Are Your Kids’ Pokémon Cards Worth Real Money? Here’s Exactly How To Find Out

Over the next fifteen years, Pokémon became a multi-media franchise, setting records with each installment. The widely successful video game series sparked the creation of a Pokémon TV series with over one thousand episodes. On top of that, the Pokémon Trading Card Game is the most popular CCG worldwide.

If you were a Pokémon fiend back in the day, you might want to spend time scouring your parents’ basement or attic to relocate your collection. Who knows—maybe you’re sitting on a rare Charizard that could cover your rent this month.

The Pokémon Collecting Craze

Media Factory introduced Pokémon cards to the Japanese Market in 1996. It took three more years until their release in North America. From 1999 to 2003, Wizards of the Coast owned the license for the game. In mid-2003, they handed over the license to Pokémon Company International.

Top 5 Most Expensive Pokémon Cards

5: Kangaskhan Family Event Trophy: $150,100

The Kangaskhan Family Event Trophy card sold for over $150 thousand at auction in October 2020. This card is so limited in quantity that its value is off the charts.

4: Wizards Of The Coast Blastoise Prototype: $360,000

In 1998, Wizards of the Coast wooed Nintendo in an attempt to land the Pokémon Card Trading Game licensing deal for the North American market. They produced a series of Pokémon card prototypes to display to the Pokémon Company’s executives.

3: 1st Edition Charizard, Holographic: $369,000

Not only is this Holographic Charizard Pokémon card from the revered 1st Edition Set. The SGC, one of the most trusted third-party card grading services, also rated it and gave it the highest possible condition rating: SGC Gold Label Pristine 10.

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