Gold Pokemon cards and other rare Pokemon cards
Posted on 20/01/22
What is Pokemon?
Pokemon is short for “Pocket Monsters", the original Japanese name. Pokemon are creatures of all shapes and sizes who live in the wild or alongside humans. Pokemon do not speak except to utter their names. Pokemon are raised and commanded by their owners (called “Trainers”). During their adventures, Pokemon grow and become more experienced and even, on occasion, evolve into stronger Pokemon. There are currently more than 700 creatures that inhabit the Pokemon universe.
What are Pokemon cards for ?
The Pokemon Trading Card Game, abbreviated to PTCG, is a highly collectible card game based on the Pokemon franchise by Nintendo. It was first published in October 1996 by Media Factory in Japan. In the PTCG, players use strategy to a build a deck around Pokemon character cards. These cards are needed to power your Pokemon throughout the game, and you'll always find basic Energy cards in any pack you buy. There are also Special Energy cards that give a different kind of boost, depending on your type of Pokemon.
How about gold Pokemon cards?
Gold Pokemon cards or better known as metal Pokemon cards are highly sought after cards. Metal Pokemon cards are unofficial Pokemon cards that are covered in a gold-colored materials. The most well known metal Pokemon cards are the those included with meals at Burger King in 1999. At the time of release, these cards were sold for $20-$50, but as demand for it increases, the price has gone up in value too. Other gold Pokemon cards like 2016 Pokemon 20th Anniversary 24K Gold Ginza Tanaka Japanese was sold for a whopping $29,000.
Gold Pokemon cards and other rare Pokemon cards and it's value
Gold Pokemon Cards
In celebration of 20 years back in 2016, The Pokemon Company created a card made from 11g of 24k gold and comes with a fancy box and acrylic stand. This rare piece cost $2000 at the time it was released
Master’s Key Pokemon Cards
Only 36 copies of the card are estimated to exist , sold for $21,000 in Nov 2019 and then sold to the public a for a $26,900 in August 2020!
Gold Star Espeon and Umbreon Series 5 Pokemon Cards
Perfect condition sold for just over $20,000 at auction in December 2020. A Gold Star Espeon rated at PSA 10 Gem Mint condition was sold in February 2021 for over $22,000.
Poliwrath No Rarity Symbol Base set
Released in 1996. These Pokemon cards were sold at PWCC auction for $25,015 in 2020.
2002 Pokemon World Championships No. 1 Trainer
Each card is personalised with the winner's name. Sold at auction in April 2021 for just over $31,000. Sold complete with its original display folder and even the envelope it was delivered in.
Rayquaza Gold Star Holo Ex Deoxys
Released in 2005, a perfectly graded Gold Star Rayquaza Pokémon card was sold at auction for a staggering $45,100 in December 2020.
1996 Pokemon No Rarity Symbol Holo Venusaur
Signature of the card’s illustrator Mitsuhiro Arita on the card case made this even more valuable. Sold for $55,000 in November 2021 at an auction.
Summer Battle Riad Mew Victory Orb Trophy
Released in 1999. Sold at a PWCC auction for $60,000 after 51 bids. The Pokemon card came with the original plaque handed out at the finals.
1999 Pokemon, Promo Tropical Mega Battle Tropical Wind
Sold at auction for $65,100 in PSA Gem Mint 10 condition. Only 12 of these Pokemon cards were produced as promo cards for the 1999 Tropical Mega Battle. PSA estimates its value to be as high as $148,482!
Umbreon Gold Star Holo Pokemon cards
Released in 2005. Sold for $70,000 at auction in June 2020. Its BGS grade of 9.5 makes it even more valuable, as only two in the whole world have received a grade this high.
1999 Super Secret Battle No. 1 Trainer
Sold for $90,000 at an auction in July 2020. Only 7 copies of these Pokemon cards are believed to be in existence. 6 of the ultra-rare cards have since been certified as being in perfect Gem Mint 10 condition by PSA.
2006 Pokemon World Championship Promo No. 2 Trainer
Sold for just over over $110,000 in February 2021. Only 3 of these Pokemon cards are believed to exist, making it really rare.
Kangaskhan-Holo, Family event trophy card
Sold for over $150,000 on eBay in October 2020. Only 3 of these Pokemon cards available, making it rare and desirable.
Black Star Ishihara Signed GX Promo Card
The official name of this promo card is "2017 P.M. SM Black Star #TPCi01 Tsunekazu Ishihara Signed Pokemon GX Promo Card", features the art of current president Tsunekazu Ishihara along with some overpowered abilities. This was given only to Pokemon Company employees for the president's 60th birthday in 2017. Sold for $247,230 in April 2021.
1999 First Edition Shadowless Holographic Charizard
Sold for $220,574 at an auction in October 2020 to a retired rapper and Pokemon fan. The Pokemon card was a mint-condition first-edition shadowless holographic PSA 10.
In November 2020 after a copy of the Shadowless Charizard sold at auction for $350,100 and another of this Pokemon card sold for $369,00 a month later!
Blastoise Wizards of the Coast Presentation Galaxy Star Holo
Released in 1998. Sold for $360,00 at an auction in January 2021. Currently, only 2 of these Pokemon cards are known to exist and only 1 accounted for.
Pikachu Illustrator (CoroCoro Comics Promo)
Released in 1998. A PSA 7 version of this Pokemon card was sold for a whooping $375,000 at an auction in February 2021. This Pokemon card is known to be the Holy Grail of all Pokemon cards.
*PSA = the prestigious organisation that grades the quality, condition and value of trading cards, up to the highest level of Gem Mint 10. Sales figures and images from dicebreaker.com / dexerto.com
Where can I buy Pokemon cards in the UK ?
And there you have it! The rarest and most valuable Pokemon cards. Whilst it is understandable that not everyone have hundreds of thousands to spend on such rare Pokemon cards, there are still lot of collectible Pokemon cards that won't cost you an arm and a leg. These are some places where you can still join in the fun to collect your favourite Pokemon cards:
How do I buy Pokemon cards from the UK?
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