I recently wrote about a UK man who had been holding onto a nice set of Pokémon cards that could fetch him up to £35,000 when they go up for auction. That is pretty amazing, but the amount that a rare Pokémon card sold for this weekend absolutely insane in comparison. The card- which was sold to an anonymous buyer via the online auction site Invaluable– went for 25,000,000 yen which translates as approximately $233,578.75. This price breaks records as it is the highest price that a Pokémon card has ever been sold for.
So what is this remarkably valuable card that managed to claim the title of Most Valuable Pokémon Card? The card is an Illustrator Pikachu card- a Trainer card which is an Unnumbered Promotional card issued back in the late ’90s. Referred to as “The Holy Grail” on eBay, the card features an adorable illustration of Pikachu holding painting and drawing tools. The illustration was created by Atsuko Nishida, who designed the little yellow critter that would go on to become the mascot of the global franchise as well as one of the most iconic characters ever.
39 of the Illustrator Pikachu card were given away in 1998 to winners of an illustration competition for the Japanese publication CoroCoro Comic. The card is so rare that it is unknown as to whether any more versions of it actually exists other than these 39. If you remember entering a contest of this kind back in the 90’s, it might be an idea to go through your Pokémon cards! You may well be sitting on cute and cuddly gold mine.