A very rare Japanese Pokemon card that only a few people possess sold for $90,000 in a recently-held auction at Heritage Auctions.
Dubbed the Secret Super Battle No. 1 Trainer card, there has only seven of this card in existence. This small number makes the card one of the rarest ever produced in the franchise.
A Signature Card
Some rare cards can only be gotten out-of-the-box based on sheer luck, such as the rare first edition Charizard. However, getting the “Secret Super Battle No. 1” is impossible nowadays, considering how the card was issued.
Not meant to be something that many can get their hands on, the super rare card is unique only to some people. Specifically, individuals who won the 1999’s regional tournament that was held across seven regions in Japan. A tournament aimed at finding out the best Pokemon card player at the time.
Basically a key that grants all seven winners passage to the finals, the card is somewhat synonymous to each of those owners. It is unknown who among those seven owners made the sale. But it can be definite that the card by one of those individuals, effectively selling a piece of history in the process.
— Heritage Auctions (@HeritageAuction) July 10, 2020
As an exclusive card in Japan, part of the Pokemon card’s authenticity comes from its overall presentation. Aside from several words in English, including the crediting of the illustrator, the card has Japanese texts on it.
As it appears, the card has a certain Hideki Kazama to thank for its creation. Kazama is also the same person behind three other trainer cards for the franchise.
The Japanese print reads as, “The Pokémon Card Game Official Tournament’s champion is recognized here, and this honor is praised. By presenting this card, you may gain preferential entry into the Secret Super Battle.”
The “Secret super Battle No. 1” trainer card has a grading of Gem Mint 10. Meaning, the card has managed to retain its best condition throughout these years. Making it as good as a fresh print.
Out of the seven cards, six has managed to earn the same grading.
Not the Most Luxurious
However, while the $90,000 sales price makes the card effectively one of the most expensive in history, it is not necessarily the most costly. This honor goes to an older card from 1998—the Pikachu Illustrator card.
As per the Guinness World Records, the Pikachu Illustrator card sold for $190,000 just last year.
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