In the last year we have seen the craze break out with Pokémon cards. The few units of the famous ‘Pikachu Illustrator’ card have been changing hands, significantly multiplying their price with each exchange. The last buyer of one of these letters was the youtuber logan paulwho purchased a unit in condition 10 out of 10 on the PSA scale for $5.25 million, six times more money than the record recorded a few months earlier for the same card. But what if we said that ‘Pikachu Illustrator’ is not the most difficult card to get from the Pokémon Trading Card Game?
Hey Logan Paul: Your Pikachu Illustrator is only worth money
The barrier that prevents you from getting a card like ‘Pikachu Illustrator’ is money. About 39 existed and were given to children in the 1990s. Many of them would be lost and even thrown away. However, there are cards so rare that they don’t even have an assigned monetary value yet, since they have never changed hands. They are so difficult to obtain that most collectors have thrown in the towel and consider it impossible to get hold of one of these Pokémon cards. We could talk about several letters, but there are three very special ones that have existed since 2021 and that we know will never be auctioned.
Celebrity Cards – Pokémon 25th Anniversary
Pokémon’s 25th birthday was very recently, and The Pokémon Company decided to award a unique card to three celebrities who had contributed to the franchise: Katy Perry, Post Malone and J Balvin. The letters were delivered directly to the singers, and only one of each was printed.
The cards are not just decorative, but have an action associated with them just like any other trainer card you might use in your deck. The probability that one of these cards will come up for auction is practically nil.
Katy Perry is accompanied by her Pikachu exactly the same as in his music video electricity. The design of this card was entrusted to Yuu Nishida, an illustrator who won the first Pokémon Game Illustration Grand Prix in history and became part of the official Pokémon TGC template.
This card’s ability is ‘Heartbeat Ray’, and it deals 20 damage to each sidelined opponent.
J Balvin V
The design was carried out by Nagimiso. In the letter, the singer is accompanied by a Charizard with a rather defiant look. The card was given to him as a thank you for the video Be Careful (Pokémon 25 Version), that reminded us all of the best moments of Pokémon Go.
The letter is so personalized that even the attack is in Spanish. ‘Rhythm Flame’ does 100 extra damage on the next turn.
Post Malone V
Accompanied by dragonite, Post Malone was designed by Naoki Saito. The letter was given in gratitude for the video Only Wanna Be With You and for the concert he gave for the anniversary of Pokémon.
The card’s attack is Multi Beat, and it does 20 extra damage for each energy card accumulated.
Of the three cards, experts say this will never go to auction. Post Malone is a huge fan of the Pokémon TGC and is involved in the Magic the Gathering community. Come on, he must feel very proud to have the only ‘Post Malone V’ card in the world.