Gotta Collect ‘Em All: The Most Expensive Pokemon Cards

The world of collectibles was forever changed by the introduction of everyone’s favorite electrified critter. Pikachu, Charmander, and the rest of their colorful group stole the hearts of a generation back in the late ‘90s. But more than that, the franchise’s collectibles ushered in a new, much more expensive era for the waning trading card industry.

Today on Filthy Rich, we explore some of the most expensive 2.5-inch by 2.5-inch pieces of paper on the planet. Pokemon is an international phenomenon that shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. So, you might as well embrace them and attempt to learn more about them.

And so, without further ado, these are the most expensive Pokemon cards in existence. Crippling debt, I choose you!

Pokemon Illustrator Card

The Pikachu Illustrator card is the granddaddy of Pokemon cards. The rare and endlessly sought-after trading card recently fetched $54,970 at a comic-centric auction in Beverly Hills.

So, what’s so special about the card? For starters, it’s incredibly rare. The pros estimate that, of the roughly 25 that were released, only 10 of them are graded in top condition. The actual number of top-condition Pokemon Illustrator cards is anyone’s guess.