Top 10 Shiny Pokémon Cards

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Shiny Pokémon Card Guide

Shiny Pokémon cards are cards that have a different color compared to what is typical for that Pokémon. Some Pokémon cards only have a slightly darker color than normal, while others have a drastic color change for that Pokémon.

The Pokémon Trading Card Game has different niches of subgroups for collectors; with Shiny Pokémon cards being very popular. These Pokemon are found in the Pokémon video games as well as the TCG. Having even one of these cards in your collection is an awesome way to show off, as these cards can get pretty pricey.

So, what are the top 10 Shiny Pokémon cards?

10 Most Valuable Shiny Pokémon Cards

Explore the Shiny Pokémon cards that have sold for the most money at auction.

2002 Pokemon Neo Destiny Shining Charizard 1st Edition

2002 Pokémon Neo Destiny Shining Charizard 1st Edition

This Shining Charizard was included in the Neo Destiny expansion as one of the eight Secret Rare cards. This card features a Fire-type Shining Charizard with artwork by Hironobu Yoshida. One of the reasons this card is so expensive is that Neo Destiny was the last English expansion to have the 1st Edition symbol. The 1st Edition stamp is very important and can mean the difference in a very significant amount of value. This set also gave Shining Pokémon a Non-Holofoil background. Charizard has forever been a fan favorite, even though this card has a high population, it still holds value because of that.

PSA Population Report:

This Shining Charizard card has a population of 785 cards being PSA graded. The lowest grade is a PR 1, with 8 cards receiving this grade. The most common grade, with 293 cards, is a Mint 9 condition. 233 cards have been graded a perfect Mint 10 condition.

Average Selling Price: $14,585

2002 Pokemon Neo Destiny Shining Charizard 1st Edition PSA Data

2001 PM Neo Revelation Shining Gyarados Holo 1st Edition

2001 P.M. Neo Revelation Shining Gyarados Holo- 1st Edition

This Shining Gyarados was included in the Neo Revelation expansion released in September of 2001. This expansion was popular for being the first expansion to introduce Shining Pokémon. Shining Gyarados was included as one of the two Secret Rare cards for the Neo Revelation expansion. The card features a Water-type Shining Gyarados, illustrated by Ken Sugimori. Because Shining Gyarados and Magikarp were the first Shining Pokémon cards ever featured, they are very valuable. Many Gyarados fans also consider this card’s artwork to be one of the best for this Pokémon.

PSA Population Report:

This Shining Gyarados card has a PSA graded population of 892 cards. The lowest grade given, with only 1 card, is an Auth grading. The most common grade, with 452 cards, is a Mint 9 condition. This card has received a Mint 10 condition 105 times.

Average Selling Price: $11,000

2001 PM Neo Revelation Shining Gyarados Holo 1st Edition PSA Data

2000 PM Japanese Neo 3 Shining Magikarp 600 PT Fan Club Promo

2000 P.M Japanese Neo 3 Shining Magikarp 600 PT. Fan Club- Promo

This Shining Magikarp card was reprinted as an unnumbered Promotional card and given out by the Pokémon Card Fan Club from 2001 until the end of 2002. To earn this card, Fan Club members had to earn 600 GET points. This card features a Water-type Shining Magikarp with artwork by Ken Sugimori. One of the features of this card is that it does not have a rarity symbol. This card also features the same foil that is later used on the Shining Pokémon in the Neo Destiny expansion. This card has a decently low Mint 10 population which is what helps this card keep its high value.

PSA Population Report:

This 600 PT Shining Magikarp card has a graded PSA population of 120 cards. The lowest grade given, with 2 cards, is an Auth grading. The most common grade, with 48 cards, is a Mint 9 condition. This card has a decently low Gem Mint 10 condition of 16 cards.

Average Selling Price: $10,100

2000 PM Japanese Neo 3 Shining Magikarp 600 PT Fan Club Promo PSA Data

2001 PM Japanese Neo 4 Shining Tyranitar

2001 P.M Japanese Neo 4 Shining Tyranitar

This Shining Tyranitar card was included in the Japanese expansion Darkness, and to Light… released in April of 2001. The card features a Darkness-type Shining Tyranitar illustrated by Ken Sugimori. Currently, Japanese cards from the earlier expansions are soaring in value. This card also has a somewhat low Mint 10 population, which is what’s keeping these cards’ value high. This is a fantastic Tyranitar card was very amazing artwork.

PSA Population Report:

This Shining Tyranitar card has a PSA population of 223 cards. The lowest grade given, with 1 card, is a PR 1 condition. The most common grade, with 85 cards, is a Mint 9 grade. There are 45 of these Shining Tyranitar cards that have a Mint 10 condition.

Average Selling Price: $5,600

2001 PM Japanese Neo 4 Shining Tyranitar PSA Data

2001 PM Japanese Neo 4 Shining Mewtwo

2001 P.M Japanese Neo 4 Shining Mewtwo

This Japanese Shining Mewtwo was included in the Japanese Darkness, and to Light… booster packs, released in April of 2001. Because this card was in the Japanese expansion, it does not feature a 1st Edition symbol. This card features a Psychic-type Shining Mewtwo with artwork by Hironobu Yoshida. One of the cool things about this card is that Shining Pokémon are supposed to have different colors. However, this card features Mewtwo as blue. With a decently low population and a high demand for Japanese cards, this card is expected to continue to increase in value.

PSA Population Account:

This Shining Mewtwo card has a PSA graded population of 261 cards. The lowest grade given, with 1 card, is an Auth grading. The most common grade given, with 103 cards, is a Mint 9 grade. There are 46 of these Shining Mewtwo cards that have received a perfect Mint 10 condition.

Average Selling Price: $5,510

2001 PM Japanese Neo 4 Shining Mewtwo PSA Data

2001 PM Japanese Neo 4 Shining Raichu

2001 P.M. Japanese Neo 4 Shining Raichu

This card was included in the Japanese Darkness, and to Light… expansion from Neo Destiny. This Shining Raichu card features a Lightning-type Pokémon with artwork by Hironobu Yoshida. Because this card is from the Japanese set, it lacks the 1st Edition symbol on the card. The background for this card features a swirl of different shades of blue, and Raichu doing a sidekick. This card only has 34 Mint 10 grades and is still holding strong at around $5,000.

PSA Population Account:

This Japanese Shining Raichu card has a PSA graded population of 232 cards. The lowest grade given, with 1 card, is an Auth grading. The most common grade, with 90 cards, is a Mint 9 condition. This Shining Raichu card has received a perfect Mint 10 grade 34 times.

Average Selling Price: $5,000

2001 PM Japanese Neo 4 Shining Raichu PSA Data

2001 PM Japanese Neo 4 Shining Celebi

2001 P.M. Japanese Neo 4 Shining Celebi

This Shining Celebi card was also included in the Japanese Neo Destiny expansion: Darkness, and to Light… The card features a Grass-type Shining Celebi illustrated by Hironobu Yoshida. This cute Pokémon has a decently low Mint population of 38 cards. Due to this card’s low Mint population and because it’s a Shining card from the Neo Destiny era, it still packs a pretty high price.

PSA Population Account:

This Shining Celebi has a PSA graded population of 223 cards. The lowest grade given, with 3 cards, is a Good 2 condition. The most common grade, with 81 cards, is a Mint 9 grading. Shining Celebi has a decently low Mint 10 grading of 38 cards.

Average Selling Price: $4,125

2001 PM Japanese Neo 4 Shining Celebi PSA Data

2001 PM Japanese Neo 4 Shining Noctowl

2001 P.M. Japanese Neo 4 Shining Noctowl

This Shining Noctowl is also included in the Japanese Darkness, and to Light… set from the Neo Destiny expansion. This card features a Colorless-type Shining Noctowl illustrated by Ken Sugimori. Like the other Japanese Shining Pokémon cards in this expansion, it does not include a 1st Edition symbol. The artwork on this card is pretty cool and pictures a Shining Noctowl looking ominously to the right side of the card. The background for this card is pretty cool as well. Because the Shining cards are so collectible, that helps to keep the value of this card up.

PSA Population Account:

This Shining Noctowl card has a graded PSA population of 200 cards. The lowest grade given, with 1 card, is a Good 2 condition. The most common grade, with 69 cards, is a Mint 9 grading. Shining Noctowl has a Mint 10 population of 28 cards.

Average Selling Price: $3,350

2001 PM Japanese Neo 4 Shining Noctowl PSA Data

2001 PM Japanese Neo 4 Shining Kabutops

2001 P.M. Japanese Neo 4 Shining Kabutops

Shining Kabutops was included in the Japanese Darkness, and to Light… set from the Neo Destiny expansion. This card features a Fighting-type Shining Kabutops illustrated by Hironobu Yoshida. This card does not feature a 1st Edition symbol and has recently become quite hard to find. With a Mint population of only 33 cards, the market value for this card keeps increasing.

PSA Population Account:

This Japanese Shining Kabutops card has a PSA population of 212 cards. The lowest grade given, with 2 cards, is a Good 2 condition. The most common grade, with 89 cards, is a Mint 9 grade. Japanese Shining Kabutops has a pretty low Mint 10 condition of 33 cards.

Average Selling Price: $3,250

2001 PM Japanese Neo 4 Shining Kabutops PSA Data

2001 PM Japanese Neo 4 Shining Steelix

2001 P.M. Japanese Neo 4 Shining Steelix

This Shining Steelix card was released in the Japanese Darkness, and to Light… expansion from the Neo era. Because this card is Japanese, it does not feature a 1st Edition symbol. This card features a Metal-type Shining Steelix illustrated by Ken Sugimori. What is unusual about this card is that it does not have Energy costs outside of Steelix’s normal types. Whereas, most of the other Pokémon in this set usually do. Because this card does have some uniqueness to it, and it has a low Mint population, this card is still very much a collectible card from the Neo Destiny era.

PSA Population Account:

This Japanese Shining Steelix card has a graded PSA population of 182 cards. The lowest grade given, with 2 cards, is a VG 3 condition. The most common grade, with 71 cards, is a Mint9 grading. Japanese Shining Steelix has a low Mint 10 population of 28 cards.

Average Selling Price: $47,970

2001 PM Japanese Neo 4 Shining Steelix PSA Data

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Shiny Pokémon Cards

Are Shiny Pokémon cards allowed in gameplay?

The Shiny Pokémon cards from the Neo era are no longer playable.

Are Shiny Pokémon cards worth anything?

Yes, Shiny Pokémon cards are pretty valuable but can range in price.

What Shiny Pokémon card is the most expensive?

The Neo Destiny Shiny Charizard card is the most expensive currently.

Are Shiny Pokémon cards rare?

The Shiny Pokémon cards from the older era are very rare due to their age and popularity.

Are Shiny Pokémon cards fake?

No, they just have a different coloration for the Pokémon.

Are Shiny Pokémon cards valuable?

Yes, even for lower demand Pokémon, these cards are still quite valuable.

Do Shiny Pokémon cards have a symbol on them?

Depending on the era, some cards may have a yellow “A” symbol, have a Secret Rare card number, or include “Shiny” with the Pokémon’s name.

How do you get Shiny Pokémon cards?

You can get them from booster packs, though it is very hard to do so. It is easier to find them online.

What are some other names for Shiny Pokémon?

Before being called Shiny, they were often called: Rare, Color Pokémon, and Alt. Color in the Pokémon games.

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