Pokémon card collectors, take note: the most valuable Pokémon card ever made is on sale and in mint condition.

Longtime Gemr users may recount our coverage of the 7 rarest Pokémon cards, in which we crowned the Pokémon Illustrator the most sought-after Pokémon card of all time. In short, this promotional card was awarded to winners of the Pokémon Card Illustration contests that were held in Japan throughout the late 90s, and reports say that as few as six cards were ever distributed. Seeing as how the card serves no purpose in the actual Trading Card Game and simply states that the recipient is “an Officially Authorized Pokémon Card Illustrator,” this isn’t a case of a severely overpowered card being banned a la the Black Lotus from Magic The Gathering. However, this card’s extreme scarcity has seen even worn copies selling for $20,000.

It’s, therefore, no surprise that this recent mint condition listing of the Pokémon Illustrator card brings an asking price of $100,000.

Pokemon Illustrator

As far as we can see, seller Scott Pratte is no stranger to auctioning wickedly valuable Pokémon cards. Under his eBay screen name smpratte, his recent transactions list him selling cards and card sets for anywhere between $20 and $2000. In fact, this is not Pratte’s first time selling the Pokémon Illustrator card either. Multiple news sites lit up in 2013 when Pratte listed a mint condition Illustrator card for $100,000, and CNet even conducted a fairly lengthy interview with him discussing the card’s rarity and his history as a card collector. We were actually certain that this was the same card being sold this time around until we realized the ID number of the card in 2013 differed from the one currently being auctioned, so yes, this is at least the second Illustrator card Pratte has owned. Seriously, can you even imagine having two copies of the rarest Pokémon card in the world?

Though we can’t personally vouch for the seller, Pratte’s 100% positive feedback across 3409 reviews leads us to believe that his listing is as legit as it gets.


The only question now is whether or not this unbelievably rare card will actually sell for $100,000. While none of us can predict the future, chances are it will, in fact, sell – just not for $100,000. Keep in mind that this valuation is merely the “buy it now” price, so bidders will aim to undershoot the number by leaps and bounds. Historically, the Illustrator card has sold for around $50,000, and Pratte admitted during his 2013 auction that he was hoping to meet that price. To put that in perspective, though $50,000 may only be half of his “buy it now” price, we’re still talking about a single card selling for more than the average yearly income of middle-class households. That is to say, we think he’ll do just fine.

Even if you don’t fancy yourself the type to drop a year’s salary on a single card, this listing marks a historic event in the world of Pokémon Trading Cards, and no matter how this transaction turns out, the result will definitively affect how much the Pokémon community perceives the most valuable Pokémon card to be worth. Though we may merely be witnessing the event on the sidelines, we’re still a part of history in the making.

To see more super rare cards owned by Scott Pratte, check out his photobucket here.

Written by TimM
Tim is a video game aficionado who is fascinated by pop culture. He built his first collection in 1999 by catching all 151 monsters in Pokemon Red, and he hasn't stopped collecting since. His work has been featured multiple times on Destructoid.com.