25 Most Expensive and Rare Pokémon Cards

Pokemon Cards have always been precious collectibles people bid hundreds and thousands of dollars to get their hands on the rare ones.

I will list 25 of the most expensive and rare Pokemon cards in this article. In ascending order from the least expensive and rare to the most expensive.

25. 2005 Holo Gold Star Espeon

2005 Holo Gold Star Espeon
most valuable pokemon cards

Release Date: 2005

Grading: PSA – Gem Mint 10 

Card’s value at auction: $21,988

24. Crystal Charizard Holo Skyridge

Crystal Charizard Holo Skyridge
most valuable pokemon cards

Release Date: 2003

Grading: PSA – Gem Mint 10 

Card’s value at auction: $25,100

Sold Date: November 2020

23. Torchic Gold Star Holo Team Rocket Returns

Torchic Gold Star Holo Team Rocket Returns
most valuable pokemon cards

Release Date: 2004 

Grading: PSA – Gem Mint 10

Card’s value at auction: $25,400

Sold Date: 2020 

This same card was being sold at around $300 in 2016. This shows the increase in the Pokemon card value, about an 8,000% increase in just four years.

22. Charixard Gold Star Holo Dragon Frontiers

Charixard Gold Star Holo Dragon Frontiers
most valuable pokemon cards

Release Date: 2006

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Grading: PSA – Gem Mint 10 

Card’s value at auction: $25,405 

Sold Date: February 2021

21. 2010 Pokemon World Champion Master’s Key

2010 Pokemon World Champion Masters Key
most valuable pokemon cards

Release Date: 2010

Grading: BGS – 9

Card’s value at auction: $26,900: 

Sold Date: August 2020

This card was only printed for participants in the World Championships in Waikoloa Village, Hawaii. So only 36 of these cards were ever created.

20. Neo Summer Battle Road Number 2 Trainer Trophy

Neo Summer Battle Road Number 2 Trainer Trophy
most valuable pokemon cards

Release Date: 2002

Grading: BGS – 7.5

Card’s value at auction: $34,100

Sold Date: March 2021

This card was received as a reward for the second-place division in the Neo Summer Battle Road Tournament in Sapporo, Japan, in 2002. This card went for auction at PWCC in 2021. This card has the second-place winner’s name, “Fukunishi Tomoki,”  written on it.

19. Daisuki Club Holo Masters Scroll Promo

Daisuki Club Holo Masters Scroll Promo
most valuable pokemon cards

Release Date: 2010

Grading: PSA – Gem Mint 10 

Card’s value at auction: $35,200 

Sold Date: November 2021

This is one of the score limited-edition Merchandise offered by the organization to the fans of the Pokemon Daisuku Club in Japan. This was received as a reward in exchange for the points they made in several activities. The points to unlock this card were around 8,600. This was at the PWCC auction.

18. Chansey #3 1st Edition Shadowless Base Set

Chansey 3 1st Edition Shadowless Base Set
most valuable pokemon cards

Release Date: 1999

Grading: PSA – Gem Mint 10 

Card’s value at auction: $36,877

Sold Date: November 2020

This card’s value was $20k in 2019. But it got sold at the PWCC auction in 2020

17. Blastoise 1st Edition Shadowless Base set

Blastoise 1st Edition Shadowless Base set
most valuable pokemon cards

Release Date: 1999

Grading: PSA – Gem Mint 10 

Card’s value at auction: $45,100

Sold Date: November 2020

It was sold at the PWCC auction.

16. Rayquaza Gold Star Holo Ex Deoxys

Rayquaza Gold Star Holo Ex Deoxys
most valuable pokemon cards

Release Date: 2005

Grading: PSA – Gem Mint 10 

Card’s value at auction: $45,100: 

Sold Date: December 2020

15. Tropical Mega Battle No. 2 Trainer

Tropical Mega Battle No. 2 Trainer
most valuable pokemon cards

Release Date: 1999

Grading: PSA – Authentic

Card’s value at auction: $50, 300

Sold Date: October 2020

Only the top players received this Pokemon card in Japan’s 1999 Mega Battle tournament. It’s the rarest Pokemon card in existence.

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14. Venusaur No Rarity Symbol Base Set (Autographed)

Venusaur No Rarity Symbol Base Set Autographed
most valuable pokemon cards

Release Date: 1996

Grading: PSA – Gem Mint 10 

Card’s value at auction: $55,000 

Sold Date:  November 18, 20221

The card’s original artist Mitsuhuri Arita autographed the casing outside the card.

13. Summer Battle Road Mew Victory Orb Trophy

Summer Battle Road Mew Victory Orb Trophy
most valuable pokemon cards

Release Date: 1999

Grading: PSA – Gem Mint 10 

Card’s value at auction: $60,000

Sold Date: December 2020

This was given out during the Mew Victory Orb Tournament in the 1998 Summer Battle Road competition. There have only been 16 cards of this type given out.

12. Tropical Mega Battle Tropical Wind Promo

Tropical Mega Battle Tropical Wind Promo

Release Date: 1999

Grading: PSA – Gem Mint 10 

Card’s value at auction: $65,100 

Sold Date: October 2020

11.Tamamushi University Magikarp Trophy Promo

Tamamushi University Magikarp Trophy Promo
most valuable pokemon cards

Release Date: 1998

Grading: PSA – Gem Mint 10 

Card’s value at auction: $66,100 

Sold Date: February 2021

In 1998, Shogakukan’s Magazine in Japan offered a contest for school students. There were various tests offered in the publication so they could be graded. The ones that passed with high results had to participate in a unique Pokemon card battle. And the winners got this card.

10. Umbreon Gold Star Holo

Umbreon Gold Star Holo
most valuable pokemon cards

Release Date: 2005

Grading: BGS – 9.5

Card’s value at auction: $70,000

Sold Date: June 2021

This card was a Pokemon Player’s Club’s Fourth season reward. Participants had to get 70,000 XP points to claim this reward.

9. No.1 Trainer Super Secret Battle

No.1 Trainer Super Secret Battle
most valuable pokemon cards

Release Date: 1999

Grading: PSA – Gem Mint 10 

Card’s value at auction: %90,000

Sold Date: July 2020

This was a part of the 1999 Super Secret Battle, a regional contest hosted in Japan. And winners received the No.1 Traner Pokemon card. This card gave them access to the final in a secret location.

8. Pokemon World Championship Promo No.2 Trainer

Pokemon World Championship Promo No.2 Trainer
most valuable pokemon cards

Release Date: 2006

Grading: PSA – 9

Card’s value at auction: $110,100

Sold Date: February 2021 

This incredible card was the trophy at the 2006 World Championship in Anaheim, California.

7. Lugia 1st Edition Neo Genesis

Lugia 1st Edition Neo Genesis
most valuable pokemon cards

Release Date: 2000

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Grading: BGS – Pristine 10

Card’s value at auction: $144,300

Sold Date: May 2021 

This card broke the selling records in 2020 by a mind-blowing $129,00, and a Beckett-graded 1- version of this item was sold at PWCC in 2021 for $144,300.

6. Kangaskhan Family Event Trophy

Kangaskhan Family Event Trophy
most valuable pokemon cards

Release Date: 1998

Grading: PSA – Gem Mint 10 

Card’s value at auction: $150,000 

Sold Date: October 2020

In October 2020, 2 PSA 10 of the collectible went for $150,000 each.

5. Ishihara GX Promo Autographed

Ishihara GX Promo Autographed
most valuable pokemon cards

Release Date: 2017

Grading: PSA – 7/Autograph: 9

Card’s value at auction: $247,230

Sold Date: 2021

This extremely rare card was sold for $50,000 in an auction in April 2020. The rare PSA 7 version of the card was sold in 2021

4. Trophy Pikachu No.3 Trainer Bronze

Trophy Pikachu No.3 Trainer Bronze
most valuable pokemon cards

Release Date: 1997

Grading: PSA – 8

Card’s value at auction: $300,000 

Sold Date: April 2023

3. Blastoise Wizard of the Coast Presentation Galaxy Star Holo

Blastoise Wizards of the Coast Presentation Galaxy Star Holo
most valuable pokemon cards

Release Date: 1998

Grading: CGC – 8.5

Card’s value at auction: $360,000 

Sold Date: January 2021

2. Charizard 1st Edition Shadowless Base Set

Charizard 1st Edition Shadowless Base Set 1
most valuable pokemon cards

Release Date: 1999

Grading: PSA – Gem Mint 10 

Card’s value at auction: $420,000 

Sold Date: March 19, 2022

This card has been at a different auction and has been sold quite a few times. The last bid broke the previous record, over $226k bought by the famous rapper Logic. The final bid was at the PWCC auction 

1. Illustrator CoroCoro Comics Promo Pikachu

Illustrator CoroCoro Comics Promo Pikachu
most valuable pokemon cards

Release Date: 1998

Grading: PSA – Gem Mint 10 

Card’s value at auction: $6,000,000 

Sold Date: July 2021

This card was introduced at an art competition held by CoroCoro, and the winners were given this. This exclusive card has been sold several times over the years.  From arouns $195k to $90k. But the record was shattered when it sold for a staggering $6 Million. The famous YouTuber Logan Paul has purchased this.

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