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TCG Card Values - How Much are My TCG Cards Worth?

Find the Value of Collectible Trading Card Game Boxes, Sets and Cards in 3 Easy Steps

To find the value of TCG cards, first review the list of collectible card games below. Second, research the value of similar TCG cards sold in our auction archives. Third, request a free appraisal of your rare TCG cards when you're ready to sell.

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What TCG Cards are Worth Money?

The growing popularity of vintage trading card games is creating a gold rush. While most TCG cards are common, the rare exceptions have sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction. Are your TCG cards worth money? The most expensive TCG cards tend to be first edition cards, tournament prizes, limited editions, and cards given to the publisher's employees. Read more

The growing popularity of vintage trading card games is creating a gold rush. While most TCG cards are common, the rare exceptions have sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction. Are your TCG cards worth money? The most expensive TCG cards tend to be first edition cards, tournament prizes, limited editions, and cards given to the publisher's employees.

YES
  • First edition Pokémon cards
  • Complete sets
  • Sealed booster packs and boxes
  • Uncut Sheets
  • First edition Yu-Gi-Oh! cards
  • Rare Magic: The Gathering cards
NO
  • Most uncommon and common TCG cards
  • Cards in poor condition

Collectible TCG Values

Vintage Magic: The Gathering cards are valuable to collectors, and rare Pokémon cards are also in demand. Yu-Gi-Oh! cards, first introduced in the US in 2002, are also considered collectible to the adults who grew up playing these games. While nostalgia drives the demand, no doubt the prices paid for rare TCG cards draws in speculators and traders as well as collectors.

How Much are Rare Pokémon Cards Worth?

If you have a mint holofoil First Edition Base Set Pokémon card, you're in luck! Pokémon cards can be marked common, uncommon, rare and ultra-rare, but it's only the rarest, best condition cards that have the highest value. While most Pokémon cards are worth less than a dollar, a shadowless Charizard base set holographic card may sell from $1,000 to over $100,000 depending on the grade, because the population of cards is so low. Here are examples of valuable Pokemon cards sold at auction:

Which MTG Cards are Worth Money?

Magic: The Gathering is one of the world's most popular card games, and as such most cards are common and not particularly valuable. However, the rarest cards can sell for tens of thousands of dollars. Which MTG cards are the most valuable? Promotional cards and supplemental products printed in smaller runs outside of regular card sets are the rarest and most valuable. Cards with errors such as misprints or irregular cuts are also prized collectibles.

Rare Magic: The Gathering Cards Worth Money

Some of the most valuable MTG cards include Black Lotus Beta, Ancestral Recall Alpha, Volcanic Island Beta, Mind Twist Beta, and Mox Ruby Alpha. Alpha means the first sets printed, before beta and then unlimited. Generally alpha cards are considered more valuable, and some more than others due to being left out of beta sets.

This extremely rare Black Lotus Alpha Edition Card sold for $86,400.00: Magic: The Gathering Black Lotus Alpha Edition BGS 9 Signed on Case by Artist (Wizards of the Coast, 1993) on August 1, 2019.

How Much are Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards Worth?

Yu-Gi-Oh! started in Japan in the late 1990's, and 20 years later some rare cards have sold for thousands of dollars. YGO cards printed as tournament prizes, and therefore extremely rare, can be the most valuable, while most other cards are worth mere pennies. Examples of extremely rare Yu-Gi-Oh! cards sold by Heritage Auctions:

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How to Value TCG Cards

There are many factors that determine card value, including rarity and condition, the character, and limited-edition printings. Rare promotional cards can be worth thousands, where others sell for less than a dollar. Read more

There are many factors that determine card value, including rarity and condition, the character, and limited-edition printings. Rare promotional cards can be worth thousands, where others sell for less than a dollar.

Markings on cards differentiate first editions from later printings, and even printing on the border can impact the value. For example, after the first print run of Base Set Pokemon cards, a shadow was added to the design. Now shadowless cards from the original print run can be much more valuable because fewer exist.

The most common TCG card values can be found on eBay. However, you can browse rare cards sold at auction and see actual prices paid in the Heritage Auctions archives.

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Free Auction Appraisal for Collectible TCG Cards

Ready to sell your TCG cards? Request a free auction evaluation. Our experts will tell you the estimated value when sold at auction. Cash advances may be available when you consign for auction, and Heritage Auctions also buys items outright. Read more

Ready to sell your TCG cards? Request a free auction evaluation. Our experts will tell you the estimated value when sold at auction. Cash advances may be available when you consign for auction, and Heritage Auctions also buys items outright.

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