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Your Old Pokémon Cards Are Worth More Than You Think


If you’ve happily put your nerdy Pokémon collecting days behind you, you might want to rethink burning the box of cards stashed away at mum’s with the revelation that some cards are now worth big bucks online.

According to GOOD, a holographic Charizard card could earn you a cool $30,000 on Ebay, and a “Bebe’s Search Spring Battle Road Holo Trophy Card” has been selling for $399.99.

If you were the lucky winner of the Pokémon Illustrator Card in 1997 or 1998, only 39 were made, and they’re now worth a whopping $100,000 a pop.

But before you start thinking any old Pokémon card will have you making a mint, it’s important to take into account the card’s PSA rating (or Professional Sports Authenticator), a company that grades cards on quality and preservation, on a scale of 1-10.

If you want a rating of 10, your card must have “four perfectly sharp corners, sharp focus and full original gloss…free of staining of any kind, but an allowance may be made for a slight printing imperfection, if it doesn’t impair the overall appeal of the card,” according to the PSA website.

Even if you don’t have any limited edition or perfectly preserved cards, you can still score a reasonable price for your old collection. For instance, the “Battle Fiesta Pikachu” is up for $23.99.

Start digging up your childhood relics, gentlemen.



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