Top 10 Most Expensive Pokemon Cards from Brilliant Stars

Around the time of Chilling Reign, Evolving Skies, and Fusion Strike, sentiment was a bit mixed on these sets. Each of these 3 sets had absolutely fantastic artwork in the Alternate Art category, but unless you were purchasing a large quantity of packs, or were otherwise extremely lucky, you were unlikely to pull any of these cards. This was because the pull rates on the average Alternate Art V from this era is about 1/150 packs, and the Alternate Art VMAX is even harder to pull at around 1/300 packs (making some individual cards have odds 1/1000 or worse.) This would lead to these sets getting nicknames like "Chilling Pain", "Evolving Cries", and "Fusion Sike." With Brilliant Stars, the Pokemon Company would address this concern with the introduction of the Trainer Gallery - a subset of Character Art cards that could be pulled in the Reverse Holo slot.

Try your luck at pulling these cards from the following Pokemon card products:

Brilliant Stars Elite Trainer Box

Brilliant Stars Elite Trainer Box

What's Inside?

The Brilliant Stars Elite Trainer Box (ETB) contains 8 booster packs, dice and components for the TCG, and 65 card sleeves!

Brilliant Stars Booster Box

Brilliant Stars Booster Box

What's Inside?

The Brilliant Stars Booster Box contains 36 booster packs, each containing 10 cards and a code card for the Online TCG!

Brilliant Stars 3-Pack Blister

Brilliant Stars 3-Pack Blister

What's Inside?

Get 3 booster packs, a collectible coin, and a promo card featuring a popular Pokemon such as the Leafeon shown here!

Brilliant Stars Booster Packs

Brilliant Stars Booster Packs

What's Inside?

This is a random assortment of booster packs from Brilliant Stars. Each pack contains 10 cards and a code card used in the Online TCG.


#10. Galarian Moltres V Gold Secret Rare - 183/172

Up at #10 we have the Gold Secret Rare Galarian Moltres V #183/172. Although the Galarian Articuno and Zapdos are also included in Brilliant Stars in Gold Secret Rare form, this is the only legendary bird to make it on the top 10 list of most expensive cards from Brilliant Stars.

Galarian Moltres Gold Secret Rare #183/172 is currently valued around $18.50 at the time of writing.

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#9. Sylveon V Trainer Gallery Ultra Rare - TG14/TG30

At #9 we get our first look at the Trainer Gallery with the Sylveon V TG14/TG30. This card features Valerie, a Gym Leader and Sylveon's Trainer from Pokemon X and Y Generation VI. We are big fans of the choice of color and gentle design of this card.

Sylveon V Trainer Gallery #TG14/TG30 is currently valued around $19.50 at the time of writing.

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#8. Arceus VSTAR Gold Secret Rare - 184/172

The Arceus VSTAR Gold Secret Rare is the 8th most expensive card from Brilliant Stars. In a set with plenty of Alternate Arts and Trainer Gallery cards, it is a bit surprising to have 2 Gold Secret Rares make the Top 10. Arceus has been a bit of a staple in the TCG, however, and has had a bit more popularity recently with the release of Pokemon Arceus on the Nintendo Switch.

Arceus VSTAR Gold Secret Rare #184/172 is currently valued around $20 at the time of writing.

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#7. Sylveon VMAX Trainer Gallery Ultra Rare - TG15/TG30

At #7 we get our first VMAX Trainer Gallery card, Sylveon VMAX #TG15. The perspective on this card gives a good indication of the size of Sylveon in its Dynamax form, and despite the busy artwork, our attention is drawn straight to the middle of Sylveon and Valerie. This is a great design and is one of our favorite cards from Brilliant Stars.

Sylveon VMAX Trainer Gallery #TG15/TG30 is currently valued around $21 at the time of writing.

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#6. Lumineon V Alternate Art Ultra Rare - 156/172

Lumineon V Alternate Art #156 is the first Alternate Art card to make this list. In fact, Brilliant Stars has a fairly low percentage of Alternate Arts that make up the top 10 list, as opposed to a set like Evolving Skies, where the top 13 most expensive cards are all Alternate Art cards.

The Lumineon V Alternate Art #156 is one of very few underwater Alternate Arts we have received thus far, and the design on this card is great. The lighting and reflection captures the underwater scene perfectly.

Lumineon V Alternate Art #156/172 is currently valued around $25 at the time of writing.

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#5. Umbreon VMAX Trainer Gallery Ultra Rare - TG23/TG30

Fifth on our list we have the second instance of a VMAX Trainer Gallery card - The Umbreon VMAX #TG23. This card features Umbreon in Dynamax form, together with Indigo Elite Four Trainer Karen, hanging out on top of buildings in the town against the night sky.

It is no secret that the Pokemon community seems to have a strong connection with the Eeveelutions, and after their success in Evolving Skies as Alternate Art cards, it is not terribly surprising that Eeveelutions would do well in the Trainer Gallery set as well.

Umbreon VMAX Trainer Gallery #TG23/TG30 is currently valued around $26 at the time of writing.

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#4. Charizard V Full Art Ultra Rare - 153/172

This set has Charizard and Eeveelutions? It's no wonder much of the Pokemon community views Brilliant Stars as one of the best sets from the Sword and Shield era. At #4 on the list, we have Full Art Charizard #153.

With so many Alternate Arts and Trainer Gallery cards to choose from, it is usually a bit surprising for a Full Art Pokemon card to make it so high on these lists. That said, Charizard is certainly the exception to this rule.

Charizard V Full Art #153/172 is currently valued around $30 at the time of writing.

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#3. Arceus V Alternate Art Ultra Rare - 166/172

Arceus V Alternate Art #166 is the 3rd most expensive card in the Brilliant Stars set, and only the 2nd Alternate Art to make our list so far. Arceus is a Mythical Pokemon introduced in Generation IV. This Pokemon is known as "The Original One" - with strong implication that Arceus created the Pokemon Universe. Arceus is the master of both the Lake Guardians and the Creation Trio.

Arceus V Alternate Art #166/172 is currently valued around $42 at the time of writing.

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#2. Charizard VSTAR Rainbow Secret Rare - 174/172

Early into release, the Rainbow Rare VSTAR Charizard was the most expensive card in Brilliant Stars. However, with the community gradually moving away from Rainbow Secret Rare cards in favor of Alternate Art cards, this card was surpassed by the current number one.

Still, give Charizard a higher rarity, put some texture and vibrance on the art, and you have the recipe for a pricey card. The Charizard VSTAR Secret Rainbow Rare #174 still eclipses the #3 card by 2x the value.

Charizard VSTAR Rainbow Secret Rare #174/172 is currently valued around $86 at the time of writing.

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#1. Charizard V Alternate Art Ultra Rare - 154/172

We are a simple people. Put Charizard on a card, designate it Alternate Art, and bam - you've got the most expensive card in the set.

This Alternate Art Charizard V is more than just a brand name, though - the artwork by Murayama depicts Charizard and Venusaur battling in a field, with a unique perspective from behind Charizard. The environment on this card is very cool - I mean really, take a moment to appreciate the mountainous backdrop, the fog, and the clouded sky.

But even beyond the artwork, this card is part of a series of cards, featuring the XY Promo Charizard EX (XY-P 276) and the Sleeping Charizard Promo #260 from the Charizard Ultra Premium Collection. All 3 cards feature the Charizard and Venusaur battle and aftermath, and we love it.

Charizard V Alternate Art Ultra Rare #154/172 is currently valued around $175 at the time of writing.

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Try your luck at pulling these cards from the following Pokemon card products:

Brilliant Stars Elite Trainer Box

Brilliant Stars Elite Trainer Box

What's Inside?

The Brilliant Stars Elite Trainer Box (ETB) contains 8 booster packs, dice and components for the TCG, and 65 card sleeves!

Brilliant Stars Booster Box

Brilliant Stars Booster Box

What's Inside?

The Brilliant Stars Booster Box contains 36 booster packs, each containing 10 cards and a code card for the Online TCG!

Brilliant Stars 3-Pack Blister

Brilliant Stars 3-Pack Blister

What's Inside?

Get 3 booster packs, a collectible coin, and a promo card featuring a popular Pokemon such as the Leafeon shown here!

Brilliant Stars Booster Packs

Brilliant Stars Booster Packs

What's Inside?

This is a random assortment of booster packs from Brilliant Stars. Each pack contains 10 cards and a code card used in the Online TCG.

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