We keep on talking about the 1st Edition Charizard Card and with excellent reason. On 9th October 2020, the card sold for a historic $220,574. This is the highest anyone has ever paid for a 1999 Pokémon Base Set Charizard Card.
Charizard was always regarded as one of the most powerful Pokémon to exist, and this fact is well reflected on its card. The Charizard card has the most powerful attack and highest hit points compared to the rest of the 1999 1st Edition Cards. The lethal combination of the power possed by the Pokémon and the incredible artwork done by artist Mitsuhiro Arita made the 1st Edition Charizard card highly sought after. The artwork has been reused in later versions, but the inaugural edition will always be special and well valued.
The card was sold to nonother than the famed ex-rapper Logic, who has released six studio albums and won two Grammy nominations. Perhaps you best know him for his infamous suicide awareness anthem 1-800-273-8255. The song garnered wide popularity and was nominated for Song of the Year at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards 2018. He released his last album, No Pressure, in 2020 before retiring from rapping. However, it’s not like the artist is sitting around doing nothing. Earlier this year, he signed a seven-figure deal with the streaming service Twitch. This was the first-ever partnership between Twitch and a musician.
The rapper opened up about how he struggled to collect Pokémon cards as a child. He talked about how he couldn’t afford Pokémon cards when he was younger despite his love for the franchise. He had even once attempted to trade food stamps for the coveted card. So, as an adult, he can now save up to splurge on and enjoy something he loved as a kid means a lot to him. As Logic said, “it’s not about the material; it’s about the experience.”
The 1st Edition Charizard card was sold once before in 2019 for $36,110 during an eBay auction. The 1999 1st Edition set comes with 103 cards—the entire set sold for a whopping $107,010 in September 2019. Logic buying the 1st Edition Charizard card for over $200,000 is a prime example of the astronomical prices Pokémon cards can fetch and how these prices continue to grow over time.