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The 29 Best NBA Podcasts, According to A Huge NBA Fan

NBA podcasts come in different shapes and sizes. There are shows that are formatted in an interview style, and then there are podcasts that remind me of a DJ Khaled album with numerous guests and co-hosts. The association has a variety of entertaining characters in their players and in the media. There’s really something for everyone. From the in-depth NBA game breakdowns of the Dunc’d On podcast to the unfiltered stylings of the All The Smoke podcast, here are the 29 best podcasts according to me, a huge NBA fan.

1. ‘The Lowe Post’

If you’re looking to learn the deep inner-workings of the NBA on and off the court, you have to read ESPN NBA reporter Zach Lowe. One of the top voices of the NBA, Lowe has the best NBA podcast in my opinion. He has the right mix of X’s & O’s talk with the classic team-building conversation.

One of the hard parts in finding quality podcasts in the sports realm is the constant need to hyperbolize opinions and have hot take arguments. Lowe has the perfect balance of finding his voice while also providing nuance to an NBA discussion. I also appreciate the classic conversations with reporters like Howard Beck (What Up Beck? For the real ones) and Kevin Arnovitz which take deep dives across the league.

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2. ‘The Bill Simmons Podcast’

Though his podcast delves into different topics, I think Bill Simmons’ bread and butter still revolves around the NBA. Though I find that some of Simmons’ takes can be a bit hyperbolic, his appreciation and interest in the NBA shine bright through his show. With guests like Ryen Russillo, I always find Simmons’ NBA related talk enjoyable.

Simmons also created the Book of Basketball 2.0 podcast which is separate and takes a look back at NBA history with conversations about re-drafting drafts from 20 years ago and jaunts down memory lane.

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3. ‘Dunc’d On Basketball NBA Podcast’

Like the title says, I am a huge NBA fan. I’m looking for detailed information and breakdowns of the association. This includes everyone from the stars like LeBron James to the last guy on the bench. Co-hosts Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux have some of the deepest analysis of any podcast with breakdowns of every team, trade deadline conversations, and daily recaps of the previous night’s games. NBA novices will learn about the league listening to Dunc’d On.

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4. ‘All The Smoke’

Co-hosts Barnes and Jackson were known for their honesty throughout their playing careers in the NBA, so it only made sense that the two former Golden State Warrior teammates would start a podcast. The combination has worked out perfectly, with the unfiltered duo having some of the best interviews in the NBA world period. 

I find their interviews so revealing because they have such a strong chemistry and can get the most out of their guests. Hearing Draymond Green reveal when he felt Kevin Durant change was an eye-opening tidbit.

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5. ‘Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective’

One of the top NBA reporters, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst is the lead of the Hoop Collective podcast that has nearly the entire collection of ESPN’s NBA reporters around the country.  The dry sense of humor of Tim “Banned” McMahon, the historical NBA reporting legend that is Jackie MacMullan, as well as the random banter that goes on makes this a fun listen.

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6. ‘Back to Back: An NBA Podcast’

A part of the Athletic network, the Back to Back podcast features a rotating cast of characters for a series of shows aired throughout the week. I enjoy the podcast because it has something for everyone. If you want to get down to data and analytics in the NBA, Nerder She Wrote is good, but if you want to hear a more laid back conversation, the Basketball Buds is one of the best back and forth dialogues.

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7. ‘The Woj Pod’

The preeminent NBA reporter, Adrian Wojnarowski mans one of the top NBA podcasts. A potpourri of the current happenings in the NBA rumor mill is what I’m usually listening for, but I find his interviews with players, coaches, and executives underrated. 

Woj does a great job of telling the entire story, like when he spoke with Nets forward Taurean Prince about being homeless while in high school, and his pathway to the NBA. Woj knows practically everything about the characters in the association, so I expect some illuminating factoids to be dropped.

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8. ‘Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson & Darius Miles’

Former Los Angeles Clippers teammates Darius Miles and Quentin Richardson are real friends. Having come of age as youngsters in the association, Miles and Richardson share a ton of interesting stories from their AAU days to their careers in the NBA. Their conversations with everyone from Allen Iverson to Dwyane Wade makes for a rousing listen. Head tap to that.

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9. ‘JJ Redick Podcast’

The original NBA player podcaster, Redick is a trailblazer when it comes to NBA podcasting. Hosted along with Tommy Alter, it feels like Redick’s podcast has been hosted on 1,000 different sites throughout the past few years. He’s always been one of the best players at contextualizing emotions during big playoff games and placing the viewer in the mind of an NBA player.

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10. ‘No Dunks’

The original crew that was known as The Basketball Jones and then The Starters, No Dunks is a daily podcast that essentially continues what the team of Tas Melas, J.E. Skeets, Trey Kerby, and Leigh Ellis have been doing for quite some time. It’s one of the funniest basketball podcasts that finds a way to mesh the NBA with pop culture.

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11. ‘Pull Up with CJ McCollum’

One of the more polished NBA players on and off the court, C.J. McCollum hosts the Pull Up podcast with Jordan Schultz. A journalism major at Lehigh, McCollum has really good conversations with his peers around the league. The Carmelo Anthony episode that had McCollum and Anthony’s real-time reaction to the NBA season being postponed due to Coronavirus was an all-timer for me.

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12. ‘House of Strauss: An NBA Podcast’

One of the best NBA reporters, Ethan Strauss mans the House of Strauss podcast that covers a bevy of topics. I enjoy the podcast because Strauss speaks with really smart and thoughtful guests. The conversations go deeper than basketball, with conversations like Kevin Durant’s search for happiness in Golden State or how the unique rise to superstardom Stephen Curry came to be.

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13. ‘The Jump’

ESPN’s flagship NBA television show also appears in podcast form. Hosted by Rachel Nichols, I enjoy The Jump for it’s fun NBA talk and banter. Nichols always has had a great sense of what central themes should be discussed with her panelists.

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14. ‘Ledlow & Parker’

A Turner Sports production, Ledlow & Parker is a quality podcast. The tandem of Candace Parker and Kristen Ledlow is a fun pairing with good chemistry. They mix in NBA talk, as well as what’s happening off the court. 

Each episode has many layers to it, as Ledlow and Parker interview multiple guests throughout the show. You might catch an artist and NBA fan like Snoop Dogg, but there are also multiple ballers that appear on the weekly such as Victor Oladipo, Becky Hammon, and Sue Bird.

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15. ‘Hoops, Adjacent with David Aldridge and BIG Wos’

An OG and Hall of Famer in the NBA reporting business, there aren’t many reporters with the knowledge of David Aldridge. Aldridge and his co-host BIG Wos have a funny rapport with their guests and it has shown in conversations with guests like Charles Barkley and Bomani Jones.

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16. ‘Posted Up With Chris Haynes’

One of the current “player whisperers,” Yahoo Sports NBA reporter Chris Haynes hosts one of the top NBA related podcasts. Many of the top players, including Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis and Damian Lillard have gone on the show to chop it up with Haynes about their thoughts on a multitude of topics.

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17. RealGM Radio with Danny Leroux

I’m always looking for deep analysis on my Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks—yes, I’m a fan of both teams but that story is for another day—so I can enjoy what Danny Leroux has done with RealGM Radio. Expect detailed team breakdowns, draft, and trade discussions, and player evaluations.

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18. ‘The Habershow’

I enjoy how Habershow host Tom Haberstroh mixes statistical analysis with conversations about the top NBA stories. His sense of humor is on point, and he also gets great guests for a show that covers everything from injuries and rest in the NBA 

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19. ‘Inside the Green Room with Danny Green’

Current Los Angeles Laker Danny Green and his co-host Harrison Sanford take you through the life of an NBA player in this laid back podcast. A two-time NBA champion, Green is thoughtful and it shines through in the quality conversations he and Sanford have with a Hall of Fame level list of guests. The podcast’s recent episode speaking to a number of different players around the league about what they’re doing in quarantine was an enjoyable listen for me.

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20. ‘Winging It with Vince Carter’

When Winging It started, the podcast featured two teammates in Vince Carter and Kent Bazemore last season with Annie Finberg co-hosting. After Bazemore left the Hawks, Carter and Finberg kept the podcast going strong this season. One of my favorite episodes from the show recently was Lamar Odom. Odom’s story is really unique and Carter and Finberg did a great job of drawing a lot of interesting morsels from Carter’s friend and former teammate.

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21. Cookies Hoops

No other podcast sounds like Cookies Hoops, the basketball/media/New York culture/bucatini pod hosted by artist Andrew Kuo and writer Ben Detrick. Admittedly, there’s a nicheness to the podcast, but that’s the charm; Kuo and Detrick at once create their own mythologies (2000s New York, the perils of becoming a grillmaster) while disabusing publicly held ones (Jordan Originalism, dribble bias, the premise that Marcus Smart is good at stuff). Here, Ben Simmons apologia (which is 100% accurate, by the way) abuts with Dimes Square scene reports, mixes with red-pilling exposés into how the Little Green Hand of the Boston Media Mafia shapes the public NBA discourse. It’s not for everybody—but if it’s for you, it’s really for you. 

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22. Game Theory

The underappreciated gem of The Athletic’s podcast network, Game Theory is as comprehensive any basketball podcast could ever be. While most pods have a primary focus, Game Theory is able to cover nearly all aspects and levels of basketball with precision and expertise. Hosted by Sam Vecenie (The Athletic’s main NBA Draft expert), Game Theory covers the NBA as well as any one of the best NBA podcasts, college basketball as well as any dedicated college basketball podcast, and the NBA Draft as well as any NBA Draft podcast.

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23. The Dunker Spot

If you can tell your double drags from your Spain pick and rolls, The Dunker Spot is the pod for you. Hosts Nekias Duncan and Steve Jones Jr. are unabashed basketball nerds in the best way and giddily dive into the minutiae that other pods either ignore or never even notice in the first place. Additionally, The Dunker Spot is the rare mainstream NBA pod that treats the WNBA with the level of seriousness that it deserves; their coverage of both the NBA and the W is essential listening for anybody who wants to understand how and why basketball really works. 

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24. Thinking Basketball

Although Thinking Basketball doesn’t drop episodes as frequently as the other best NBA podcasts, it’s so exhaustive that you can excuse the absence of a regular drop schedule. In particular, host Ben Taylor pulls from a nearly encyclopedic knowledge of basketball history to properly contextualize and frame the league. Blending advanced stats (including his own proprietary metrics) with rigorous film study, Thinking Basketball is so rewarding because it’s the brainchild of somebody who has obviously thought very deeply about basketball. 

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25. The BBall Index

Hang around NBA Twitter long enough and you’ll inevitably stumble upon BBall Index’s incredible array of advanced stats, which catalog basically everything that can be cataloged on a basketball court. As such, the BBall Index Podcast is an invaluable resource, placing BBall Index’s data in a digestible, easily understandable format. 

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26. Slappin’ Glass

This is the closest you can get to sitting in on an NBA coaches meeting without actually sitting in on an NBA coaches meeting. While Slappin’ Glass isn’t explicitly about the NBA, each episode is an enlightening interview with a prominent coach about their coaching philosophy.

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27. The Old Man and the Three

The original “new media” pod, The Old Man and the Three is still the best in the genre. While most player-hosted pods feel more like branding exercises than actual content, JJ Redick is genuinely a great host; there’s a reason he’s quickly become a rising star at ESPN after retiring last season. Even if the interviews can be soft-pedaled, players are uncommonly open and honest with Redick and co-host Tommy Atler.

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28. Please Don’t Aggregate This

Jake Fischer—formerly with Bleacher Report, now with Yahoo Sports—is the only good scoopster. Whereas others in this genre seem to conceive of themselves as some hybrid of a CIA power broker and Varys from Game of Thrones, Fischer actually seems like a real person. It’s his job to know things and he wants you to know them too. As such, Please Don’t Aggregate This is the rare scoops-driven podcast that’s worth listening to because Fischer avoids the slimy politics and intellectual dishonesty that define other prominent news-breakers. 

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29. Indy Cornrows

Nominally a Pacers’ specific podcast, Indy Cornrows treats the Pacers as a launching pad for a broader examination of the NBA’s micro and macro trends. Hosts Mark Schindler and Caitlin Cooper know truly mind-boggling amounts of ball. 

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Here Are All the Spider-Man Movies in Order: Your Viewing Guide

After being stuck inside for what feels like forever, swinging around New York City like Spider-Man sounds pretty amazing right about now. Whether he’s fighting villains or helping his Aunt May put groceries away, Spider-Man, AKA Peter Parker, embodies some of the best traits a human being can have.

He’s loving, loyal, and willing to do anything he can to help others. Some people are lucky enough to own a PS4 and embody the wall-crawler in the console-exclusive video game, but fortunately, the rest of us can enjoy a number of Spider-Man movies whenever we want to spend some quality time with our favorite webhead.

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1. ‘Spider-Man’ (2002)

Who’s in It: Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, Cliff Robertson, Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons, James Franco

Long before everyone’s favorite superhero had its own feature film, director, Sam Raimi, helped pave the path for the entire genre’s success with the first Spider-Man film.

With Tobey Maguire in the titular role, Spider-Man displays a nice balance between high school drama and stressful superhero situations that strike right into the character’s core. Nerd Peter Parker just wants to hang out with his next-door neighbor, Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), but the world of superheroes never takes a break.

Currently available on Netflix, this classic film is a must-watch for Willem Dafoe’s scene-stealing performance as Norman Osborne alone.

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2. ‘Spider-Man 2’ (2004)

Who’s in It: Tobey Maguire, Alred Molina, Kirsten Dunst, Rosemary Harris, Donna Murphy, J.K. Simmons, James Franco

One of the best superhero films ever made, Spider-Man 2 is an excellent observation of the moral quandaries at the heart of the character. Fans of the character know that with great power comes great responsibility, and this film is a precise examination of the personal toll being a hero has on Peter Parker. Not only is this film currently streaming on Netflix, but it also includes some wonderful action sequences and a fantastic performance from Alfred Molina as Doctor Otto Octavius, AKA Doc Ock.

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3. ‘Spider-Man 3’ (2007)

Who’s in It: Tobey Maguire, Alred Molina, Kirsten Dunst, Rosemary Harris, James Cromwell, J.K. Simmons, Topher Grace, Thomas Haden Church, Bryce Dallas Howard, James Franco

Tobey Maguire’s last film as Spider-Man has split audiences and critics ever since it came out, though there’s no denying the film has a lot of heart and—despite its flaws—deeply understands its titular hero.

An epic that sees Spider-Man stumble upon an alien entity that bonds to him before ultimately becoming the terrifying Venom with antagonist Eddie Brock (Topher Grace), this is the Sam Raimi film that puts Spider-Man through the toughest gauntlet. Streaming on Netflix, Spider-Man 3 also sees the wall-crawler outmaneuver a vengeance-seeking Harry Osborne (James Franco) and the monstrous Sandman (Thomas Haden Church). 

Plans for a fourth Raimi film where John Malkovich was potentially going to play the Vulture were ultimately scrapped as Sony decided to reboot the franchise a few years later.

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4. ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ (2012)

Who’s in It: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan

The first live-action Spider-Man film not directed by Sam Raimi, The Amazing Spider-Man is clearly impacted by the dark tones and “grim reality” director Christopher Nolan established in his Batman movies. With Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, our favorite spider spends quite a bit of time moodily trying to discover more about his parents as he tries to stop the monstrous Lizard from rampaging through the city.

Instead of reexamining Peter and Mary Jane Watson’s relationship, The Amazing Spider-Man smartly cast Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, a scientist and classmate who challenges the hero’s personal limits in different ways. Before this film, director Marc Webb was best known for 500 Days of Summer and he does a solid job at lending a similar sense of whimsical and dramatic romance throughout the film.

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5. ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ (2014)

Who’s in It: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dan DeHaan, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Feore, Campbell Scott, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field

Some critics were harsh on the 2012 reboot, but The Amazing Spider-Man was still successful enough to warrant a sequel. Once again, Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy’s relationship make up the emotional center of the film, with one of their darkest moments being adapted in a heartbreaking sequence. However, the addition of Jamie Foxx as the villainous Electro brings fresh blood to the franchise.   

Similar to Sam Raimi’s ending with the character, expanded plans for this film universe were ultimately scrapped after a poor showing at the box office as Sony began negotiating with Disney to revitalize Spider-Man all over again.

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6. ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (2016)

Who’s in It: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Chadwick Boseman, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, William Hurt, Paul Rudd, Tom Holland, Emily VanCamp, Frank Grillo, Daniel Brühl

The third Captain America film may as well have been titled “Avengers 2.5” since it featured and relied on so many classic characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to tell a full story. Full of intrigue and double-crossing, the film showcased some of the most popular Marvel superheroes coming to blows over the Sokovia Accords, a UN agreement that would regulate caped crusaders. 

Part of what makes this film such a memorable entry in the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe is the fact that it included the first live-action interaction between Spider-Man and a member of the Avengers. Tom Holland’s live-action version of the character is the youngest and spunkiest to date as well as deeply ingratiated to Tony Stark, a noticeable distinction from previous depictions.  

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7. ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ (2017)

Who’s in It: Tom Holland, Jacob Batalon, Zendaya, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Jon Favreau, Donald Glover, Laura Harrier, Marisa Tomei

With Tom Holland’s Peter Parker sneaking into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Civil War, his first solo outing was able to forego many of the story tropes both Spider-Man origin films had to include. Instead of making audiences watch Uncle Ben tragically meet his end all over again, director Jon Watts was able to quickly dive into the high school shenanigans and humor at the heart of Spider-Man: Homecoming.

A fast-paced film layered with humor and a truly menacing villain, Homecoming is a pure shot of joy that helps cement Peter Parker at the center of the MCU.

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8. ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ (2018)

Who’s in It: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Chris Pine, Hailee Steinfeld, Brian Tyree Henry, Mahershala Ali, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Vélez, Zoë Kravitz, Kimiko Glenn, Kathryn Hahn, Nicolas Cage, John Mulaney, Liev Schreiber

Disney may officially own Spider-Man as a character, but back when Marvel was its own entity and dealing with financial insecurity, it sold the hero’s film rights to Sony. As long as the studio releases a new Spider-Man project every five years, it is able to retain the rights even though Marvel and new parent company, Disney, are in a powerful financial position. Even though Sony struck a co-financing deal with the Big Mouse to have Spider-Man’s live-action appearances appear in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, that didn’t mean the company would forego producing animated features with the character. 

Thankfully, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is thoroughly entertaining, heartwarming, and hilarious, far from a hollow franchise for Sony to retain the Spider-Man film rights for even longer. With a stellar creative and animation team behind it, Spider-Verse, which is streaming on Netflix, is more than just one of the best superhero films ever made—it was one of the best films of 2018, period.

While Peter Parker certainly has a presence in the film, part of what makes the only Oscar-winning movie on this list so entertaining and special is its focus on Miles Morales, the ultimate Spider-Man, and its message that anyone is worthy of being a hero.

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9. ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ (2019)

Who’s in It: Tom Holland, Jacob Batalon, Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal, Samuel L. Jackson, J.B. Smoove, Martin Starr, Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei

The second most recent Spider-Man film took New York’s favorite webhead on a European field trip that anyone stuck in quarantine would be envious of. Currently streaming on Prime Video, Spider-Man: Far From Home is the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe set after the earth-shattering Avengers: Endgame. Not only does this movie do a great job as an epilogue for Marvel’s Phase 3, but it’s also an entertaining, laugh-filled showcase of what makes Spider-Man such a relatable character.

Without spoiling things, the end of this film leaves Spider-Man’s future extremely uncertain on the big screen. Now that there have been so many films focused on the teenage hero, it’s exciting to know that the next live-action outing will cover material noticeably different from anything that has come before.

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10. ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ (2021)

Who’s in It: Tom Holland, Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jacob Batalon, Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, Rhys Ifans, Thomas Haden Church, Jamie Foxx, Benedict Wong

Easily the most highly-anticipated Spider-Man film of all time, Spider-Man: No Way Home absolutely crushed the box office when it was first released in December of 2021, ultimately making around $1.8 billion, a monumental number.

The only thing better than one Spider-Man is three of them, and this film smacked them all together, pairing our current Spider-Man, Tom Holland, with the OG, Tobey Maguire, and the sophomore Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield. But the reunion didn’t just stop there, as each Spider-Man’s past villains were thrown into the present-day through a Multiverse-spell-gone-wrong situation, meaning that there was triple the conflict, as well.

Working alongside Doctor Strange, the Spider-Men have to figure out a way to send all of their villains back to their appropriate universes.

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35 of the Best WWE Theme Songs

The element of music means way more to the sport of professional wrestling than you might think.

The glitz and glamour associated with World Wrestling Entertainment encompass several things – the crowd, the bright lights, the stage setup, the entrances, the attire, and most certainly the wrestlers themselves. But the presence of recognizable and enjoyable theme songs that are attached to fan favorites and hated heels is central to one’s enjoyment of the show. It’s no surprise that some of your favorite wrestlers became so beloved due to their iconic tune that signaled their upcoming appearance. Setting the tone and getting everyone excited about what’s coming next is easily accomplished once the opening notes of a crowd-popping theme song blare over the arena loudspeakers.

There’s a huge array of WWE theme songs that elicit feelings of warm nostalgia once they’re heard on your personal playlist and in the confines of a live event. These 35 songs are among the greatest WWE themes of all time and are required listening for anyone that considers themselves a connoisseur of squared circle theatrics.

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1. “I Won’t Do What You Tell Me” – “Stone Cold” Steve Austin

Quick – go smash a random pair of glass cups in front of a line of fans waiting to get into a wrestling show. You know what’ll happen next? Each and every person in that group will begin belting out the greatest wrestling theme song of all time. “I Won’t Do What You Tell Me” is not only Jim Johnston’s greatest contribution to the WWE, but it’s also the most recognizable wrestling theme song of all time. It always warmed our hearts whenever Austin would do a run-in to deliver a heartfelt promo or deliver some Stunners because it meant we got to hear this song for a few precious minutes every time.

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2. “The Game” – Triple H

Hunter Hearst Helmsley is a proud metalhead. And judging by the band responsible for this legendary tune, it’s easy to see why. While “My Time” is still a kickass theme in its own right, Triple H’s Motorhead-assisted entrance tune is just that…damn…good. Once the arena grew dark and flashing lights began hitting every corner of it, this badass tune would play and signal the arrival of everyone’s favorite “Cerebral Assassin.” HHH concocted the perfect entrance alongside this song as he spat out his water at just the right time during the middle of this tough tune. HHH’s epic WrestleMania entrances always get a boost thanks to “The Game” and we hope that trend never changes.

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3. “Are You Ready? – D-Generation X

Once Shawn Michaels, Triple H, and Chyna began running roughshod over their opponents and the authority meant to keep them in line, D-Generation X was born. Thanks to Chris Warren and the rest of the legendary DX band, we were treated to a quality theme song that would even rock a crowd at your local rock concert meet-up. “Are You Ready?” is such an ideal tune for a stable of wrestlers that went against the grain, played by their own rules, and rejected the system meant to keep their antics from disturbing the peace. This theme has remained relevant for a lengthy amount of time amongst wrestling fans and will stay that way for years to come.

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4. “Know Your Role” – The Rock

“If ya smell…what The Rock…is cooking.” If you were still running around the schoolyard during the wild and rambunctious days of the Attitude Era, you probably uttered these exact words at one point or another. Once Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson embraced his babyface calling when he was at the top of the WWE ladder, the very best version of his theme song was introduced. This epic instrumental is amazing on its own, but the addition of The Rock’s verbal assaults on his foes provides the perfect cherry on top. Fans have been treated to remixed renditions of this theme in later years, but this Attitude Era staple remains untouchable.

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5. “No Chance in Hell” – Vince McMahon

Do you know who truly deserves the honor of being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame? Legendary theme composer Jim Johnston. The man is responsible for producing some of the greatest WWE theme songs of all time and most of them are on this list. With the assistance of singer Peter Bursurker, Jim was able to create one of the Attitude Era’s most defining songs. And that song belongs to the evil boss in charge of WWE, Mr. McMahon. “No Chance in Hell” solidified Vince’s character as an overbearing jerk that used his power and influence to always get his way. It was so easy to boo him out of the building every time he showed up. But it’s always been pretty difficult to not recite the chorus to this catchy tune. This song perfectly describes “The Man.”

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6. “Real American” – Hulk Hogan

The very first theme we mentioned on this list features the musical stylings of Rick Derringer, who’s most known for being a talented vocalist and excellent guitarist. His most famous contribution to the world of professional wrestling is Hulk Hogan’s super patriotic tune, “Real American.” During Hogan’s reign as WWF Champion and the face of the largest wrestling organization in the world, this tune symbolized his character in the best way possible. Crowds would spring to their feet and come alive whenever Hogan’s triumphant tune kicked in. It’s totally understandable if you ever get the urge to drop the big leg drop on someone whenever this comes on. Fun fact – “Real American” initially belonged to the tag team comprised of Barry Windham and Mike Rotundo (the U.S. Express).

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7. “Sexy Boy” – Shawn Michaels

Ever seen that meme that asks what song would you choose to sing if your life was on the line? The prevailing answer from most folks just so happened to be this song, which features this unforgettable lyric – “I think I’m cute, I know I’m sexy. I’ve got the looks, That drive the girls wild.” “Sexy Boy” is one of those themes that seem like pure cheese the first time you hear it. But after repeated listens, it quickly grows on you and enters your morning shower playlist. Shawn Michaels has kept this tune by his side for such a long time now and it will never grow tiresome. Always keep this lyric in mind when women try to downplay your attractiveness, King – “I’m just a sexy boy.”

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8. “Hitman” – Bret Hart

That screeching guitar lick at the beginning of this tune is unmistakable. It’s pretty crazy when you think about how much this theme was relied upon by several WWE stalwarts – The Hart Foundation (tag team and stable) and Bret Hart himself had this in regular rotation during their respective eras. Bret put the best version of “Hitman” to good use during the height of his career and brought Canadian crowds to their feet every time it was played. The Hart Dynasty and Natalya Neidhart incorporated a remixed rendition of “Hitman” that was decent in its own right. But the New Generation brand of “Hitman” is still the best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be.

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9. “Unstable” – The Ultimate Warrior

The hype derived from “Unstable” should make anyone reach high speeds as they randomly begin running down the street. Watching the Ultimate Warrior take off like a madman down the ramp whenever his theme hit was always a memorable watch. This simple yet impactful instrumental set the mood at an all-time high as it brought the Ultimate Warrior onto the man stage. Play this tune within the vicinity of an 80’s baby and chances are high that they’ll know exactly whom it belongs to. “Unstable” should be required listening for all aspiring track and field stars from this point forward. *begins shaking top rope*

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10. “Break The Walls Down” – Chris Jericho

The countdown. The accompanying alarm noises. The fade to black. And then the massive pyro explosion that followed all meant one thing – the “Y2J” problem was about to take over. Chris Jericho’s days as a WWE Superstar started and ended with this unmistakable tune, which is still a solid listen for even non-wrestling fans. This song was especially triumphant during the days when Jericho would emerge from the darkness with his back turned and arms held out in a display of unrivaled power. “Break Down the Walls” is the type of theme that elicits feelings of excitement as it gave fans a lot to look forward to. And that was because they knew the “Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla” was about to enter the scene.

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11. “Rest in Peace” – The Undertaker

Don’t front – when you were a youngster watching wrestling back in the day, this theme scared you half to death and caused you to put your TV on mute. That’s because it marked the arrival of one of the most spine-chilling acts in WWE history, The Undertaker. “Rest in Peace” has evolved over the years, which has led us to this refined rendition of such a ghoulish tune. The foreboding bells at the beginning set the mood as the lights go dark and smoke begins billowing into the arena. Then this song springs into gear as it slowly increases the fear factor felt during The Undertaker’s reveal. It’s one thing to watch these moments unfold on live TV, but it’s a whole ‘nother thing to experience it all in person.

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12. “Next Big Thing” – Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar invokes fear. Brock Lesnar represents supremacy. And Brock Lesnar also goes hand in hand with the word devastation. And every time his theme song kicks off, everyone knows he’s going to emerge and send someone to “Suplex City.” “Next Big Thing” has and always will be one of the most intimidating wrestling theme songs to ever emerge. Brock’s terrifying aura is magnified even more due in part to this fitting theme, which plays up his characteristics via an opening guitar shred and a bouncy beat to boot. Whenever the image of Brock bouncing around on stage with a championship belt around his waist comes to mind, this theme song helps fill in the blanks that can be heard during that vision.

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13. “Metalingus” – Edge

Like his tag team brethren Christian, Edge’s history with theme music is more than satisfactory. His debut theme and Rob Zombie’s “Never Gonna Stop” were both pleasing to the ears. But Edge’s main event ascension also came at a time when he came out to his greatest theme song to date – Alter Bridge’s “Metalingus.” The flawless combination of the “You think you know me…” opening audio clip, the hard-edged instrumental follow-up, and the lead-in to the song itself make this theme an all-time classic. When Edge shocked the world at the 2020 Royal Rumble, it felt so good to see him in good health and ready to rock the world again with this awesome theme song still intact.

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14. “Cult of Personality” – CM Punk

“This Fire Burns” by Killswitch Engage has to be given its roses due to how perfect it was at the time of CM Punk’s initial WWE run. It did an incredible job of explaining Punk’s unrivaled passion and desire to be the very best in WWE. When he became the talk of the town back in 2011, he re-emerged with Living Colour’s biggest single backing him up. The people that sang Punk’s praises quickly fell in love with his new choice in theme music. And the song’s overall theme spoke well to Punk’s newfound gimmick change as the voice of the voiceless and the unlikely leader WWE needed at that time. “Cult of Personality” will forever be tied to the “Summer of Punk” that renewed fan interest in the WWE.

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15. “Burn in My Light” – Randy Orton

Today’s Randy Orton is calculated, sinister and quick to strike at a moment’s notice. The Randy Orton from years past was a cocky little bastard who knew he was destined for greatness the minute he linked up with Evolution. And when he began holding out his arms in front of raining sparks, this theme song marked his ascension to the top of the card. Mercy Drive, the band responsible for this tough tune, provided an incredibly catchy chorus for a future legend who was ready to take what was his. A lot of fans miss this song and can’t wait for the day when Orton brings it back for old times’ sake when he goes babyface for the umpteenth time. “HEY!”

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16. “I Walk Alone” – Batista

“The Animal” may be retired from the world of professional wrestling, but his memory will live on thanks to this Saliva rendition of his iconic theme song. You could tell that Batista was about to enter a higher plateau of wrestling superstardom once he switched over to this theme during his run at the top of the WWE. Lyrics like “I walk a mile inside this pit of danger” perfectly described Batista’s gimmick as the type who’s willing to brave the harshest of in-ring trials. The machine gun pump from Batista himself and the rapid-fire pyro that came from it helped this song reach legendary status. “I Walk Alone” will sound so good on the very day that Batista enters to it during his WWE Hall of Fame induction.

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17. “Blood” – The Brood

One of the hardest beats to ever accompany a wrestling theme has to be this one. Gangrel, Edge, and Christian would come up through a ring of fire on the arena stage while this headbanger caused a ruckus among a rabid Attitude Era audience. It says a lot about this theme’s high quality when the unnerving ghostly voices heard throughout it didn’t even bring it down one bit. “Blood” is an iconic wrestling theme song that wouldn’t be out of place if it were played within the confines of a late-night hip-hop spot. It’s just that good and worthy of its placement on this list.

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18. “At Last” – Christian

Christian is a rare case when it comes to wrestling themes – throughout his entire career, the man has never been saddled with a terrible entrance anthem. From his introduction as a non-talkative vampire to a wily veteran, Christian has always been gifted with the catchiest of hard-edged melodies. The greatest of them all has to be this one, which was prominent during Christian’s solo heel run that took place after he split away from longtime partner Edge. What made it stand out is its opening lyrics that celebrated Christian’s switch to a man that’s finally ready to claim victory on his very own. The rocking tune and opera singers’ contribution to it all successfully made this song into an undeniable favorite during the early 2000s.

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19. “The Rising Sun” – Shinsuke Nakamura

While the edgier remix of Shinsuke Nakamura’s theme is fine in its own right, it pales in comparison to his original melody. As this song became more familiar to wrestling fans around the globe, they began to join in and loudly hum it. And every time this occurs, it’s quite an eye-opening event. And whenever it’s played live (either with the aid of a talented violinist or amazing drummers), “The Rising Sun” sounds even more astounding. Nakamura’s very first theme elicits a positive response every time it’s heard and here’s hoping that it comes back the very day that he becomes a babyface once more.

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20. “Glorious” – Bobby Roode

If you followed Bobby Roode’s NXT run, then you know just how impactful this theme was and still is. The proud and powerful vocalists that sing on this tune give it life and make you feel as if a living God is set to appear. The lyrics are empowering enough to get everyone in attendance to join in and sing it at the top of their lungs. The one time that this theme shined brightest is when an impressive gathering of singers sang over it while Bobby entered the arena like an avenging angel. “Glorious” is the type of tune you’d expect to hear on the very day that the skies open up and unveil God himself.

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21. “Catch Your Breath” – Finn Balor

There’s just something about Finn Balor’s entrance that makes him feel like the coolest guy in the room. Whether it’s his regular entrance or his “Demon” assisted arrival, Finn’s crowd-popping theme works wonders during every televised occasion. Once Finn lifts his arms with his adoring crowd, the best part of this theme kicks into high gear. WWE’s modern-day instrumentalists knocked this song out of the park on their very first try when it came to giving Finn the perfect entrance theme. Things truly ramp up whenever Finn dons himself in a demonic paint pattern and gives this theme even more extra oomph. “Catch Your Breath” deserves to be listed among the greats when it comes to the most memorable wrestling themes of all time.

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22. “Oh You Didn’t Know?” – The New Age Outlaws

There are certain wrestling themes that elicit a feeling of call and response. The combination of “Road Dogg” Jesse James and “Bad Ass” Billy Gunn lay claim to that type of tune and its’ easily one of the most recognizable wrestling themes of all time. The guitar chords that ring off for this tune still send fans into a frenzy like they once did during the Attitude Era. Hearing Road Dogg talks his ish while perfectly in sync with this song was always a joy to watch during this duo’s heyday. The New Age Outlaws can be proud to say that their theme song/entrance performance remains unrivaled to his very day.

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23. “Burned” – Kane

Once that ominous church organ could be heard and the lights turned to blood red, everyone knew who was set to make an appearance. The opening moments of this fear-inducing theme prepared you for the booming flames associated with the man they call Kane. “The Big Red Machine” was pure terror every time he slowly strolled down to the ring while this song played in the background. Everything about this theme made it easy to understand just who Kane is and how horrifying his next act of violence would be.

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24. “Power” – Nation of Domination

The WWF’s version of the real-world Nation of Islam was so hard to dislike. Even though Faarooq Asaad and his loyal African-American contingent were portrayed as dastardly heels, their reasoning for handing out rampant beatdowns was totally understandable. The theme song that marked their arrival was powerful and signaled a shift in the arena, as it was time for a crew of dangerous brothers to come through. This version of the song is simple, precise, and straight to the point. There’s really no need to listen to the PG-13 rendition that featured the tag team of the same name spitting putrid lyrics to this excellent instrumental.

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25. “Pain and Destruction” – Demolition

The leather and spikes clad force known as Demolition were unstoppable during their late 80s/early 90s WWF run. The comparisons made between them and The Road Warriors ran rampant amongst hardcore wrestling fans, but no one could doubt Demolition’s cool factor and entertaining in-ring assaults. Their badass entrance was made all the better thanks to this hardcore theme. It’s the purest form of metal and encapsulated the impending destruction that was sure to come anyone’s way when Demolition stomped down the aisle.

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26. “Here Comes The Money” – Shane McMahon

It’s always a nice surprise when your ears are treated to a WWE theme song that features a slew of recognizable voices. 90s rap/hip-hop icons Naughty by Nature got the nod here to spit a few lyrics about the benefits of getting paid for Shane McMahon’s entrance tune. This one is such a bop because it fits Shane O’Mac’s gimmick perfectly – whenever he runs out to do his signature shuffle, everyone knows a fresh suitcase full of dollar bills just entered the building! “MONEY TALKS!”

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27. “Some Bodies Gonna Get It” – Mark Henry

When Mark Henry finally got super serious and began brutalizing everyone on his way to winning the World Heavyweight Championship, he became a must-see superstar. And during that phase of his career, Three Six Mafia did the honor of blessing him with a new theme that perfectly summarized his memorable reign of terror. As soon as this theme hits, you just know the shit is gonna hit the fan! A path of destruction is fully encompassed within this terrifying rap song from Juicy J and DJ Paul.

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28. “Who I Am” – Chyna

Chyna made her demands pretty clear – don’t treat her like a woman nor like a man. Just treat her for what she truly is – the 9th Wonder of the World. The lyrics are simple and the instrumental forever bangs, which are two elements that are essential towards making a wrestling theme song such an earworm. This women empowerment theme makes us look back so fondly on Chyna’s Attitude Era dominance. RIP, Joanie Laurer!

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29. “No More Words” – Jeff Hardy

It’s always such a mind trip when you hear The Hardy Boyz’s theme blare out in the background for a random commercial. Just like Hardcore Holly’s entrance tune, Matt and Jeff’s theme is a royalty-free stock tune. During Jeff Hardy’s epic singles run, he got a makeover version of his former tag team theme that came with words (which is hilarious considering the name of this song). The crowd always erupted when this one came on and it managed to do an amazing job of making The Hardy Boyz theme even more of a banger.

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30. “If You Dare” – Tazz

Tazz’s run as a legit killer during the beginning of his WWF run is unforgettable. The same night he debuted during the 2000 Royal Rumble, he emerged from the back with this headbanger of a theme. It fully embodied the intensity and brutality that Tazz was personified by during his active run. All those suplexes and that vicious Tazzmission of his immediately come to mind every time this tune comes through our loudspeakers.

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31. “Danger At the Door” – D’Lo Brown

“YOU’RE LOOKIN’ AT THE REAL DEAL NOW (WOO!)” Those opening lines could only mean one thing – the Attitude Era’s resident bobblehead wrestler has arrived to put some fools down with a Sky High and a Lo Down! D’Lo Brown’s energy levels matched up perfectly with this exciting tune that we still play on the regular. That post Nation of Domination run D’Lo went on with this song in tow is one of the better Attitude Era midcard acts we couldn’t get enough of.

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32. “Pearl River Rip” – Ahmed Johnson

Say what you want about Ahmed Johnson’s incoherent rambling and less than stellar in-ring productivity – the man had an amazing aura that was hard to ignore back in the day! Whenever he landed that devastating “Pearl River Plunge” finisher of his, the crowd always came unglued. And this song perfectly encapsulates the full badassery of the man himself. Those guitar chords still go dumb hard!

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33. “The Ho Train” – The Godfather

The Attitude Era definitely had its fair share of off-the-wall gimmicks that had parents running to the TV to turn it all off. But like many young kids who were alive during that wild time in wrestling, we snuck back to that same TV to watch The Godfather come down to the ring with his “employees” in tow. And the theme that accompanied his march down the ramp is still as funky as it was back in the day. That bass intro always gets us fully prepared to hop aboard that infamous “train.”

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34. “Get On Your Knees” – Jack Swagger

Jim Johnston is the musical maestro that’s responsible for blessing our ears with so many super dope WWF/E themes. During his later years, his golden touch remained strong. And this Rage Against The Machine tribute tune is proof of that. Jack Swagger’s amateur wrestling pedigree came through this theme’s title and accompanying lyrics. “The All American American” took such joy in slamming his for down to the mat and making them pay for their transgressions – this rocking tune embodied that attitude to perfection.

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35. “Eyes of Righteousness” – Reverend D-Von

One of the most underrated wrestling gimmicks of all time has to be Reverend D-Von. To see the famed Dudley Boys brother transform into a conniving, money-hungry priest was so enlightening – we didn’t know D-Von had it in him to switch it up like that! And while he gave his sermon, took offerings, and walked around with Deacon Batista by his side, this nice but of Christian music kept the Holy Ghost alive. The ladies singing on this song definitely let everyone know they got the pipes to praise “Him.” “LORD GIVE ME EYES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS!”

Popular Culture Trading Cards

Yugioh Cards: The 26 Most Expensive of All Time

Before we discuss Yugioh cards, let’s talk about the franchise!

Few media franchises have achieved the level of success that Yu-Gi-Oh! has. After launching, it offered a compelling trading card game and an anime series cards’ monsters come to life. This one-two-punch immediately hooked young fans and began an entire mythos of Yu-Gi-Oh! series, films, video games, and merchandise, to name a few pillars of the empire. And like Pokemon and similar franchises, there are a few select trading cards that have gained prominence for their value and rarity. While some of the higher-valued ones were only distributed as and award status in tournaments, that’s not always the case.

Here are a few standouts Yugioh cards and just how much they have sold for.

1. Tournament Black Luster Soldier – $2,000,000 (reportedly)
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Easily the most valuable card on this list, the Black Luster Soldier was an exclusive prize card awarded at the first-ever Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament in 1999. It is printed on stainless steel and is the only one of its kind, thus its coveted rarity makes it essentially priceless. Those who have listed it for sale (with only rumors confirming amounts trading hands) asked for amounts in the millions. Suffice it to say, anyone who lucks into this card has essentially hit the Yu-Gi-Oh! lottery.

2. 2002 Blue Eyes White Dragon 1st Edition PSA 10 – $85,100 (10/28/20)

This is arguably the most iconic card associated with the entire Yugioh franchise! Blue-Eyes White Dragon is popular not only for its strength in the trading card game — fusing three of them together will produce Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon — but also its powerful appearances in the original anime and manga. The first of these cards were released in Japan in 1999 and the United States soon after, and mint condition first editions are skyrocketing in value. (One father even went viral for selling a few of his to pay for his daughter’s education!)

3. 2002 Blue Eyes White Dragon 1st Edition PSA 10 PSA 10 – $47,200 (11/25/20)

This is the same card as #2, but I included it on the list to show just how volatile the prices can be of sports/trading cards. It sold less than a month after the previously listed on, but for almost $40,000 less.

4. 2002 LOB 1st Edition Exodia The Forbidden One PSA 10 – $35,000 (08/11/21)

The total PSA 10 population of this card is 82, with 365 of them graded. That’s about a 25% gem rate, making this card fairly difficult to grade and highly sought after whenever a PSA 10 pops up on the market.

Legend of Blue Eyes White Dragon was the first expansion of the Yugioh TCG, and this card was one of ten Ultra Rares. This is one of the most popular Yugioh cards in the entire game.

5. 2004 Shonen Jump Championship Cyber-Stein PSA 10 – $30,100 (10/28/20)

Unlike the many commonplace versions of this card inspired by the monster in Frankenstein, the one worth some significant cash is — you guessed it — another tournament award edition. Awarded at the Shonen Jump Championship, and a few thereafter, there are a little over a hundred of these cards in existence. There are only 21 PSA 10’s of this card out there, so they don’t come up for sale often!

6. 1999 Perfectly Ultimate Great Moth No Red DDS Promo PSA 10 – $29,999.99 (8/23/21)

This card had a PSA population of just 1 at the time it was sold but there have been two more PSA 10s added to the population report since the sale.

It will be interesting to see how that affects the price the next time one of these Yugioh cards comes up for sale.

7. 2002 LOB Blue Eyes Black Dragon 1st Edition PSA 10 – $29,000 (8/14/21)

Continuing on the trend of ridiculously low PSA populations, there are only 69 of these graded as a PSA 10. This card comes from the first set of the Yu-Gi-Oh trading card game released in English.

8. 2002 Blue-Eyes White Dragon ULTRA 1ST EDITION WAVY BGS 9.5 – $21,111.60 (3/5/22)

This card stands out because it is the “wavy” edition. The term wavy was originally known as 1st edition but was coined when collectors realized that the 1st edition cards from the original LOB expansion were printed on two different card stocks. The wavy version was more dull and had a wavy texture to it.

It was graded by BGS as a gem mint 9.5, with a 10 grade on the centering.

9. 2003 Dark Magician Girl Secret Rare 1st Edition PSA 10 – $20,187 (11/23/21)

Magician’s Force was the 8th expansion of the Yugioh TCG. It was released in October of 2003 and consisted of 108 cards total.

This card is a Secret Rare, one of only 2 in the set. There are only 85 of them graded a PSA 10.

10. 2002 Dark Duel Stories Blue-Eyes White Dragon PSA 10 – $20,000 (2/21/21)

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Dark Duel Stories promotional cards are a set of Prismatic Secret Rare cards bundled with the North American release of the video game Yu-Gi-Oh! Dark Duel Stories.

The total PSA 10 population on this card is only 131, making this rare gem very difficult to find.

11. 2007 Gold Sarcophagus Ultra Rare Shonen Jump Prize Card PSA 8 – $17,500 (4/17/22)

This card a 2007 Shonen Jump Championship Series prize card. That series was the premiere Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game tournament series that was run from 2004 to 2010, when Konami took over the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game and replaced them with the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series.

Only 4 copies were distributed at each Shonen Jump event when this card ws given out, and the Gold Sarcophagus was one of them.

12. 2002 Morphing Jar Tournament Pack 2 PSA 10 – $15,000 (2/1/21)

There is nothing remarkable about the artwork on this card, but it has become one of the most collectible of all Yugioh cards. When Morphing Jar is activated during a match, both players discard their cards and draw five new cards, in what can be a sneaky good play when your back is up against the wall. 

With a PSA 10 population of only 24, it’s no wonder that this tournament pack 2 promo card is so hot and in demand. There are only 92 of them that have ever been graded by PSA, so good luck finding one!

13. 2002 Tournament Pack 1 MECHANICALCHASER PSA 10 – $14,999 (2/1/21)

Much like the previously mentioned Morphing Jar, the Mechanicalchaser out of the 2002 Tournament Pack 1 is extremely rare, with only 25 PSA 10’s in existence and only 71 total that have been graded.

14. 2003 Dark Magician Girl Magic Force 1st Edition PSA 10 – $14,400 (9/20/21)

With a PSA 10 population of just 85, this Secret Rare Dark Magician Girl was part of the Magician’s Force set, the 8th expansion of the Yugioh TCG.

15. 2004 Black Luster Soldier Envoy of the Beginning IOC 1st Edition PSA10 – $12,100 (4/23/22)

This card came from Invasion of the Chaos booster boxes, which contained powerful “Chaos” monsters. this “Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Beginning”, “Chaos Emperor Dragon – Envoy of the End” and “Dark Magician of Chaos”. These further promoted the use of the already powerful LIGHT and DARK Attributes.

There are only 52 PSA 10’s in the population.

16. 2003 Magician’s Force 1st Edition Dark Paladin Alternate Art PSA 10 – $12,000 (12/27/20)

The Dark Paladin is one of the most useful cards in the game. When a Spell Card is activated, you can discard 1 card; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy it. This card must be face-up on the field to activate and to resolve this effect. 

There are only 44 of these cards that have been graded, and only 12 PSA 10’s, making it one of the rarest cards on this list.

17. Cyber-Stein Ultra Rare SHONEN JUMP PRIZE CARD BGS 9 – $11,100 (3/5/22)

This Cyber-Stein is another one of the Shonen Jump Prize Cards, with this one from 2004. They was given to the winners of the main and side events, and those were the only 2 that were distributed.

18. 2017 Dark Magician Girl Ghost World Championship Promo – $11,000 (1/6/21)

Dark Magician Girl first appears as a character in the Battle City arc when Yugi faces the ex-magician Arkana, whom she defeats by drawing power from both Duelists’ Dark Magician cards. 

This card was handed out in an envelope for the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2017 attendants and participants. They were limited to roughly 1000 copies, which makes the card extremely rare. Only 24 of them have been graded by PSA, with just 10 of them receiving PSA 10’s.

19. 1998 Toei Poker Blue/Red-Eyes White Dragon YuGiOh BGS 10 – $10,000 (8/22/21)

According to the eBay listing, the seller pulled these two cards out of extremely rare sealed 1998 Volume 2 Poker Decks and sent them to BGS, getting 10s on both.

Check out the video and the seller’s reaction at the 6:25 mark!

20. 2002 Dark Magician Dark Duel Stories Promo PSA 10 – $9,999.99 (12/2/20)

Dark Magician was created when Mahad fused his ba with “Illusion Magician“, his ka while fighting Thief King Bakura

The Dark Magician fended off the ghosts and battled Diabound. He then continued to serve the Pharaoh in the form of the Dark Magician.

We previously mentioned a Blue Eyes White Dragon from the same promo set at #4 on the list, but this Dark Magician is actually a bit more rare, with only 88 PSA 10’s in population.

21. Shrink Ultra Rare Limited Edition – $9,586.64 (12/10/20)

Shrink was first released at the 2006 Shonen Jump Yu-Gi-Oh! Championships, making first editions of the card very valuable. If you can prove that your Shrink is one of these limited-edition prize cards, you have quite a gem on your hands. I would personally get it graded, rather than sell it raw as this seller did, but the near $10,000 final sale price is quite a haul.

This card was sold raw, but to display the rarity, there are only 3 graded examples of this card on record with PSA, with no PSA 10’s and only 1 PSA 9.

22. 2009 Blue Eyes Shining Dragon Retro Pack 2 PSA 10 – $9,000 (2/15/21)

Packed with all-powerful cards, the Retro Pack series was designed to help Duelists collect hard to get and out of print cards. Pokemon often creates similar sets that are wildly popular amongst collectors.

The total number of PSA graded examples of this card is only 88, with just 27 PSA 10’s in the population.

23. 2009 Stardust Overdrive 1st Majestic Star Dragon Ghost Rare PSA 10 – $8,999.90 (1/14/21)

During either player’s turn, when your opponent activates a card or effect, you can’t tribute this card; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy all cards your opponent controls. Once per turn, you can target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; negate its effects until the end of this turn, and you can activate 1 of its effects as this card’s effect once this turn. 

There are only 65 total PSA graded examples of this card with just 22 of them getting a PSA 10 grade. Most of the cards that we talked about on this list were from the original 2002 sets, but this Ghost Rare card has become increasingly popular and it’s artwork is regarded as one of the most beautiful in the entire game.

24. 2020 United We Stand Blue Secret Rare Promo PSA 10 – $7,000 (12/24/20)

This card was awarded as a Prize for the October 2020 Yu-Gi-Oh! Remote Duel at Home Sweepstakes.

To say that this card is rare would be an understatement, with only 5 of them on record with PSA and 3 total PSA 10’s on the planet. With a population that low, and the rising popularity of Yugioh cards amongst collectors, the sky is the limit for this card in future sales.

25. 2002 Blue Eyes White Dragon Dark Duel Stories PSA 9 – $5795 (9/21/21)

This is the same card as #7 on our list, except it is a PSA 9 instead of a PSA 10. The total population of PSA 9’s is just 132 (with only 143 10’s).

26. 2004 Chaos Emperor Dragon Invasion of Chaos 1st Edition PSA 10 – $5441 (8/21/21)

The Invasion of Chaos is a booster pack that combined the Japanese sets, “The Controller of Chaos” and “Invader of Darkness”.

This particular card has a PSA 10 population of just 71.

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Which of these Yugioh cards are your favorite? Hit us up on Twitter @137pm and let us know!

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12 Korean Streetwear Brands You Need To Know About

Paris, Milan, New York, London, Tokyo…and now Seoul! Within the past decade, Korea has become a hub of emerging fashion. With Korean cultural exports on the rise, including the growing cultish following of Korean pop music in the West, the demand for the ingenuity of Korean artists is higher than ever. 

“Today, South Korea is the most influential country in Asia, with its energy and creativity, its youth culture and the pop music and TV celebrities, who have become incredibly powerful, even in China and Japan,” remarked Bruno Pavlovsky, Chanel’s president of fashion, in 2017. “These are all great sources of inspiration…There’s also a business reason. South Korea is a fast-growing market, a very interesting one, now also open to the Chinese and Japanese who like to travel here for tourism. South Korea has become a top destination in Asia.”

We’ve seen Korean designers like Hyun Mi Nielsen praised as the future of haute couture, but the nation is more and more becoming associated with cutting edge streetwear, resulting from an “injection of Western culture within the country [that] slowly started to pave the way to the success of street style that we see today. Koreans grew more and more accustomed to the street style references from abroad, from music to images of celebrities and other influential characters snapped at the main fashion events, this sparked the growth of demand for the next trendy ‘must-have’ items,” according to The Korea Times.

In celebration of this growing market, we’re counting down the hottest streetwear brands from Korea.

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1. Pushbutton

Deconstructed fashion — clothing that takes the essential elements of a given garment and re-arranges them into something new and avant-garde — was pioneered by Rei Kawakubo and her Commes De Garcons label over the past few decades. Korean brand Pushbutton is continuing that thesis with clever subversions of outfit essentials: jeans with discoloration over the crotch, oversized skirts created out of parts from jackets, trench coats flowing with an abundance of fabric. The playfully transgressive aesthetic is appropriately gender-neutral and effortlessly eye-catching.

“Pushbutton always strives to make a beautiful balance between opposite concepts, such as feminine vs. masculine and sexual vs. sporty,” said Park Seung Gun, the brand’s creative director, to The Klog. “I believe in this highly competitive society, with societal issues like youth unemployment, Koreans try to gain confidence through fashion and beauty. I’ve seen Korean youth on the streets with a very bold fashion sense and they’re very open to expressing themselves. I think Korean fashion is all about taking risks and not being afraid of being different from others, and personally, I believe Koreans have a strong ego that allows them to feel free to express their own style.”

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2. D-Antidote

D-Antidote is putting slight cyberpunk twists on American sportswear in their mischievous streetwear lines. Introducing subtle variations on basketball jerseys and clever corruptions of Western logos, D-Antidote is fresher than your average gear. Their recent “Space Jam” themed collection is the perfect example of propelling classic athletic garb into the future with interesting proportions and unexpected colorways. Their collaborations with Fila have already helped reinvigorate the latter brand in this new decade.

“I think that the fashion here reflects the environment,” said D-Antidote designer, Hwansung Park, to Hypebeast. “For example, when I was in London, if I wore something vivid or colorful, it sometimes wouldn’t fit with the aesthetic of the city. Whereas in Seoul, all of the buildings, shops and roads are very modern and new. So it means that people can digest these kinds of flashy colors easier than in other cities.”

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3. Ader-error

Ader Error has now collaborated with brands like Maison Kitsune, Puma, and G-Shock — meaning they’ve got some seriously legit brands backing them up. Their typical look puts an avant-garde twist on typical 90s tropes like chunky sneakers, oversized knit sweaters, and distressed denim — but don’t let the infatuation with decade fool you, their stuff is far more sophisticated than your typical nostalgia trappings. 

In 2018, GQ described Ader Error as “the world’s coolest brand.” 

“We started this brand to communicate with people,” a brand rep told the mag. “We started as a fashion company but we don’t want to just be a fashion brand. We aim to be techy, lifestyle and that little something more – a new type of business.”

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4. Nohant

Nohant is definitely less eccentric than many of the brands on this list: inspired by French style and retro fashion, this line is best for rebellious twists on basics and essentials. Jerseys, polos, and sporty summer wear are updated for 2020 with interesting stitching and smart construction.

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5. thisisneverthat

Almost indistinguishable from Western normcore brands, thisisneverthat (has there ever been a catchier name for a company?) sells distressed workman’s jackets, pre-shredded baseball caps, and pre-scuffed New Balance sneakers. The minimal-effort designs fit in well with the cultish popularity of utilitarian brands like Carhartt amongst urban fashionistas who pretend not to care about labels. W Magazine went as far as calling thisisneverthat “South Korea’s answer to Supreme.”

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6. Post Archive Fashion

It’s no surprise given the company’s name that PAF specializes in zany post-modern streetwear. Reminiscent of early Gareth Pugh but with bolder color palettes and far more chaos, PAF brings a certain kind of high-brow chic to its bizarre line of ready to wear. 

“The fledgling label has developed its own design language through an in-depth study of its growing archive,” explains Hypebeast. “Its creations fall either into PAF’s conservative conventional ‘RIGHT’ category or into the ‘CENTER’ or experimental ‘LEFT’ garment series.”

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7. Hyein Seo

With a sparse color palette and intricate silhouettes, it’s shouldn’t be surprising that Hyein Seo’s designs are reminiscent of early Fenty X Puma collabs: Rihanna’s been seen out and about in this brand’s looks several times and clearly cites them as inspiration (in fact, she might even be straight-up stealing from them). Either way, Hyein Seo’s been in several magazine’s brands to watch lists for years, which makes sense given their avant-garde yet imminently wearable sensibilities. Hyein Seo’s clothes have previously appeared in the States by way of VFiles.

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8. Mahagrid

Tye dye t-shirts, striped polos, skate decks, baseball caps, and board shorts: skateboard culture has clearly made its way to Korea with this brand’s line of 90’s inflected streetwear. Far more accessible (and affordable) than the couture collections featured elsewhere on this list, Mahagrid’s offerings are legible within the tradition of ultra-cool action sports.

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KANGHYUK’s recent collabs with Reebok have put them on the map for a lot of Americans, but the brand helmed by Kanghyuk Choi and Sanglak Shon has been making waves since 2017.

In a 2019 interview with 032c, the team said that “Our design process focuses on using materials in their purest form.” This is a through-line in all of their design work, as material is emphasized in both their garments and installations, often taking inspiration from iconography not associated with fashion.

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10. 99percentis

99percentis seems to specialize in post-apocalyptic outerwear that fits perfectly in the aesthetic universe of The Purge (if those films hadn’t been specifically about America’s glorification of violence). Balancing creepy, cute, and cool, the destroyed masks, jackets, and pants are battle-ready and immensely intimidating. Helmed by a designer mononymously known as Bjowoo, the brand’s anarchic outfits have previously been worn by Lady Gaga and Justin Beiber.

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11. Ader Error

With tons of big-time collaborations with brands such as Zara and CASETiFY to name a few, Ader Error is a unique brand with rare and eye-catching designs. While only several years old, the uni-sex brand has already made large strides in the fashion industry, quickly becoming one of the top Korean Streetwear brands on the market.

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12. GOEN.J

If you are looking for luxury fashion that isn’t too overpriced, then look no further than GOEN.J. The brand has everything you can think of from shirt dresses and blazers (men and women’s), all the way down to ball caps and sweats. Whatever floats your boat stylewise, GOEN.J has available.

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How Many Avengers Movies Are There? Your Complete List

If there was ever a time to dip your toe into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the time is now—and there’s no better series to immerse yourself in than that of the Avengers movies. The harrowing series delves between the fan-favorite one-offs like Iron Man (2008) and Thor (2011) connecting each through a melding of stories and timelines when the gang gets together for The Avengers (2011) and their several other star-studded sequels. 

Now that the Avengers have saved the day for the last time and quarantined has saved you from maybe ever going back into an office, bring these two forces together for good and jump right into this comprehensive list of Avengers movies, presented in the correct chronological order for your viewing pleasure.

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1. ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ (2011)

Start things off at the true genesis of the series, Captain America: The First Avenger, a 2011 release that was the penultimate film of the first phase of the Avengers. In classic Marvel fashion, Captain America is actually introduced right before the first Avengers movie, tying up a bunch of loose ends and easter eggs from the previous four films which included Iron Man, The Hulk, and Thor setting the stage for the epic superhero mashup that dominated summer screens during 2012. Kick off the series with the first true film of the series and enjoy Chris Evans’ journey of self-discovery as the genetically mutated savior of the United States.

Rotten Tomatoes: 79%

Director: Joe Johnston

Starring: Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Tommy Lee Jones

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2. ‘Captain Marvel’ (2019)

The true second movie of the series released only last year in 2019 when Brie Larson graced the big screen as Captain Marvel, the series’ first female superhero to be featured in her own film. The plot revolves around Larson’s character, who is stuck between a fight for her own homeland and Earth in 1995. The flick gives great insight into the start of the Avengers initiative and her relationship with Nick Fury, one of Marvel’s most mysterious and elusive characters, not to mention the subtle, vintage nostalgia that the film features from the mid-90s.

Rotten Tomatoes: 79%  

Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

Starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Jude Law

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3. ‘Iron Man’ (2008)

Arguably the best single film of the entire series, Iron Man, was the Marvel movie that made me fall in love with the franchise. The smart talking-rebel-billionaire-playboy-philanthropist with a John Favreau sidekick was apparently the perfect recipe to bring me into the cinematic universe of Marvel’s superheroes. As the third movie in the correct order, Iron Man was actually the first movie released from the series when Robert Downey Jr. first appeared as the “too reckless to lead the Avengers” superhero that won our hearts in 2008. The star-studded film not only opened the door to two more sequels but signaled the success of the forthcoming generation of Marvel’s Avengers movies.

Rotten Tomatoes: 94%

Director: Jon Favreau

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Bridges, Terrence Howard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Shaun Toub

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4. ‘Iron Man 2’ (2010)

Keep the train rolling with everyone’s favorite avenger and jump right into the sequel, Iron Man 2. Despite releasing two years after its predecessor the film picks up right where the original left off. RDJ faces more conflict with himself, falling in line with Fury, and some of his own allies. In general, the sequel is never as good as the first, and Iron Man 2 is no exception, however, Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell play a villainous duo that brings the picture home and leave viewers quoting Rourke’s part about getting his “bourd” shipped to him from Russia. The movie also introduces us to Natasha AKA Black Widow, played by Scarlet Johansson.

Rotten Tomatoes: 72%

Director: Jon Favreau

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke

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5. ‘The Incredible Hulk’ (2008)

The Incredible Hulk dropped just about a month after the OG Iron Man in June of 2008 and featured Edward Norton as the good vs. evil super-scientist, Dr. Bruce Banner. The ‘08 rendition of the classic Marvel superhero saw all of the Jekyll and Hyde themes of the classic tale and featured Liv Tyler as Norton’s love interest. The film by itself isn’t bad and makes for a nice break in the Avengers universe as Norton’s Hulk is so different from Mark Ruffalo, who went on to replace him for The Avengers in 2012.

Rotten Tomatoes: 67%

Director: Louis Letterier

Starring: Edward Norton, Tim Roth, Liv Tyler, William Hurt

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6. ‘Thor’ (2011)

Thor, the might hammer-wielding demi-God from Norse mythology, makes his debut in 2011 played by Chris Hemsworth. The film focuses on his complicated relationship with the Earthlings he meets after crash landing in the American Southwest as a banishing punishment from his homeworld of Asgard. The mighty hero dodges the American government, meddling from the S.H.I.E.L.D. agency, on his way to return and defeat his trickster brother, Loki, portrayed expertly by Tom Hiddleston.

Rotten Tomatoes: 77%

Director: Kenneth Branagh

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Colm Feore

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7. ‘The Avengers’ (2012)

As seamlessly as possible, The Avengers premiered in 2012, picking up where Thor left off, rejoined by Stark, Banner, and other characters to bring down Loki, who’s in possession of the Tesseract to do the world-ending bidding of Thanos (we’ll get to him later). The star-studded cast brought the previous films to fruition with single-minded origin stories intertwining to kick off the epic assembly of the Avengers for the first time. As usual, the first Avengers movie takes the cake and is inarguably the best of three movies where the team comes together.

Rotten Tomatoes: 91%

​​​​​​​Director: Joss Whedon

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson

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8. ‘Iron Man 3’ (2013)

We follow Tony Stark through his journey as the leader of the Avengers and pick things back up with the MCU at his doorstep in Iron Man 3. Reeling from the past events, the threat of future violence, and a new “man behind the curtain” villain who threatens Stark as well as his girlfriend, Pepper Potts. The future of Stark industries hangs in the balance in this one, a proper start to phase 2 of the infinity saga.

Rotten Tomatoes: 79%

Director: Shane Black

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Don Cheadle

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9. ‘Thor: The Dark World’ (2013)

Similar to how we check back in on Tony Stark in Iron Man 3, so do we with Thor on The Dark World, a 2013 release that takes another look at Thor’s complicated relationship with his allies on Earth, his untrustworthy brother Loki, and his universal duty to protect the world from destruction. The second iteration of everyone’s favorite demigod gets us to learn more about Thor and brings us closer to the wide expanse of the MCU as a whole. 

Rotten Tomatoes: 66%

Director: Alan Taylor

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård, Christopher Eccleston

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10. ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ (2014)

The secondary leader of the Avengers squad, Captain America is the nicer Tony Stark as some might say. The proper leader relies on his strict militaristic upbringing and classic 1940s manner to bring some old fashioned levity to the group, but things aren’t as calm as they seem. Still, waters run deep for Cap and his relationship with the Winter Soldier, his old ally Bucky, comes to life in the 2014 release that takes place after the disaster in New York and before the Avengers take up arms against their sentient robot nemesis, Ultron. This one explores some more characters like Black Widow and Falcon as the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. who assist Captain America in this film which continues to expand the MCU past the original characters.

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Sebastian Stan, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders

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11. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (2014)

Taking a break from our traditional heroes in the second phase of the infinity saga, the MCU took a left turn in the galaxy and introduced us to the incredibly funny and charismatic Guardians of the Galaxy. The hilarious mashup of different characters was led by Chris Pratt, an intergalactic bounty hunter named Starlord and Bradley Cooper, his genetically engineered talking Raccoon sidekick. The duo was joined by the true hero of the entire MCU, Groot, who only needs one word to communicate how he feels about the movie. Pratt leads us on a winning odyssey through the universe underscored by a sensational soundtrack filled with ’80s hits (the good ones).

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%

​​​​​​​Director: James Gunn

Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldaña, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker

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12. ‘Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ (2017)

At this point in the watching schedule, viewers are satisfied with the backstories and tribulations of the main characters, leaving ample room to double down with the Guardians of the Galaxy and get right into Vol. 2—an excellent sequel that made up for its lack of action with its intricate storyline of Starlord’s lineage, his white whale. Vol. 2 is a sleeper hit of the series and the only thing more entertaining than the sci-fi action and tear-jerking realizations is the nostalgia-filled soundtrack of the film.

Rotten Tomatoes: 85%

Director: James Gunn

Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldaña, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, Pom Klementieff, Chris Sullivan

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13. ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ (2015)

With the Guardians introduced and the stage finally set, the team rejoins their ranks to battle Ultron, the gang’s sentient science project gone wrong. He’s voiced by the incomparable James Spader and makes for one hell of a villain. The second Avengers movie features everyone’s favorites including a depleted Tony Stark, Bruce Banner almost completely uncontrollable, and two new characters, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, a pair of twins with a serious vendetta.

Rotten Tomatoes: 76%

Director: Joss Whedon

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, James Spader

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14. ‘Ant-Man’ (2015)

When Ant-Man was first released, I honestly didn’t even know he was a real superhero. Turns out the low key hero would come to be one of the more relatable heroes. Instead of the playboy millionaire of demi-god we met, Scott Lang is an out of work cat burglar with a degree in electrical engineering. What transpires is fairly funny – Lang meets Dr. Pym as Michael Douglas, a genius who created the suit to shrink down and battle the bad guys. The film works well as it finishes off the second phase of the Avengers with a solo story, priming us for the third and final chapter of the Avengers.

Rotten Tomatoes: 83%

​​​​​​​Director: Peyton Reed

Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Corey Stoll, Anthony Mackie, Michael Douglas

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15. ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (2016)

We check back in with old Captain America and things are not going well! In Civil War, we see Cap face off in a literal civil war against supposed pal, Iron Man. The conflict? Cap’s old buddy Bucky of course. Has he become too much of a threat (you’re team Stark if you think so) or is there still time for a second chance? (Team Cap obviously for this one). Find out in Captain America: Civil War, the third Captain America-focused flick, and the premier of phase three of the Infinity saga. The movie helps to set the stage for what another huge battle might look like (foreshadowing) and features the first appearance of Black Panther and NYC’s favorite web-slinger, as well.

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Paul Rudd, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman

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16. ‘Spider-Man Homecoming’ (2017)

Everyone’s favorite neighborhood superhero stole the show (and Cap’s shield) in Civil War, so it only makes sense to keep the momentum going with Spider-Man: Homecoming, a reboot of the character featuring Tom Holland as the masked web-slinger. The movie helps to introduce a new character to the MCU but also introduces the most heartfelt relationship of the series, that of Parker and Tony Stark who’s original mentorship of young Parker grows throughout the movie as well as the other films where Spidey and Iron Man team-up. The film hits all the high notes, Holland as the perfectly clueless and naive hero facing off against Vulture, portrayed by grizzled superhero veteran Michael Keaton.

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%

​​​​​​Director: Jon Watts

Starring: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Robert Downey Dr., Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei, Michael Keaton, Donald Glover, Laura Harrier

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17. ‘Doctor Strange’ (2016)

In phase three of the infinity series, we see the lineup of heroes expand greatly. No doubt padding the roster for their next go at saving the world, the Avengers introduces Doctor (never Dr.) Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to the team with a mythical origin story set in NYC. Cumberbatch plays the cocky, yet expert doctor who is left crippled after a devastating car wreck. Hardly able to stand, Strange, reclaims his body, and his soul with new magical powers and a new cape that restores his status as the country’s best surgeon and much much more. Strange reminds us of why we love Tony Stark—best at what he does and knows it.

Rotten Tomatoes: 89%

Director: Scott Derrickson

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton

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18. ‘Black Panther’ (2018)

Wakanda forever! 2018 was a big year for Marvel movies—three films were released, but none of them were nearly as popular or impactful as Black Panther. The origin story of our clawed hero, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), begins with his homeland, Wakanda, under pressure to find a new leader. The secret society is cut off from the world, their superior technological advancements keep them from ever having to interact, yet their peaceful society debates whether to act and use their power to even the score for people of color across the world. T’Challa’s throne is challenged by his “thought you were dead” cousin, Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) who takes over in a classic Shakespearean family-oriented power struggle. The result is an epic struggle that sees T’Challa and “uses this power for good” strategy atop the throne.

Rotten Tomatoes: 96%

Director: Ryan Coogler

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Danai Gurira, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett

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19. ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ (2017)

Thor: Ragnarok picks things back up with Thor, in his rightful place as the leader of Asgard…except that’s not the case and in fact, Thor’s sister, Hela, is back to try and take things over (even Loki is scared of her). Not only does Thor lose his hammer, but he’s forced to team up with Loki again to protect their homeworld from sure destruction. Ragnarok is a real story of self-discovery and even features an epic one-on-one battle with the Hulk that you’re not going to want to miss.

Rotten Tomatoes: 93%

Director: Taika Waititi

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo, Tessa Thompson, Anthony Hopkins

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20. ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (2018)

With side stories wrapped up and feuding friends reconciled, it’s time to wave the rally flag and assemble the Avengers. With the stage set, Marvel revealed their epic villain Thanos to the world for the first time in Avengers: Infinity War. Thanos is dead set on his goal of finding all of the infinity stones and there isn’t much that’s going to get in his way, despite peak cooperation amongst our heroes. The battles are epic, and the character development, a must watch, all around Infinity War was not only the movie of the summer but also has a proper standing as that year’s most important film release.

Rotten Tomatoes: 85%

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Tom Hiddleston, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldaña, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan, Benedict Wong, Idris Elba, Josh Brolin

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21. ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ (2018)

Despite beginning to pull the curtain on the third phase of the Avengers series, producers and creators have made it clear that the MCU is far from over. With fans frothing at the mouth for Endgame, they had to wait just a little longer, but to get them geared up for the true future of the franchise, Ant-Man and the Wasp premiered in 2018 and picked back up with our hero on house arrest. Obviously, it doesn’t leave him chained for that long as he joins forces with his female counterpart, the Wasp (Hayley Lovitt), to bring the film to its conclusion.

Rotten Tomatoes: 87%

Director: Peyton Reed

Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michael Peña, Hannah John-Kamen, Bobby Cannavale, Michelle Pfeiffer

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22. ‘Avengers: End Game’ (2019)

With Avengers fans still stuck to their theater chairs from the original screening of Infinity War (the quote, “I don’t feel so good Mr. Stark,” still kills me), Endgame made a swift appearance on the big screen, arriving just one year after Infinity War. The flick featured everyone’s band of heroes for one final showdown; the gang struggles against Thanos, his army, and his incredible ability to collect infinity stones but prevail in the end—one major sacrifice later.

Rotten Tomatoes: 94%

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Tom Hiddleston, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldaña, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau, Letitia Wright, Idris Elba, Josh Brolin

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23. ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ (2019)

With Endgame settled and a new future laid out for our heroes, the third phase of the infinity saga comes to a close with Spider-Man: Far From Home, as Peter Parker must now fly on his own without the tutelage of Tony Stark. Parker decides to take a break and enjoy a class trip to Europe, but obviously, fate and Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) have other plans. Parker does his best, but Mysterio is one step ahead of his own defeat, ensuring mutually assured destruction by revealing Spider-Man’s true identity to the world. 

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%

Director: Jon Watts

Starring: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Samuel L. Jackson, Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei, Jake Gyllenhaal

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24. ‘Black Widow’ (2021)

Delayed time and time again, Black Widow finally hit theaters in July of 2021, making it the first Marvel movie to premiere post-March of 2020. The film follows our newly-departed hero from Endgame, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), in a bit of a look back into her past along with her sister, Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh). While we first focus on a specific mission back in 1995, we also zoom to the more recent past in 2016, tracking Black Widow as she’s a fugitive on the loose.

Rotten Tomatoes: 79%

Director: Cate Shortland

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, O- T Fagbenle, David Harbour, Olga Kurylenko

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25. ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ (2021)

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings combines Shang-Chi’s traumatic past with his calmer present, though that doesn’t last too long. His father, Xu Wenwu (Tony Leung) created the Ten Rings organization before he was born, which refers to the ten rings that he found, which have insane mystical powers that allow people to be immortal. However, after the death of his mother, Shang-Chi decided to abandon the organization that he was born into, starting a new life for himself. The only catch? He can’t escape the Ten Rings forever.

Rotten Tomatoes: 91%

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton

Starring: Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Michelle Yeoh, Tony Leung Chiu-wai

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26. ‘Eternals’ (2021)

With a stacked cast and a director just coming off a major win of Best Director at the Academy Awards, Eternals is a Marvel film that was receiving quite a bit of hype regardless of the fact that the even more-hyped Spider-Man: No Way Home was just around the corner. We’re introduced to a ton of new superheroes in Eternals who are all part of the eponymous group being sent on a mission to eliminate the Deviants, all in the hope that they’ll be able to gear up for the Emergence.

Rotten Tomatoes: 47%

Director: Chloé Zhao

Starring: Richard Madden, Gemma Chan, Lia McHugh, Kumail Nanjiani

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27. ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ (2021)

Aside from Avengers: Endgame, I don’t think we’ve ever seen a more hyped-up movie than Spider-Man: No Way Home. Maybe it was the fact that we just hadn’t had a good Spider-Man flick in a while because of COVID-19, but regardless of the reasoning, the need for this movie was palpable. Thankfully, the film lived up to and exceeded those expectations with a cast comprised of old friends and foes. Oh, and we all got the much-needed return of our good old buddy, the Green Goblin.

The Multiverse is basically the main antagonist of this film, as all of the current Spider-Man’s enemies are brought back from his past, along with all of the old Spider-Men who fought them. Aside from some minor aches and pains, the Spider-Men of the past are more than capable of returning the unleashed adversaries (The Green Goblin, Doc Ock, The Lizard, Electro, and Sandman) to their own universes, though there’s a major catch at the end for Tom Holland’s Peter Parker.

Rotten Tomatoes: 93%

Director: Jon Watts

Starring: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, Jamie Foxx, Rhys Ifans, Thomas Haden Church

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28. ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ (2021)

Released in May of 2022, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is a sequel to 2016’s Doctor Strange—and the two films couldn’t be more different. For one, we’ve got a completely new character thrown into the mix, America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), a teenage girl who has the power to travel the Multiverse. Chavez becomes the person being yanked back and forth throughout the course of the film, as the Scarlet Witch is desperate to take her away and claim possession of her powers in order to be a mother to her two sons. Because of this, Dr. Strange attempts to keep Chavez safe from the Scarlet Witch, though it proves to be much more difficult than anticipated.

Rotten Tomatoes: 75%

Director: Sam Raimi

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Xochitl Gomez, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams

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The 25 Most Expensive Pokémon Cards of All Time

When I was growing up, the kids around me traded Pokémon cards like they were candy. They cared about winning the game and not the potential financial value of the cards years later.

In the past year, the amount of media coverage around eye-popping Pokemon card sales has been off the charts, but many people still don’t understand what makes certain cards more valuable than others. Here, we will talk about factors such as eBay sales data, popularity of characters, card condition and the PSA grades and populations.

Below is a list of the 25 highest Pokémon single card sales of all time… but keep in mind, with new record breaking sales happening almost daily, you never know when a new card will show up or move up and down the chart.

25. 2007 Pokémon Pop Series 5 Gold Star Espeon #16 PSA 10
$22,100.00 (2/14/2021)

Let’s get this countdown started with Espeon. Note that at over $22k, there are 24 higher sales to learn about. Espeon boasts a population of 54 PSA 10’s and still commands over $22k at auction. Buckle up because here we go! 

24. 1996 Pokémon Japanese Basic No Rarity Symbol Holo Alakazam #65 PSA 10
$22,100.00 (11/20/2020)

The No Rarity cards are considered 1st Editions when it comes to Japanese cards. Due to this correlation and Alakazam having a PSA 10 population of 4, you can see why this card sold for $22,100.00. With demand continuing to soar, anticipate the next Alakazam PSA 10 to shatter this sale.

23. 1999 Pokémon Base 1st Edition Holo Venusaur #15 PSA 10
$22,615.00 (12/28/2020)

The first member of the Big 3 to hit the list, Venusaur is undervalued currently. Due to timing and a market slowdown, Venusaur is the first of 7 Base 1st Edition cards on this list, yet he should be no lower than 5th. Even with 136 PSA 10 examples, this is one of the top English cards to obtain.

22. 1999 Pokémon Base 1st Edition Holo Mewtwo #10 PSA 10
$22,655.00 (11/25/2020)

Possibly the coolest Pokémon ever, and certainly the most powerful, Mewtwo joins the club after this staggering $22,655.00 sale back in November. With a PSA 10 population of 81, finding the English grail Mewtwo will be a tough task. 

21. 1999 Pokémon Base 1st Edition Holo Hitmonchan #7 PSA 10
$23.100.00 (11/25/2020)

The 1st Edition Base Holograms will continue to set records moving forward. That said, Hitmonchan has a PSA 10 population of 54, which is the 2nd lowest of all the 1st Edition base holograms. Demand will continue to rise for the 1st Edition holograms, especially Hitmonchan. 

20. 2010 Pokémon Japanese Promo Daisuki Club Holo Masters Scroll #055 PSA 10
$24,418.00 (12/12/2020)

The newest card on the list comes with by far the most interesting storyline. This Promo card was only obtainable for members of the Daisuki Club, who had to complete a variety of tasks to gain the points necessary to redeem the card. Of the cards redeemed, only 26 are graded PSA 10.

19. 1996 Pokémon Japanese Basic No Rarity Symbol Holo Poliwrath #62 PSA 10
$25,015.00 (12/28/2020)

The 1996 No Rarity PSA 10’s have become extremely difficult to obtain, with low populations like Poliwrath here having a Pop 3 in PSA 10, for example. Prices will continue to rise due to such a limited supply of pristine original cards. 

18. 2009 Pokémon Japanese Promo Wonder Platinum Trophy Card BGS 9.5
$25,100.00 (11/25/2020)

One of the newer cards on the list, the Promo Wonder Platinum Trophy Card is also one of the hardest to acquire. They were awarded to finalists at the Pokémon National Championships in Tokyo, with an estimation of around 20 being handed to those participants. This 9.5 BGS Trophy Card is a rare grail worthy of its spot on the list. 

17. 2004 Pokémon Gold Star EX Team Rocket Returns Holo Torchic #108 PSA 10
$25,400.00 (12/12/2020)

This might come as a surprise to some, but the Gold Star Torchic is in high demand, in part due to there only being 16 PSA 10 examples currently. How hard is Torchic to obtain? This is the only public PSA 10 sale in almost 2 years. 

16. 1996 Pokémon Japanese Bandai Carddass Vending Prism Red Charizard #6 PSA 10
$30,100.00 (1/27/2021)

This is the first Charizard to hit the list. There are 61 Carddass PSA 10 ‘Zards currently, and 303 total graded with PSA. Due to scarcity, this ‘Zard could be higher on the list in a couple months.   

15. 1999 Pokémon Base 1st Edition Holo Raichu #14 PSA 10
$34,820.00 (1/19/2021)

The evolution of Pikachu, Raichu cracks #15 on the list of all time Pokémon Card Sales. The Raichu PSA 10 1st Edition has a population of 87 currently, and with the prices of sealed Pokémon 1st Edition packs and boxes continuing to soar, the sale price of $34,820.00 will likely be a bargain in the near future.  

14. 1999 Pokémon Base 1st Edition Holo Chansey #3 PSA 10
$36,877.00 (11/25/2020)

Certain Pokémon cards just didn’t come out pristine when they were produced and Chansey is a perfect example. With 47 PSA 10 examples, Chansey has the lowest PSA 10 pop of the hologram’s in the 1st Edition English Base Set. Coincidentally the Shadowless version of Chansey only has 15 PSA 10’s in the registry.

13. 1999 Pokémon French 1st Edition Dracaufeu #4 PSA 10
$37,300 (1/31/2021)

Due to surging demand for all Charizards, it makes sense that even the French Charizard would soar in value as well. With a population of 28 PSA 10’s, the $37,300.00 price tag isn’t as steep as you’d expect. Moving forward, low population Charizard’s are as safe a bet as you can make when buying cardboard, regardless of the language.

12. 1995 Pokémon Topsun No Number Blue Back Wartortle PSA 10
$44,999.00 (2/4/2021)

When it comes to Population 1, prices can soar. At nearly $45,000.00, this is going to be considered a bargain for the buyer, given no more PSA 10’s enter the registry. Cards like this will cause many collectors to go nuts trying to acquire such a rare piece of Pokémon history.

11. 2005 Pokémon EX Deoxys Gold Star Holo Rayquaza #107 PSA 10
$45,100 (12/12/2020)

The 2005 Gold Star Holo Rayquaza has become quite the grail, with 46 PSA 10’s in the registry, and 156 PSA 9’s, this is going to be a tough card to acquire in mint or better for collectors.

10. 1999 Pokémon Base 1st Edition Holo Blastoise #2 PSA 10
$45,100.00 (11/25/2020)

The drop off from Charizard to Blastoise is staggering, but make no mistake, Blastoise is entrenched as the 2nd most valuable 1st Edition card. Scarcity also plays a part with 100 total PSA 10’s in the registry, which is 21 less than Charizard.  

9. 2016 Pokemon Card Game 20th Anniversary 24K Gold Pikachu
$50,000.00 (1/7/2021)

Pikachu encrusted in 24K Gold. Sometimes going over the top is necessary for anniversaries, especially when it involves Pokémon. To originally obtain this reissued Pikachu, you had to pre-order it for $2,100.00. Quite the return in 5 years.

8. 1996 Pokémon Japanese Base No Rarity Holo Charizard #6 PSA 9
$57,877.00 (11/25/2020)

The 1996 Japanese No rarity ‘Zard has taken off, and rightfully so with a total of 28 PSA 9 grades in their registry. A PSA 10, which there are 6 of, would fetch a mega haul at auction. The price tag should be north of a PSA 10 1st Edition English ‘Zard due to scarcity and the fact that it’s the first Base Charizard Produced.

7. 1998 Kamex Mega Battle Computer Error Trophy Promo PSA 10
$58,023.00 (2/15/2021)

One of the Rarest Trophy cards, the Computer Error Trophy has a PSA 10 Pop of 6 with 39 total in their registry. The trophy cards were used as prizes at the 1998 Kamex Mega Battle.

6. 2005 Pokémon Japanese Summer Battle Road Mew Victory Orb Trophy PSA 10
$60,000.01 (12/28/2020)

In 2005, 162 finalists won this Mew Trophy Card. Of those, 19 have been graded with PSA and 17 are PSA 10’s. Trophy Cards have become one of the most sought after promos, and for good reason. Only a true Pokémon Master could originally obtain it. 

5. 1998 Pokémon Japanese Promo Holo Kangaskhan #115 PSA 9
$150,000 (10/28/2020)

With a Population of 11 PSA 10’s, the Kangaskhan Family Trophy Card has Grail written all over it. A PSA 9 Recently fetched $100,100.00 on 12/15/2021. There are a total of 45 graded and the next PSA 10 that goes for auction could shatter the Half Million mark. 

4. 2000 Pokémon Neo Genesis 1st Edition Holo Lugia #9 PSA 10
$129,000 (11/25/2020)

With a Population of 42 PSA 10’s, Lugia has become a highly sought after Grail. The drop off from PSA 10 to 9 is astounding, PSA 9’s sell around $8,000.00 

3. 1999 Pokémon Base 1st Edition Holo Charizard #4 PSA 10
$350,000.00 (12/12/2020)

Even with a Population over 120, the PSA 10 Charizard commands heavy $. Consider this, Michael Jordan’s PSA 10 fleer Rookie is valued over $650,000.00 meanwhile Charizard has almost a third the population while fetching half the price of MJ. You could say ‘Zard is the Jordan of Pokémon.  

2. 1999 Pokémon Base 1st Edition Holo Charizard #4 SGC 10
$369,000 (12/12/2020)

At number 2 comes this beautiful SGC 10 1st Edition Charizard. The 1st Edition Base ‘Zard is the top English card to own. 

1. 1995 Pokémon Japanese Topsun No Number Blue Back Charizard PSA 10
$480,000 (1/31/2021)

With a PSA 10 Population of one, it’s easy to see why the original Charizard fetched so much money at auction. While this is the top sale currently, it could be shattered before February ends. 

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Pokemon Card Value and Price Guide: How Much Are Your Cards Worth? – copy

The explosive recent rise in the value of Pokemon cards has opened the eyes of investors and former collectors looking to get back in the game. The original Pokemon base set (1999 1st Edition Shadowless) is the most collectible, with record breaking single card sales happening almost daily on eBay.

“Every generation defines what is nostalgic to them,” says Collectors Universe President Joe Orlando. “Pokémon started its rise in the U.S. during the late 1990s. Today, the young people who were playing the classic game then are now well into adulthood. As a result, the game has enjoyed a kind of rebirth in the hobby.”      

This list of 10 cards from the iconic original set breaks down the total population of each card graded by PSA, as well as their most recent sales to illustrate their current value.

What Makes a Pokemon Card Valuable?
Identify type and assess rarity

The first step to identify if a card is potentially worth anything substantial is to check its type and rarity. In other words, how likely the card is to come across from any given booster pack or special event, and if it has any special characteristics, such as card material or Pokemon types.

There are a few indicators of rarity on any given card, though they’re quite subject to change depending on when said card was printed. A marker near the bottom of the card or near its name will indicate rarity: a circle means the card is common, a diamond means it’s less common, and stars mean it’s rare. More stars or with combinations of letters or symbols mean extra rare, including if those symbols are in the name or elsewhere on the card. Other characteristics that can up the rarity include: a higher printed number than there should be in a given printed set (e.g., 66/65); holographic artwork or reverse holographic, in which everything but the artwork is holographic; artwork that takes up the full card; artwork wherein the creature doesn’t cast a shadow; and any shining characteristics, not to be confused with holographic.

There are also special types of cards, like from the aforementioned special events that sometimes award cards to tournament winners. For example, one of the most coveted cards, the Trophy Pikachu Trainer Card, was only given out to competition winners in Japan and is so rare that it is considered priceless due to lack of sellers. And a Pikachu Illustrator card, awarded for a Pokemon award competition, allegedly sold for a cool $90,000 USD.

While rarity isn’t the only factor in appraising value, it’s certainly a major factor: Some of the highest-selling cards worth tens of thousands of dollars, or considered “priceless” from lack of supply, are only so because of small rarities like misprints or typos.

As for the more common cards that don’t match any of these characteristics, the consensus advice online is to sell those in bulk. Though the individual cards may only be worth a few dollars at most, a complete collection of them can likely fetch a little higher of a price. That’s not a terrible idea for someone wanting to get rid of a bunch of common cards and turn a profit.

How To Find the Value of Your Cards
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Taking your old cards out of the closet and researching to find their current value is the most common way people are getting back into Pokémon. When trying to figure out a card’s value, make sure to follow these steps:

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Step 1. Find the year of the card. Check the bottom year(s) of the card.

Step 2. Find the set the card belongs to. If there is no logo on the right side, it’s Base. Every other set has an indicator. 

Step 3. Identify the card with the name and number in the set. 

1st Edition Base
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  • The grail set, Charizard is on fire with a recent sale topping $225,000.00.
  • The graded population on this set is low, and the demand has become astronomical.
  • The last Sealed Box auction ended at $198,000.00.  
Shadowless Base Set
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  • Identical to the 1st Edition cards except they don’t have the 1st Edition Stamp. 
  • The Shadowless set is just as rare / more rare than the 1st Edition set.
  • Gem Mint Charizard has a much lower population and the price hovers around $90,000.00. 
  • Shadowless is the only other set with the Red Cheek Pikachu Error card.
Base Unlimited
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  • The Unlimited Set Boxes are over $35,000.00.
  • Gem Mint Charizard is around $30,000.00.
  • This set had 6-8 times the print runs compared to 1 print run each for 1st Edition and Shadowless.
Jungle Set
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  • 2nd Expansion set
  • 1st Edition Boxes worth over $25,000.00
  • Each Holographic card has a non-holographic version
  • Only expansion set where every holographic card has a no symbol version. 
Fossil Set
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  • 3rd Expansion Set
  • 1st Edition Boxes Over $20,000.00
  • Each Holographic card has a non-holographic version.
Base Set 2
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  • Combination of Base & Jungle sets.
  • Boxes over $25,000.00
  • PSA 10 Charizard valued over $8,000.00
  • Having the original Charizard artwork will always keep this set in demand. 
Team Rocket
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  • The 5th set, Team Rocket pays homage to the villains of Pokémon: Jesse, James & Meowth.
  • 1st Edition Boxes over $20,000.00
  • 1st Expansion set to have Charizard
  • After Base Set, Team Rocket is arguably the hottest Gen. 1 set to collect. 
Gym Heroes
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  • Focuses on 1st 4 Gym Leaders: Brock, Misty, Lt. Surge & Erika
  • 1st Edition Boxes are at $15,000.00
  • PSA 10 1st Edition Moltres is valued over $4,500.00
Gym Challenge
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  • Focuses on Final 4 Gym Leaders: Sabrina, Koga, Blaine & Giovanni
  • 1st Edition Boxes are valued over $20,000.00 
  • PSA 10 Charizard is valued over $5,000.00 
Promo Cards
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Pokémon had numerous promo cards: E3 promos, Black Star Promos and Prerelease promos. They were available at events, in magazines, by mail request and one was available with a VHS film. Due to scarcity, some have skyrocketed and the demand is increasing rapidly.  You can read more about Black Star Promos in this article.

What Are Your Pokemon 1st Edition Base Set Cards Worth?

If you own any of the cards listed below, condition is the biggest factor in figuring out what your cards are worth. The prices below illustrate what these cards are worth after grading in mint condition as PSA 9’s & 10’s. It is very unlikely that your cards will grade this high if they have been played with. If you have these cards laying around in less than mint condition, it still may be worth getting them graded as long as they are in pretty good shape. 

1. Squirtle First Edition $1000 – $2600
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Squirtle is the first evolution of Blastoise and carries the most value of any of the big three pre-evolutions. Be sure to assemble your Squirtle-Squad!

PSA Pop: 1418 – (10) 600 – (9) 633

Current Value: PSA 10 $2600 PSA 9 $1000

2. Charmander 1st Edition $574 – $1900
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Baby Zard’s value has taken a bit of a dip recently. but don’t be surprised if Charmander has a big run up with the prices of Charizard skyrocketing. 

PSA Pop: 1521 – (10) 652 – (9) 661

Current Value: PSA 10 $1900 PSA 9 $574

3. Bulbasaur 1st Edition $710 – $1700
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One of the most popular Pokemon, Bulbasaur delivers long term. With low populations, be sure to make Bulbasaur a top priority. 

PSA Pop: 783 – (10) 237 – (9) 416

Current Value: PSA 10 $1700 PSA 9 $710

4. Pikachu

Pikachu is the most well known Pokemon out there and considered to be a mascot of sorts. There are two versions of Pikachu in this set – with a red cheeked and a yellow cheeked variant. The red cheek is the more rare and valuable of the two.

Pikachu Red Cheeks $1100 – $6400
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PSA Pop: 890 – (10) 215 – (9) 545

Current Value: PSA 10 $6400 PSA 9 $1100

Pikachu Yellow Cheeks $495 – $1913
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PSA Pop: 886 – (10) 338 – (9) 361

Current Value: PSA 10 $1913 PSA 9 $495

5. Onix 1st Edition $88 – $291

Onix was the “final boss” of sorts that you battle against at the first gym in the Pokemon games. Onix’s value has jumped significantly in the last 2 weeks. 

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PSA Pop: 923 – (10) 376 – (9) 433

Current Value: PSA 10 $291 PSA 9 $88

6. Blastoise Holo 1st Edition $9469 – $31.975

Blastoise is the fully evolved version of Squirtle. It’s widely considered to be in the top 4 most valuable holo Pokemon from the original set. 

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PSA Pop: 1484 – (10) 98 – (9) 507

Current Value: PSA 10 $31.975 PSA 9 $9469

7. Charizard Holo 1st Edition $49,100 – $350,100

This card is the apex of Pokemon collecting. Even non-collectors know that the Charizard holo will make you the king of the playground, in any condition.

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PSA Pop: 2475 – (10) 120 – (9) 645

Current Value: PSA 10 $350,100 PSA 9 $49,100

8. Venusaur Holo 1st Edition $5010 – $22,615

Venusaur is the final form of Bulbasaur. Another one of the most popular holo Pokemon, Venusaur is one of the most stolen Pokemon by Mewtwo in both “Strikes Back” movies.

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PSA Pop: 1310 – (10) 133 – (9) 469

Current Value: PSA 10 $22,615 PSA 9 $5010

9. Mewtwo Holo 1st Edition $2900 – $20,100

Mewtwo is the evil clone of Mew and was the antagonist in “Pokemon The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back”

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PSA Pop: 990 – (10) 80 – (9) 379

Current Value: PSA 10 $20,100 PSA 9 $2900

10. Lass $420 – $2,827
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Lass is one of the rarest trainer cards to pull. On top of that, the graded population is very low. The first english Pokemon card featuring a lady has been in demand for years, with sales for PSA 10 topping $2,500.

PSA Pop: 467 – (10) 99 – (9) 269

Current Value: PSA 10 $2,827 PSA 9 $420

11. Raichu $3,151 – $17,100
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Pikachu does evolve, but only with the help of a Thunder Stone. Raichu is capable of storing 100,000 plus volts of electricity.   

PSA Pop: 1253 – (10) 87 – (9) 381

Current Value: PSA 10 $17,100 PSA 9 $3.151.00

12. Chansey $1,954 – $32,433
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Originally known as Lucky, Chansey is known for assisting nurse Joy in the Pokemon Centers in the video games. Chansey is one of the toughest cards to find in PSA 10. 

PSA Pop: 1142 – (10) 47 – (9) 362

Current Value: PSA 10 $32,433 PSA 9 $1954

13. Dugtrio $227 – $1325
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The evolution of Diglett, Dugtrio is the triple headed angry Mole. Capable of creating tunnels at 60 MPH, Dugtrio is known to cause earthquakes.  

PSA Pop: 579 – (10) 137 – (9) 291

Current Value: PSA 10 $1325 PSA 9 $227.00

14. Dratini $305 – $760
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This adorable dragon Pokemon is highly desirable in the card community, topping $4,000 in PSA 10 earlier this year. Dratini is the original form of Dragonair & later Dragonite. 

PSA Pop: 627 – (10) 145 – (9) 371

Current Value: PSA 10 $760 PSA 9 $305

15. Machamp $1025 – $3711
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This is where things get hairy. Although Machamp is finally being properly labeled, most listed as 1st Edition are really the Unlimited version. Check the font, year(s) listed on the card or just check out our Ultimate Pokemon Guide for more information.  

Also, check out where Machamp lands in our Most Powerful Pokemon.

1st Edition: PSA Pop: 6641 – (10) 348 – (9) 2984

1st Edition Shadowless: PSA Pop: 181 – (10) 2 – (9) 21

Current Shadowless Value: PSA 10 $3711 PSA 9 $1025

What’s Ahead For Pokemon?
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February 27th, 2021 will mark the 25th Anniversary of the launch of the Pokémon franchise. We recently had a chance to sit down with Dan “aDrive” Clap, one of the leading creators of Pokémon content on YouTube and Twitch, to get his insight as to what we can expect to see in 2021. Check it out! 

Sports Strength

25 Kobe Bryant Quotes About Life and Success

Kobe Bryant wasn’t just an NBA legend, he was a father, husband, investor, and inspiration to millions of people around the world. At age 41, Bryant tragically passed away on January 26, 2020.

The New York Times remembered the 18-time NBA All-Star and five-time NBA champion writing, “His commitment to winning was never questioned. The winner of the N.B.A.’s Most Valuable Player Award for the 2007-8 season, and the N.B.A. finals M.V.P. in both 2009 and 2010, Bryant showed a rare commitment to success on both ends of the court.”

As the world mourns arguably one of the best plays in NBA history, we’re remembering his words of wisdom, tremendous perseverance and ability to never give up.

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I’ll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it’s sitting on a bench waving a towel, handing a cup of water to a teammate, or hitting the game-winning shot.

2. “We don’t quit, we don’t cower, we don’t run. We endure and conquer.” —Kobe Bryant
3. “The moment you give up, is the moment you let someone else win.” —Kobe Bryant
4. “The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great at whatever they want to do.” —Kobe Bryant
5. “Everything negative — pressure, challenges — is all an opportunity for me to rise.” —Kobe Bryant
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6. “If you don’t believe in yourself, no-one will do it for you.” —Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant

Heroes come and go, but legends are forever.

8. “I can’t relate to lazy people. We don’t speak the same language. I don’t understand you. I don’t want to understand you.” —Kobe Bryant
9. “Once you know what failure feels like, determination chases success.” —Kobe Bryant
10. “Despite fear, finish the job.” —Kobe Bryant
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11. “I’m reflective only in the sense that I learn to move forward. I reflect (on my mistakes) with a purpose.” —Kobe Bryant
12. “We don’t quit. We don’t cower. We don’t run. We endure and conquer.” —Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant

Boos don’t block dunks.

14. “Sports are such a great teacher. I think of everything they’ve taught me – camaraderie, humility, how to resolve differences.” —Kobe Bryant
15. “Rest at the end, not at the middle.” —Kobe Bryant
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16. “I realized that intimidation didn’t really exist if you’re in the right frame of mind.” — Kobe Bryant
17. ‘We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it.’ —Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant

Everyone looks at your watch and it represents who you are, your values and your personal style.

19. “One thing you gotta know about me is I have absolutely no filter. I have no problem saying what the hell I think of someone.” —Kobe Bryant
20. “Friends can come and go, but banners hang forever.” —Kobe Bryant
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21. “A lot of leaders fail since they don’t have the bravery to touch that nerve or strike that chord.” —Kobe Bryant
22. “I don’t want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant.” — Kobe Bryant
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Pain doesn’t tell you when you ought to stop. Pain is the little voice in your head that tries to hold you back because it knows if you continue you will change.

24. “Use your success, wealth, and influence to put them in the best position to realize their own dreams and find their true purpose.” —Kobe Bryant
25. ” “The beauty in being blessed with talent is rising above doubters to create a beautiful moment.” —Kobe Bryant
Culture Music

What Is André 3000’s Net Worth?

Although Hip-Hop fans know him as one of the greatest rappers to ever grace a microphone, it took more than just being an MC for André 3000 to amass his estimated net worth of $45 million. Despite his reputation for being a recluse and mysterious figure that avoids the public eye, 3 Stacks has a portfolio that rivals any rapper out today in terms of his variety of ventures. So how exactly did he do it?

Even today’s music fans that missed the early 2000s era will probably know OutKast for “Hey Ya!”, “Ms. Jackson”, “Roses” and some of their other notable hits. These transitioned to the mainstream audience incredibly well, so much so that André and Big Boi’s 2003 double-disc album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below has sold more than 11 million copies to date. When you go on the internet to find out more about what artists make per album sale or for a platinum album etc., you’ll find that it depends on their specific contracts and that it’s not as much as people might think after expenses like recouping the advance, paying songwriters and producers, etc. are considered. But for argument’s sake, even assuming that André and Big Boi made just 50 cents each off of each copy sold makes you realize the commercial and financial success that their music brought them. With that being said, it’s estimated that 3000 made close to a $1 million on Outkasts’ debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik. The groups following two albums ATLiens and Aquemini reportedly earned Dré close to $2 million. Stankonia brought in close to $5 million, while Speakerboxxx/The Love Below ranked in a smooth $11 million as mentioned earlier. 3000 continues to earn revenue through streaming, radio plays, and even dedicated Outkast fans that still make it a point buy the hardcopies of their albums.

How André 3000 did it:
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Dré is considered a notorious non-touring act, suffering from social anxiety and famously, he pulled out of a 2006 tour with Big Boi to focus on acting (which we’ll get to later on). In 2012 on his feature on T.I.’s appropriately titled “Sorry”, he apologized to his former Rap partner for “fucking up the tours”. He raps “I hated all the attention so I ran from it… you know I ain’t never cared ‘bout no damn money”. Touring is the biggest source of income for any artist, so it’s incredible and commendable that 3 Stacks walked away from money for his own artistic choice and/or mental health. But just how much money was he walking away from?

In an interview with HOT 97 shortly after that song came out, Big Boi said “I don’t get it, like, apologize for being awkward at shows? Nah, apologize for turning down a million dollars a night!” before laughing. It was in jest and the pair have insisted that they have remained friends throughout the years, but we can take a lot from that comment. Around the time that they released Idlewild in ’06, the pair were grossing $1 million for a show, an amount comparable with only the biggest artists today. For comparison’s sake, on his Club Paradise Tour in 2012 when he was already a star, Drake was earning half of that. Anyway, despite Dré’s recent reputation, in 2014 the pair did reunite for a series of shows at festivals. In terms of the show, they received mixed reviews, but there’s no doubt that it was healthy for 3 Stack’s pockets if nothing else.

How André 3000 made money outside of music:
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André has had his fair share of success outside of the music industry too. His aforementioned acting career has led him to star in over a dozen films, a few of which he is a leading cast member for. Perhaps most notably, in 2013 he played the legendary Jimi Hendrix in the biographical drama Jimi: All Is By My Side. The budget for the film was $5 million and it’s safe to assume that 3 Stacks’ money came from an upfront payment of a few hundred thousand dollars. But before that in 2008, he appeared alongside Will Ferrell and Woody Harrelson for Semi-Pro which had a budget of a whopping $55 million. Another film André starred in had a budget of $8 million. Appearances in films and television show such as Four Brothers, The Shield, and Revolver, have also helped to increase 3 stacks net worth. While his official salaries have never been made public, Dré is very strategic with him film choices, only selecting projects that he feels can dominate at the box office. There’s no doubt that his impressive filmography has been a great addition to his net worth. Aside from acting in movies, famously André 3000 also appeared as a Gillette spokesperson for a long time in commercials that aired worldwide, another endorsement that’s hard to pull off for most.

An underrated source of income for a lot of entertainers is voice acting. Animated films/television shows have the potential to bring in just as much if not more money than “regular acting.” For example, Eddie Murphy has made more from the Shrek series, than other films in his career. André 3000 is yet another example of that. in 2006, Dré debuted his animated musical series Class of 3000 on Cartoon Network, where 3000 voiced the character of music superstar and teacher Sunny Bridges. The show aired for two seasons, and received positive reviews from both fans and critics.

Throughout his career, André’s fashion choices have been a topic of conversations amongst fans and critics alike. “What’s up with André? Is he in a cult? Is he on drugs? Is he gay?” 3 Stacks rapped on ‘Return Of The “G”’, mimicking the gossip surrounding the Atlanta MC in the late 1990s. But in 2008, it culminated with the launching of a clothing line called Benjamin Bixby. Although a lot of fans see this as a successful venture, 3000 actually talked about empathizing with Kanye’s infamous Sway In The Morning rant when he admitted that he lost millions of dollars with the line. However, it did give him valuable experience when producing merchandise, as collaborators described André as being very hands on with the project. On that same OutKast tour in 2014, the rapper wore different jumpsuits with different messages on like “art or fart?” and “have you stopped growing?” He said they were just his thoughts, but they caught the eye of many and got him a lot of attention, so he produced t-shirts with those same messages on them.

Don’t be fooled by how quiet he’s been for the latter part of his career, André Benjamin is doing just fine. Although we want a solo album from him, his net worth of $45 million means that he really doesn’t have to do anything for a long while.