A PSA 10 1st Edition Base Set Charizard holographic card set a new record, selling for $390,000 on Goldin Auctions. The hammer price was $325,000, however Goldin Auctions charges a buyer’s premium of 20% on top of the hammer price. This is common with high-end auction houses, and prices including buyer’s premiums are considered to be the true sale price because these prices are what is actually paid to acquire the item.
Charizard cards have been the public face of Pokemon’s massive market increase over the past year, as PSA 10 1st Edition Base Set holos rose from approximately $50,000 one year ago to the new record of $390,000 in this most recent auction. Prices have rose as the popularity of Pokemon cards has reached new heights, combined with the realization that the available supply of PSA 10s is unlikely to significantly increase. Currently, the most likely way to acquire a newly-graded PSA 10 is to open the Charizard fresh out of a box break, which has recently occurred. Due to card quality issues, however, obtaining a 10 even on a pack-fresh card is far from guaranteed.
The Charizard from Base Set is the most popular and iconic Pokemon card of all time, so seeing new records set for the extremely desirable 1st Edition print is not surprising. This sale indicates that the excitement surrounding Pokemon, and Charizard especially, is not slowing down.
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