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.
This complete set of first-edition Pokémon cards sold at auction for more than $107,000.
— Bloomberg TicToc (@tictoc) August 12, 2019
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 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.