Now A Blastoise Pokémon Card Has Sold For $360,000

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Are you OK out there, Pokémon fans?

First we had Charizard cards selling for $350,000. Then sealed boxes of first edition cards for over $400,000. Now someone is out here paying that kinda money for a Blastoise.


Last week a Blastoise Commissioned Presentation Galaxy Star Hologram card, graded to CGC 8.5 (which isn’t mint, but is close), was sold by the Certified Collector’s Group at auction for $360,000.

$360,000! That’s house money!

Of course it wasn’t just any Blastoise card. This particular Blastoise was part of a test run made by Wizards of the Coast back in 1998 ahead of Pokémon’s launch in the West, and this is the only one of them to have nothing printed on its reverse side.

But still. $360,000. At this rate I’ll be posting about a $500,000 Magicarp by the end of the year.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs



Why. Just... why. I don’t get collecting for its own sake. I never have.

I have a friend I grew up with who buys Magic cards like they’re going out of style. Plays the game MAYBE once a year. He just likes the art. It doesn’t make any sense to me why you would spend this kind of money on something you can just look at and say “See!? I have this thing.”. Decorations and such are fine, spending money on things that have no purpose other than to look cool is fine. There’s just... a line of how much something costs before that line of thinking gets out of hand and pushes into (IMO) stupidity. $360k for a Blastoise card is well past that.