Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Rare Pokémon card up for auction

pokemon-hero.jpg

We were most put out when our school banned Pokémon cards - a promising black market trade had established itself, but despite protests that we were simply "practising economics", we were shut down.

We'd have tried all the harder to keep the markets going had we known the potentional value of some of those cards. One of the rarest ever printed has been listed on eBay with a stagering asking price of $100,000 (£63,740).

Seller Scott Prate of Illinois is looking to break all Pokémon trading card records with the sale of his Pokémon Illustrator trainer card - one of only six ever printed. Issued in 1997, the card was rewarded to winners of the Japanese Pokemon Card Game Illustration Contest.

Rather than bestowing the owner of the card with any significant gaming advantages, the card text simply reads: "We certify that your illustration is an excellent entry in the Pokémon Card Game Illustration Contest. Therefore, we state that you are an Officially Authorized Pokémon Card Illustrator and admire your skill."

Staggeringly, Prate owns two of the illustrator cards, both of which have received a nine out of ten grading from the Professional Sports Authenticator group - the highest ratings awarded to the six prints. An ungraded Illustrator card has previously made $23,000 at auction, and Prate is hoping to hold out for an offer of $50,000 before the bidding draws to a close on 12 September.

We've dug out some old shiny specials from the attic and are confident that Prate will settle for a trade.

(Via: CNET)

(Image: eBay)

Related

NES-1.jpg

Console coveter: Mega Man NES

hero-3.jpg

Life after Street Fighter

xbox-one-white.jpg

White Xbox One hinted

Comments

More

Watch the brilliant launch trailer for the Rick and Morty VR game

This is awesome

by Matt Tate
20 Apr 2017

Nintendo reportedly planning to release a SNES mini this year

Inevitable, but obviously awesome

19 Apr 2017

NBA Playgrounds is basically NBA Jam and it looks amazing

Can't wait for this one

by Matt Tate
13 Apr 2017

Official Rick and Morty VR game launches next week

4/20, because of course

by Matt Tate
13 Apr 2017

Watch the leaked trailer for Star Wars: Battlefront II

Get it before it's gone

by Matt Tate
12 Apr 2017

Remembering the lost joy of video game demo disks

Buying a magazine used to be the most exciting day of the month

by Matt Tate
11 Apr 2017

Microsoft reveals exactly how powerful its next Xbox is going to be

Project Scorpio is a beast

by Matt Tate
06 Apr 2017

5 video games you need to play in April

A month of genre-defining classics, indie innovation and lots of nostalgia

by Matt Tate
04 Apr 2017

You can play 'Ms. Pac-Man' on Google Maps because of April Fools' Day

One of the few decent April Fools out there

by Gary Ogden
31 Mar 2017

Presenting the Nintendo SwitchCube (which you definitely want)

This has to go further than Photoshop

by Matt Tate
28 Mar 2017