Rare First Edition Base Set Charizard Pokémon Card On Auction

A rare, first edition Base Set Charizard from the original Pokémon Trading Card Game is on auction right now at Heritage Auctions. It is currently on the block for $8,750 USD (as of the time of writing) and is graded at a Mint 9 grade and the auction ends on July 9th.

The artwork for the original Charizard card from the Pokémon Trading Card Game. Illustrated by Mitsuhiro Arita.
The artwork for the original Charizard card from the Pokémon Trading Card Game. Illustrated by Mitsuhiro Arita.

When a person asks someone about rare trading card game cards, especially in the context of the Pokémon Trading Card Game, Charizard is one of the most commonly-cited examples. It is the quintessential Pokémon card, and akin to Magic: The Gathering's coveted Black Lotus, albeit a bit less expensive in a general sense.

The grade 9 Mint-graded First Edition Base Set Charizard on auction now at Heritage Auctions. From the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
The grade 9 Mint-graded First Edition Base Set Charizard on auction now at Heritage Auctions. From the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

While there are certainly other precious gems in the game to be on the lookout for even in this auction, Charizard is one that is easily recognizable as a piece of history in the franchise. Without it, it's possible that Pokémon wouldn't even still be on the map. In a sense, Base Set Charizard is the foundation that kept this game so popular for years and even continues as a novelty collectible today.

The rear side of the grade 9 Mint-graded Charizard currently on the auction block at Heritage Auctions. From the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
The rear side of the grade 9 Mint-graded Charizard currently on the auction block at Heritage Auctions. From the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Some of our readers may remember when YouTube streamer Leonheart recently pulled a Charizard out of a first edition pack of Base Set. That video is below, and his expression really encompasses the thrill of even finding such a rare card out of the blue. To own a card like that? Such joy is absolutely priceless.

If you're interested, you should absolutely check out Heritage Auctions for this amazingly-rare piece of Pokémon memorabilia, and, if you've got the funds for it, consider making a bid for this beauty of a trading card and the auction ends on July 9th.

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