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However, they are even rarer than that. Only ten of the cards are believed to still exist, which is partly why they keep setting sales records. The card also features art by Atsuko Nishida, the original illustrator of Pikachu. Since it’s release 22 years ago it has become “the most valuable and rarest
Another “Pokemon Illustrator” previously sold in 2019 for $195 thousand U.S. just the card. With fees, the final prices was $224 thousand. While there is a slight price discrepancy between a Japanese press release for the new record price and its English language counterpart announcement, the listed price in both is higher than the previous highest sale.
Yet somehow, the money isn’t the craziest thing about this sale. It’s that the card, adorned on the back with the Japanese logo and the game’s name, doesn’t actually do anything.
“Pikachu Illustrator does not have any competitive effects. The front text reads, ‘We certify that your illustration is an excellent entry in the Pokemon Card Game Illustration Contest. Therefore, we state that you are an Officially Authorized Pokemon Card Illustrator and admire your skill.'”