Over the last few weeks, Pokémon fans have witnessed two first edition Charizard cards go up for auction. Since these cards are so rare, it was surprising to see two go up for sale in such a short time period in between. The auction sales price for this card has dramatically increased since the first sale only three weeks ago.
In an earlier edition of the Neustreet Journal, we covered a story of a first edition 1999 Pokémon Charizard card that went up for sale with Heritage Auctions. This card is special because it is from the game’s first English print run and was given a perfect PSA GEM-MT 10 grade. Only 121 Pokémon cards have ever been given this rating, making this an incredibly rare asset. After receiving 69 bids, the card was finally sold at a price of $336,000. Weeks later, another one of these special cards has hit the auction block again.
Another one of these rare Charizard PSA 10 cards is up for auction, now hosted by PWCC. This time the card sold for a record $420,000, becoming the all-time high record price for a base set Charizard card. Compared to the earlier sale a few weeks ago, this latest sale represents a 25% increase in the card's value. You could attribute the sales price increase to the overall growing popularity of Pokémon cards and the broader trading card industry. And with more and more YouTubers and celebrities getting into cards, this trend will surely continue.