Some of the most valuable Pokemon trading cards are 1st editions from the original Base set.
Collecting Pokemon cards has become exceedingly popular once again, and some cards' values are higher than they have ever been before. One can see this with the extreme prices that rare Base set cards are going for on today's market. The 1st edition Base set Pokemon card is one that was released in the first-ever United States set, way back in 1999.
An important term to know when dealing with rare Pokemon card valuation is shadowless. A shadowless card is simply one where the featured Pokemon artwork does not include a shadow behind it. Shadowless 1st editions are the rarest Pokemon cards.
Here are five of the most sought-after 1st edition Pokemon cards from the Base set.
Top 5 most valued first edition Pokemon cards
#5 - Shadowless Mewtwo
While the fifth spot on this list is more variable than the placings of the next four cards, the general consensus is that shadowless Mewtwo has earned its place here.
The shadowless versions of Ninetales and Alakazam make for some close competition. Recently, however, a GEM - MT 10 (the best condition rating possible for a trading card) shadowless Mewtwo was sold for over $20,000 at auction.
#4 - Shadowless Venusaur
Although it may not be nearly as rare as the other starters, Charizard and Blastoise, the shadowless Venusaur trading card is still in high demand.
One of these 1st edition Venusaurs has sold for close to $50,000 before, however, that was to a collector who really needed to get their hands on that particular card.
Although this card once sold for a higher total price than the next two cards on the list, this singular event hasn't been enough for it to be deemed rarer.
#3 - Shadowless Chansey
A GEM MT - 10, 1st edition shadowless Chansey has sold for over $30,000 on two separate occasions. Versions of this card with lower condition ratings still regularly sell for upwards of $5,000 making it quite valuable.
The rarity of this particular card is likely related to how few of them are around, rather than the Pokemon's popularity with fans.
#2 - Shadowless Blastoise
It's really no surprise that shadowless Blastoise is the second most highly sought-after Pokemon card on this list, when just recently in January another rare Blastoise card sold for $360,000 at auction.
Blastoise has always been an immensely popular pocket monster for fans of Pokemon shows and games alike. The 1st edition card is currently going for around $15,000 in mint condition, however, it has a much longer history of consistently selling for high prices than others on this list.
#1 - Shadowless Charizard
While the Pokemon Charizard may never achieve Legendary status, the same cannot be said for this card! The 1st edition shadowless Charizard is the rarest of all Base set cards in the world, as well as one of the most expensive Pokemon cards ever sold.
This card has sold for over $200,000 multiple times, and once for over $350,000. If you find one of these in your old Pokemon card collection, you've just hit the lottery. Even lower grade conditions of this card sell for between $5k and $10k in the current market considering its rarity
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