Ultra-Rare Pokemon Card Expected to Go for $50,000 at Auction

This Pikachu card was never sold to the public.

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Some Pokemon trading cards are rare, but then there's the Pikachu Illustrator promo hologram card from 1998. Only 39 are believed to have been ever released.

So it's not a total surprise, then, that an auction for one of these is expected to fetch top dollar. According to IGN, auction site Heritage Auctions believes the card will bring in $50,000.

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"What makes it so rare is that it was not sold, but awarded as a prize in an illustration contest through CoroCoro Comic," reads a line from its description.

Three first place winners got the card, along with 20 second place winners. Cards were given out in other contests that year, meaning there are a maximum of 39 copies ever released. Heritage Auctions notes that this card is certified authentic, "a very important note because there are many counterfeit copies."

The auction takes place next month. Get all the details here at Heritage Auctions.

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