How to find the value of your pokemon cards

Go rummage through your garage or game closet and find those old decks, because here’s how to find the value of your Pokémon cards.


Pokémon consistently ranks as one of the most popular trading card games in the world. However, much of the fun doesn’t happen during tournaments, but when you try to track down and collect the rarest Pokémon cards. Pokémon has become as much a collector’s hobby as a game, and the hardest-to-find cards can sell for thousands of dollars. The standard process for finding the value of a Pokémon card involves identification and price research.

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How to identify the rarest Pokémon cards

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The first step in determining if you have a Pokémon card that could be worth a lot of money is to look at the symbol in the bottom right corner. A circle indicates that the card is common. A diamond tells you that a card is uncommon. Finally, a star or letter “R” means the card is rare and has the most potential for significant value. Some of the rarer Pokémon cards have limited runs or special variations on their design. Pokemon cards worth investigating may have a holographic finish, while reverse holo cards are holographic except for the character image on top. Ultra rare cards are the hardest to find and often have “ex” or “Prime” included in the card name.

How Pokémon Card Condition Affects Value

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As with most collectibles, particularly trading cards, condition seriously affects the value of rarer Pokémon cards. The Mint Pokémon cards have no significant flaws and look like they came straight out of a pack. Near Mint cards may have small nicks or chips around the corners and edges or light surface scratches. Other card conditions include Light Play, Moderate Play, Heavy Play, and Damaged. The most damaged cards may have tears or wrinkles on the surface that drastically reduce the value of the Pokémon card. If you’ve discovered a rare card in near-new or new condition, it may be worth sending it to a major grading company like PSA, who will rate its condition on a scale of 1-10. Although expensive, grading can preserve the condition of the cards and many of the record sales are ultra rare Pokémon cards in high grades.

How to find Pokemon Raw Diamonds

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Even after a Pokémon card’s rarity is determined, some limited-run cards may be worth only a few dollars, while others have sold for $10,000 or more. Fortunately, there are plenty of price guides and search engines available to best narrow down the value of a Pokémon card. Static price guides can have a hard time keeping up with the rapidly changing demand for certain cards and general market trends. eBay is one of the most popular places to find actual sale prices for even the rarest Pokémon cards. Completed item searches may show sales going back 90 days. Terapeak is a more powerful search engine that eBay provides for free to anyone who sells at least one item. This research tool tracks Pokémon card sales over the past year. Other search engines, like Card Ladder, charge subscription fees, but offer a gigantic database of eBay sales dating back to the early 2000s.

How to keep track of your Pokemon collection

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Just because one of your rare Pokémon cards isn’t in high demand right now, doesn’t mean it won’t be more in demand for years to come. These days, it’s easier than ever to sort through large collections of Pokemon cards thanks to hobby authority apps like TCGPlayer. With the phones’ cameras, you can scan your rarest Pokémon cards, identify them and store them in lists, and even see the sale prices of the cards you own. Remember that the thrill is often in the chase, and it may take a lot of patience before you find your personal holy grail of Pokémon cards.

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