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At an auction in Beverly Hills, a Pokémon Illustrator card fetched an eye-watering $54,970, setting a new record for Pokémon card prices.


According to Barry Sandoval, Director of Operations for Comics at Heritage Auctions, a Pokémon Illustrator card went for around $23,000 during the early 2000s. As noted on Go Nintendo, this latest auction smashed that record. 

The Pokémon Illustrator card was a prize for CoroCoro Comic illustration contests in the late 1990s. A total of 39 cards were awarded, and as Bulbapedia points out, it’s unknown as to how many still exist. Those that do are worth a whole bunch. 

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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