You snooze, you lose. If you had plans to buy a vintage Pokémon card and didn’t show enough enthusiasm to go out and bid for it at Heritage Auction, you lucked out. A “Pikachu Illustrator” trading card fetched a whopping $54,970 at auction in Beverly Hills last week. This is a new record for Pokémon cards at any auction. Heritage expected it to fetch around $50,000 and it did slightly better than expected.
Because it is such a rare card in the not so dark world of Pokémon, the card has been labeled “the world’s most valuable Pokémon card”. It shows yellow Pikachu holding painting instruments. This isn’t the first time card went on the auction block. Previously it was sold for $23,000 in 2000, a nice sum 16 years ago. Pokémon is in the news again because of the popularity of the Pokémon Go app. The current owner, a twenty-something private collector in the US decided to cash in on it.
“The Pikachu Illustrator Card was given in January of 1998 to winners of the CoroCoro Comic Illustration Contest. Only 20 to 39 copies of this card were released, 10 of which are graded in top condition and it is unknown how many still remain with the public,” Barry Sandoval, director of operations for comics at Heritage Auctions, said in a statement.
Heritage did not identify the buyer but mentioned sold to a Hong Kong collector. The card was designed by Atsuko Nishida, one of the chief Pokémon graphic illustrators.
Source: Heritage Auctions