With the recent release of the Pikachu-GX & Eevee-GX Special Collection, we finally have reached the end of the Pokémon Sun & Moon Black Star Promo block, with an incredible 235 numbered promos! Let's take a closer look at the Top 5 most valuable SM Promo Cards!
Starting with the Rowlet (SM01) from the Alola Collection box, all the way to the Eevee (SM235) in the Pikachu-GX & Eevee-GX Special Collection box, we've seen so many amazing promo cards in the past three years of the hobby.
It's important to remember this list does NOT include “Staff” stamped variants, other languages than English, or reprint holos like the General Mills cereal ones. At the time of writing the most expensive promo card currently available to purchase (ungraded) is the “Staff” stamped Charizard prerelease promo (SM158) which currently sits at a whopping $179.99 (USD)!
All prices listed are accurate as of today (18/11/2019), for the lowest available purchase price for a copy of that promo on the popular international TCG sales website TrollAndToad.com. It's also worth bearing in mind that certain SM Promos that had limited releases, such as the Target store exclusive Togedemaru (SM44), will be more expensive in Europe, than it would be in the United States.
#5 – Mewtwo & Mew-GX - SM191 - $11.494
Recently voted one of my favourite Tag Team GX alternate art Pokémon cards, this beautiful Mewtwo & Mew-GX promo was only available in the September (2019) Tag Team tins, and is currently also one of the most powerful and played GX cards in Pokémon tournaments, due to its ability to copy the attacks of other EX & GX cards.
If you have yet to purchase Mewtwo & Mew-GX SM191 you'll likely have to wait until it rotates out of the standard format in 2021, before it sees any major price drop.
#4 – Vaporeon-GX & Flareon-GX – SM172 & SM171 - $13.99-$12.40
These Eeeveelution GX promos are a surprise inclusion on the list to me. I was half expecting to see Flareon-GX on this list as it recently saw some play at the Latin America International Championships the past weekend, however the Vaporeon-GX is more of a head-scratcher to me.
Vaporeon-GX has seen some play in the past, but potentially the reason for it's price increase (and currently being out of stock on TrollAndToad), is because of the synergy it has with the new Vaporeon, Jolteon and Flareon cards from Cosmic Eclipse that buff its stats. Likely another reason for these cards being pricy at the moment is that these, along with Jolteon-GX, were only available in tins earlier this year, and didn't have any other prints made of them (full art, rainbow etc) like some of the other Eeveelution GX's we've seen recently.
#3 – Jirachi – SM161 - $19.95
Another super super playable tournament card takes the 3rd spot on our list. Despite also having a regular holo print in the Team Up set, as well as a non-holo reprint in Ultra Necrozma Battle Arena box, many players are still keen to pick up this rarer version of the card for their tournament decks.
Due to the flexibility of using Jirachi's “Stellar Wish” ability to pick any Trainer card from the top five of your deck, this card sees play in multiple archetypes and will continue to do so for the two seasons until it rotates out of the standard format. A “Staff” stamped version of this promo will set you back a fine $41.99 each currently!
#2 – Solgaleo GX - SM104 - $27.99
Despite we getting a bunch of other Solgaleo cards and promos in earlier Sun & Moon sets, this SM104 Solgaleo-GX card stands out from the others due to its powerful first attack that allows the above mentioned Mewtwo & Mew-GX to copy with it's “Perfection” ability, meaning you don't even need to run Cosmog or Cosmoem in your deck.
What made it harder to find was that it was released alongside a much weaker Lunala-GX (SM103) promo in their own special collection boxes. Retailers had to order both promo boxes together so it effectively made it twice as sparse as similar collection boxes (Blastoise-GX, Charizard-GX etc) who are released on their own.
Thankfully for players there is a gold alternate art reprint version of Solgaleo-GX card which was released in the more widely available Hidden Fates Premium Collection last month. That didn't stop this original version from being so pricy and it currently sits as “out of stock” on TrollAndToad for $27.99.
#1 – Champions Festival - SM78, SM148, SM231 - $59.99-$62.99
Almost doubling in price from the Solgaleo-GX, we have our English-language, competitor exclusive cards from the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Pokémon World Championships, the Championships Festival promos.
Despite there being close to 1000 competitors (TCG and Video Game) at each of the past three World Championships in the United States, these cards maintain a high level of value often due to the players not wanting to sell them as they've worked hard all season to qualify for the tournament.
Often the players might sell the whole sealed promo pack containing all the different languages of these cards (English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Korean and Japanese), which many sealed collectors don't like to open.
These plus many other factors combine for their high rarity and cost, with the English SM78 and SM148 promos from 2017 and 2018 respectively currently selling for around $60.00 each on TrollAndToad, with the most recent one from Washington D.C not even currently listed on that website.
These pricey World Championship exclusive cards are often the stumbling blocks for many Black Star promo collectors from previous years (XY, BW etc) and will only increase in price as the years go on. Definitely worth picking them up sooner than later!
Fun fact: At the time of writing the most expensive SM Promo PSA graded card sold was the “Champion” stamped SM78 promo (PSA8) which was listed for $10,000 and had a best offer accepted. It wouldn't surprise me as there are only ever six “Champion” stamped promos each year, for it have gone for $5,000 or more!
I can't wait to see more of the Sword & Shield promos over the coming months and years, if the SM Promos are anything to go by, we will have another 200+ of them to collect!
Stephen Kent – Ludkins Editor