When an SGC 10 Gold Label Pristine 10 1st Edition Base Set Charizard sold for $360,000 in December 2020 via Goldin, many scratched their heads in disbelief. Not only had a Pokemon card sold for over $350,000 but an unknown entity in the world of Pokemon TCG had put their name to an incredible sale. Now, over a year later, the buyer of the SGC 10 1st Edition Base Set Charizard has revealed all.
We’ve discussed the prospect of buying the card, not the grade on many occasions. In essence, it’s the idea behind purchasing a card of any kind based on its condition and not the grade determined by a third-party authentication service. In the case of this particular 1st Edition Base Set Charizard, the card is sublime.
Regarded as one of the most pristine copies of the 1st Edition Base Set Charizard in existence, the card received SGC’s highest possible grade alongside an MBA Black Diamond certification. For Pokemon TCG collectors this MBA certification doesn’t say much but delving deeper into the cards that are granted such a title it’s clear to see how special it is.
The owner of this special card is a newly founded Instagram account, @Dubsycollection. Widely regarded as one of, if not the, greatest Pokemon TCG card collector in the world, Dubsy has now decided to share their cards publicly for all to enjoy. In the post showcasing this SGC 10 Charizard, there is further information related to MBA’s Black Diamond Certificate. According to MBA’s COO, Demian Werner, 80,000+ cards have been certified with as few as 350 receiving the elusive Black Diamond Certificate.
Grading company aside, the real star of the show is the condition of Dubsy’s SGC 10 pristine 1st Edition Base Set Charizard. From the images shared, the back of the card appears to show little if not no whitening alongside beautiful centring and a flawless surface. Over the last two years, we’ve reported the values of PSA 10 1st Edition Base Set Charizards selling for a wide spectrum of prices including earlier month when a beautiful copy sold for a record $420,000. The reasoning behind the stark difference in values of sales is a lot to do with the eyes on the auction and auction house but equally the condition of the card. That’s why when it comes to the elite level of Pokemon card collecting the specific grading service has less weight than the actual quality of the card.
Whilst this copy of a 1st Edition Base Set Charizard sold for $360,000 in December 2020 the card in question would likely sell for a larger amount today and if Dubsy was to choose and cross-grade then who knows what this particular copy of Charizard is capable of.
To find out more about Dubsy and their collection check out their Instagram here. We’ll be continuing to report on the amazing items that they share throughout the next weeks and months so stay tuned for more!
John-Anthony Disotto – Ludkins Media Editor-in-Chief
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