When it comes to collectibles, trading cards are a necessary acquisition for Pokemon enthusiasts. Although many cards are readily available in the market, there are those cards that are so difficult to find that they are considered . Here are 5 ultra rare Pokemon cards you might want to capture.

Pikachu Illustrator

You likely will not find the Pikachu Illustrator card for sale in your local hobby shop. The card was part of the awards granted to illustrators who won in the CoroCoro Comic Illustration Contest in 1998, so only a few exist. When offered for sale, some cards were snatched up for more than $200,000.

Shadowless Holographic Charizard (First Edition)

As its name implies, the Shadowless Charizard card features an error in illustration wherein the image is missing its shadow. The error was corrected but not before a few cards were already printed out. These are the ones that are highly sought after by collectors. Pristine condition cards can fetch as much as $50,000 for fans.

Magikarp Tamamushi University Promo Card

The Magikarp Promo Card was part of the unnumbered promo cards that were released in 1998. These were part of the Celadon University campaign by Shogakukan for Pokemon fans to become certified Hyper-Pokemon Professors once they have successfully completed the Hyper Professor Test. There are only an estimated 30 to 100 Magikarp cards that are supposedly available, which means that any card you can get your hands on is a gem of a find.

Trainer Card No. 1

There are only about seven (yes, 7) No. 1 Trainer Card known to exist, which means they are extremely rare. This is a holographic card that was part of a promotional event, given to the Secret Super Battle tournament winners in 1999. The tournament was held in Tokyo, Japan, specifically in a secret location known only to the sponsors and participants. To win the card, players had to successfully compete in regional tournaments before they could gain entry to the finals.

Holographic Ishihara GX Card (Black Star Promo)

Tsunekazu Ishihara is the legendary head honcho of The ultra rare Pokemon cards. To celebrate his 60th birthday in 2017, Ishihara’s likeness was depicted on a card attempting to grab a hold of a masterball. With him in the digital artwork is Rotom. The Ishihara GX cards had a short print run. It is believed there could be anywhere from 30 to 200 cards ever printed and those who own them rarely offer them for sale. Ishihara himself handed out these cards during a private event to celebrate his birthday.

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