them exist and about only 10 of them are in good mint condition. This card is basically one of the most expensive Pokemon card ever sold.
4. Prerelease Raichu
Worth : $10,000
The existence of this card was heard only in 2006 when a former Wizards of the Coast(Card company that makes Pokemon Cards) employee published a picture of the card. It is said that this card was only shared among the company’s employees and it was kept a deep secret. Today, only 9 to 10 copies of the card are still in the hands of Pokemon card collectors and the one who has it paid almost more than $10,000 for it.
5. Trophy Pikachu Trainer No. 1
Worth : $200,000 – $450,000
It’s one of the rarest card of all time, so much so that you can’t find it on eBay. The price fluctuates a lot but it’s most recent price on eBay is set at $450,000 which is less than half a million dollars. These cards were only given to the winners at official Trading Card Game world championships and that just adds more value to it. Plus the fact that only four winners were the original recipients of the card in the tournament, you just can’t find the original card anywhere.
6. Shining Charizard
Worth : $3,500
This card is one of the most valuable cards as it marks the first appearance of shiny Pokemons in the Trading card game. This card shows us a shiny Pokemon and it’s unique design in the card itself as only the Pokemon is shining in the card instead of the whole card.
7. Holographic Shadowless First Edition Venusaur
Venusaur was one of those Pokemons, just like Charlizard which was very rare to find. Even getting a normal regular Venusaur was hard. Getting a holographic Venusaur was even harder and rarer. Today, the value of a Holographic Shadowless First Edition Venusaur is worth $6,500.
8. Holographic Shadowless First Edition Mewtwo
Worth : $1500
Mewtwo was the rarest of the rarest Pokemons in the game itself having the genetic DNA of all the Pokemons, it could learn moves like Ice beam, Thunder, Flamethrower and Earthquake. In the trading card game, it was extremely rare and today, it’s close to impossible to find a single first edition holographic card.
9. Shiny Espeon
Worth: Nearly $3,500 for a PSA 10
Shiny Pokemons in the Pokemon game are exceedingly hard to find and it’s the same for the Trading card game. Shiny Espeon was one of those cards which were extremely rare and was only distributed to the winners in different Pokemon Trading Card Tournaments. This just made value of the card rise up to $3,500 for a PSA 10.
10. Master Key Prize Card
The Master Key Prize card is rare for the fact that it was only given out during a 2010 trading card game tournament in Japan. Since then, there has been no appearance or release of the cards. Presently, there are only about 34 copies of the cards and if you ever get one by luck, you can sell it for $8,799 dollars.
11. Parent/Child Holographic Kangaskhan
Worth : $1500 but some sell for thousands more
This card is a very special card because it is linked to a special tournament event “Parent/Child Mega Battle Tournament in 1998” that happened in Japan. The fact that this card was only awarded to the winners who participated in the tournament. It gets even more valuable because it is one of the only cards that has the Pokéball set symbol on the right which used on the rarest Pokémon cards.
12. Magikarp Tamamushi University Promo Card
Worth : $4000
Magikarp is one of the weakest and the worst Pokemons in the Pokemon World but that fact is quite not true in the Trading card game. It may be useless in the Pokemon game unless you evolve it to Gyarados but the Magikarp Tamamushi University Promo Card has immense rarity for the fact that it was only given to top qualifying players on the 2nd day of a 1998 Pokémon conference in Osaka, Japan. Only 100 of these cards were distributed and about 30 of them has been claimed and seen so far.
13. Black Star Movie Promotional Cards With Inverse Stamp Error
Worth : $800
Error cards as we know are always very valuable and this Mewtwo is one of them. This card is a special promotional card from the first Pokémon movie. Only 120 of these cards were printed and those who got it are very lucky to have it. In this card as you can see that the Pokemon stamp is accidentally stamped upside down and that adds up most of the value to the card.
14. Holographic Shadowless First Edition Machamp
Worth: $800 however, some sellers are able to sell it for $5000
The Original Machamp was one of the most rare cards back in the 1990’s and it is said that all of the Machamp cards that exist today are all First Edition cards. Which means that only First edition versions of the cards were printed. If you ever find one, it’s definitely one the First Edition card and in Good perfect Mint condition, you can get $800 for the card. Some sellers do sell the Holographic Shadowless version for $5000 and that people actually buy.
15. Holographic Shadowless First Edition Chansey
Worth : $1000
Chansey is kind of like the Nurse Pokemon as it is mostly favoured by Nurses in the Pokemon center. If you happen to get one of the Shadowless version of the Chansey card, you’ve got one of the rarest pokemon cards as this card was only available in the Original 1999 base sets. Today, some sellers sell the card for atleast $500 to $1000.
16. Gold Star Vaporeon
The Gold star cards are some of the most rare cards in the game. The fact that the odds of pulling out a Gold star card from one booster pack is only one or if you are lucky enough then two. This Vaporeon card can fetch you atleast $600 on the market today.
17. Misprinted Fossil Krabby
Krabby may not be a battling star in the pokemon game even though it was one of the very loved pokemon of Ash, it did just ok. However, it’s a big surprise to know that in the Trading card game, it’s one of the most valuable Pokemon of all time. reason being misprints, part of the fossil symbols in the card is actually missing and that minute error just racks up the price and value of the card.
18. 1995 Charizard Holofoil
That’s another Charizard in the list and Charizard has always been one of the rarest and the most valuable cards in the trading card game and even in the real Pokemon series and video games.
This one is very unique as its a holofoil special edition card released in 1995 that just has a picture of Charizard in the card. In the market today, Pokemon fans are just crazy for the card and they are willing to pay upto $15,000 for it.