A Pokémon card collector dropped nearly $ 1 million to collect an incredibly rare card at an auction this week. One winning bidder withdrew the card for a staggering $ 900,000, breaking the previous record for a single card of $ 375,000.
But what makes this card so special and therefore worth so much? According to Goldin, there are only 23 copies of the card registered in the Professional Sports Authenticator database. To increase the value of the card, it is only one of two existing cards that professionals have rated in “near-new” condition.
It is an incredibly rare card. Although most cards are released as part of a core set, this card was only awarded to winners of the 1997 Pokémon Card Game Illustration Artist Contest. After the contest ended, it was never reprinted.
Traditionally the cards will have a “trainer” header, but this card has the word “illustrator” in its place. According to the auction listing, it is the only Pokémon card to feature the unique “pen” logo in the lower right corner of the item.
The text on the front of the card is in Japanese, but when translated into English it says, “We certify that your illustration is an excellent entry in the Pokémon Card Game Illustrator Contest. Therefore, we declare that you are an officially authorized Pokémon Card Illustrator and admire your ability. “
Pokémon have seen an incredible increase in popularity in recent years, and as a result, the value of rare cards has skyrocketed.
Youtuber Logan Paul helped to increase the hype by purchasing rare cards and card boxes and opening them during his incredibly popular live streaming events. He recently bought 11 Pokémon boxes from the first edition core set for $ 3.5 million, even though they turned out to be fake.
When Logan Paul collided with Floyd Mayweather, he showed up at Hard Rock Stadium wearing a diamond-encrusted chain with a Charizard card. At the time, Paul claimed the card was worth $ 1 million, and it may not be far off considering its rarity.
These days, Pokemon is the highest-grossing media franchise of all time. The cards should only increase in value.