Trophy Cards. Perhaps the most sought after cards in the Pokémon world (well, with the exception of Prerelease Raichu ). For a very long time, information on these cards were scarce. There weren't even any good scans around, so that people could at least see what they looked like! With the help of promo_sen (eBay name), I've got some good scans of some cards, and information about others. All of the other images were digitally enhanced, by me, from the Japanese CD Database that was released in 2005.
The first Trophy cards
When these cards first hit eBay, they reached $22,878. (At least, according to Pojo they did). They appear to have passed hands more than once, because I know at least three British dealers who have pictures of them. In fact, a British dealer is currently selling them now, if you have that type of money:
No. 1 Trainer: Ł5995 (approx. $12,000)
No. 2 Trainer: Ł5495 (approx. $11,000)
No. 3 Trainer: Ł5195 (approx. $10,400)
These cards were given, in Japan, for the first three years of their national competition. A translation of the No. 1 Trainer would be:
No. 1 Trainer
Being the winner of the Pokémon
Card Game official tournament is
recognized here, and praise for
that is given.
This proves that the one who
possesses this card participated
in the Best in Japan Final Battles
of the First Pokémon Card Game
Secret Super Battle
Never heard of these? Well I don't know too much about 'em either (except the tournament they're awarded for was in 1999) These were once in the possession of a very well known Japanese dealer around 2001, but I don't know if they still have them - I doubt it very much!
Secret Super Battle (No. 1)
Secret Super Battle (No. 2)
Secret Super Battle (No. 3)
This is one of the more controversial trophy cards. Some people say that it was ultra-rare, and that to win one, you had to go through a series of tests at Tamamushi High School. Once you pass the tests over several days, you get the card.
University Magikarp(No. 1)
University Magikarp (Web)
To me it seems like a weird trophy card. Nothing on it appears extra-ordinary, even if the Magikarp splash art looks cool. And to top it off, the card was reprinted for the Pokémon Web series! For those of you who don't know, PCL released a set of 48 cards through their Pokémon Center website. You bought a set of 10 random cards, but after buying them, you get to see what they are.
If it was such a rare trophy card, why would they rerelease it? My guess is that the card is very rare, but not as rare as some think it is. It was rereleased because it was never meant to be so rare.
Having said that, promo_sen and some other dealers have informed me that it is indeed a very rare card - they're convinced it is one of the rarest Pokémon cards in existence, and have shown be some pictures of all the early trophy cards, including Univesity Magikarp, in Japanese articles together. I think that some of the rarity comes from the fact that the card was given to younger children as prizes. Obviously, younger children do not always realise how valuable a small card can be... though the same dealer selling the First trophy cards is selling the University Magikarp for Ł1295!
The translation is:
Magikarp LV.10 30 HP (W)
(W) Flip 10x
Flip 2 coins. This attack does 10
damage times the number of heads.
(WW) Dragon’s Rage 50
Flip 2 coins. If either of them
is tails, this attack does
Weakness Resistance Retreat Cost
Parent/Child team tournament card - Kangaskhan
Apparently, teams of parents and children had to pre-register for a tournament, and if you had enough wins, you get this Kangaskhan card! Because you didn't have to win the entire tournament, there are a few of these around - not just one or two.
Mega battle Kangaskhan