Over the weekend, PWCC saw several high-value Pokemon cards and products go up for auction. One of these auctions included the incredibly rare Tropical Wind card that came from the Tropical Mega Battle events in Japan between 1999 and 2001. This card is one of the most valuable Pokemon cards in the world, having one of the lowest populations in the entire TCG.
The sale made through PWCC Marketplace went for an eyewatering $16,800 on August 7th, 2022. In October 2020, a PSA mint 10 copy of this card sold for an incredible $65k, showing an apparent $48k drop in value between a PSA 8 and 10. The last PSA 8 copy to sell was way back in 2018 for $6,000, before bit the big Pokemon TCG boom in 2020, which shows how the highest end of the TCG market has grown in that time.
The Pokemon Tropical Mega Battle took place at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, Hawaii and was the predecessor of the Pokemon World Championships, which brought the top 50 players from Canada, Latin America, Europe, the United States, and Japan together to battle it out for the title of champion. The only way a player could compete at the Tropical Mega Battle event was by becoming the overall winner in your local region, making it the most prestigious event of the time.
PWCC Marketplace Description –
“this card rarely surfaces for public sale, let alone in such condition. Featuring the classic artwork of Sumiyoshi Kizuki that has become a staple to subsequent World Championship cards, this copy is home to tremendous eye appeal with a stunning periphery that is almost completely void of the hallmark edge chipping that cards of this pedigree and vintage are known for, this is truly a museum quality offering.”
It was rumoured that only 12 copies of this Tropical Wind promo were ever made and handed out in 1999, although it is also said that this card was given out to all who were invited to the Tropical Mega Battle event. Currently, there are 75 copies of Tropical Wind graded with PSA, which means there are likely a few more out there. Whatever the true number is, finding copies in near mint or mint condition is incredibly difficult now.
Mathew Parkes – Ludkins Media Editor-in-Chief
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