Pokemon 1st Edition Base Cards Are Breaking The Mold

Pokemon 1st Edition Base Cards Are Breaking The Mold

The Pokemon card game was an instant hit in 1999 right out of the starting gate.  In a matter of weeks, the original 1st edition packs sold out of stores across the US.  Now 20 years later a factory sealed English 1st edition base booster box has surfaced selling at auction for a whopping $56,000 last August.  This set featured many “rookie” cards for Pokemon all-stars such as Pikachu, Professor Oak, and everyone’s all time favorite – the all mighty Charizard.  When looking at recent sales regarding these original 1st edition cards, PSA 10 examples are ranging from $100 to $30,000 trading everyday online which is why they’ve been dubbed “cardboard gold”.

“The Monster” Of Non-sport Sets

     The impressive 1st edition base set was printed four times.  It includes many variations, error cards, and corrections as well.  For these stated reasons experts are now forging comparisons between the T206 baseball cards and the original base Pokemon cards.  This is only driving up interest and price!  One of the most interesting errors from the first printing of the English set is the 1st edition “Ghost”  Pikachu card.  The 1st edition stamp is partially printed, but missing the black ink as you can see in the picture.  Other 1st edition stamp errors include grey stamps as well as bold black stamps.  There is another error that has become increasingly popular as well.  The 1st edition rainbow error Dragonair.  Inside of the text box explaining its attack, the “u” in the word number is partially missing.  The rainbow colored background then appears to be flowing through the text.  Arguably the toughest error to come across however is the upside down back error with only a handful known to exist.  Attracting Pokemon fanatics and investors alike, it is safe to say that original base Pokemon cards will hold their value.
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