Recently, Pokémon cards experienced a 300% growth rate and sit atop the list as the most popular category of trading cards sold on eBay. The most popular cards feature Charizard and Pikachu, while the most valuable Pokemon card ever sold is the Illustrator Pikachu Pokemon card selling for 5.275 Million dollars.
Best Pokemon Booster Packs Summary
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|7||Celebrations Booster Packs||SHOP EBAY|
|8||Vivid Voltage Booster Packs||SHOP EBAY|
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Based on the above, adding a few Pokemon cards to your sports card investment portfolio is a no-brainer, and what better way to do that than ripping some packs? Few things are as fun as opening a pack of trading cards, and Pokemon is no different.
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However, ripping packs is not always the best investment, so we limit how much we spend. Today we are discussing the 10 best Pokemon card packs to buy for under $200. Enjoy the show.
Top Pokemon Packs Investments Under 200 dollars
1.1999 Fossil Booster Pack
This booster pack contains 11 cards for the Wizards of the Coast printed Fossil set. The set was released on October 8, 1999, and was the third expansion set of the Pokemon trading card game. One of the more popular cards in the set is the 1999 Pokemon 1st Edition Fossil Ditto Holo.
2.2007 EX Power Keepers Booster Pack
Released on 2/14/2007 (Japan 7/5/2007) as a special set during the DP Era of the Pokémon Card Game in Japan. The EX Powers Keepers set was the sixteenth and final main expansion of the EX Series. The EX Power Keepers set is released in English, German, and French, with cards also available as Reverse Holofoils. This one may cost slightly less than $200, but it is worth it.
3. 1997 Pocket Monsters Jungle Japanese Booster Packs
“Can You Catch All the Jungle Cards? Are you ready to explore the jungle? If you look hard, you’ll find 48 new Pokémon cards in the exciting Jungle expansion for the Pokémon trading card game.” – Blurb from Jungle TCG.
Release Dates: English June 16, 1999, | Japanese March 5, 1997
Popular Cards: 1997 Pokemon Pocket Monsters Japanese Jungle Jolteon Holo, 1997 Pocket Monsters Pokemon Japanese Jungle Snorlax Holo, and the 1997 Pocket Monsters Pokemon Jungle Japanese Vaporeon Holo.
4. 2000 Pokemon The First Movie Booster Packs
Topps released the set of Pokémon-themed trading cards, which features 72 cards. Each card features two foil versions in the form of silver and rainbow.
Popular Cards: 1999 Lugia Foil The Movie 2000 Checklist, 1999 Topps Pokemon Movie Edition Farewell, 2000 Pokemon Game Promo Ancient Mew Pokemon 2000 Movie.
5. 2016 XY Evolutions Booster Packs
The First Edition base set might be popular because of how old it is, but not all booster packs on our list are two decades old. The XY Evolutions set was only released in November 2016.
One of the reasons that this set’s booster packs are popular is because there are modern reprints from the base set. However, there are also several exciting originals, including BREAK cards and Mega EX cards.
YouTuber Logan Paul is an outside factor affecting the price of these booster packs. Paul is famous for various reasons, but all you need to know is that he has a YouTube channel with well over 20 million subscribers.
Paul made headlines for purchasing an obscene number of XY Evolutions booster packs and influencing his subscribers to do the same. This resulted in a decrease in the supply of XY Evolutions packs and boxes.
Additionally, this set includes five different Charizard cards to collect. Charizard is by far the most popular Pokemon character, and the value of its cards reflects that.
XY Evolutions has a much more comprehensive breakdown of card rarities than the base set. In total, there are 113 cards, with 5 being secret rares. The secret rares are as follows:
- Flying Pikachu
- Surfing Pikachu
- Imakuni’s Doduo
- Here Comes Team Rocket!
Additionally, there are 9 Rare Ultras, 4 Rare BREAKS, 13 Rare Holos, 12 Rare Holo GXs, 9 Rares, 28 Uncommon, and 33 Commons. XY Evolutions booster boxes sell for $600 to $700 but sometimes exceed $1000.
6. 2018 Hidden Fates Booster Packs
Switching back to another recent set, the Hidden Fates expansion already has some of the most popular and expensive booster packs despite only getting released on August 23rd, 2019.
The main reason that these booster packs are expensive is that there is a high demand for many of the cards. Additionally, many sellers have recognized this and increased their prices from the original suggested retail price.
Unfortunately, these booster packs are hard to find. The exact reason for their rarity is currently unknown, but regardless, it is driving up the price of the packs.
The Hidden Fates set includes 69 cards, including three Rare Ultras and 1 Rare Rainbow. Here are the Rare Ultras and Rare Rainbow:
- Moltres & Zapdos & Articuno
- Giovanni’s Exile
- Jessie & James
- Moltres & Zapdos & Articuno (Rainbow)
It’s also important to note that there is a 94-card Shiny Vault subset. These booster packs include Shiny Pokemon, GX, Ultra Rare, and Secret Rare cards that are reprints from previous sets.
Since this set is only a few years old, the booster packs can be bought reasonably. Typically, they can be purchased for under $50.
7. 2021 Celebrations Booster Packs
It was initially released on 10/18/2021 in special merchandise packages at retailers such as Walgreens and Walmart. The set contains 4 Pokemon V, 2 Pokemon VMAX, more than 45 cards, and 25 classic Pokemon TCGs that have been reprinted.
8. 2020 Vivid Voltage Booster Packs
The last booster packs we want to look at today are those from the Vivid Voltage collection. Vivid Voltage was released on November 13th, 2020, and it was the 4th major expansion set in the Sword & Shield series.
Part of what makes these cards so popular is that they are the first set to feature Amazing Pokemon. It also has several V and VMAX Pokemon. This set is mainly based on the Amazing Volt Tackle set released a few months earlier in Japan.
The set is massive, with 203 cards, including 23 Secret Rares. The Secret Rares are as follows:
- Orbeetle VMAX
- Galarian Darmanitan VMAX
- Pikachu VMAX
- Colossal VMAX
- Aegislash VMAX
- Togekiss VMAX
- Galarian Obstagoon
- Cape of Toughness
- Hero’s Medal
- Memory Capsule
- Telescopic Sight
Booster packs are still reasonably priced at around $5 to $6, but we expect the value to increase significantly in the coming years. The presence of the first Amazing Pokemon cards should make these packs very valuable in the future.
9. 2010 HS—Triumphant Booster Packs
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Series: HeartGold & SoulSilver Series
Release Date: November 03, 2010 (EN) and July 8, 2010 (JP)
Number of Cards: 102
“Battle for the excitement, for the challenge…and the victory! In the Pokémon Trading Card Game: HS—Triumphant expansion, you’ll find what you need to put triumph within your reach. Palkia and Dialga combine as an incredible Pokémon LEGEND. Machamp, Gengar, and a half-dozen other powerful Pokémon appear for the first time as Pokémon Prime. New Trainer, Supporter, and Stadium cards—plus a new Special Energy card—give you new strategies and deck ideas. The only thing missing is a Trainer who battles to win…and that’s you!” – From the HS—Triumphant Set Info.
10. 2010 TCG HS Undaunted Booster Packs
Undaunted TCG was released on August 18, 2010 (EN) and February 11, 2010 (JP).
“The greatest Trainers are those who are fearless in the face of battle. And that’s you! In the Pokémon TCG: HS—Undaunted expansion, you’ll discover battle-ready Pokémon just waiting to be summoned by the fearless Trainer in you! The powerful Rayquaza and Deoxys become a Pokémon LEGEND to be reckoned with…six Pokémon—from Raichu to Umbreon to Slowking—join the ranks of Pokémon Prime…and Stadium cards like the Ruins of Alph and Trainer cards like Legend Box change every player’s strategy. Are you ready to be Undaunted?” – From the HS Daunted Set Info.