What are the rarest Pokemon cards?

The Pokemon Trading Card game has been around since 1996 and has endured the years with loyal followership. You can get card packs to get you started pretty easily but others are harder, near impossible to acquire such as these cards considered to be some of the rarest Pokemon cards in the world.

  1. #1

    Pikachu Illustrator

    The Pikachu Illustrator is a special edition hologram Pokemon Trading Card. It was a promotional card that was awarded to the winner of the CoroCoro Comic Illustration Contest that was held back in January of 1998 with only 39 copies of it ever made and released.

    • Sean YeWritten on August 26, 2019
      "If you're talking rare pokemon cards, this is of those with only a handful of it ever made. While it was never meant to be used in the card game, its rarity and market value can't be denied."
    • Julia BriansWritten on August 26, 2019
      "I googled it and this card is pretty hard to get :D"
  2. #2

    Trophy Pikachu Trainer No. 1

    The Trophy Pikachu Trainer No. 1 is a special edition Pokemon Trading Card that serves as awards to various Pokemon Trading Card tournaments throughout the 1990s. This one, in particular, is the first place awards during the 1998 tournament.

    • Michael ClarkWritten on August 26, 2019
      "There have been arguably a lot of special edition cards awarded on various PTC tournaments throughout the years but this is definitely one of the best. Not only is it quite a rare Pokemon card but it's also imprinted really well."
  3. #3

    Holographic Shadowless First Edition Charizard

    The Holographic Shadowless First Edition Charizard is a special edition card in the Pokemon Trading Card game. What makes this card so rare is that it's an error print batch of cards that is distinguishable by the lack of shadow details on the right side of the image.

    • Eugene BarnesWritten on August 26, 2019
      "Pretty much every kid wanted a Holographic Charizard back then, myself included. It's a little ironic that one of the rarest and most expensive Pokemon cards also happens to belong to those batches of "error" cards but such is the nature of this hobby."
  1. #4

    Prerelease Raichu

    The Prerelease Raichu is a rare Pokemon Trading Card with only 10 copies in existence. The prerelease designation on the card was meant to be distributed to friends and family of the employees and was never meant to be brought into circulation.

    • Zhao HeWritten on August 26, 2019
      "Allegedly, this card only had 10 copies and was just supposed to be for the employees of Wizards of the Coast, the company who manufactures Pokemon cards. These cards should cost a pretty penny for anyone willing to sell them."
  2. #5

    First Edition Shadowless Holographic Blastoise

    The First Edition Shadowless Holographic Blastoise is one of the rarest and most coveted Pokemon Cards today. They are part of the First Edition Holographic card prints that came out in the late 1990s and had the same shadowless detail "error" that these cards were known for.

    • Johnny FloresWritten on August 26, 2019
      "These first editions shadowless holo cards have jumped in values since they came out back in the late 1990s. They go from a few hundred to a grand in the market right now."
  3. #6

    Shining Charizard

    The Shining Charizard is special edition holographic Pokemon Trading Card. This particular card is unique in that it holographic design is incorporated in Charizard himself. The value of this card depends on its condition and if its a first edition print.

    • Wang SunWritten on August 26, 2019
      "This is one of the more unique special edition holo cards as it's designed within Charizard himself making for some really cool-looking effects. Bonus if you'll be able to find a first edition print."
  4. #7

    Holographic Shadowless First Edition Mewtwo

    The Holographic Shadowless First Edition Mewtwo is one of the rarest Pokemon Trading Card that is being graded and maintained by the Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA). It usually goes by the PSA 10 stamp which means it's in near perfect condition.

    • Charlie TianWritten on August 26, 2019
      "Mewtwo was my favorite Pokemon from Gen 1 and I really wanted this first edition print back when I was a kid but I never got one. It's no surprise how much this card is going for these days. "
  5. #8

    Holographic Shadowless First Edition Venusaur

    The Holographic Shadowless First Edition Venusaur is a base set First Edition Holographic Venusaur card and is also one of the shadowless card batches during initial prints in the 1990s. It's one of the most coveted and rarest cards of its kind in the market.

    • Lei XuWritten on August 26, 2019
      "I was surprised to see just how much this first edition was going for. Apparently, it's one of the most coveted first edition shadowless Pokemon cards in the market."


Best What are the rarest Pokemon cards
1Pikachu IllustratorGame Elements 19 Paid
2Trophy Pikachu Trainer No. 1Game Elements 13 Paid
3Holographic Shadowless First Edition CharizardGame Elements 12 Paid
4Prerelease RaichuGame Elements 5 Paid
5First Edition Shadowless Holographic BlastoiseGame Elements 5 Paid
6Shining CharizardGame Elements 4 Paid
7Holographic Shadowless First Edition MewtwoGame Elements 3 Paid
8Holographic Shadowless First Edition VenusaurGame Elements 3 Paid

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