- Aug 25, 2020
An extremely rare Pokemon card has sold for over $200,000, breaking the previous record for most expensive sale held by none other than itself. This card, the Japanese "Pikachu Illustrator" card, is one of only 39 made and one of 10 left in the world. The previous record for most expensive Pokemon card sale was held by this card when it sold for $195,000 last October. When this card sold for $233,000 earlier this month, it broke its own record."What makes it so rare is that it was not sold, but awarded as a prize in an illustration contest through CoroCoro Comic," an auction description from the $195,000 October sale explains. "This unique card was created specifically for the contest. In the January 1998 issue, three 1st Place winners had a copy of the card, as did another 20 2nd Place winners. With cards awarded in two more contests that year, there were a maximum of 39 copies released." This month's sale happened on ZenPlus and was purchased by an American customer through ZenPlus' Pokemonmania store, the company said. What makes this card so special beyond it being a part of a contest over 20 years ago is that it features art by the original illustrator of Pikachu, Atsuko Nishida. The $233,000 card was graded as a Professional Sports Authenticator Mint 9, which means the card is in superb condition with no more than one flaw. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=top-10-cutest-pokemon-from-sword-and-shield&captions=true"] As for as why someone would want to spend that kind of money on a single Pokemon card, it isn't due to the card's competitive nature. The card doesn't really do much beyond authenticate its recognition as a winner in the 1998 contest. "We certify that your illustration is an excellent entry in the Pokemon Card Game Illustration Contest," the card reads, as translated by ZenMarket. "Therefore, we state that you are an Officially Authorized Pokemon Card Illustrator and admire your skill." It would seem that whoever purchased this card bought it for the collector's value as it won't be doing them any favors in future trading card battles. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.