A Pokémon No.2 Trainer card from 2001 has sold at auction for 8,000,000 yen (roughly $77,000).
The rare trophy Pokémon card was awarded for finishing second in Japan’s 2001 Battle Neo Summer Road Senior Tournament.
The card which frames the second place competitor’s image alongside a Ho-Oh is an incredibly rare piece of Pokémon history and is the first time this specific card has appeared at auction selling on Yahoo! Auctions Japan last weekend after the seller accepted an offer for the timeless piece.
The number of trophy and high-end cards appearing on auction in Japan has accelerated in the last 12 months. Just yesterday we reported a Charmander Snap Promo card also available on the website for $100,000.
With the ungraded sale of this Pokémon No.2 Trainer card from 2001 at $77,000, one can only imagine the cost of a graded variant. Trophy cards are very sought-after collection pieces in the hobby due to their scarcity and the way they’re distributed, only obtainable from Pokémon TCG competitions.
At what point are the majority of vintage Japanese cards in the hands of the western world and no longer in their country of origin? Maybe that time has already passed.
John-Anthony Disotto – Ludkins Media Editor