In 2023, the Pokemon Trading Card Game (TCG) continues to make waves with TCGPlayer unveiling the roster of the most expensive Pokemon cards. This list, meticulously curated using strict criteria, provides a snapshot of the dynamic and ever-changing Pokemon collectibles market. It sheds light on the enduring allure and desirability of Pokemon TCG among enthusiasts and collectors alike, who are willing to invest substantial amounts for these cherished items.
Pokemon TCG cards hold a special place in the hearts of fans, not just for their gameplay but also for the nostalgia they invoke, transporting players back to their initial Pokemon adventures. The fusion of captivating art and sentimental value has turned these cards into sought-after collector's items. As a result, Pokemon TCG enthusiasts often find themselves shelling out considerable sums to add these favorites to their collections. The continuous introduction of new elements and characters by Creatures Inc. has managed to keep the game's classic essence intact, further fueling the passion of fans.
The 2023 compilation by TCGPlayer stands as a comprehensive guide to the top Pokemon collectibles of the year. However, the selection process is rigorous, considering only English cards released in 2023, with player rewards and event exclusives excluded. This meticulous approach ensures a fair representation of cards that truly stand out in the market due to their unique qualities.
Here's a glimpse into the top ten cards from TCGPlayer's 2023 list:
- Pikachu with Grey Felt Hat
- Charizard ex (Special Illustration Rare) from Scarlet & Violet—151
- Roaring Moon ex (Special Illustration Rare)
- Umbreon (EB Games Exclusive)
- Iono (Special Illustration Rare)
- Giratina VSTAR (Galarian Gallery)
- Charizard ex (Special Illustration Rare) from Obsidian Flames
- Magikarp (Illustration Rare)
- Squirtle (Pokémon Center Promo)
- Iron Valiant ex (Special Illustration Rare)
A notable highlight in 2023 is the release of the Pokemon TCG Classic set on November 17. Despite being a non-tournament set, its pre-order price of $399.99 swiftly sold out, and resellers are now listing it at nearly triple its MSRP. This phenomenon underscores the unwavering demand for Pokemon collectibles. The trend of reselling extends beyond this set, as evidenced by the record-breaking sale of the Pikachu Illustrator card, fetching an astounding four million dollars in 2022, highlighting the investment potential inherent in rare Pokemon cards.