The Pokemon Sword & Shield era was a time of great excitement for collectors and players. The Japanese set was released in December 2019, and the English version was released just a few months later in February 2020. Since then, a total of 15 different sets under the same era have been put out.
Its unprecedented success led to a surge in interest in Pokemon cards, with the market for rare and valuable cards becoming very hot. To this day, cards in the SWSH series continue to hold strong value – with one card in particular leading the pack. And with a new series underway, we thought it would be fun to go back and see how some of the most valuable cards from SWSH fare in the current market.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane and reminisce on some of Galar’s greatest hits.
5. Secret Rare Charizard VMAX (Champion's Path)
This card is without a doubt a legend, featuring Charizard in all its rainbow glory. It's also a legend in terms of gameplay, with 330 HP and the ability to deal 300 damage with its G-Max Wildfire attack. This card is part of the Champion's Path set, which was released in September 2020. Three years later, it manages to command over $200 in the secondary market, a testament to its longevity both as a collector's item and as a playing card.
4. Alt Art Giratina V (Lost Origin)
This card is a stunning piece of artwork that showcases Giratina's mysterious and powerful nature. This card is part of the Lost Origin set, which was released in Japan in July 2022. It's currently worth around $300, but it could go up as more people still want to get their hands on this elusive card.
3. Alt Art Rayquaza VMAX (Evolving Skies)
This card is part of the Evolving Skies set, which was released in August 2021 and is notorious for its incredibly low pull rates. Powerful and visually stunning, the Alternative Art Rayquaza card precisely captures Rayquaza's power and majesty.
It's currently worth nearly $300, but it’s possible for its value to take new heights as more people want to unleash this legendary pokemon on their opponents – or simply add a stunning piece of art to their growing collection.
2. Special Delivery Bidoof
This card might be one of the most hilarious and adorable cards ever made, featuring fan-favourite Bidoof wearing a mailman hat and carrying a letter. Limited edition and envy-inducing, this Special Promo card was initially launched as a raffle prize on the Pokemon Center website as part of Bidoof Day. Now, it’s worth a cool $250 on the collector’s market.
The card has no real value in terms of gameplay, but hey, it’s Bidoof – how could anyone resist?
Alt Art Umbreon VMAX (Evolving Skies)
The top dog on the list – and a holy grail for collectors everywhere – is none other than the alternative full art card for Umbreon VMAX.
Nicknamed Moonbreon, this card is a beauty to behold, featuring Umbreon against a striking blue and green nighttime sky. It's currently worth around $600, making it the most expensive card on this list. Its exceptional demand has been attributed to many things – Umbreon's popularity as a Pokemon, Keiichiro Ito’s majestic art style, and the low pull rates among them.
All of these prices are based at the time of writing and subject to fluctuation. Personally, we can’t wait to see how the newly-released Paldea Evolved sets will affect their value. What do you think? Share your thoughts with us below!
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