World’s Most Valuable Collectible Cards

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World’s Most Valuable Collectible Cards, Baseball, football, and other sports trading cards can be worth a pretty penny, but there’s a sprawling universe of “non-sports” trading cards out there, too. And while none of them can quite match up to a nice Honus Wagner, there’s still no shortage of money changing hands over these collectibles.

Here are ten of the most valuable collectible cards out there, but be warned: if the thought of printed bits of thin cardboard selling for thousands of dollars makes your blood pressure climb, you may want to have your meds at hand.

Pokemon: Pikachu Illustrator

Price: About $20,000

“Gotta catch ‘em all” claims the catchphrase of this celebrated franchise. Doing that with Pokemon trading cards, though, might require a second Pokemortgage.

The rarest find in the game – the belle of the Pokeball, you might say — is this Pikachu Illustrator card. Never officially sold, never released in English, and worth somewhere around $20,000, the cards were given away as prizes in a Japanese drawing contest and only four are thought to exist. Good luck finding one – and good luck paying it off.

Magic: The Gathering: Alpha Black Lotus
Price: $3,000-$4,000

Expensive, addictive, and fantastically successful, Magic: The Gathering remains one of the most popular trading card games in the world – and that popularity has fueled a thriving card-collector market that’s been worth big bucks for years.

Here’s a case in point: the game’s Black Lotus card, widely regarded as the priciest regular-issue Magic card in existence. Fans say it’s one of the best cards in the entire game, but good luck finding out: not only does it cost as much as a perfectly good car, it’s typically restricted or banned outright in competitive Magic play.

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