Pokemon 1st Edition Charizard Shadowless Holo Sells for $18,000 – Beckett Pricing Insider


Back in 1999 Pokemon took the western world by storm with the release of GameBoy Games and, of course, the trading card game. With the release of Pokemon GO in 2016, a huge resurgence happened when many of the fans who were young back then rediscovered the franchise.

This influx has caused many cards from the original series to see huge price increases, especially the 1st Edition Base set Charizard.

A fan favorite, Charizard has always commanded the highest price tag out of the base set with top-grade copies pulling five figures on the secondary market. Recently, a BGS 9.5 Gem Mint 1999 Pokemon 1st Edition Charizard Shadowless Holo sold for $18,000 on eBay.

1999 Pokemon 1st Edition Charizard Shadowless Foil BGS 9-5 Aug-2018

For some perspective, this is nearly triple the amount of what cards of the same grade were selling for two years ago.

While this particular sale is big, it’s not a blip either. For the time being at least, there seems to be no stopping the price increases on many of the older Pokemon cards.


Ian McDaries

Ian is the Gaming Market Analyst for Beckett Media and has been collecting Trading Card Games for 18 years, including Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon, and Yu-Gi-Oh. A graduate from the University of North Texas, Ian joined Beckett in 2016 and is currently focused on collecting play sets of the first 11 Yu-Gi-Oh releases.

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  1. Renee Konias 24 February, 2020 at 20:27

    Charzard hologram 1st edition pokemon card I heard sold for 8k. Can I get information from you on this card??

  2. shane mckenzie 11 May, 2020 at 14:54

    Genuine shadowless cards do not have 1st EDITION stamps, people are being stooged because they think their real. Cards are so easy to fake these days and if someone is willing to pay 250,000 for 1st edition shadowless card set its there own fault. A genuine shadowless Charizard without 1st ED stsmp 40, 000 or 1st ED same card for 13.000, spot the difference, both cards have 10 /9.5 rating. You show proof that Pokemon put stamps on shadowless cards.

  3. Zachary Scott Long 15 May, 2020 at 22:00

    I have a PSA 8 Shadowless Charizard Signed by Mitsuhiro Arita with a Small drawing of charizard on it, His name in Japanese and English. Would that and a singed Dark Blastoise be a fair trade for a PSA 6-8 1st Charizard?

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