You might want to dust off your old Pokémon card collection, because you could be sitting on an absolute gold mine.
The international Pokémon phenomenon is one of the most lucrative animation franchises in history, so chances are that many of you in the late 90’s/early noughties were hoarding a shit ton of cards.
If after all these years you’ve managed to keep hold of them, and better still, leave them in decent condition, it might be time to take advantage of it.
Here’s just a few of the best cards which, by selling, could certainly be worth your while:
Pokemon Shining Cards:
This may not be one of the more lucrative options, but it would certainly be worth your time selling. Released with Gen 2, these bad boys could fetch you $150 (£105) each and have even been known to sell for $300 (£210) back in the day.
But, since they’ve become more widely available, especially in the U.S, this price has dropped off a bit. Still, 100 quid is nothing to sniff at!
If you were a big fan of the Pokémon games (of course you were), this set of cards might ring a bell.
Released back in 1999 from the Pokémon Snap 64 DD Nintendo game, these were part of a promotion which invited users to take snapshots, with winners getting their work printed as the artist on the card.
They’ve been known to be sold for up to $16,000 (£11,000), but you’ll probably be looking at selling them for a bit less than that nowadays.
Southern Islands Card Set
Released to promote the second film of the Pokémon franchise, the Tropical and Rainbow Island sets, are what something the most avid collector would be after.
However, one drawback of owning these is that for them to be of value to a collector it has to be an original, with its collectible folder and NOT the promo cards.
Considering there were only 18 cards in total printed, it’s pretty unlikely that you have the full lot. But, if you do, you could be looking at a minimum of $150 (£105) for the set. Result!
Pre-Release Raichu Card
Now we’re talking. If you managed to get hold of one of these during your childhood you’re one seriously lucky bastard.
Why? Simply because it’s one of the rarest Pokémon trading cards in existence. There are only 10 to 15 Pre-Release Raichu cards available worldwide and, because of that, one of these cards could be worth over $10,000 (£7,000).
Pikachu Illustrator Card
So you thought a few thousand was a decent amount for one solitary Pokémon card? Then get ready to have your mind blown.
This Pikachu Illustrator card was made back in 1998 and, a couple of years back, it sold for $100,000 (£70,000). Yes, really.
These Japanese-released cards are described as the ‘Holy Grail of Pokémon’ and even those not in mint condition could still demand a $50,000 (£35,000) price tag.
At the moment only five of the cards exist, so we know it’s highly unlikely you have it – but definitely worth a mention (just in case).
But, obviously, you’ve got to take into consideration that these prices can drastically fluctuate and may not be an accurate representation. Take this Charizard First Edition, for example.
The card is considered a pretty damn valuable one and it recently went for a shit ton of money on eBay:
An insane amount of money, right? But then there’s also this one, which isn’t doing anywhere near as well:
So, yeah you could make a fair bit of moolah, but you’ve got to be realistic with it – don’t shove it on eBay for a stupid amount and expect to be rolling in the benjamins soon after.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you!