One of the trading cards of Pokemon further rare worldwide has been auctioned for nearly half a million dollars.
The Pokémon Trading Card Game has spawned thousands of unique cards over the past few decades, ranging from standard versions you can find at any local hobby store to specialty exclusives only made available to the public at pokemon-themed events.
A very notable example of the latter would be “Illustrator Pikachu”, an unnumbered promotional card that was released as a contest prize for CoroCoro Comic magazine subscribers who submitted their own Pokémon trading card game work.
Only 39 copies of this extremely rare Pokémon card were created and distributed in three different contests, none of which took place outside of Pokémon’s native Japan.
For this reason, Illustrator Pikachu is considered one of the rarest and most valuable Pokémon cards in existence, and some copies have sold for over $100,000.
Now the rare Illustrator Pikachu card is up for auction on eBay for a ridiculous $480,000. The latest auction started about a week ago at Shangri-La Pokémon Club, a seller specializing in high-value Pokémon cards.
The Illustrator Pikachu on offer is said to be in near new or better condition, and features the card’s usual Japanese text and an illustration of Pikachu holding a pen and quill surrounded by Pokemon-inspired artwork.