In the US, the Pokemon Trading Card Game (TCG) was originally published by Wizards of the Coast, but what many don’t know is that in the beginning, they actually test printed two cards to show Nintendo. That’s right, only two Pokémon Blastoise #009/165R Commissioned Presentation Galaxy Star Hologram cards were ever printed by Cartamundi for Wizards of the Coast, with this one being certified and graded by CGC to ensure its authenticity. Read more to for a video of the ultra rare $360,000 USD card in detail.
The other known example was created for international use, but its whereabouts is unknown, as this one was commissioned to seek approval from Nintendo for printing in English. Even though it may look like a normal galaxy star holofoil Blastoise card up front, the back is entirely blank. One other feature that distinguishes it from the first edition run of Pokemon cards are its squared corners. More information here.
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This card was graded and certified by CGC whose website showcases in detail the extent the company delved into the history and authentication of this card. It’s simply unprecedented in the trading card hobby! The card is graded NM/Mint+ 8.5 by CGC, the highest-graded of the four cards mentioned in the article. The additional three cards listed in the article are all test prints with Magic: The Gathering card backs,” said Heritage Auctions.