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Charizard sells for record-breaking $420,000 at auction!

Base Set Charizard Record

A PSA 10 1st Edition Base Set Charizard has sold for a record $420,000 during PWCC’s March Premier Auction setting an all-time record price for a Base Set Charizard card. The payment has been confirmed by PWCC.

This is currently the third-highest individual Pokemon card sale of all time on a public marketplace following the Pikachu Illustrator record-breaking sale of $720,000 from last month

Base Set Charizard Record

Last month, the record setting PSA 7 Pikachu Illustrator was won at auction for $900,000 – the bid was never paid and the sale went through for $720,000. We’ll update this article as soon as we receive confirmation of payment. 

In the past, we’ve talked about buying the card, not the grade and this appears to have affected the price of this card due to its pristine condition. This PSA 10 is one of the cleanest copies we have ever seen and could very well transfer over to Beckett as a BGS 10 if the new owner chooses to go down that route. 

To put the price into perspective, just earlier this month a PSA 10 copy sold for $399,750 via Goldin Auctions and another copy sold in September 2021 for $270,600 on the same platform. This shows that depending on the PSA 10 copy in question the price drastically fluctuates. 

Jesse Craig, Director of Business Development for PWCC Marketplace said, 

“This is one of the world’s premier non-sport cards. Pokémon is the world’s leading media brand and Charizard is the GOAT of that brand. It’s an asset that Pokémon and non-Pokémon collectors know of and want to own.”

“The 1st Edition was a very limited product and while 3,000 copies of this card have been submitted to PSA for grading, only 121 have been granted the PSA 10 Gem Mint designation to date by their graders. Further, this appears to be one of the finest 10s we’ve ever seen.”

“Five years ago, the average price for a PSA 10 copy was around the $20,000 range. Now we have a new record that is 20 times that amount. This is a card where demand continues to outweigh supply.”

This new record price for the Pokemon TCG hobby will shine the spotlight on high-end Pokemon cards once more. Are you surprised by these prices?

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John-Anthony Disotto – Ludkins Media Editor-in-Chief

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