Once again, the rare 1999 Pokémon Charizard card has made headlines with a historic $220,574 sale concluded by Iconic Auctions on Friday. It’s the highest auction price ever realized for a 1999 Pokemon Base Set Charizard in PSA GEM-MT 10 condition. In Pokemon TCG circles, this card is the equivalent of the sports world’s 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle, 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee #18 Wayne Gretzky, or 1986-87 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan. As part of the famed 1999 1st Edition Base Set, Charizard maintains the highest hit points and an attack more powerful than any other card from this inaugural release. It quickly became the most desired card in the set with its power and iconic imagery, thanks to artist, Mitsuhiro Arita. Although the artwork has been re-used in different sets, this Base Set release is always the card that comes to mind when talking about sought-after Pokémon cards.
A PSA 10 1st Edition Base Set Charizard has never lacked a spot in the hobby spotlight, but this stunning example recently caught the eye of former rapper and now Twitch streamer, Logic. As a rapper, his song “1-800-273-8255” was nominated for Song of the Year at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in 2018. It brought attention to the growing suicide rate as the title is the American National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number. He recently retired as a rapper, but earlier this year signed a seven-figure deal with Twitch as their first exclusive partnership with a musician.
As an interesting side note, Logic struggled to collect Pokémon cards when he was younger and explained what this most recent acquisition meant to him in an Instagram post.
“When I was a kid I absolutely loved Pokémon but couldn’t afford the cards,” he wrote. “I remember even trying to trade food stamps for theirs and now as an adult who has saved every penny he has made being able to enjoy something that I’ve loved since childhood now as a grown man is like buying back a piece of something I could never have, it’s not about the material it’s about the experience.”
This card last sold in December 2019 when it closed for $36,110.54 in an eBay auction. To further put into perspective the sales price, the complete 103-card PSA 10 1999 1st Edition Base Set sold for $107,010 in September 2019. This most recent sale also tops the 1999 Pokémon PSA 10 Super Secret Battle ‘No. 1 Trainer’ Holo Promo Card that sold for $90,000 in July of this year and had a PSA population of seven! Logic now joins an exclusive club as the owner of one of the 120 Charizard PSA 10s in the PSA Population Report. The meteoric prices of PSA 10 Charizards have brought much attention to the TCG and introduced a new generation of premium collectors to the growing Pokémon community.