For Pokemon card collectors, having the rarest Pokemon card is something. A rare Pokemon card is not only exclusive, but also it can be sold at a fantastic price. There are a number of rare Pokemon cards, but what is the rarest?
Some Pokemon Cards Are the Rarest
Some online sources reported about the rarest Pokemon differently. Nevertheless, in fact, the reasons are understandable so that we cannot say that a certain card is the rarest. However, there are a number of rarest Pokemon cards and each of them has its own uniqueness.
The Blastoise Commissioned Presentation Galaxy Star Hologram Card
Screenrant site reported that the rarest Pokemon card is the Blastoise Commissioned Presentation Galaxy Star Hologram card.
Why is this card one of the rarest? It is because there are only two cards that were made which were created by Wizards of the Coast to get the contract to be able to produce Pokemon cards for The Pokemon Company.
25th Anniversary Celebrity Collaborator Cards
The Gamer reported that the rarest Pokemon cards are 25th Anniversary Celebrity Collaborator Cards. These cards were given to the three celebrities who contributed to the celebrations at the end of Pokemon’s 25th anniversary celebrations. Those cards are Katy Perry V, Post Malone V, and J Blavin V and these cards are official Pokemon cards. Each of the celebrities was only given a copy of their card. So, the cards are unique and valuable. It seems that these cards will never be made again or released for the public. So, the cards are very rare for sure.
Pikachu Illustrator Card
Some other online sources put the Pikachu Illustrator card as the rarest and the most expensive card. In July 2021, this card was sold at $5,275,000.
This card becomes one of the rarest cards because initially this card was awarded to the winners of a contest which was held in 1997 and 1998 by Japanese magazine CoroCoro Comic.
The Pokemon Illustrator Card is also unique. As you are able to see, the text written on the top of the card is not “Trainer”, but “Illustrator”. In the bottom right corner, there is also a pen icon. The Pikachu artwork of the card is created by illustrator Atsuko Nishida.
On the card, there are Japanese words which state, “We certify that your illustration is an excellent entry in the Pokémon Card Game Illust Contest. Therefore, we state that you are an Officially Authorized Pokémon Card Illustrator and admire your skill.”
It is known that after a Pikachu Illustrator Card was bought by a YouTuber Logan Paul for more than $5 million, then in October 2022, another copy of this card was sold at $672,000 which was sold by Blake Martinez, an NFL star and Pokemon fan. The price of this card went up and recently, it reached $6,000,000.
There are at least 5 reasons why the Pikachu Illustrator Card becomes one of the rarest cards. First, there are only 39 copies of the card known to exist, some sources state that there are 41 copies. So, it means these cards are produced in a limited number. Second, this is the only card which has “Illustrator” written at the top of the card instead of “Trainer”. Third, this card becomes the only card which has a pen icon at the bottom right corner of the card. Fourth, there are only a number of the cards which have been graded by PSA, with only 1 PSA 10 in existence. Fifth, this card becomes one of the few Pokemon cards which has double-star rarity which can be found in the bottom right corner.
The Value of a Pokemon Card
Pokemon cards are valuable and every Pokemon card of the same type can have different values. How can it be? The first factor is the condition of the card. If the card has better condition, the value is higher. Let’s talk about the Pokemon Illustrator card. This card only consists of more than 30 cards. If now you hope that you can get it from a Pokemon fan, and the condition of the card is still very good after 25 years, then the card can be more expensive.
Another factor is the grade. Logan Paul bought the Pikachu Illustrator Pokemon card which is PSA Grade 10 and this card becomes the only Pokemon Illustrator with PSA Grade 10.
The number of the card which is released can also be a factor why a card has good value. As explained earlier, the Blastoise Commissioned Presentation Galaxy Star Hologram card, as one of the rarest cards, were only released two cards. So, no wonder why this card was sold for $360,000 at auction.
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