Which Pokémon Card Expansions & Sets Are Worth The Most Money
The Pokémon Trading Card Game has been releasing card sets since 1996 in Japan when the first edition of Pokémon cards was released for fans to collect. Since then, the industry has continued creating and releasing new sets and expansions, bringing the total number of Pokémon sets to 74 in America and 68 in Japan. Throughout the years, the Pokémon franchise has only been growing larger and more influential with more Pokémon species, games, manga, shows, and movies. This influence has brought elevated value to merchandise considered like select rare Pokémon card sets and collections.
There are a few variables that determine the value of Pokémon card expansions and sets, though there have been some exceptions throughout the years. A set or expansion’s age, rarity, Professional Sports Authority grading, and demand (popularity) have all been known to affect the appraisal value of various collections.
While the monetary worth of these Pokémon TCG sets and expansions is subject to change with the market and demand, these are the Pokémon collections that currently have the highest monetary value.
First Edition Base Set
Unsurprisingly, the First Edition Base Set is perhaps the most valuable Pokémon TCG set on the market. As the very first collection, it is the origin of the Pokémon Trading Card Game phenomenon that contributed to the franchise’s popularity. Aside from the First Edition Shadowless Charizard card, which is one of the most valuable cards in existence, this pack is also home to other extremely expensive cards. The Shadowless Blastoise and Venusaur cards present within this set sell for thousands of dollars at auction with mint or near-mint condition (via TCGPlayer). The possibility of obtaining First Edition starters and Legendary Pokémon is enough of an incentive to purchase even a single sealed pack for hundreds of dollars. Booster packs will sell for even more and have sold at auctions for over $408,000, according to Price Charting.
POP Series 5
A lesser-known Pokémon TCG expansion that contains rare and valuable cards is POP Series 5. This expansion contains expensive cards depicting Espeon and Umbreon as Shinies and was distributed at Pokémon League tournaments as a participation award. The most expensive cards present in this collection combine to a price up to $175,000 based on current listings on sites such as TCGPlayer and PokemonPrices. The POP Series not only featured Eeveelutions, but also the title legendaries of Pokémon Silver and Gold. Ho-Oh and Lugia were both joined by a Delta Mew, each of which sells for hundreds of dollars on average. While POP Series 5 does not include all the cards from the POP Series set, it is still an extremely valuable find.
Skyridge Pokémon TCG Set
The Skyridge Pokémon Trading Card Game set was released in May of 2003, and was the 16th set ever released in the game. Trainer Booster Boxes regularly sell at auction for over $50,000. This collection set is home to particularly valuable cards such as the Crystal Charizard card, which is one of the most valuable Charizard Pokémon TCG cards ever released and has been sold for over $5,000 at various auction hours and websites (via PokemonPrices). The Skyridge Pokémon TCG set also has Ho-Oh, Gengar, and Celebi cards which are valued at over $1,000 each at mint or near-mint condition.
While there are dozens of Pokémon TCG sets and expansions that can be auctioned and sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars, collectors and fans of the franchise can expect the First Edition, POP Series 5, and Skyridge sets to consistently be on the pricier side of the market. The Pokémon Trading Card Game is still producing new sets, with the Evolving Skies Sword and Shield expansion releasing on August 27, 2021.