Got old Pokemon cards? You could be rich!

Make Money Pokemon cards

If you spent your school years training to be some sort of gangster, trading and fighting Pokemon cards there’s a chance you’re sitting on the biggest prize of all. Cold hard cash!

According to Nerdgasm, a holographic Charizard nets $30,000 on eBay (£21,542), and a Bebe’s Search Spring Battle Road holo trophy card is priced at $400 (£287).

There’s one particular card that if you have, is going to change your life (it’s cool, I’ll wait for you to find your collection up the attic). Right, take a look. Do you own the Pokemon Illustrator card? It was given to winners of an illustration competition in 1997 and 1998 and only 39 were made. If you have it, it’s worth $100,000 (£71,831) each!

Ok, got a fancy card. Good. Here’s the thing, if it’s in a bit of a state, it’s not going to be worth as much as one in mint condition. But we’ve all watched enough Big Bang Theory to know that right? You need to check the card’s PSA rating (Professional Sports Authenticator), which is a company that grades cards’ quality and preservation on a scale of 1 to 10. To get a 10, you need four perfectly sharp corners, sharp focus and full orginal gloss, free of staining of any kind, but an allowance may be made for a slight printing imperfection, if it doesn’t impair the overall appeal of the card.

It’s not just the super rare ones that are worth a decent amount of dosh. For example, Battle Fiesta Pikachu currently sells for $23.99 (£17), which isn’t to be sniffed at, especially if you have a large collection, and why wouldn’t you - Pokemon, gotta catch them all! (sorry, had to shove that in somewhere).

Here’s a list of the top cards to keep an eye out for:

  • Latios (from EX Deoxys series) - $108.95
  • Treecko (from EX Team Rocket Returns series) - $126.97
  • Kabutops (from Neo Destiny series) - $129.99
  • Ultra Ball (from Plasma Freeze series) - $139.99
  • Torchic (from Ex Team Rocket Returns) - $153.38
  • Shining Mewtwo (from Neo Destiny) - $169.95
  • Umbreon (from POP Series 5) - $452.06
  • Shining Charizard (from Neo Destiny series) - $1502.98
  • Espeon (POP Series 5) - $1549.99
  • Charizard (Case Set series) - $2600

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