If you grew up in the 1990s or in the early 2000s, you know very well that the Pokémon series is one of the best things that was ever created. There were not many kids of this generation who did not spend several hours of their days playing Pokémon Red and Blue on the Game Boy.
Many fans also played the Pokémon Trading Card Game, which was arguably one of the most entertaining card games for a generation that had a whole bunch of amazing ones to choose from. Surprisingly, a lot of the cards we used to play with when we were little actually became unbelievably rare items that go for thousands of dollars these days. Here are just a few that are going to blow your mind.
A Pokémon from the second generation, Umbreon quickly became a fan-favorite, mostly because it was one of those Pokémon that introduced something truly new. In Pokémon Gold and Silver, the day and night cycle was added. A Pokémon that could only be acquired by doing something during the night was somewhat of a new novelty for players.
The same can be said about its special card, which can be sold online for as much as $1700. The price will depend a lot on how the PSA specialists grade the card, but there is a good chance you could fetch a very good price if you have a shiny Umbreon lying around in a folder.
For people who are not familiar with the rarity involved in special cards from trading card games, this might be the most interesting entry on our list. Regular folk would usually look at a defective card or a booster and say that it is not worth anything. However, the truth can be the complete opposite.
The perfect example is this classic Black Triangle Error Booster Box, which can be worth almost $9000. The black triangle on the lower right of the booster pack seems like a mistake, but it's the reason why they packs are so valuable. It was actually put there on purpose because when these boosters were created, the factory making the cards was not supposed to be printing those editions anymore. So, in order to cover the edition number, they placed the black Triangle there.
Pokémon has been around for a while, which means that the trading card game has too. Hence, the people who were lucky (or smart) enough to get their hands on a lot of the first edition cards could be making bank these days, if they decide to part ways with their beloved childhood treasures.
One of the first edition cards that is incredibly valuable today is this First Edition Shadowless Venusaur that is being sold online for prices as exorbitant as almost $7500. Yes, if you knew that, you would’ve made a little bit more effort to pick up a Bulbasaur to start off your Pokémon journey.
Another interesting thing about trading cards (not only for Pokémon but for most of the mainstream trading card games out there) is that there are some editions and specific cards that were made in a very limited amount. Not only that, there were some that were only made for specific people, which makes them even more special.
As far as Pokémon goes, one that comes to mind is the famed pre-release Raichu. There is a real air of mystery around this card, which can be sold for almost $10,000. The lore is that there are only 10 of them in the world and they were not sold, only given out to specific employees.
Now, let’s go back another step and talk about another of the final evolutions of 90s kids' most beloved starting Pokémon. Let’s be honest, a lot of people liked to start their Pokémon journeys with Bulbasaur, but the vast majority chose between the Water-type and the Fire-type Pokémon, Squirtle and Charmander. With that in mind, it is only fair that the rarest and most expensive of the cards involving the starting Pokémon would be the Blastoise and Charizard cards.
While not as expensive as its Fire-type counterpart, the First Edition Shadowless Blastoise can be sold for as high as $8790 on the Internet today.
We were actually surprised when we heard about the exorbitant price a Ninetales card can go for. Still, this First Edition Shadowless Ninetales is being sold online for just shy of $10,000. Yes, you can buy a pretty good used car with the money you would get from selling this card!
This is the time where you go back to your parents and tell them that buying you those Pokémon cards when you were a kid could have actually been a great investment for them, but no, all they wanted to do was tell you to go play outside. Well, they might have just cost themselves 10 grand.
Now we are going to drift back into the realm of rare cards. This Master Key card might not seem like the most powerful card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game, but that is not really the point of it. This is a prize card that is worth almost $8800. The reason for that is that only 34 of these cards exist in the world and they were only given out to some of the best players in the game.
A few more special traits of this card are that they were only produced in Japan, and the recipients of the card were players who won Japanese national tournaments.
We've talked about Venusaur and we've talked about Blastoise, but everyone knew that the real deal was the Fire-type Pokémon, the ultimate evolution and the biggest fan-favorite in the world, Charizard. Yes, Pikachu is the best-known Pokémon in the world, but when it comes to starter Pokémon, Charizard rules the roost.
Following that line of thought, it is not surprising that of the trio, the one with the most valuable trading card in the world would be Charizard. Specifically, this Holographic First Edition Shadowless Charizard can be sold on the online market for almost $12,000.
The creator of Pokémon, the people behind the show, the games, and Ash himself... they all meant for Pikachu to be the most popular Pokémon. All of this Pikachu-pushing has worked out quite well for them when it comes to the card game and the value of the trading cards.
For example, this 1998 rarity that is the Pikachu Illustrator card is supposed to be worth somewhere around $100,000. It is the kind of card that gets sold in Beverly Hills auction houses. Seriously, this is one of the most mind-blowing things you will ever hear about Pokémon: that a Pokémon card can be worth $100,000.
From an unbelievably expensive Pikachu card, we shift gears and reach the number one place in our list, which goes to a Pikachu card that is not only unbelievably expensive, it is actually priceless. We are talking about the one-of-a-kind Trophy Pikachu Trainer #1 card.
This card might be the rarest Pokémon card in the world. Supposedly, this holographic beauty was only given to four people. Yes, only four people in the world were given this card and those four people were the winners of the first Japanese official tournament. Yeah, it doesn’t get any rarer than that.