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#1 – Charizard, 1st Edition, Base Set

Charizard - Beckett BGS 10!
Charizard – Beckett BGS 10!

No surprises at #1.  Pretty sure every single one of you guys knew this was going to be here. The only surprise to some of you might be the value of a Beckett “Pristine 10” Charizard. Most people believe it’s more difficult to achieve a Beckett Pristine Grade vs a PSA “Gem-Mint 10” grade.  Therefore Beckett 10’s can sometimes sell for more than their PSA 10 counterparts.  Charizard here is a perfect example of that.  This Pristine 10 Charizard sold for $55,000 in 2017.  In the last 3 months, we’ve seen four PSA 10 Charizards sell for an average of $20,000.

There are currently 115 1st Ed., PSA-10 Charizards in circulation.  I believe there are only 2 Beckett Pristine 10’s.  But don’t let this fool you.  Pokemon collectors submit way more cards to PSA for grading.  I think Magic: the Gathering players prefer Beckett, while Pokemon players prefer PSA.  A total of 181 1st Edition Charizards were submitted to Beckett for grading, while 1,599 1st Edition Charizards were sent to PSA.  

Regardless of where it’s sent, or where it’s graded.  This is a phenomenal card in anyone’s collection.  

PSA 9’s sell for $6,000
PSA 8’s sell for $3,600
PSA 7’s sell for $2,500
PSA 6’s sell for $1,600
PSA 5’s even sell for $1400

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Some quick notes on our rankings:  These are all cards you could have reasonably collected in the United States. These are cards that appeared in Booster Boxes, Booster packs, Leagues, and/or Starter Sets. Pokémon TCG fans/players could have plausibly obtained these cards through auctions, trades and/or blind luck pulls. There are no cards “prize cards” in our list.  All values are based on actual sales of Pokemon Cards on eBay in 2017. Most of these cards are Professionally-Graded, Gem Mint cards, which are independently certified on their condition. Here’s an article on Graded Pokemon Cards if you don’t know what Graded Cards are.