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The 14 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. 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!

4. 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.

5. 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!

6. 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.

7. 2002 Red Eyes B. Dragon 1st Edition LOB PSA 10
$13,600 (2/5/21)
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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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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 tTribute 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.

14. 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.

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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
Jason Koeppel

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?
Jason Koeppel

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! 

Categories
Sports Strength

25 Kobe Bryant Quotes About Life and Success

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

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

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

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Kobe Bryant

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

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

Heroes come and go, but legends are forever.

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

Boos don’t block dunks.

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

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

19. “One thing you gotta know about me is I have absolutely no filter. I have no problem saying what the hell I think of someone.” —Kobe Bryant
20. “Friends can come and go, but banners hang forever.” —Kobe Bryant
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21. “A lot of leaders fail since they don’t have the bravery to touch that nerve or strike that chord.” —Kobe Bryant
22. “I don’t want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant.” — Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant

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
Categories
Culture Music

The 31 Best Gifts for Music Lovers

Being a music lover means more than having a favorite artist or sound. When a music lover is not listening to music, they’re at a concert, debating albums or browsing artist’s merch stores. There are few things better than new releases for the music lover than thoughtful gifts to support their passion. Does the music lover in your life have an upcoming birthday, or will a spontaneous gift make all the right impressions on a new friend?  Maybe you’re the biggest music lover you know. 

Audiophiles of all genre preferences can benefit from the gifts listed in the guide below. These gifts were selected to enhance the music listening experience for music lovers and provide fun opportunities to engage with and celebrate their favorite artists beyond the albums, EPs and mixtapes.  

Take a look at these 31 gifts for music lovers in your life:

1. A Heyday Turntable
Target

A turntable not only looks cool, but it also has the ability to personalize playing an album. The signature, comforting sound of a vinyl record spinning can turn a casual afternoon of music into an intimate listening experience. Most modern record players have the ability to connect to a Bluetooth speaker for maximum volume.

Buy Now, $100
https://www.target.com/p/heyday-8482-turntable-gray/-/A-53734379
2. BOOM Swimmer DUO
Amazon

A waterproof speaker is a perfect gift for any music lover because it increases the number of places they are in charge of the sound atmosphere. Whether the speaker lives at home in the shower or becomes useful on a beach trip or another outdoor excursion, the durability of this speaker prohibits water from stopping the show.

Buy Now
https://www.amazon.com/BOOM-Swimmer-DUO-Waterproof-Bluetooth/dp/B015OY2C16/ref=dp_ob_title_wld
3. Vinyl Me, Please Membership
Vinyl Please

A membership to Vinyl Me, Please is the ultimate gift that will bless the recipient with an exclusive record periodically. You can choose which package suits your needs, there are deals from three months, six months, or a full year. Each LP is pressed only for members so your favorite music lover will own a piece of a limited run. An added bonus, the selections are chosen based on the recipients’ personal taste so they are guaranteed something they will love.

Buy now, $149
https://www.vinylmeplease.com/products/gift-membership?clickid=ScrzGg31axyOWKLwUx0Mo38WUknXNAT9yyYMWM0&irgwc=1&utm_campaign=store&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_source=impact
4. Samsung Soundbar
Best Buy

A high-quality soundbar system is a perfect gift for an introverted music lover. The person who wants the full experience of ear-numbing bass without the massive crowds involved with concerts and festivals. A soundbar system can connect to an entertainment system, perfect for live streaming concerts, festivals and other performances from the comfort of a cozy living room.

Buy now, $136
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/samsung-2-1-channel-290w-soundbar-system-with-6-1-2-wireless-subwoofer-black/6360626.p?skuId=6360626
5. Official Merchandise From The Recording Academy
RIAA

Get your friend their own official Grammy merch! While the Grammy Awards are often surrounded in debates and controversy with nominees, winners, other genre-specific disputes, they remain the highest recognized prize in mainstream music. Owning official Grammy merchandise can help a music lover feel closer to the main event. ​​​​​​

Buy now, Price Varies
https://grammymuseumstore.com/collections/accessories/products/gramophone-keychain
6. Singing Machine Bluetooth Karaoke System
Amazon

A karaoke machine is a perfect surprise present for the party-loving music head. Performing the songs made popular by top-notch vocalists can result in a standing ovation or the next viral video. You’ll never know until you grab the microphone. Many modern karaoke machines are equipped with flashing party lighting, multiple mics and the ability to connect to a large screen for lyric display.

Buy Now, $69.99
https://www.amazon.com/Singing-Machine-SML385BTW-Loading-Bluetooth/dp/B01F5LW3F8?tag=musiccritic-search-20
7. Spotify Gift Card
Spotify

Purchase a gift card for your favorite melomaniacs’ favorite streaming service. This guarantees they’ll have a membership for the current year of new releases and are less likely to miss out on any planned or surprise drops from their favorite artist. An average subscription totals around $10 month and although it’s seemingly low-cost, it’s the thought that counts.

Buy Now, $60.00
https://www.amazon.com/Spotify-Gift-Card/dp/B00G3LBCO8
8. Sony Black Bluetooth Wireless Over-Ear Headphones
Amazon

The worst feeling in the world is being completely in-tune with a song for it to be interrupted by outside forces. Sometimes to really listen to music, the world needs to be muted, and noise-canceling headphones are the perfect solution. A pair of these make the perfect gift for the music-lover who frequently travels or uses public transportation in their daily commute.

Buy Now, $299.99
https://www.amazon.com/Sony-Noise-Cancelling-Headphones-WH1000XM3/dp/B07G4MNFS1/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?crid=16TEQF2CI9VMC&dchild=1&keywords=sony+noise+cancelling+headphones+wh1000xm3&qid=1586367187&sprefix=sony+noise+cancelling%2Caps%2C201&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spL
9. A Coffee Table Book
Neiman Marcus

A coffee table book makes a great gift for the home or office. It not only gives the recipient the chance to flip through pages of behind the scenes photos of their favorite artists, but coffee table books can also make great conversation starters. There is a huge range from artist-specific to genre and era targeted coffee table books pertaining to music and music history.

Buy Now, Price Varies
https://www.neimanmarcus.com/p/phaidon-press-the-rihanna-book-by-rihanna-prod226710050?utm_source=google_shopping&adpos=&scid=scplpsku190420126&sc_intid=sku190420126&ecid=NMCS__GooglePLA&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-93QhK_Z6AIVU-WGCh3cdgsbEAQYAyABEgKeJvD_BwE&gclsrc
10. Rolling Stone: The Music Trivia Game Where Legends are Made
Amazon

Does your best friend constantly play DJ Khaled’s “All I Do Is Win?” If so, this may be the perfect gift for their inner music lover. A quiz game that tests players on their musical knowledge is a fun way to explore music history, flex your personal arsenal of obscure music facts, and take the crown for best game night.

Buy Now, Price $12.98
https://www.amazon.com/Rolling-Stone-Music-Trivia-Legends/dp/B07VKY4KC2
11. Laptop Stickers
Etsy

Laptop stickers are a way of voicing an opinion without saying a word. Providing a small, low-priced yet effective way for your favorite music lover to make the world aware of their exquisite taste in sound can be a quick and easy, yet efficient gift. Stickers come in all varieties from quirky quotes to song lyrics.  Stickers are also an easy gift to customize per recipient.

Buy Now, Price Varies
https://www.etsy.com/listing/735844195/i-like-music-phrase-sticker-quotes?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=music+stickers&ref=sr_gallery-1-10&pro=1&frs=1
12. Official Artist Merchandise
Travis Scott

Official artist merchandise makes a great gift, especially if autographed or released as part of a limited collection. Singers and rappers will typically release new hats, sweaters, jackets, socks, and more during a new album release or while on tour.  An artist website or on-site gift shop will have the official merchandise. If planning on purchasing, however, be sure to be alert. These items often sell out and are resold at three times or more than the original price.

Buy Now, Price Varies
https://store.warnermusic.com/
13. The Autobiography of Gucci Mane
Amazon

An artist’s autobiography gives a first-hand look at the experiences that formed their artistic process. Oftentimes, secrets are shared in these personal stories. An autobiography makes a great gift for the music lover who doubles as a book lover.  Whether paperback, hardcover, audio or digital copy, there’s a format in existence to satisfy all readers. Reading the artist’s life in their own words can make revisiting albums a deeper emotional experience.

Buy Now, Price $8.99
https://www.amazon.com/Autobiography-Gucci-Mane/dp/1501165321
14. Post Malone Crocs
Cros

Artists will often team up with brands and companies to support their passions and interests beyond the booth. Often times, an artist will collaborate with a brand they already personally use, or step outside of their comfort zone and try something new. A brand collaboration product can make an excellent gift for the music lover who likes surprises. These capsule collections range from streetwear and designer clothing to makeup and alcoholic beverages. Keep an eye out for an official release date, however many artist collaborations sell-out quickly like the Post Malone x Crocs collaboration seen above.

Buy Now, $73
https://stockx.com/crocs-duet-max-clog-post-malone
15. The Mixtape of My Life: A Do-It-Yourself Music Memoir
Amazon

This guided journal is perfect for the music lover who finds joy in relating their life to the lyrics and sound. The Mixtape of My Life: A Do-It-Yourself Music Memoir by Robert K. Elder encourages the new author to recall the music that defines important moments throughout their life journey.  The music journal not only allows the recipient to relive nostalgic moments from their own life, but it also allows for the recording of memories to be passed down and shared with friends and family.

Buy Now, $14.99
https://www.amazon.com/Mixtape-My-Life-Do-Yourself/dp/0762464070/ref=pd_rhf_ee_p_img_7
16. Tupac: The Complete Live Performances
Amazon

A live concert DVD is not only a great gift for music lovers, but it also gives anyone the perfect excuse to host a watch-party and order pizza. Recorded concerts give viewers a chance to experience a performance they may not have had the chance to attend, whether it be from the past or present. It also provides a permanent copy of a show that your favorite concert-goer hopes to relive forever.  Some performers, like Beyoncé, have all available DVDs listed on their website.

Buy Now, $14.99
https://www.amazon.com/Tupac-Complete-Performances-Two-Disc-Special/dp/B000ION7BW/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=live+music+dvd+concert+rap&qid=1586541338&sr=8-4
17. Ultimate Ears Boom 3 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
Amazon

The days of carrying around a boombox have evolved into the portable BlueTooth speaker. While phones and tablets provide the music through streaming apps, connecting to the speaker ups the amp. This gift is perfect for the party-starter, ready to aux-cord DJ any function. Portable BlueTooth speakers are also great for frequent travelers who need their tunes at maximum volume in their hotel room to feel at home.

Buy Now, $125
https://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Ears-Portable-Bluetooth-Waterproof/dp/B07DD7ZJ6X/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=UE+Boom+3&qid=1586541773&sr=8-2
18. I Hate This Fucking Music T-Shirt
Etsy/Instagram

Music inspired graphic t-shirts are a wearable method to publically sharing inside-jokes with other members of the music lover community. Often times, the jokes displayed on the t-shirts will only make sense to select people. Being a music lover is almost like being in a global club where the language is an art that speaks for itself. What better way to celebrate this beautiful, vast community than a corny pun on a t-shirt?

Buy Now, $19.99
https://www.etsy.com/listing/730827358/i-hate-this-fucking-music-t-shirt?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=music+t+shirt&ref=sr_gallery-1-7&organic_search_click=1&frs=1
19. AirPods Case Cover with Keychain
Amazon

As you know, Airpods are quite pricey, so it would be a huge waste to lose them (which can very well happen as they are so small). To avoid that, a great gift would be the ‘Airpod Case Cover’ as it comes with a keychain that could easily go along with the rest of your keys. As long as you remember your keys, you’ll remember your Airpods, and the case will further prevent your Airpods from being lost or stolen. The ‘Airpod Case Cover’ is priced at $5.99 and can be purchased via Amazon.

BUY NOW, $5.99
https://www.amazon.com/Keychain-R-fun-Protective-Accessories-Visible-Sky/dp/B082W7DL1R/ref=asc_df_B082W7DL1R/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=416723174073&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=12107875323357581005&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvl
20. Soundwave Glass Block
Etsy

Music is a form of art. So why not have actual art showcasing music? The ‘Soundwave Glass Block’ is an excellent gift for a music lover, and can be customized to have your favorite song printed on the block. You can also add a voice clip or recording to the glass block to give it a more personal touch. The ‘Soundwave Block’ is currently available for $49.95 on Etsy.

BUY NOW, $49.95
https://www.etsy.com/listing/607736824/sound-wave-art-custom-sound-wave-print?gpla=1&gao=1&&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopping_us_valentines_day_Art_and_Collectibles&utm_custom1=_k_CjwKCAjw8-78BRA0EiwAFUw8LL0pJ1n-FBVdILGTZPZ9qB7XaunXOL
21. Major Scale Musical Wine Glasses
Uncommon Goods

What if your wine glass had the ability to make music? Well the ‘Major Scale Musical Wine Glasses’ give both you and your guests that exact opportunity. With the glasses being designed in musical scales, you can create musical sounds by sliding your finger around the rim of the wine glass. The glasses come in a set of two, and can be purchased via Uncommon Goods for $68.

BUY NOW, $68.00
https://www.uncommongoods.com/product/major-scale-musical-wine-glasses-set-of-2?country=US&aw_cid=418990617&aw_aid=23029474017&aw_dev=c&aw_loc=9067609&aw_key=&aw_mtype=&aw_net=g&aw_ad=89943116937&aw_pos=1o4&aw_shopid=22244&aw_prod_partid=843943301474&gcli
22. Just Dance 2021
Ubisoft

Typically people who love music love to dance as well. So why not combine the two together with ‘Just Dance 2021?’ The ‘Just Dance’ series has been a video game staple since 2009, and gives fans the opportunity to dance along to some of their favorite new and old songs. ‘Just Dance 2021’ is due out on November 12th, making it a good gift for the upcoming holiday season.

BUY NOW, $60
https://www.ubisoft.com/en-us/game/just-dance/2021
23. Rolling Stones Whiskey Glass
The Rolling Stones Shop

What’s life without The Rolling Stones? Most of us already have a pretty cool Rolling Stones collection, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt to have a ‘Rolling Stones Whiskey Glass’ for some good Friday night vibes. The glass has the official Rolling Stones logo printed on one side, and the classic Rolling Stones tongue printed on the other. The whiskey glass is available for $15 and can be found on the official Rolling Stone website.

Buy Now, $15
https://therollingstonesshop.com/products/the-rolling-stones-whiskey-glass
24. Beethoven Quote Poster
Etsy

Classical music is good for the soul, and what’s better than a gift that features Beethoven himself? One of the most inspirational composers of all time (and often considered the greatest), Beethoven was also an extremely intelligent individual whose life lessons remain relevant today. The ‘Beethoven Quote Poster’ is a beautifully designed piece that features some of Beethoven’s greatest quotes. The poster is roughly $13 and can be purchased on Etsy.

BUY NOW, $13
https://www.etsy.com/listing/476003640/the-wisdom-of-ludwig-van-beethoven?gpla=1&gao=1&&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopping_us_low-low_d-art_and_collectibles-prints-digital_prints&utm_custom1=_k_CjwKCAjw8-78BRA0EiwAFUw8LBWzMpBbajuaIMnrk
25. Ticket Stub Organizer
Amazon

Going to a concert is a once in a lifetime experience, so it’s only natural that you will want to save your concert tickets as a precious memory. The ‘Ticket Stub Organizer’ is a great way for you to keep your tickets and receipts from the concerts you attend. The organizer contains 100 pockets, giving you more than enough room to tidy up your collection. The item is priced at $11.99 and can be purchased via Amazon.

BUY NOW, $13.99
https://www.amazon.com/Ticket-Stub-Organizer-Banknote-Collection/dp/B08HV9HWWH/ref=asc_df_B08HV9HWWH/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=459509834529&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=13535578162623355995&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=10
26. Custom Guitar Picks
Etsy

Guitar Picks are essential to every guitar player, so a personalized wooden guitar pick would be an excellent gift to accompany the rest of the collection. The pick can be customized to include a personal message, and also comes with a wooden gift box. The guitar pick is currently priced at $8.50, and can be ordered on Etsy.

BUY NOW, $8.50
https://www.etsy.com/listing/727228060/personalized-custom-engraved-wood-guitar?gpla=1&gao=1&&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopping_us_low-low_d-books_movies_and_music-music-picks_and_slides-picks&utm_custom1=_k_CjwKCAjw8-78BRA0EiwAFUw8LP
27. Apple Music Custom Song Glass
Etsy

The ‘Glass Song Plaque’ is a personalized gift that would be a great addition to any musical household. The process of ordering the plaque is actually quite easy. Just simply pick your loved ones favorite tune to have designed into the plaque, and upload a picture of your choice. The glass plaque is available via Etsy for $21.

BUY NOW, $21
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28. Mixtape Doormat
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2020 has been the year of redecoration, so why not take it a step further with the ‘Personalized Mixtape Doormat?’ The doormat gives you that classic mixtape experience bringing the nostalgia back in full force. The mat can also be personalized to have a message written on it, giving your guest a warm greeting every time they visit. The ‘Mixtape Doormat’ is available for $38 on Uncommon Goods.

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29. Music Journal Personalized
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Oftentimes musicians are heavy writers as well, so the ‘Vinyl Music Journal’ is a neat gift for the upcoming holidays. The journal comes with a vinyl designed into the cover, and can be personalized to have custom notes/messages written into it. The ‘Vinyl Music Journal’ is currently priced at $38.99, and can be purchased on Etsy.

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30. Guitar Clock Wall Decor
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This ‘Guitar Wall Clock’ is a unique gift that would fit nicely into any avid music lover’s collection. The guitar has a realistic design that can actually be mistaken for a real guitar. The “guitar” also comes with a clock face, and a hook to easily hang on your wall. The guitar clock is available for purchase at Walmart for $33.98.

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31. Yamaha Acoustic Guitar
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Speaking of guitars, the ‘Yamaha Acoustic Guitar’ would be the perfect gift this holiday season for both rookie and veteran guitar players. With the classic dreadnought shape and sound that musical lovers are familiar with, the guitar is beautifully designed with the option to select between the Black, Natural, or Tobacco Brown Sunburst colors. The guitar can be purchased on the Guitar Center website for $159.99.

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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.