Can you imagine shelling anything over $50 at max for a comic/animated character card? While that might sound bizarre to someone like me, there are many who think otherwise. After half the world went gung-ho over Pokemon -GO, it’s time for the fictional sensation to hit the headlines again. And this time, it’s a rare Pokemon card that’s stirring up all the news.
At the recently held Heritage auctions in Beverly Hills, California, one of the items that went under the hammer was the sought after “Pikachu illustrator” card, which fetched a jaw-dropping price of $ 54,970! While the auction house itself predicated the takeaway price at $50,000, they were left just as surprised as some of us are. The card was originally handed over to winners of the CoroCoro Comic Illustration Contest in January 1998, amongst a series of 20 to 30 other cards. While the first card of the series was sold in the year 2000 for $23,000, demands for the same have certainly upscaled, as witnessed at the recent auction.
The Pikachu card illustrates the character holding drawing utensils with a text that reads – “We certify that your illustration is an excellent entry in the Pokémon Card Game Illust Contest. Therefore, we state that you are an Officially Authorized Pokémon Card Illustrator and admire your skill.” Earlier this year, an official solid gold Pikachu card was also put on sale for $2000. All thanks to the immense popularity of the Pokemon GO, the card-collecting trend is back with a bang!