This Ultra Rare Pokemon Card Is Now Worth More Than a Bitcoin

A complete set of first edition Pokemon cards from 1999 just sold at auction for $107,010. 

Among the set, as any avid Pokemon fan from the ‘90s will remember, is a shiny Charizard – the most coveted card. At this valuation, the first-edition Charizard alone is worth $20,000, more than a bitcoin.

First-edition Pokemon card collection: $107k

The bidding began at $25,000 and ramped up to over $100k with 12 interested parties. But what makes this collection so special?

Well, it’s a first edition. And the first-edition Pokemon collection is incredibly rare. Only a small run was printed before changes were made to the design. You can spot a first-edition Pokemon card by a small black first-edition stamp underneath the image. 

“Immediately following Pokémon’s inaugural 1999 release, there were a couple of aesthetic tweaks made… [which makes] the first run of 1999 cards super scarce” – Ryan Gaeta.

First edition pokemon card
You can spot a genuine first-edition Pokemon card by the small, round stamp below the image. Source:

First-edition Charizard: worth more than a bitcoin

The standout card in the collection is the first-edition Charizard. As Gaeta explains, it’s worth upwards of $20,000 alone.

“The king of Pokémon, which some even refer to as the “1952 Mickey Mantle” of the trading card game, is Charizard. Commanding upwards of $20,000 and beyond, Charizard’s value, and that of 1st Edition cards in general, seems to only increase.”

At $20k, Charizard is worth more than a bitcoin which, at the time of writing, is at $11,282. The ultra-rare card equals bitcoin’s all-time peak of $20,052.

Which is a better store of value?…

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