DescriptionPokémon "Pikachu Illustrator" Trainer Promo Hologram Trading Card (1998) PSA 9 Mint. Fan-favorite Pikachu stars on the most valuable and rarest Pokémon card in the world! Although the technical name for the card is "Pokémon Illustrator", it is colloquially known as "Pikachu Illustrator" due to the image. What makes it so rare is that it was not sold, but awarded as a prize in an illustration contest through CoroCoro Comic. This unique card was created specifically for the contest. In the January 1998 issue, three 1st Place winners won a copy of the card, as did another 20 2nd Place winners. With cards awarded in two more contests that year, there were a maximum of 39 copies released. It is not known exactly how many surviving copies are still around; however, only 10 PSA certified copies are known, a very important note because there are many counterfeit copies. This card holds the record for the highest sale price for any individual Pokémon card, and is considered the most rare. A PSA Mint-9 copy sold for $90,000 in 2014, and prices on Mint cards from this CCG/Anime game appear to be on a rapid rise in the wake of renewed popularity in the franchise from the "Pokémon Go" App game. This is the only card in the long-running collectible card game series to say "Illustrator" at the top of a Trainer Card, and the only one to bear the pen symbol in the bottom right corner. It is a "Double-Star" rarity promo card, all of which are very rare. Our offering shines as bearing the highest-grade yet certified by PSA for the card. The artwork is by Atsuko Nishida. If you "gotta catch 'em all", then you gotta catch this one... because you may not get another chance!
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