One of the rarest Pokemon cards in the world is expected to sell for about $100,000 dollars.
Let that sink in for a moment. If you’re under the age of 35, (and let’s be real–if you’re reading an article about Pokemon cards, you’re probably under the age of 35) that’s almost double the median yearly income of your peer group. Don’t start planning on ransacking your Pokemon-loving pals’ card collections, though. The likelihood that you or anyone you know possesses one of these cards is extremely low.
In fact, according to Heritage Auctions, this card is “the holy grail” of all Pokemon cards. Only seven of its kind were ever printed, and they were given out as tournament prizes in Japan, granting access to a “Secret Super Battle.” So unless you and your buds were headed to the Pokemon finals (whatever they are?) in Tokyo in 1999, you definitely don’t have one.
You could own one, however, if you start selling all your worldly possessions today. The auction ends in early July, and right now the current bid stands at about $15,000. Get in there! Here’s what the auction house has to say about the card:
“Holy Grail Alert! This lot features perhaps the most sought-after card, and arguably one of the rarest cards in the entire Pokémon Trading Card Game, a 1999 Super Secret Battle No. 1 Trainer Card graded a perfect GEM MINT 10. It literally does not get any better than this! The card reads: ‘The Pokémon Card Game Official Tournament’s champion is recognised here, and this honour is praised. By presenting this card, you may gain preferential entry into the Secret Super Battle.’”
Believe it or not, $100,000 is chump change compared to what the last highest-selling Pokemon card pulled in. In 2019, an incredibly rare Pikachu card illustrated by the original artist brought in a whopping $195,000 in New York. Who has this kind of money and why are they spending it on Pokemon cards? You could feed a small country for a year with that kind of cash. Priorities, people.
Maybe I’m just bitter. I’m still kicking myself for taking my royal blue elephant Beanie Baby in the bathtub with me back in ‘97. I could have made at least 5 grand. Boo.
Perhaps there’s still hope for me though, according to this article, I might have some luck going through my little brother’s Hot Wheels collection…