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Pikachu ‘Pokemon’ Card Goes For Thousands Of Dollars On eBay

A Pikachu Pokemon card is selling for thousands of dollars on eBay.

Back before Pokemon was a video game series, it was a card game. Catching them all actually took a little more physical and mental effort than simply slapping a cartridge into your GameBoy and wandering the world of Kanto to catch ’em all in digital format. It does seem as a bit of incredible timing that shortly before the launch of Pokemon X and Y, Scott Prate of Edwardsville, Illinois has put an ultra rare Pikachu Pokemon card on eBay for $100,000.

Yes, a trading card is being sold for more than most cars, but there is a reason for it. The card is an ultra rare Pikachu Illustrator, of which only six were ever made. The card was given as an award to the winner of the Japanese Pokemon Card Game Illustration Contest that started in 1997, and one card is being held at the Official Pokemon TCG Blog. This means that this ultra rare Pikachu Pokemon card is one of only five making rounds in the open market. That’s why the owner is asking for such a high price for the elusive trading card.

The Pikachu Illustrator card is the only one with a pen symbol in the bottom right corner, and features a rarity value of two stars. As of this writing, Scott Prate has turned down over 600 offers as he holds out for at least $50,000 for the card. $100,000 is the “Buy it now” price, and we can only assume someone with deep pockets will eventually cough up the money he wants for the card in the next four days.

While it’s still not as expensive as the million dollar bundle for Saints Row 4 as previously reported by The Inquisitr, this Pikachu Pokemon card is still a rather hefty buy.

Previous cards of the like have been sold for as low as $20,000, and it’s obvious that its owner knows somebody out there is a big enough Pokemon fan with money to burn that they’ll snatch up this Pikachu Pokemon card for the price he’s seeking.