Ebay user smpratte is selling one of the rarest Pokemon cards in the world -- a 1998 Illustrator card that was only sent to the winners of the Pokemon Card Illustration Contest. There are only six known to be in existence, seven if you include the one I'm forging right now. The text reads, "We certify that your illustration is an excellent entry in the Pokémon Card Game Illustration Contest. Therefore, we state that you are an Officially Authorized Pokémon Card Illustrator and admire your skill." Man, I wish someone admired my skill. Fun facts!:
This card is considered to be among the rarest in the world. Only five copies are confirmed to be circulated, while another is in the hands of the Official Pokémon TCG Blog, making a total of six printed.
The card features the word "Illustrator" at the top instead of "Trainer", and is the only card to do so.
This card is also the only card with the unique pen symbol in the bottom right corner of the card.
This is one of only a handful of Japanese promotional cards that feature a double-star rarity.
This card is commonly known as Pikachu Illustrator, in reference to the Pikachu in the illustration.
Only four copies of this card have ever been sold.
This card has sold for over $20,000 solidifying it as one of the most valuable Pokémon cards in existence.
The auction's Buy-It-Now price is set at $100,000, but the seller is accepting offers and expects the card to go for somewhere around $50,000. It's crazy the rarest Pokemon card in existence can't even be used to play the game. OR CAN IT? *game starts, immediately throws Illustrator card* I WIN. "But the game just started." That's a $50,000 card bro, I'm pretty sure I won -- at Pokemon AND life. *lights cigar with burning diamonds* "You can't smoke in here." I bet I could if *unrolling deed* I JUST BOUGHT THE BUILDING. Now you're trespassing, leave before I call the police.
Hit the jump for a shot of the other side.
Thanks to smitha, who plans on buying the card, then finding and destroying the other five to make it PRICELESS. Mwahahhahahahaha! I always think about doing stuff like that.