The card, known as a Pokémon Illustrator card, was sold for $54,970 at an auction held by Heritage Auctions just this past weekend.
So what makes this card so damn special?
According to Mashable, only 39 Pokémon Illustrator cards were released to the public. Of those 39, this card was kept in near-perfect mint condition. It rated a 9 out of 10 on the Professional Sports Authenticator scale.
The cards were handed out as prizes for at three separate Pokémon Illustration contests held by CoroCoro comics. The Japanese text translates to:
We certify that your illustration is an excellent entry in the Pokémon Card Game Illustrator Contest. Therefore, we state that you are an Officially Authorized Pokémon Card Illustrator and admire your skill.
This particular card came out of the 1998 contest and features a Pikachu holding a pen and a brush with a blurred out Charmander in the background. It was created by Pokémon artist and designer Atsuko Nishida and is the only card to have a pen symbol in the bottom right corner.
The purchase of collectible cards is not unusual, and shockingly enough, the high price of this card isn’t even all that expensive considering how pricey some Magic the Gathering cards tend to be.
As a matter of fact, one of the world’s most expensive collectible cards was purchased for $2.8 million. It was a Honus Wagner 1909-11 Baseball Card.
There’s about 0 information on the lucky buyer, but whoever he or she is spent a pretty penny on this incredibly rare card!