In this guide we’ll look at the best Pokémon cards.
We’ve compared rarity, design, nostalgia and cost
to give you our top recommendations.

What are the Best Pokémon Cards to Collect?

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  • The Holy Grail
  • Base Set
  • Iconic Artwork
  • Valuable Experimental Card
  • Base Set
  • Not a Misprint
  • First Ever Secret Rare
  • Team Rocket Set
  • Needed Nintendo's Approval
  • First Reverse Holo Cards
  • Legendary Collection
  • No First Edition Cards
  • Japanese Misprint Card
  • Free With Movie Tickets
  • Unique Design

More Detailed Pokémon Card Descriptions

Base Set Charizard

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Base Set Charizard Review

You knew it would top the list… the Base Set Charizard is the holy grail of Pokémon Cards!

This card isn’t just a valuable asset, it’s a time machine. Hear me out…

It’s got this incredible ability to throw you right back to your childhood, and remember what it feels to be a kid again.

If you were lucky enough to pull one of these bad boys, you instantly became king of the playground!

This isn’t just a card, it’s a nostalgic throwback.

Now before you start saying, “these go for thousands of dollars!” – you’re right. The 1st Edition and Shadowless versions do. However, you can pick up an unlimited card for about $100 on eBay.

Whether you’re looking to get back into collecting, or want to start now, this card should be top of your list.

Red Cheeks Pikachu

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Red Cheeks Pikachu Review

The Red Cheeks Pikachu card is commonly referred to as a misprint, however this is incorrect.

When Wizards of the Coast first released the card in English, they decided to experiment with the design in order to make it more recognizable.

Soon after, they went back on this decision, returning to yellow cheeks. As such, the card is quite rare and valuable.

You can often find 1st Edition and Shadowless cards on eBay for a similar prize as the Charizard above.

Ultimately, it’s a great little card to add to your collection, with a cool story behind it.

Team Rocket Dark Raichu

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Team Rocket Dark Raichu Review

Next up is the first ever secret rare Pokémon card, Dark Raichu from the Team Rocket Set.

It’s such a cool looking card. From the aggressive Raichu design to the list number 83/82.

Interesting, this one little card caused the set release date to be delayed as it needed to be approved by Nintendo first! I’m not quite sure what they were worried about, secret rare cards are awesome!

Anyway, you can find them on eBay for relatively cheap, however if you’re looking for a 1st Edition Card with a high PSA grading, expect to pay between $100-$200.

 

 

Legendary Collection Reverse Holo MewTwo

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Legendary Collection Reverse Holo MewTwo Review

The Legendary Collection Reverse Holo Mewtwo is part a set released in 2002.

If it wasn’t for the widespread unpopularity of Base Set 2, this may have simply been called Base Set 3.

But with a bit of rebrand needed, the Legendary Collection was born – a combination of Base Set, Jungle, Fossil, Team Rocket and one Black Star Promo Card – Mewtwo.

The fact that this was the first set of Pokémon Cards to be produced as reserve holos, combined with Mewtwo being the only inclusion from the Black Star Promo set, we feel it takes fitting place on our list.

Price-wise, they’re really quite reasonable on eBay with Near Mints in the $50 range and graded cards towards $100.

Overall, a really neat card for any collector.

Japanese Ancient Mew 'Nintedo' Misprint

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Japanese Ancient Mew 'Nintedo' Misprint Review

If you’re a fan of rare misprinted cards, you’ll like this.

In 1999, this Ancient Mew card was given as a freebie with tickets purchased to The Power of One Pokémon Movie.

Incredibly, the first Japanese version was printed with Nintendo spelled incorrectly. It read ‘Nintedo’. Perhaps spellcheck wasn’t as good back then!?

Anyway, what was produced as a very common card, has this totally unique rare version.

Some sellers on eBay want silly money for them, but you can pick up a very nicely kept card for well under $100.

A cool card with a funny story.