Your Old Pokemon Cards Could Now Be Worth Over £5000

Eric BlairJune 23rd

Calling all 90s kids! It turns out you could be sitting on a bit of a goldmine if you spent your time collecting Pokemon cards…

It might be time to start flicking through your collection as some of the cards are now changing hands for as much as £5,300 on eBay - which isn’t a bad return considering you could pick them up for £3 to £4 a pack back in the day, 

It goes without saying that the specific ‘rare’ cards are the most valuable, with the highest amount ever paid for a single card coming in at a staggering £43,450 for a Pikachu Illustrator card in 2016.


That card was originally a prize for winners of the CoroCoro Comic Illustration Contest, and it's thought there are now fewer than six in existence, so it seems unlikely you’ll have one of those knocking about the back of your wardrobe!

However, in general the most valuable Pokemon cards come from 1999 to 2000. Known as ‘shadowless’ Pokemon cards they are highly sought-after. According to 21st century collectables expert, Tracy Martin, the shadowless cards were printed before a redesign that added a shadow on the right hand side of the card.

First edition stamped cards also sell for a lot more - you can check out what a first edition stamp looks like on this Blastoise card:


But even if you only have newer cards you might still be able to make some money from them. 

Ms Martin said: "You’re probably never going to lose money, although they’re not going to reach the dizzy heights like the old ones.

Here's a couple of the most expensive cards up for sale at the moment...

The most expensive Pokemon card sold on eBay recently is this rare Japanese card, which was released during a tournament held in May 1998.


The trophy card was awarded to the winning parent and child team and is apparently the 'Holy Grail' of Pokemon card collecting... It's been graded by the official Professional Sports Authenticator, and sold for an eye-watering £5,302 earlier this month after attracting 49 bids.

Charizard is one of the most sought after Pokemons, as he’s the toughest with the most power, so he tends to get quite a lot of interest...


Several cards with the same character were among the most valuable ones on eBay, with the most expensive one selling for a whopping £4,100 after attracting 50 bids.

So, it's probably worth checking what you've got stashed away...

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