5 Rare Pokémon Cards

Now that Books & Brews has Pokémon card for purchase, let’s take a look at some of the most rare cards you can find.

5. Prerelease Raichu

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Fact or fiction? Prerelease Raichu may be the rarest Pokémon card of all time – if it’s real, that is. Image via PokeGym

This card so rare it may just be rumour.

Perhaps the most controversial Pokémon card of all time, Prerelease Raichu may also be the rarest Pokémon card ever made – in fact, it’s so rare that finding out exact details is tricky.

4. 20th Anniversary 24-karat Gold Pikachu

The card is a reprint of the game’s original Pikachu, made out of solid 24-karat gold.

While many of the rarest Pokémon cards are cards released during the first years of the game, this card is an exception in that it appeared for the first time only a few years ago in 2018 to celebrate the Pokémon TCG’s 20th anniversary.

3. Pikachu Illustrator

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Pikachu Illustrator is often considered among the rarest Pokémon cards in existence.

Pikachu Illustrator was originally given to winners of promo contests held in 1997 and 1998 by Japanese magazine CoroCoro Comic. 39 copies were officially awarded to the winners, while two copies were reportedly later discovered by one of the card game’s creators, seemingly bringing the total number of Pikachu Illustrator copies to 41

2. 1999 First Edition Shadowless Holographic Charizard #4

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Shiny Charizard has always been in demand, but its shadowless variant is also extremely rare.

A very valuable version of a classic fan-favourite, Shiny Charizard has been one of the most popular cards since it first released in 1999. It remains one of the most sought-after cards for collectors 20+ years after coming out.

1. No. 1 Trainer

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With only seven copies “believed” to be in existence.

It’s unlikely you’ve heard of No. 1 Trainer, and extremely unlikely you’ve ever seen a copy in person.

No.1 Trainer is a holographic promotional card awarded to finalists in the Secret Super Battle tournament held in Tokyo, Japan in 1999. To earn a place in the competition’s finals, which were held in a secret location, players had to first win a regional tournament. Their prize was the No. 1 Trainer card, which granted them access to the finals.

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