A rare first edition 1999 Pokémon Charizard No. 4 card sold on Thursday for $336,000 at auction.
The Charizard card, sold by Heritage Auctions, drew widespread attention because it’s from the game’s first English print run and had been given a perfect PSA GEM-MT 10 grading. It’s one of only 121 to be given that rating, according to the auction house.
“This auction, especially the trophy-level cards, did exceptionally well,” Jesus Garcia, Heritage Auctions Trading Card Games consignment director, said in a statement.
“This sale reinforced the fact that demand for Pokémon cards continues its climb. We fully expected Pokémon and Magic: The Gathering to fare well, and they did.”
Since their introduction in the 1990’s, Pokémon cards have made a comeback and have even sparked a sales frenzy.