Pokemon Cards

What Are My 1st Edition Holographic Pokemon Cards Worth?

1st edition holographic Pokemon Cards are, by far, the most sought after cards in the Pokémon TCG series. These cards also fall into the rare department of Pokemon cards. The reason why they are clamored for is because, out of the 102 cards from the initial release, only 16 were holographic. That also coupled with the short run of the holo cards of 10,000 copies of each card approximately. Here is a rundown of the prices of some of the holo Pokemon Cards.

Prices Of The 1st Edition Holographic Pokemon Cards

#1 1999 Pokemon Alakazam Holo

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We started the group with the magical Alakazam. Though, it is not as popular as, well, Blastoise, it still commands a high value for pristine condition. The average value of this card for a PSA 10 is $2,230.

#2 1999 Pokemon Blastoise Holo

This water-pumping Pokemon has a fan base of it’s own. In terms of popularity and desirability, Blastoise will come second to Charizard. As such, among the 1999 1st edition holographic Pokemon cards, this card is the second in terms of the price. The average value of this card is $5,977.

#4 1999 Pokemon Charizard Holo

As we said earlier, Charizard wins the bet by arguably being the most popular Pokemon in the entire franchise. Also known as the de facto face of Pokemon, this character has captured the hearts of everyone by its power and general awesomeness. This 1999 Charizard Card has been compare with the iconic 1952 Mickey Mantle. In PSA 10, this card can sell in as much as $40k. But, generally it sells for around $20k.

#3 1999 Pokemon Chansey Holo

This pink, weird looking, adorable creature can fetch a lot of money when it comes to its 1st edition holo card. A PSA 10 of this card can cost $4,450 in average.

#5 1999 Pokemon Clefairy Holo

This Pokemon is arguably the cutest Pokemon in the base set. A gem or gem mint of this card can fetch upto $2,600.

#6 1999 Pokemon Gyrados Holo

This scary looking Pokemon can also command a hefty price if found in a high grade. Average value of a PSA 10 of this card is $1,750.

#7 1999 Pokemon Hitmonchan Holo

This pugilistic Pokemon’s name was derived from Jackie Chan. This card is not on to throw in the towel, with its amazing boxing skills. The average price of a PSA 10 of this card can cost $4,400.

#8 1999 Pokemon Machamp Holo

This card is relatively less pricier than the other 1st edition holographic Pokemon cards. Its because, one Machamp holo was included in every starter set. A PSA 10 can cost $1,000 in average. As such, Machamp has the lowest values for 1st edition holos.

#9 1999 Pokemon Magneton Holo

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This card shows the trio in a beautiful holo background. The magnetize game triumvirate keeps drawing attention of the card collectors. The average cost of this 1st edition holo Card is approximately $1,550.


A Short Guide To Pokemon Cards

The emergence of the Pokemon Trading Card Games in 1996 leads to immense excitement amongst Pokémon fans from all over the world. People who grew up watching the Pokemon franchise immediately fell in love with the card game. But, if you don’t know a lot about Pokemon cards, here is a guide to the basics of Pokemon TCG.

Pokemon Trading Card Game

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The inception of Pokémon TCG happened in 1996 based on Satoshi Tijri’s Pokemon universe. In this game, every card is characterized by a fictional Pokemon character. Each Pokémon has its special powers, strengths, and abilities. This TCG aims to collect the Pokemon cards also known as throwing Poke balls and to win against opponent Pokemons by giving commands as a trainer.

You will create a deck of cards comprising of Pokemon cards, energy cards, and trainer cards. You’ll have to fight against the opponent trainer. Your goal is to knock out the opponent’s Pokemon by inflicting sufficient damage. If you can knock out a Pokémon, you get a prize card.

Basic Rules Of Pokemon Cards Game

In the traditional ways of playing Pokémon TCG, you have to flip a coin to see who makes the first move. But you can also choose based on – who won or lost in the last match, age, the first letter of your name. After that, you’ll shuffle your deck of Pokemon cards and draw out 7 cards.

Basic Pokemon

The first player will play a basic Pokemon on the field. There will be no attacking in the first round. The basic Pokemon played in the first round is known as the active Pokemon. This Pokémon is the one who will attack as is attacked. If you do not pick out any basic card, you’ll have to reshuffle your deck and draw a whole new set of cards. In that case, your opponent gets an extra card.

There is another term known as a ‘bench’ where you can keep five cards to rotate on the field throughout the game. You can upgrade your Pokemon after playing with them for long. These are known as evolved Pokemon. These evolved versions cannot be played directly to the bench. You’ll have to first lay the basic version of the card and on top of it will be the evolved version.

Performing Actions Of Pokemon Cards

Once the game has started, certain actions can be performed like-

  • At first start with a basic card.
  • You can replace the basic card or the Active Pokemon with another card.
  • Upgrade your Pokemons into evolved ones.
  • Use an energy card to boost an attack.
  • Play a trainer card to avail yourself of your opportunities in helping your Pokemons.

Energy Cards

Energy cards are basically to fuel up your Pokemon for it to attack effectively. Each attack of every Pokemon costs a certain amount of energy which is paid through energy cards.

Trainer Cards

Trainer Cards allow trainers to help out their Pokemons either by reviving them or by healing their damages.

Building Decks

You can have 2 kinds of decks.

  • Pre-constructed deck
  • Building your deck

Pre-constructed decks are obviously the easier and better way if you’re a beginner. Pre-constructed decks offer a good variety of Pokemon cards in your deck. But, if you build your deck, it will be unique and made accordingly to your preference with the right ratio of energy, trainer, and Pokemon cards. So, you will be able to play the game efficiently.

Pre-constructed Deck

Pre-constructed decks are a must-have for beginners. It contains the right number of energy cards, trainer cards, and active cards to get you started with the game. If you are looking for well-balanced decks but you can’t make one, then pre-constructed decks are the way to go. But, you have to remember that, these decks are easily available and can be purchased by anyone. So, your deck will be nothing from the ordinary. Some pre-constructed decks are made following the decks of world champions. Though you cannot play with the deck in any official tournament, it’s nice to play with your friends.

Building Your Own Deck

You can also build your own deck when you think you’re ready. Building your own deck has a number of advantages. You are the only one who knows your strategies and how you play. So, if you’re the one building your deck, it’s going to be just what you wanted and is going to help your gameplay. It’s also going to be unique. And it can also give you satisfaction for building it.

Therefore, I hope this article was helpful to you. Pokemon trading card game can be a little tricky at first. But, once you get a hang of it, it’s going to be pretty easy and fun. Just remember the steps mentioned earlier and you’re good to go. So, start collecting your Pokemon cards now, build your deck and get ready for your first tournament. We, hope you enjoy your play. And, lastly, you have to catch’em all.