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CM Flint's Treasure Hunt: Extremely Rare TCG Cards

What's up! This is CM Flint.


Since my introduction, I guess I haven’t shown much of my explorer side.

So, I thought it would be a good idea to start introducing something explorative.


So, I want to share some scarce items I’ve discovered during my explorations,

particularly some of the rare treasures I’ve found.



(Gotta show you something explorative!)


Do you know much about TCG games?

TCG stands for Trading Card Game which players build decks according to the rules and battle each other.

They can also freely trade cards.

(The online version of TCG is called OCG, which stands for Online Card Game.)


The most important aspect of TCGs is about trading cards freely!

The rarer the card in a popular TCG game, the harder it is to get, and its trade value can reach astronomical prices.

As of 2024, the three most well-known TCGs are Magic: The Gathering, Pokémon TCG, and Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG.


(From left to right: released in 1993, 1996, and 1999, respectively.)


Today, I’m going to introduce the rarest cards in these three games!



1. Yu-Gi-Oh! - Chaos Soldier (Stainless Steel Version)

This card is one of the main monsters used by the protagonist Yugi in the manga/anime.

As Yu-Gi-Oh! was first released as a TCG game in 1999,

this card was awarded as a prize in the first Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters tournament held in Japan.



(This Chaos Soldier card is produced in gold color)


Despite its appearance, the card is not gold-plated but made of stainless steel instead.

Due to its iconic status as the world's first and the fact that only one was officially produced, it has become incredibly rare.

Later in 2013, an anonymous seller listed it for 998 million yen, but not sold.



2. Pokémon TCG - Illustrator Pikachu (Mint Condition)

For TCG manias, especially those who collect rare cards, the condition of the card is critical.

PSA, an organization that grades the condition of physical cards, rates them on a scale of 1 to 10.


Meanwhile, from 1997 to 1998, the CoroCoro magazine in Japan held an Illustrator Contest,

awarding the 'Illustrator Pikachu' card to the winners.



(The actual page from CoroCoro magazine featuring the Illustration Contest)


A total of 39 cards were awarded, meaning only 39 Illustrator Pikachu cards exist in the world.

Maintaining a card in mint condition for nearly 30 years is no easy feat,

and it is known that only 10 of those are left.


In 2023, the only PSA 10-rated Illustrator Pikachu card appeared for sale.

Logan Paul, known as a famous YouTuber, purchased this PSA 10-rated Illustrator Pikachu

for a PSA 9-rated Illustrator Pikachu + $4,000,000.



(This man bought the PSA 9-rated card for $1,275,000 previously, so the total purchase price was around $5,275,000)


This was the highest price ever recorded for a physical card.



3. Magic: The Gathering - The One Ring (Black Speech Edition)

Magic: The Gathering, officially released in 1993, is famous for being the first TCG game ever.

With a huge number of players worldwide, many people are into the game.


In June 2023, Magic: The Gathering collaborated with another incredibly famous IP, The Lord of the Rings.

Among the cards included in this collaboration was 'The One Ring,' used in many formats due to its powerful abilities.


However, what made this card so special and famous was the rarity of the limited edition.

Unlike the standard version, the flavor text of this limited edition  'The One Ring' was written in Black Speech,

 just like the one in The Lord of the Rings novel, and only one was printed worldwide.



(The standard version is on the left, and the limited edition is on the right.

The limited edition has "001/001" and "1 of 1 Ring" written on the bottom left.)


On June 30th, 2023, a man in Toronto, Canada, got this card.

In August of the same year, the famous American artist Post Malone bought the card for $2,800,000.

This record held until 'Black Lotus,' broke the record for the highest completed card sale later.



(Post Malone was already known as an active Magic: The Gathering player.)



4. Magic: The Gathering - Black Lotus (Alpha Version, Mint Condition)

The Black Lotus, one of the 'Power Nine' cards, is the most iconic card in Magic: The Gathering.

It was first released in the Alpha test version before the game's official release.

The card became incredibly valuable due to its rarity after the official release of MTG.

The Alpha version cards' scarcity caused their prices to soar, with Black Lotus being the most iconic.



(Since the release of this card, it was already known for its incredible ability.)


Depending on the condition, these cards were priced between $50,000 and $100,000.

Maintaining a mint condition card for over 30 years is no easy work.


In April 2024, the collectible card trading site CCG Cards announced that

a PSA 10-rated Black Lotus card was sold by the owner Adam Cai to an anonymous buyer for $3,000,000.



(CCG Cards announced this record-breaking sale on Instagram.)


This sale updated the previous highest price record from $2.8 million to $3 million.



That's all the information I discovered through my exploration.

As usual, the information turned out to be quite lengthy.

I know that many rare items are released besides TCGs.

Do you own any rare cards, goods, or collectibles?


Please share your rare collectibles in the comments!


I'll be back with more exciting treasures after my next exploration.


(I'll be back! Though the line is actually "Goodbye.")


Thank you!


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