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Are Reverse Holo Pokemon Cards Valuable? (Recent Sales Data)


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Game of monsters battling for victory, Pokemon cards are collected by many. Between the trading card game and Pokemon Go, Pokemon fans are devoted to their hobby. 

New packs and sets of Pokemon cards are released every year. Recently there has been a new craze for these pocket monster cards and it seems many stores are selling out of them often. 

The cards you receive inside of each pack will vary. They feature Pokemon with different battling abilities on them, some special cards are even holographic. 

One type of Pokemon card is the Reverse Holo Pokemon card. Is this card worth anything?

Some Pokemon Reverse Holo cards are valuable however how much they are worth depends on which card it is. Recently a Legendary Charizard Reverse Foil Holo card sold for $14,000 but other Pokemon Reverse Holo cards sold for a penny. 

With Pokemon cards how valuable each card is really comes down to the rarity of the card as well as the condition it is in. In the next section of this article I will give you some exact sale prices of different Reverse Holo Pokemon cards so you can see if the ones you have are worth a lot or not. 

How much a Reverse Holo Pokemon card is currently selling for varies depending on: 

  • The card’s condition
  • Whether the card is graded
  • The card’s rarity
  • The card’s supply

Ultimately all Pokemon Reverse Holo cards are worth something but the ones that sell for a penny certainly wouldn’t be considered valuable. 

Did you know that Pokemon first appeared in 1996 as Pocket Monsters: Red and Green? These were two video games for GameBoy by Nintendo. Over the years, the media franchise has expanded into trading card games, an animated television show, comics, movies, toys, and even Pokemon Go. 

This means that Pokemon is the second most successful media franchise that has been based on video games in the world following Mario. 

The idea of Pokemon is that Pokemon trainers, which are humans in this fictional world, collect and train the Pokemon creatures to fight in battles against other Pokemon that other trainers have trained to win in the Pokemon League. 

Back to the Reverse Holo cards, every pack has one of these cards making them not that much more valuable than regular cards. The cards are foil on every part except for the illustration which is why it is named reverse Holo. 

Regular Holo cards have just a “shiny” or holographic illustration. Reverse holo Pokemon cards just look different. The physical appearance of the card doesn’t change its stats or collector card number. 

Most Expensive Reverse Holo Pokemon Card Sales

To know exactly how valuable Reverse Holo Pokemon cards are, let’s take a look at some of the recent cards that have sold. Before we look at the different Pokemon cards that sold, it is important to note that values of these collectible cards can change quickly. 

So if you have one of these cards be sure and look at the next section as I will explain exactly how you can check the value of your Reverse Holo Pokemon cards by looking at the most recent sales for that card. 

So first let’s look at the Reverse Holo Pokemon cards that are the most valuable, those that sold for more than five thousand dollars. 

Reverse Holo Pokemon Cards That Sold For Over $5,000

In the last month there have only been three  Reverse Holo Pokemon cards that have sold for over $5,000. Those cards are: 

  • Pokemon 2002 Legendary Charizard Reverse Foil Holo Card ($14,000) (PSA 10)
  • Pokemon 2002 Legendary Charizard Reverse Foil Holo Card ($12,200) (PSA 10)
  • Reverse Holo Dark Dragonite Pokemon Card EX Team Rocket Returns 15/109 ($5,000) (PSA 10)

All three of these cards were graded and had a PSA 10. That means these were far from just “normal” Pokemon cards. They are cards that were in some of the best possible conditions and that is why they sold for so much. 

However, it is quite disappointing that there were only 3 Reverse Holo Pokemon cards that sold for over $5,000. That’s especially true when comparing this type of Pokemon card with the Japanese Pokemon cards. 

Matter of fact I recently wrote an article about the value of Japanese Pokemon cards and those cards had 18 recent sales that were above $5,000. Whether it’s simply that more Japanese Pokemon cards have been sold recently or that those cards are simply more valuable I’m not sure. 

Reverse Holo Pokemon Cards That Sold For $2,000-5,000

The next group of cards that I want to look at are those that sold for between $2,000 and $5,000. Although these Reverse Holo cards certainly aren’t as valuable as the three mentioned above they are certainly still worth quite a bit of money. 

The Pokemon Reverse Holo cards that have recently sold for between $2,000 and $5,000 are:

  • Reverse Holo Dark Dragonite Pokemon Card EX Team Rocket Returns 15/109 ($2,505) (PSA 10)
  • 2002 Pokemon Charizard 3/110 Legendary Reverse Holo Card ($2,500) (Ungraded)
  • 2002 Pokemon Card Venusaur Legendary Collection Reverse Foil Holo ($2,037.70) (PSA 10)

So there were only three Reverse Holo Pokemon cards that sold for between $2,000 and $5,000 in the last month. Again that is a pretty low number compared to the other types of Pokemon cards that I have looked at.  

What I find interesting about these three cards that sold is that the Charizard in the middle was sold as ungraded. Since two graded versions of the card sold for $12,000 and $14,000 I’m not sure why this seller wouldn’t want to get the card graded first to try and make an extra ten grand. 

I guess that just goes to show you how important getting your valuable Pokemon cards graded is. 

Reverse Holo Pokemon Cards That Sold For $1,000-2,000

The last group of Reverse Holo card values that I want to look at are those that sold for between $1,000 and $2,000. Of course there are still many cards that sold for below $1,000 and those would still be considered valuable to many people. However, to make a list of all of the cards that sold for hundreds of dollars would simply take too long and would be a massive list to read through as well. 

So rather than do that, after the list of these cards I will explain exactly how you find how valuable each of your Pokemon Reverse Holo cards are. That way you can look up each one and keep tabs of all of the recent sales before deciding whether to sell your Pokemon cards or not. 

The Reverse Holo Pokemon cards that sold for between $1,000 and $2,000 are: 

  • Charizard 3/110 Reverse Holo  2002 Legendary Collection Pokemon Card ($1,955.18) (Only A PSA 8)
  • Crystal Charizard WOTC Skyridge Reverse Foil 2003 Pokemon Card ($1,955.18) (Also A PSA 8)
  • Gengar Skyridge Holo Pokemon Card ($1,529,99)
  • Reverse Holo Milotic Pokemon Card Ex Dragon Frontiers 5/101 ($1,500)
  • Charizard 3/110 Reverse Holo Legendary Collection Pokemon Card ($1,499.95) (Ungraded)
  • Charizard 146/144 Secret Rare Skyridge Reverse Holo 2003 Vintage Pokemon Card ($1,421.91) (Ungraded)
  • Pokemon Moltres 30/110 Reverse Holo Rare Legendary Collection 2002 Card ($1,400) (PSA 10)
  • Pokemon Card Reverse Holo Gengar 10/144 – Skyridge ($1,374.18) (PSA 10)
  • Charizard Reverse Holo Legendary Collection Pokemon Card 3/110 ($1,317.12) (MNT 7)
  • Exeggcute – 75/110 – Reverse Holo ERROR Legendary Collection Pokemon card ($1,249.99) (PSA 10)
  • Reverse Dark Tyranitar Pokemon Card Ex Team Rocket Returns 19/109 ($1,231.80) (PSA 10)
  • Charizard GX #SV49 Full Art Shiny Hidden Fates Pokemon Card  ($1,105.10) (BGS 10)
  • Pokemon Card Voltorb – SH3 – Reverse Holo Stormfront ($1,105) (PSA 10)
  • Reverse Holo Charizard Pokemon Card EX Crystal Guardians 4/100 ($1,005) (PSA 9)
  • Reverse Holo Dark Gyarados Pokemon Card EX Team Rocket Returns 36/109 ($1,005) (PSA 10)

How To Check The Value Of Your Reverse Holo Pokemon Cards

If you didn’t find your Reverse Holo cards in the three lists above that doesn’t mean that you should throw them in the trash. There are many Reverse Holo Pokemon cards that sold for hundreds of dollars over the last month. 

While it would be nice if your cards were worth many thousands just being worth a few hundred is still pretty good. 

But how do you know whether your Pokemon cards are worth hundreds of dollars or are just worth a few cents? Well let’s take a look at the easiest way to check the current values of your cards. 

The best way to check the value of your Reverse Holo Pokemon cards is by going to eBay.com and looking at the sold listings. That will show you how much you can expect your Pokemon cards to sell for on the open market. 

If you aren’t sure how to find the “sold listings” on eBay don’t worry… I will show you exactly how to do that below. 

How To Find eBay Sold Listings For Reverse Holo Pokemon Cards On Desktop

The first thing you are going to want to do to find the sold listings is head over to eBay.com. Once you are there you will just type in the name of the Reverse Holo Pokemon card that you have. For the example below I’m just going to type in “Reverse Holo Pokemon Cards”. 

eBay search bar for reverse holo pokemon cards

Once you have typed that into the search bar then you are going to push the blue search button to begin your search. 

ebay search button image

Once you have pushed the blue search button the page will load with all of the active listings for your Reverse Holo Pokemon cards. But you don’t want to just look at the listed prices. Instead you want to look at the already sold items. 

To find the Pokemon cards that have been sold you are going to look at the left side of the screen and start scrolling down until you see the image below. 

checkboxes for completed items on ebay

You will see some options that look like this. Once you do you are going to check the box that says “Sold Items”. Now it is important to note that you don’t want to click on the completed listings as those will show sold and unsold items. Instead you want to click on the sold box so you see the Pokemon cards that have actually been sold. 

boxes that are checked showing completed and sold items on ebay

When you click the sold items box it will automatically check the completed listing box as well (pictured above). Then the page will automatically reload with all of the completed sales (that actually sold) of that Pokemon card that you entered in the search bar. 

sort feature on ebay

At the top of that page that has reloaded it will automatically sort by “ended recently” but you can also click that little drop down (pictured above) to sort the list by: 

  • Time: newly listed
  • Price + Shipping: lowest first 
  • Price + Shipping: highest first 
  • Distance: nearest first

Typically when I’m using this feature I will sort using the highest first and lowest first to get a nice range of what that specific Pokemon card is worth. Then you can look at the different cards that sold for a lot or a little and see what the difference is. 

Often the more expensive ones will have a much higher grade, be an error card, or have something else that makes it stand out.

But what if you are using the eBay app on your phone? How do you search for sold items on there? 

How To Find eBay Sold Listings For Reverse Holo Pokemon Cards On Mobile

The way you find the value of your Reverse Holo Pokemon cards on the Ebay app is very similar to how you do it on desktop. First you open the eBay app and then you type in the card you have in the search bar.

search box on ebay showing reverse holo pokemon cards

Then you push the blue search button that is next to your keyboard. 

search box on ebay app

Once that loads you are going to want to click the filter button. 

filter option on ebay app

Once the filters open up you are going to want to click on the “show more” button. 

filter options on ebay app

Then you are going to scroll almost to the bottom of the filters where it says “sold items”. You are going to want to push the toggle switch next to the sold items. 

checkboxes on ebay app

Once that is pushed both the “sold items” and “completed items” toggles will be blue. Then you will just push the blue “show results” button at the bottom. 

selected completed and sold items on ebay app

And that’s it. You will now be showing all of the sold results for that Reverse Holo Pokemon that you have typed in. Now if you want to sort it by price or by recently sold you can do that on the mobile app as well. 

To sort those just click the sort button at the top of the screen. 

sort sold items on ebay app

Once you click that a sort option will show up in your screen that allows you to sort by price, when the sale happened, and how close the sale was to you. 

sold items sorted by ended recently

Are Holo Or Reverse Holo Pokemon Cards  Better?

Pokemon cards feature an illustration of a Pokemon on the front of them with facts about each one. Some of these cards are valuable based on what Pokemon they are. Shiny illustration or shiny outline of the card? 

Which is better, the Holo or Reverse Holo Pokemon cards?

Holo Pokemon cards are typically more valuable than Reverse Holo cards however it really depends on what card you have in the Holo or Reverse Holo style. 

A good example of this would be the 2002 Legendary Charizard Reverse Foil Holo Card that recently sold for $12,200. If you compare that with the 2020 Charizard V SWSH050 Pokemon Promo Card that recently sold for .01 (yes one penny) you would say that Reverse Holo’s are more valuable. 

But when you look at a Holo Charizard card (had a recent sale for $15,000) and a Reverse Holo Charizard card  (had a recent sale of $12,200) you can see that in general the Holo Pokemon cards are worth a bit more in general. 

Ultimately, both the Holo and Reverse Holo Pokemon cards can be extremely valuable if you have the right ones! 

When comparing the Holo and Reverse Holo cards, first, you need to understand what a Holo card is. This card is rare because it has a holographic image on the top of the card instead of just regular art. A rare card displays a black star next to its card number. 

Holo cards have come in every set starting with the original base set that was released in 1999. Before the year 2011 when half art and full art cards were introduced, the Holo cards were the rarest card that Pokemon fans sought after the most.

Original Holo cards featured that image printed on a thin layer of foil giving it a shiny effect. Thai is why the cards were referred to as holo foil, or holographic foil cards.

Now the Reverse Holo card has just a regular image at the top with the rest of the card being holographic. That is why it is called Reverse Holographic. 

First appearing in 2002 under the Legendary Collection expansion set, these cards aren’t worth quite as much  as regular Holographic cards. To find the rarity of one of the Reverse Holo cards, look to that symbol next to the collectors card number. 

If it is a star, it is rare. If it is a diamond, it is uncommon. If it is a circle it is common. 

In all, Holo cards and reverse Holo cards are worth more than just regular non-holo cards. Holo cards can be more valuable than reverse Holo because of their rarity.

How Much Is A Reverse Holo Card Worth? 

So, we know that these cards can be worth something. They may be less valuable than Holo rare cards but they are still more valuable than regular Pokemon cards. 

But, how much is a reverse Holo card worth?

Some reverse Holo cards are worth over $12,000 while others are just worth a few dollars. The difference in value is based on which cards you have and their condition. 

Reverse Holo Pokemon cards are worth a little less than Rare Holo Pokemon cards, since they are the reverse version of Holo cards but they are far from worthless. 

They may look pretty cool, but most Reverse Holo cards aren’t worth a whole lot because every pack and set comes with one. Their value is a little less than Holo rare cards. 

But it all depends on if they are rare or not. Rare Reverse Holo cards have sold for $45 up to a whopping $12,200 (as mentioned above). You may have to do some research in order to find out if your Reverse Holo card is rare. 

To tell if your Reverse Holo card is rare you will need to look at symbols, collectors card numbers, etc. You can also just head over to eBay and follow the instructions that I gave above to see how much similar cards have recently sold for. 

The rarity of something is determined by how many are available and how many people want it. First-edition cards are more rare than newer cards, making their values higher. Since Holo cards were released at the beginning stages of Pokemon cards, these are often priced higher than Reverse cards (when looking at the same type) that were released 5 years later

Overall, Reverse Holo cards are worth a little more than the regular versions but a little less than the Holos. Of course this is when comparing similar cards or similar rarity. 

Final Thoughts

The fictional world of Pokemon has fans collecting cards for hobbies or if they are lucky, finding rare cards. Rare cards can be valuable and can be sold for a lot of money. 

Reverse Holo Pokemon cards are basically the reverse of regular Holographic cards. On a holo card, the illustration is shiny and on a reverse holo the illustration is normal with the rest of the card being shiny. 

When it comes to value, Reverse holo cards may be worth something if they are rare and in excellent condition. They are less readily available than regular Pokemon cards but a little more available then Rare Holo cards. 

If you have packs and sets of Pokemon cards, take a look through them. Who knows if you will end up being a proud owner of a rare Reverse Holo Pokemon card that could be worth hundreds, thousands, or even tens of thousands of dollars. 

Matthew R

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