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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.

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

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/marvel-studios-captain-america-the-first-avenger/6xvB6xZ4r95O
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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https://www.disneyplus.com/video/91cc3496-ee90-4414-93c6-2faba95e1f2e?pid=AssistantSearch
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

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/video/8eaccf77-9e46-47f5-9b7a-fdc1e65cd1b4?pid=AssistantSearch
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

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/video/a085c66c-3c1e-451e-85b8-cf7474823501?pid=AssistantSearch
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

Watch on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Incredible-Hulk-Edward-Norton/dp/B001IAME78
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

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/marvel-studios-thor/1p4vdKzTuhzr
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

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/the-avengers/2h6PcHFDbsPy
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

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/marvel-studios-iron-man-3/3s4Ihq7P2c6e
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

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/marvel-studios-thor-the-dark-world/ZHk7aM5xTbW7
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

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/video/68e3448b-845b-4c9a-8666-559d25a01c52?pid=AssistantSearch
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

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/marvel-studios-guardians-of-the-galaxy/1S4WM9h3KRR6
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

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/marvel-studios-guardians-of-the-galaxy-vol-2/ZdRX4mMbp1gM
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

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/video/fad87483-5b6e-4fa1-8b1b-886e60523fc3?pid=AssistantSearch
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

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/video/9ab26054-feb7-464f-b5e0-ac6e34bdf510?pid=AssistantSearch
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

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/marvel-studios-captain-america-civil-war/4ovfyKnnIBCg
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

Watch on Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/movie/spider-man-homecoming-d285316b-e1ea-4b50-933a-bb5fd13549c1
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

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/video/bbacb0b8-f726-47db-837c-6fe925401562?pid=AssistantSearch
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

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/marvel-studios-black-panther/1GuXuYPj99Ke
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

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/video/2ed86631-1d9a-4517-b73b-776cd91fd1f5?pid=AssistantSearch
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

Watch on Prime Video
https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/marvel-studios-avengers-infinity-war/1WEuZ7H6y39v
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

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/marvel-studios-ant-man-and-the-wasp/5D7wkVHmlCKU
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

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/video/aa2c93d5-6e09-4e2b-84ae-9f0773cc0238?pid=AssistantSearch
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

Watch on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Spider-Man-Far-Home-Tom-Holland/dp/B07TKZQFJC
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

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/black-widow/3VfTap90rwZC
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

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/shang-chi-and-the-legend-of-the-ten-rings/5GyV9sf9Y041?
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

Watch on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/eternals/5cmhJAtkt6Jk
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

Watch on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Spider-Man-Way-Home-Tom-Holland/dp/B09NMDWYDL
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 20 Most Expensive Yugioh Cards of All Time

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 reflecting said game in an imaginative, mythology-inspired world in which 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 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)
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Arguably the most iconic card associated with the entire Yu-Gi-Oh! The 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 LOB 1st Edition Exodia The Forbidden One PSA 10 – $35,000 (08/11/21)
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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 cards in the entire game.

4. 2004 Shonen Jump Championship Cyber-Stein PSA 10 – $30,100 (10/28/20)
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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!

5. 1999 Perfectly Ultimate Great Moth No Red DDS Promo PSA 10 – $29,999.99 (8/23/21)
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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 comes up for sale.

6. 2002 LOB Blue Eyes Black Dragon 1st Edition PSA 10 – $29,000 (8/14/21)
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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.

7. 2002 Dark Duel Stories Blue-Eyes White Dragon PSA 10 – $20,000 (2/21/21)
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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.

8. 2002 Morphing Jar Tournament Pack 2 PSA 10 – $15,000 (2/1/21)
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There is nothing remarkable about the artwork on this card, but it has become one of the most collectible in the game. 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!

9. 2002 Tournament Pack 1 MECHANICALCHASER PSA 10 – $14,999 (2/1/21)
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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.

10. 2003 Dark Magician Girl Magic Force 1st Edition PSA 10 – $14,400 (9/20/21)
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With a PSA 10 population of just 79, this Secret Rare Dark Magician Girl was part of the Magician’s Force set, the 8th expansion of the Yugioh TCG.

11. 2003 Magician’s Force 1st Edition Dark Paladin Alternate Art PSA 10 – $12,000 (12/27/20)
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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.

12. 2017 Dark Magician Girl Ghost World Championship Promo – $11,000 (1/6/21)
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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.

13. 1998 Toei Poker Blue/Red-Eyes White Dragon YuGiOh BGS 10 – $10,000 (8/22/21)
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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!

14. 2002 Dark Magician Dark Duel Stories Promo PSA 10 – $9,999.99 (12/2/20)
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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.

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

16. 2009 Blue Eyes Shining Dragon Retro Pack 2 PSA 10 – $9,000 (2/15/21)
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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.

17. 2009 Stardust Overdrive 1st Majestic Star Dragon Ghost Rare PSA 10 – $8,999.90 (1/14/21)
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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.

18. 2020 United We Stand Blue Secret Rare Promo PSA 10 – $7,000 (12/24/20)
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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.

19. 2002 Blue Eyes White Dragon Dark Duel Stories PSA 9 – $5795 (9/21/21)
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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).

20. 2004 Chaos Emperor Dragon Invasion of Chaos 1st Edition PSA 10 – $5441 (8/21/21)
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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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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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
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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! 

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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The 25 Most Expensive Pokémon Cards of All Time – copy

I used to see kids around me trade Pokémon cards like they were candy. They cared about winning the game and not the financial worth of a card. What they and I didn’t know was that years later those cards would be worth a lot of money. So much money that I’m sure some of those kids who are now adults wish they still had certain cards.

In the last few years, I have noticed more coverage on how much the cards are selling for all over the world. What I and I’m guessing other people have wondered is what makes certain cards more valuable than others and more popular to buy. Does an error add or decrease value? The 25 most expensive Pokémon cards have many factors that go into deciding what is most expensive. Factors such as eBay sales data, popularity of characters, card condition and the Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) grading system number determines what makes a card expensive.

The 25 cards below are the most expensive Pokémon cards of all time. Though the price listed does not include shipping costs or insured value. Remember as demand changes so does what a seller can make on the market. These numbers can change daily depending on what a buyer feels like paying. 

25. Metagross – EX Delta Species Singles – $119
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Every year there are multiple expansion packs but the EX packs take pre-existing items and update them to match the current generation. The EX Delta Species consists of 114 cards. Of the 114 cards, Metagross is the one that can sell for more and is usually sold on the market for three figures.

24. Deoxys Ex – Promo Card – $149
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To earn this card in 2005 players had to compete at the “Pokémon The Card Game” World Championships and defeat the champion, Tsuguyoshi Yamato. Winning that battle gave players the right to open a POP Series four-pack. After some time, the expansion saw a limited release. In the set, there were 17 cards and none of them rare. Though the Deoxys EX card is the one that has sold the best of the pack.

23. Treecko Gold – EX Team Rocket Returns – $171
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The trading card game grew quicker than many people might have thought possible. This led to there being some cards that aren’t that valuable in the game but sell well on the market. The Treecko Gold is a card that is not very useful in the game but sells for more money than other cards.​​

22. Mudkip Gold – EX Team Rocket Returns – $189
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The rarest cards in the game are those that are made for special events or tournaments. These cards are so limited in supply that sellers are able to set high prices. The Mudkip Gold card is one that is so hard to find that the card’s worth can greatly rise depending on market supply.

21. Rayquaza Gold – EX Deoxys Singles – $204
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The EX Deoxys has three Rayquazas but they do not all sell for the same price. What you might call the “standard card” sells for a few dollars, the Rayquaza-EX sells for around $40 and the Rayquaza easily sells for over $200. The condition of a card also plays into the market value. The standard model sells for a low price but the uniqueness of this edition of the card has it selling for a higher value. 

20. Umbreon Gold: Pop Series 5 – $450
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In 2007, the final promotional set associated with the competitive program was released. Pokémon organized play gathered players from all over the globe to compete with their best cards. The “Pop Series 5” was one of the last times the Japanese promo cards had English translations, which added to their value. The “Pop Series 5” Umbreon card is one of the best sellers of this set.

19. Championship Arena – $499
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This card was one of Nintendo’s black star promos. It was exclusive to tournament events, and unless a player participated in the 2005 Pokémon World Championships or a few other specific competitions it was virtually impossible to acquire the card. When Wizards of the Coast’s run of bringing Pokémon cards to an international audience ended, Nintendo of America took over the distribution in the West.

18. Machoke – Expedition – $699
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This card was only for Game Boy Advance owners and due to the large design, booster packs were decreased from 11 to 9. In order to work with the 2002 e-reader, the Expedition cards were larger than their precursors. Though they had less immediately readable data. All of this added up to a big enough difference to add to the rarity of the card. Within two years the original design was back.

17. Hoppip – Expedition – $799
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With this card, Nintendo had Media Factory publish 10 from the Expedition expansion as a sample set. The art for the Western versions of cards was often altered by Wizards of the Coast. Though this sample set kept the art. This set just had the Japanese originals translated, which added to the card value. The word sample is on the card’s bottom right-hand corner and adds to the rareness of the card.

16. Black Star Movie Promotional Cards – $800
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An error helps add to the value of this card. Promotional cards from the first Pokémon movie aren’t valuable in the seller’s market but 120 cards were printed incorrectly. These 120 cards were printed with the logo upside down on the bottom left corner of each card. Of the 120 cards printed incorrectly are Dragonite, Mewtwo, and Pikachu. An upside-down logo and the small amount of availability of each card makes it valuable to certain buyers.

15. Gastly – Expedition – $999
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Apparently no one uses Gastly in a match, but a card’s competitive value does not always have a direct connection to a monetary value. The Gastly card is one of the sample set’s best sellers. The demand on the market helps increase card value for this Ghastly with little competitive value.

14. Holographic Shadowless Mewtwo – First Edition – $1,500
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This Mew card is part of a base set, which is holographic and shadowless has been sought after for many years and is still high in market demand. The Mewtwo card can be hard to find for sale which makes it worth more to certain collectors.

13. Pikachu – Expedition- $5,999
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Depending on how long you have been collecting cards and playing the game you know the value of Pikachu. While all Pikachu’s are not created equally in terms of worth, the Pikachu Expedition has a high value because of its minimal inventory on the market. 

12. Holographic Shadowless Venusaur – First Edition – $6,500
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This is a card that is in high demand for a few reasons. First, it’s shadowless, which is a unique subset, compared to other cards. Add the holographic element and its high PSA number, and you have a high-value card. 

11. Black Triangle Error Booster Box – $8,700
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This booster box was actually printed as a mistake. Factories were supposed to stop printing first edition packs. Instead, what happened was that the first edition symbol with a black triangle was printed. These cards were only printed for a few hours. The black triangle booster pack is so valuable because you don’t know what kinds of cards are in the box. These cards have an especially high value, especially when they are in a sealed booster box.

10. Computer Error – Kamex Mega Battle – $9,999
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This card was originally included with an issue of the CoroCoro comic and later was given to players who competed in the 1998 Kamex Mega Battle tournaments. During this time, the Pokémon trading card game had yet to see an international release. Because of the limited availability, not many had access to this card. The Computer Error card has seen a couple of reprints, but this version of the card has a higher market value because of the difficulty of finding it. As with many of the cards, the Japanese version is more valuable on the market than the Western version.

9. Articuno – Tropical Mega Battle – $9,999
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Fossil put out three Articuno cards, and each of them had their own artwork. The standard model is easier to find and worth less than others on the market. This card was awarded as a prize during the 1999 Tropical Mega Battle tournament. The difficulty of earning the card at the tournament has made the value increase even more.

8. Tropical Wind – $10,000
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Tropical Wind has had several cards but the 1999 participation card, given at the “Tropical Mega Battle” tournament, has become the most valuable version sold. From 1999 to 2009 Tropical Wind had six different cards. The market value of the 1999 card far exceeds the value of the cards that came later.

7. No. 3 Trainer Promo Card – $32,499
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This card was given to the third highest-ranked player at the annual World Championships. The difficulty of earning this card by a player makes the value so high. Because of that difficulty, the inventory is obviously low so sellers are capable of setting a very high asking price.

6. Tropical Mega Battle No. 2 Trainer Card – $60,000
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Tropical Mega Battle cards are hard to find because of how difficult the original cards were to obtain. The Tropical Mega Battle was seven tournaments in Japan split by player level. The winners earned an invitation to the finals in Hawaii. The top three players from each region were awarded trainer cards with an Exeggutor on the cover. If they chose to, the champions could present their card to benefit from preferential treatment at a Tropical Mega Battle event. Having to do so much to get the card adds to its value. If the PSA of the card is a 10 it can add more to the value of the card.

5. No. 1 Trainer Promo Card – $70,000
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In 1997, the Pokémon Card Game Official Tournament began and the No. 1 Trainer card was created. It was only given to winners at the world championship. There have been multiple reprints in competitions that followed. But the difficulty of winning this card in 1997 makes this edition of the card have an expensive purchase price.

4. Kangaskhan – Parent/Child Promo Card – $133,000
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This card was awarded as a prize at a 1998 tournament for parent and child teams. It was retired instantly after the competition. The card has a set symbol on it which identifies it as a rare card. In addition to having the card retired immediately after the competition, this makes the card attractive to many buyers.

3. No. 2 Trainer Promo Card – $200,000
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The No. 2 Promo card sold for more than the No. 1 Trainer card because of the rarity in the market at the time. While the No. 1 Trainer card might be more valuable in sentiment, the No. 2 Trainer card was able to sell for more because of buyer demand. It is important to remember that buyer demand doesn’t always equate card value.

2. The Pikachu Illustrator – Over $200,000
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This card is so rare that fewer than 40 are rumored to exist in the world. It is so valuable it can be hard to find one for sale. With such limited cards in circulation, the seller can easily profit over $200,000. Some background on the card is that in the late 1990s CoroCoro Comic had three contests. These contests invited readers to design their own artwork. The artists who won received a pack of cards that were branded with their own drawing and with a Pikachu Illustrator card. So few of these cards are still in existence that a buyer must be careful of authenticity if one is seen for sale on the market.

1. Prerelease Raichu – Practically Priceless
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Prerelease Raichu refers to an estimated eight cards that all have a stamp that says “Prerelease” on the card. Created by Wizards of the Coast, the Raichu card looks exactly the same as the Base set standard version but the stamp on the artwork is the difference. The word prelease makes such a difference in value that many fakes have come out in the market. The Prerelease Raichu is so rare and limited in stock that the price estimate is practically priceless. If one is sold it has the capacity to sell for an amount that not many can afford.

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Our Official Pokemon Card Price Guide – copy

There are global brand phenomena, and then there is Pokemon. The franchise — which spans video games, television, movies, toys, the list goes on — is one of, if not the most, highest-grossest media franchise of all time, worth billions in lifetime revenue.

One of the core pillars that launched the brand is a medium beloved by kids of the ’90s: trading cards. They’re designed to be collected by base sets and purchasable boosters — an ideal situation for a company in capitalism — and then competed within tournaments or with friends, for those who don’t care about resale value.

For those who have cards from decades past, there’s an opportunity to make a profit. But how does one know how much any given card or collection is worth? Here are some tips to get the research gears turning to figure out how much that shadowless, holographic Charizard could put in your pocket.

Identify type and asses rarity
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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.

Research the market
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As with any marketplace, rates are variable and you’ll want to do some research before trying to sell anything. Some sites like PSA Collector and Reddit offer advice on how much individual cards or collections have sold for, and there’s always the good old-fashioned market research of checking out other sellers. eBay is a go-to, in which some insanely rare cards are listed for millions, but most desired rares are in the tens of thousands. Some sites have a list of prices for specific cards that can help you assess what range a rare card may fall in. Posting pictures of suspected rarities could also enable people in the trading community to help assess their potential asking price.

One important aspect to note here as you move into selling is that you should be honest about the card’s condition. Even if it’s a bit bent or battered (read: less valuable than mint), it’s best to be upfront about any flaws than to deceive someone either by intention or ignorance. Rely on unedited photos, if nothing else.

Beware of fakes and scams
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There are counterfeits and scams out there, so be careful identifying any especially rare cards if you didn’t purchase it yourself and always get additional opinions on their validity. Some common tells of fake cards are if it’s thinner than others, more flexible if the stats seem too good to be true, or the glue seal seems different than the norm. In-person assessment is always best with a professional appraiser, like at a trading card or comic book shop, but online is probably a more realistic resource for most people.

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The 16 Most Expensive Trading Cards – copy

Even if you’re not into trading cards now, there’s a good chance that the culture of cards was a part of your childhood in some form. I remember arguing with friends about if certain cards were ‘real’ or ‘fake’, being able to spot what markings on the card let you know. I also can recall the tension of opening a Match Attax pack and just being happy to find some Manchester United players in there. I remember trying to craft the perfect Yu-Gi-Oh! deck, with a good balance of magic, trap, and attack cards.

But trading cards have been around a lot longer than the 2000s when I was at school, and a lot longer than when you were likely at school if you’re reading this. In fact, how long a certain card has been around is intrinsic in calculating its value. Other factors include how many of the cards were produced, what condition it is in, and who or what is on it.

Beyond just that trading cards are now a very lucrative career for some and side hustle for many. The collectors who held onto those cards from their youth may be paying huge dividends today.

Below, we’ve compiled a list of the 16 most expensive and/or valuable trading cards ever. To make things fair, because baseball was going to take up almost every single slot, we’ve including the most expensive trading cards in a few different categories like basketball and football too.

1. Honus Wagner 1909-1911 ATC T206 ($3,120,000)
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This card is the holy grail of all trading cards of any and every kind. The card is so valuable and famous that many only know Honus Wagner because of it. Even the versions of this card that aren’t the best condition around have sold for exorbitant amounts of money, with one PSA 5 selling for an unimaginable $3.12 million in 2016.

2. Tournament Black Luster Soldier ($2,000,000)
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While other monsters have more value – Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Slifer The Sky Dragon, Dark Magician – it’s the context which makes the Tournament Black Luster Soldier easily the most valuable Yu-Gi-Oh! card in the world. It was awarded during the 1999 Championship in Japan and is printed on stainless steel. It is rumored that it has been bought for $2 million.

3. Babe Ruth 1915-1916 Sporting News ($1,350,000)
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Babe Ruth already appeared earlier on this list for his 1914 card but incredibly, his 1915-1916 card is worth even more. A PSA 8 of this rookie card can easily get over $1 million at an auction. On the card, Babe wears a Red Sox uniform because it’s from before he was traded to the Yankees.

4. Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps ($1,135,250)
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Coming in at number four is… Mickey Mantle. What’s so special about this card is it’s a Topps card from 1952, which was the company’s first year doing sports trading cards. Automatically, everything from that year is more valuable. In 2016, a PSA 8.5 sold for $1.135 million at Heritage Auctions.

5. Joe Jackson 1909 American Caramel E90-1 ($667,189)
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As the name suggests, this Joe Jackson card came with caramel candy. 107 years later in 2016, a PSA 8.5 sold for $667,000. Since Joe Jackson was famously banned from the sport, fewer of his cards are in circulation today, only leading to more profit for those who have one in the stash.

6. Mickey Mantle 1951 Bowman ($580,000)
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Mickey Mantle’s Bowman card from 1951 is his only recognized rookie card, making it even more sought after. It is also one of the more unique ones, with Mantle’s name appearing horizontally on it. An ultra-rare PSA 9 easily cleared the half a million-dollar mark in 2017.

7. Babe Ruth 1914 Baltimore News ($575,000)
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This Babe Ruth rookie card from 1914 was issued before he was in the big leagues. In 2007, a collector paid close to $200k and while he didn’t intend on selling it, in 2012 someone was willing to pay nearly $600k for it, an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.

8. Tom Brady 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket Autographed ($450,000)
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Autographs are a tricky business. Depending on a few factors, they can either dramatically increase the value of something or dramatically decrease it. For this Tom Brady rookie card, it increased it. Beckett Grading Services gave a particular card a 9 and it sold for nearly half a million dollars at an auction.

9. Roberto Clemente 1955 Topps ($432,690)
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The first Latin American and Caribbean to enter the National Baseball Hall Of Fame, Roberto Clemente’s 1955 Topps rookie card managed to bag just over $432k at the Dmitri Young Collection.

10. Eddie Plank 1909-1911 ATC T206 ($414,750)
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It is estimated that no more than 100 of these cards exist. Rumors state that Eddie either wanted to be paid more for his likeness or didn’t want to endorse tobacco to children who would covet the card. At the Robert Edwards Auction in 2012, one of the cards sold for just over $414,000.

11. Hank Aaron 1954 Topps ($358,000)
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Over the years, PSA 9-10 copies of this Hank Aaron card have consistently sold for over $300,000, with the highest being $358,000 in 2016. Funnily enough, not only does this card being rare to justify its price point, but the fact that it’s Hank Aaron does too. To this day, Hank remains a fan favorite in the game of baseball.

12. Pre-release Raichu ($250,000)
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As you know by now, the rarer a card is, the more valuable it is. This Pre-release Raichu card fits the bill. It is rumored that only 10 were ever made, solely for employees of Wizards Of The Coast, the distributor at the time. While sale information is hard to find, experts value this card higher than some that have sold for $200k before, so a quarter of a million seems like a fair asking price.

13. Bronko Nagurski 1935 National Chickle ($240,000)
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One of these cards was given a SGC 96, which means it was ranked 96/100 for the condition. This is quite rare as not only does it mean that the holder kept it in great condition, but that everything was printed perfectly on it too. The result? Nearly a quarter of a million dollars at an auction once.

14. Pikachu Illustrator ($224,500)
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This card was given out to winners of a comic book contest in 1997/1998. 39 were made, but less than 10 exist today in good condition if any at all. At an auction late last year, the card sold for an initial payment of $195,000, with other fees cranking up the price to a whopping $224,000.

15. Kangaskhan Parent/Child Promo Card ($133,000)
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In 1998, there was a parent/child Pokémon tournament where teams made up of a parent and their child took on other teams of a parent and child. One of the rewards at the event was a Kangaskhan card. There is a very limited amount of these around, thus increasing their value incredibly.

16. Michael Jordan 1986-1987 Rookie Card ($100,000)
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Easily the most popular and valuable basketball card ever made, the 1986-1987 Michael Jordan rookie card is not as rare as other entries on this list. However, in 2011, a card graded a 10 by Beckett Grading Services did sell for a whopping $100,000. With time, this will increase drastically.

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The Most Expensive Yugioh Cards of All Time – copy

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 reflecting said game in an imaginative, mythology-inspired world in which 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 most of the higher-valued ones known are considered as such because of their award status in tournaments, it’s not always the case. Here are a few standouts cards and, for those even documented, just how much they have sold for.

1. Tournament Black Luster Soldier
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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. Armament of the Lethal Lords
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Like the Black Luster Soldier, the Armament of the Lethal Lords was a prize awarded to participants in the 2006 Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championships. It became more noteworthy when a seller allegedly asked for more than $1 million USD for it, but the actual estimate of its worth is around $8,000 – $9,000. Still, trading in upwards of $10K for a single card is on the higher end for Yu-Gi-Oh! ultra-rare finds. It’s illegal to use in official duels and tournaments.

3. Dark Magician Girl
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This card, featuring the female version of the series’ iconic Dark Magician, is another tournament prize that has become sought-after. There were allegedly one hundred of this card printed in a Japan-exclusive lottery early on in the franchise’s days. Though it doesn’t fetch as high a price as some of the more rare cards, authentic listings (always be wary of fakes!) show that it’s usually worth at least a few thousand — nothing to balk at in exchange for a cardboard rectangle.

4. Tyler the Great Warrior
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This card has quite a very human story behind it. Tyler Gressle, a huge Yu-Gi-Oh! fan, was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer in 2002. He became a recipient of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and his wish was for a custom Yu-Gi-Oh! card that he designed to be made in canon, which eventually became Tyler the Great Warrior. Tyler and his family were flown to New York City to meet with 4Kids Entertainment Inc. for the unveiling and to receive a tour of the Yu-Gi-Oh! facility. As such, there is only one card of its kind in existence. And the story has a happy ending: Tyler beat his cancer after an intensive surgery, and he’s last reported to be perfectly healthy. He still has the card today, although he’s reportedly considered selling it during tough times, and has received serious offers upwards of $150K for it.

5. Skuna, The Leonine Rakan
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This two-headed monster card is similar to Armament of the Lethal Lords in that it was an exclusive prize for the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championships — this time in 2009 — and there are thought to be no more than six of the cards in existence. It’s rumored that a couple have sold before, placing its value at around $6,000 USD, but its value could continue to climb the longer buyers go without supply.

6. First Edition Blue-Eyes White Dragon
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Arguably the most iconic card associated with the entire Yu-Gi-Oh! The 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 known to sell for thousands of dollars. (One father even went viral for selling a few of his to pay for his daughter’s education!)

7. Signed Japanese Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon
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This special edition of the aforementioned Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon was a prize in the 2001 Asian Championships tournament, including coming in a package signed by Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi. Its owner once jokingly offered it on Twitter for 99.9 billion yen (or around $934 million USD in 2020) but there were no offers given, although it was rumored to have been legitimately offered for sale by a shop before for 45 million yen, or almost $421,000 USD in 2020. This card would likely be up there with Black Luster Soldier for guaranteeing a price point of at least a few hundred thousand.

8. Special Edition Cyber-Stein
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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. They’ve been known to pop up online for sale occasionally, and one allegedly sold for $7,000 USD.

9. Amatsu-Okami Of the Divine Peaks
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There are a few different versions of this card, but the most coveted one was given out to top competitors at the 2018 Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championships. That version reportedly sold for $18,800 USD, compared to the more recent versions from 2019 listed on eBay for a few hundred each. There aren’t many examples of the extra rare version being listed for sale — only one has been documented — but any collector can bet on being offered a fortune for this more recent rare card. It’s illegal to use in official duels and tournaments.

10. Des Volstgalph
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Worth at least a couple thousand, this monster card was another tournament prize associated with the 2005 Pharaoh Tour that took place in various countries. Approximately 20 copies are known to be in existence, and it’s reportedly extremely sought after by collectors. It’s perhaps not as fancy as a crown jewel like Black Luster Soldier, but its rarity drives up that price point.

11. Iron Knight of Revolution
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This card is extremely rare, as only three are known to exist. A prize awarded in the 2017 Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship, only one has even been known to sell. And that card made its owner almost $13,000 USD richer! Cards like this may not be as likely to sell, since most prize-winners would like to keep their trophies. But for someone interested purely in turning a profit, this one is a cash cow. It’s another card that is illegal to use in official duels and tournaments.

12. Minerva the Exalted Lightsworn
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Although this card was reprinted in 2015, the earlier editions of it are considered ultra-rare and can fetch a few thousand on the market. It was another prize winner at the 2015 Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championships, though its market value actually raised after-the-fact due to prominent players incorporating it into their decks. Rarity and clout via super-players? It’s a win-win combo.

13. Crush Card Virus
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Recognizable as a significant card in the anime series, this set trap card — a different type of card than monsters that can protect its player from an attack — was already rare but only became more coveted because of its story significance. It was awarded at the Shonen Jump Championship to tournament winners and is recognizable by its specific code: SJCS-EN004. From prices listed online, it’s a reasonable ask for at least a couple thousand. Though it allegedly used to be banned from tournament gameplay, it has since had a few “errata” — or changes to the card’s text to lessen its function and power — so it is able to be played again.