Super secret Pokémon card sells for $90,000 at auction

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“No. 1 Trainer,” a so-called “Super Secret Battle” Pokémon card, sold for $90,000 at auction on July 9. The 1999 card is one of seven copies ever made, being gifts awarded to the winners of seven different regional tournaments, and this particular card’s value was even higher thanks to its being preserved in mint condition (“Gem Mint 10”).

The idea behind the cards was that the owners could use them in order to gain preferential access to a secret game tournament, which is how the “Super Secret Battle” naming relates.super secret pokemon cad nintendo

The card’s artwork was done by Hideki Kazama, and the card’s text translation reads as follows: “The Pokémon Card Game Official Tournament’s champion is recognized here, and this honor is praised. By presenting this card, you may gain preferential entry into the Secret Super Battle.”

This isn’t the highest that a Pokémon card has ever sold for though. For instance, in October last year, a rare version of a Pikachu Illustrator card sold for $195,000. It seems mad that some people would spend this much money on them, when they could use that money for a deposit on a house or buy a brand new Audi, but the heart clearly wants what it wants.

Maybe we should all go and check our Pokémon card collections just to be safe.


Jamie Sharp
Started out playing Metroid 2 on the GameBoy at around 5 years-old, and now I write about games all day long. Can't play Switch and drive, I've tried. As time goes on the Switch is quickly becoming my favourite console of all time.