The 10 Most Valuable Tag Team Pokemon Cards
What Are Tag Team Pokemon Cards?
Tag Team Pokémon cards are a special kind of card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game that showcase two Pokémon characters on one card. These cards are usually more powerful than ordinary Pokémon cards and contain special attacks and abilities to utilize in battle. Tag Team Pokémon cards can only be found in specific sets from the Sun & Moon era in the year 2019. It was this year that they made their debut in the set Team Up and would go on to be a recurring theme in the Sun & Moon sets proceeding it. These cards made room for some of the most epic duos in the Pokemon universe to make their way onto cards and introduce some of the coolest artworks the TCG has ever seen.
What Sets Can I Find Tag Team Cards In?
Tag Team Pokémon cards were first introduced in the Pokémon Trading Card Game in the aforementioned “Team Up” expansion, which was released in February 2019. Following that, they appeared in several other sets, such as “Cosmic Eclipse”, “Unified Minds”, “Unbroken Bonds” and “Hidden Fates”. All of these sets were actually released in the same year which made it a year densely packed with some of the modern Pokemon TCG’s most expensive cards. Following this year, however, the new era of Sword and Shield was released which would end up seeing the discontinuation of the tag team mechanic in the TCG.
How Do Tag Team Pokemon Cards Work?
Tag Team Pokémon cards showcase two Pokemon on the same card and actually count as two Pokemon. This is likely why these cards hold more HP and stronger attacks than average cards and although during the game, it’s possible to play a Tag Team card as one Pokémon, because they are technically two Pokemon they will take up two places on your bench. This means that playing a tag team card can be quite a big commitment not only because they take up two spaces but because they have some of the most high-energy-cost attacks in the game. However, much like GX cards or V cards, they can be played without the need for a Pokemon to evolve from. While we are making these cards sound like they are the most inefficient and costly cards in the game, they make up some of the strongest cards in the entire TCG and have the potential to completely turn the tides of a game.
How Rare Are Tag Team Cards?
While they may have the potential to make some of the most devastating plays in the game, tag-team Pokemon cards aren’t extremely hard to come by in their designated packs. They have roughly the same rarity as normal GX cards which have (although classed as “ultra rares”) about a 1 in 9 pull rate. However, the cards we are going to be looking at later on in the article are much rarer as there are variations of these tag team cards such as full arts, rainbow rares, alternate arts, gold rares, etc which have a much lower pull rate. Now, without further ado, let’s get into this list.
#10 Rainbow Rare Pikachu & Zekrom GX
Kicking off this list in electric fashion is the Pokemon that has essentially become the mascot of the entirety Pokemon Company accompanied by the trusty fifth-generation legendary Zerkrom. The card features a cute Pikachu standing on the hand of Zekrom with its arms crossed as Zekrom just kind of stands around with its mouth open, staring off into the distance. You’d be surprised what making a card rainbow-colored can do to its value as even without a grade this card sells for $67 and in a PSA 10 can sell for more than $200.
Rainbow Rare Zekrom & Pikachu
#9 Rainbow Rare Eevee & Snorlax GX
Possibly a duo even more adorable than the Pikachu and Zekrom has to be the Eevee and Snorlax from the set Team Up. This card features an (obviously) sleeping Snorlax as what might be one of the happiest Eeevees I have ever seen sits on its belly. Everything from Snorlax’s stubby, little arms to Eevee’s look of contentment makes this card a joy to look at and the TCG community seems to agree as ungraded this card sells for around $73.10. Then, if you manage to get a hold of this card in a PSA 10 it can sell for more than $200 as well.
Rainbow Rare Eevee & Snorlax GX
#8 Rainbow Rare Charizard & Braixen GX
It of course wouldn’t be right if we were discussing expensive Pokemon cards and Charizard didn’t at the very least make one appearance from the final Sun and Moon set Cosmic Eclipse. Unfortunately, Charizard cannot steal the show this time as he’s accompanied by the sixth-generation fire starter Pokemon in a bit of an old meets new team up. The card features the Braixen casually sitting on the back of Charizard as they soar through the air. Ungraded this card is worth upwards of $92 and in a PSA 10 has previously sold for $250.
Rainbow Rare Charizard & Braixen
#7 Gardevoir & Sylveon GX Full Art
Now for a bit more of an unlikely fairy-type duo and the first entry on this list that isn’t a rainbow rare comes the Gardevoir and Sylveon Full Art from the lesser praised set Unbroken Bonds. Gardevoir already being quite a fan favorite since its debut in the third generation of Pokemon gets to team up with a new fan favorite Eeveelution in the form of Sylveon. The card’s art has this weird hazy effect over it that makes it slightly harder to tell what’s happening but for the most part, it just looks like a happy Gardevoir and a happy Sylveon. Ungraded this card sells for around $100 and in a PSA 10 can be found selling for upwards of $230.
Gardevoir & Sylveon Full Art GX
#6 Arceus & Dialga & Palkia GX Alternate Art
This card is not only making the list of the most expensive Tag Team cards, but it also made the list of the most expensive GX cards altogether, and with good reason too. This card from the now fan-favorite set Cosmic Eclipse features some of the coolest art on a Pokemon card to date. It features the awesome trio as a glistening marble statue underneath some sort of spotlight, I’m not entirely sure where they are. This card has sold for more than $100 ungraded but when put in a PSA 10 it can sell for upwards of $280.
Arceus & Dialga & Pialka Alternate Art GX
#5 Rainbow Rare Mewtwo & Mew GX
This is yet another card that comes from our most expensive GX cards of all time list because let’s be real, how could it not make it onto either of these lists? It is literally one of the most iconic duos in Pokemon history in rainbow form and they made their appearance in the set Unified Minds. Sure, the artwork isn’t the most impressive in the world, but this is one of those cases where the novelty of the Pokemon coupled with the rarity of the card makes up for the quality of the art on the card. This can be seen in the fact that an ungraded card often sells for more than $110 and in a PSA 10 the card can sell for nearly $300.
Rainbow Rare Mewtwo & Mew GX
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#4 Gengar & Mimikyu GX Alternate Full Art
While that previous art may not have been much of a sight to behold, this Gengar and Mimikyu from the Team Up set make up some of the coolest art from the Sun & Moon era of Pokemon as a whole. This card takes a more 2D cartoonish approach to its art style and features a creepy-looking Mimikyu floating around with a Gengar lurking behind it in some unidentifiable void. While this card’s art is pretty cool, it’s also pretty disturbing for some reason whether it be because of the menacing eyes of the Gengar or just the eerie setting of the card, it sure has given a few players the heebie-jeebies. Regardless, ungraded it sells for nearly $140 and in a PSA 10 can be found selling for almost $350.
Gengar & Mimikyu GX Alternate Art
#3 Rainbow Rare Reshiram & Charizard GX
And we’re back to the Charizards because as we said, it just wouldn’t be right to make any sort of Pokemon list without featuring at least a few Charizards so here’s another one. This time, it comes from the same set as Gardevoir & Sylveon, and frankly, while the art isn’t nearly as cool as the Gardevoir and Sylveon, it shouldn’t surprise how big of a selling point a Charizard is anymore. However, it also features a pretty creative fire/dragon-type duo with Charizard and Zekrom’s fiery white counterpart Reshiram. Ungraded you can find these selling for more than $140 as well and in a PSA 10 they’ve been known to sell for upwards of $360.
Rainbow Rare Reshiram & Charizard GX
#2 Magikarp & Wailord GX Alternate Art
Now, back to the good stuff. This alternate art, much like the Gengar and Mimikyu takes the cartoony approach as opposed to 3D rendered looking art of a lot of the full art cards in the Sun & Moon era. The card features a Wailord shooting water out of its blowhole launching a helpless Magikarp up into the air making for a pretty desirable artwork. Its value is only then increased by the card’s rarity in the set Team Up making it one of the most valuable tag team cards in the history of tag team cards. Ungraded, the card can be found selling for more than $150 and in a PSA 10 has previously sold for only $250.
Magikarp & Wailord GX
#1 Latias & Latios GX Alternate Art
Anyone that has done a little bit of digging into tag team cards will probably know about this card. It has become the quintessential tag team card for collectors as it is just so cool, so rare, and features a pretty beloved duo in the Pokemon community. The Latias & Latios alternate art from the set Team Up features the first-ever gendered legendary Pokemon flying in front of a sunset with both of their noses touching to form a heart around the sun. If that isn’t just a masterpiece of a card I don’t know what is. It was and likely will remain the most expensive tag team card and the second most expensive GX card of all time thanks to just how unique it is. Ungraded, it’s difficult to find the card for less than $400 and in a PSA 10 the card has sold for more than $900.
Latias & Latios GX
Will Tag Team Cards Ever See A Return?
While it’s hard to call whether or not tag team cards will ever make an official return, there have been plenty of card arts since the discontinuation of tag team cards that feature even more than just two Pokemon in some of the coolest alternate arts you’ll probably ever see. Don’t believe me, just look to sets like Crown Zenith and Evolving Skies for more alternate arts than you can even fathom which have more Pokemon on one card than any card you have likely ever seen. Sure they’re not technically “tag team” cards as they don’t function anywhere near the same but if you’re just a collector who was excited about more than one Pokemon on a card, there is no shortage of that in modern Pokemon.
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