Have you ever wondered how much your Pokémon 151 cards are worth, or how to protect them from damage? With the Scarlet & Violet: 151 set being one of the most successful releases from the Pokémon Company this year, many collectors and players alike are looking to cash in on their good pulls or make sure their cards remain in good condition for years to come.
Grading your cards can be a great way to hit two birds with one stone. In this blog, we'll talk about everything you need to know about grading your Pokémon 151 cards, as well as the most valuable cards in Pokémon 151 so you can see what's possible if you decide to grade your collection.
Why grade your cards
There are a few reasons why you might want to grade your cards. The main reason is to determine their value from an official grading company. Graded cards are often worth more than ungraded cards, especially if they receive a perfect 10.
If you’re the type of collector who is extra careful with their pulls, grading will help protect them from damage. Graded cards will be put in a clear protective case. Some grading companies will even colour-match their labels with the design of the card, adding a nice aesthetic touch.
Finally – and this might be the reason you’re looking for – grading can make it easier to sell your cards. Many buyers are interested in purchasing graded cards because they know that the cards have been evaluated by a professional and are in good, if not great, condition.
HOW TO GET YOUR CARDS GRADED
First, choose a grading service. The three most popular Pokémon card grading companies are PSA, Beckett, and CGC. All three offer bulk grading, which allows you to send in a handful of cards for a discounted price – perfect if you want to grade a large number of your 151 cards.
Then, create an account and submit your cards online. The process varies slightly, but you'll typically need to select a service level (economy, standard, or express), package your cards carefully, and ship them to the service with tracking information.
Professional graders will then inspect them and assign a grade based on four factors: centering, corners, edges, and surface. The higher the grade, the better the condition of the card – and the more valuable it is.
If you get a particularly pristine pull, regardless of the value of the card (not everyone can get SARs on their first or second box), we say they’re still worth getting graded. Check for the quality of the print (are there any print lines?), centering, and condition of the corners.
THE BEST POKEMON 151 CARDS TO GET GRADED
5. Blastoise Ex
Pokémon Ex cards are generally very in-demand. The Blastoise ex Special Art Rare is a solid card to get graded if you’re lucky enough to have pulled it. At the time of writing, its prices can go from $150 to $206 for a PSA 10 grading.
4. Zapdos ex Special Illustration Rare
The market price for the beautiful Zapdos Ex ranges from $235 to $280, all for PSA 10 graded cards. Keep in mind that even Graded 9 cards can be valued at anywhere from $90 to $200, which is still an amazing deal.
3. Mew Ex Special Illustration Rare
The Mew Ex has always been a strong contender for the most valuable card in many Pokémon
TCG. Some markets value PSA 10 Mew Ex cards anywhere from $290 to $325.
2. Charizard Ex Special Art Rare
This card needs no introduction. Even the non-graded Charizard ex cards can rack up a good $100 in the market. PSA 10 graded cards can get as much as $305.
Erika’s Invitation Special Illustration Rare
If you’ve been blessed with enough luck to pull this chase card, then grading it is an absolute no-brainer. The PSA 10 cards can be valued at anywhere from $389 to $425 for PSA 10.