With the popularity of the Pokémon Trading Card Game at an all-time high, fans are snapping up original Pokémon cards for big money:

And it isn’t only rare treasures that are valuable, many original Pokémon cards that may have been gathering dust in your garage could be worth having graded today.

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There are numerous Pokémon available and an equal number of Pokémon Trading Cards, ranging from basic Pidgeys to rare and priceless legendary cards. And valuable is an accurate description, with roughly eight tonnes of counterfeit cards seized in China recently – in short, Pokémon cards are a huge business.

These are the Pokémon cards worth collecting and specifically holding on to:

1. Charizard

Charizard has long been TCG’s crown jewel. So much so that a shadowless 1st Edition version of the card sold at auction for $220k in October to former rapper Logic. However, even standard versions of this card are now profitable. As of November 2020, PSA 10 graded cards can sell for up to $30k – that’s the equivalent of a car. Indeed, even a low-graded card can fetch between $300 and $400.

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2. Japanese Promo Tropical Mega Battle Tropical Wind

Only 12 Tropical Wind promo cards were manufactured for the 1999 Tropical Mega Battle, a predecessor to the Pokémon World Championships, making this one of the most precious Pokémon sets available.

In Honolulu, Hawaii, 50 players worldwide competed in the Tropical Mega Battle, a competition for the trading card game. The only way to join was to win a battle in your region and receive an invite, making it an invitation-only event for the world’s finest Pokémon trainers – and the cards presented as prizes were some of the rarest Pokémon cards ever created.

3. Aquapolis Lugia

Aquapolis originated during the bizarre eCard era of the Pokémon Trading Card game when cards could be scanned into the Gameboy Advance’s e-Reader accessory. While the entire endeavor was a failure, a few of the cards from that era remain quite valuable. Lugia (alternatively dubbed ‘Crystal Lugia’ because of its Crystal Type ability) is Aquapolis’ most costly card, costing around $500.

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4. Super Energy Removal

Of all the trainer cards that require the user to make a sacrifice, Super Energy Removal is, without a doubt, the greatest. True, nobody wants to waste one of their hard-won energies. However, the consequence is far too advantageous to overlook. Losing two energy cards has a severe effect on the tempo of any opponent player. Pokémon TCG games rely on well-thought-out strategies, and there is no better way to sabotage your opponent’s strategy than by removing their fuel.

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5. Blastoise

Blastoise is another heavy hitter. The huge turtle was a staple of many children’s collections in the 1990s and is now fairly valued. Recent internet sales of the card have reached as high as $10,000. While the condition of an object ultimately determines its worth, even a graded PSA 9 has fetched over $1,000. Due to the character’s popularity among fans, its worth will only continue to climb.


Whether you like them or not, there is no denying that original Pokémon cards are some of the most sought-after cards in non-sports card collecting.

Pokémon became a global sensation with a massive fan following due to the video games, television series, and the cards themselves:

And many of the children who grew up with these cards are now adults with the sufficient financial ability to purchase them in mint condition. That trend does not appear to be slowing down anytime soon, as these cards have established themselves as one of the industry’s most popular non-sports sets.