Masaki Cards

Hi all,

I am curious to get other opinions on the value of NM/M Masaki cards.

Do some of these hold more value than others?


The easier to find ones are Machamp and Golem.
Gengar is moderately hard to find.
Alakazam and Omastar are harder to find for sale as a single.

In my experience condition is everything with the value of the Masaki cards, and they are not all created equal in terms of price.

If you find ones that are in poor condition (most of them truthfully) then they’ll sell as low as the $30 range or sometimes heading up towards $50 depending on the sale and buyer. But as condition gets better, the price spikes! A real truly NM/M copy (harder to find sometimes than one would think) can easily sell in the $100’s if you get the right buyer. I’ve had flash sales where a buyer approached me for a nice ungraded Masaki and I sold it upwards of $100, it hasn’t only happened to me either. But a more conservative estimate is around $50-$70 perhaps. But there’s such a variance, you could snag a nice condition copy for much lower, and some sell for much higher.

In terms of the different cards, I have noticed that Gengar carries the highest premium followed by Alakazam. Generally speaking, I’ve found Omastar to go a bit cheaper than the other 4, with Golem and Machamp falling somewhere in the middle. But again it all depends on what’s available at the time, who the buyer is, and the condition.

Hope that helps! And as always, check out eBay listings and take a good hard look at the pictures (for condition) and compare to sale prices. There have been an unusual amount on eBay lately, likely due to the influx of us collectors bringing them over from Japan.


$50 each would be a good price, but like cbd said, the Alakazam and Gengar have a Premium, so I’d say $60-$70 for those two.

Personally I think Omastar is getting as rare as Alakazam. I haven’t seen one for sale in a while.


And yeah this could definitely be a possibility, it all depends on what kind of supply is out there for the individual cards at the time. But when supply comes back, it will always be Gengar then Alakazam as the most popular through shifts in supply. It’s been that way as long as I can remember.

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I just noticed today that the Omastar is a stage 2 on this version…

Yeah Omastar is Stage 2 in the early TCG because the basic Pokemon was Mysterious Fossil for the fossil Pokemon. Followed by Stage 1 Omanyte in this case and Stage 2 Omastar.


Well that makes sense :stuck_out_tongue:

Two weeks ago, I sold a PSA graded mint (x4) + gem mint (x2) set for AU$625 with free shipping.


What makes this set so valuable? Is it rarity alone? I can’t say that the art is the most amazing thing either but I am curious.

Though I admit they do have a bit of charm in their simplicity.

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Alakazam, Gengar, Golem and Machamp were cool in the first gen because you physcially needed to trade to get them. Omastar was a fossil pokemon which made it cool.

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Yep all those reasons as Michael said, but generally speaking the art is a big asset. I know that a lot of people are big fans of how they look (myself included). They’re just so distinctive! Plus being holo always helps!

But to each their own, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure after all.

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Welp, you’ve definitely made your point! Makes sense, now, too.

I do quite like the Alakazam but I’m a little bias when it comes to the spoon-bending pokemon.

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Does anybody have the image handy that states estimates for how many of each Masaki card were actually made? As I recall they were not created in equal numbers.


So the rarest is the Omastar :wink:

…in terms of production. But the more popular pokemon are likely to have seen greater dispersal and gotten lost easily compared to the less desirable ones.
My guess is that many of the people seeking out an Omastar wanted to complete a set, relative to the number of people looking to score a Gengar because he’s BA.

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That’s pretty interesting to see the production numbers. I wish there was a database of other production numbers for both English aand Japanese cards.

My only question is…
How are they all even numbers?