Despite being well into my twenties, I still love pretty much everything about Pokémon, and it’s not just me! Last year, Pokémon GO revolutionized the mobile gaming industry, and the cartoon series continues to be one of the most watched shows on Netflix. For many of us, Pokémon has been our friends since we were in elementary school.

And one huge craze that swept schools across the world were Pokémon cards! Everybody was collecting, swapping and playing with Pokémon cards. Now, although mine have been pristinely placed into a collectors binder, many of you will have just dumped them in the attic at our parent’s house and forgotten about them. Well, you may want to dust them off, because as this list proves, they could make you some SERIOUS money! Here are the rarest and most expensive Pokémon cards in the world…

(And yes, expect to see Charizard on this list…)

Japanese Pokémon VS Series

First of all, what makes the Japanese Pokémon VS Series cards so rare is because they were only released in Japan (for double the price of standard cards). They featured the Pokémon of Gym Leaders and Elite Four members, so naturally, they command a higher price. For example, getting your hands on Bruno’s Steelix could easily make you between $40 and $100. If you manage to complete the set of 151 cards, you could be looking at well over a thousand dollars. (Trust me, this is petty cash compared to some of the cards in this list…)

Gold Star Cards



Gold Star cards are popular favorites by fans of Pokémon as they feature art by illustrator Masakazu Fukuda. Basically, collectors love Fukuda’s card designs due to the fact he tends to have the Pokémon reach beyond the established window. These were the first of many “shiny” (alternate color) Pokémon trading cards to follow, and much rarer than their regular counterparts. These cards can sell anywhere between $40 to $100, with officially graded cards commanding as much as $200 or more! (Expect to see special exceptions of these cards further down this list).

Southern Islands Card Set



For this set to make you any REAL money, it must come with the collectible folder the cards were originally released with (pictured on the right). There were only 18 cards released (two sets of nine) in this collection, and complete sets are hard to find. They were respectively named the Rainbow Island and Tropical Island sets, and the cards themselves fit together to make a picture. A full set can reach well into the hundreds, but individual prices can go as high as $300 per card (such as the Mew above).