The explosive recent rise in the Pokemon card value has opened the eyes of investors and former collectors looking to get back in the game. The original Pokemon base set (1999 1st Edition Shadowless) is the most collectible, with record breaking single card sales happening frequently across all of the auction houses.
“Every generation defines what is nostalgic to them,” says former Collectors Universe President Joe Orlando. “Pokémon started its rise in the U.S. during the late 1990s. Today, the young people who were playing the classic game then are now well into adulthood. As a result, the game has enjoyed a kind of rebirth in the hobby.”
The Pokemon brand is currently the number two ranked media franchise of all-time, and that popularity has led to some MAJOR sales of some of the best and most rare Pokemon cards.
That said, if you have an old binder of your cards from your childhood laying around, you could be sitting on anywhere from a couple of dollars to a small fortune, and anywhere in between. Figuring out what they are worth can be confusing, so this guide will help to steer you through the process.