Most Valuable Pokemon Cards Countdown

We’re closing out the last 25 days of 2017 with a Countdown of the Top 25 Most Valuable Pokemon Cards. (Based on actual “Sold” prices on eBay this year) 

#20 – Yanma, Neo Discovery 1st Edition
Yanma Pop4

Yanma?  What the heck is Yanma doing here?  This card sold for $2,286 in October 2017.  Why?! From what I gather, this card is hard to get graded in PSA 10, Gem-Mint condition.  According to PSA’s Population Report, A total of 101 1st Edition Yanma’s have been sent to PSA for grading, and only 4 have received a perfect “10” rating.  That’s about 4% of submittals.  

For fun, I also pulled up 1st Edition Base Set Charizards in the PSA Population Report.  A total of 1,583 1st Ed. Charizards have been submitted to PSA, and 115 have received the desired perfect 10 rating. That’s about 7% of submittals.  

PSA 9 Yanma’s only sell for about $50.  

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.