The World's Most Expensive Pokémon Card Breaks a New Auction Record

By Brian Ashcraft on at

Last year, the ultra-rare Pikachu Illustrator card sold for £150,00. That was the highest price paid for a Pokémon card. Until now.

The Pikachu Illustrator card was given out to winners of a comic contest that was held in Japan in 1997-98. Thirty-nine of these cards were awarded, but only ten apparently still exist.

Back in 2013, the Pikachu Illustrator card went for $54,970 ( £40,000). The total paid last autumn was $224,500 (£176,000), including the listed sale price of £150,000, mentioned above, and buyer’s premium.

But in this month’s auction on ZenPlus, the PSA-graded mint-9-rated Pikachu Illustrator card sold for a whopping 25,000,000 yen (£183,300), according to the Japanese language press release. Whoa.