1997 TOMY Pokemon Cards

Possibly the scarcest set in all of Pokemon, 1997 TOMY Pokemon Scratch cards are seriously cool. Gameplay required the scratching off of boxes to reveal moves in battle. As a result, most were degraded and many thrown away, so they’re TOUGH to find in “unscratched” condition, especially mint.

Tomy Scratch cards were released in May of 1997, just after Japanese Base, Carddass & TopSun, to become the 4th major Pokémon set and the 2nd playable trading card game (TCG). Amazing OG Sugimori art, too.

UPDATE! – PSA now grades TOMY Scratch!!

http://www.yamwax.com/tomy-scratch/pop/

 

1997 TOMY pack and prism cards

1997 TOMY Facts

These cards put 1999 1st Edition Base Pokemon cards to shame (in terms of scarcity).

Think your PSA 10 shadowless Charizard pop is limited? Red Cheeks Pikachu?..

Ha! Pops of these amazing TOMY cards (in all grades) are often in the single digits. PSA and BGS both grade these cards.

With original Ken Sugimori artwork (some of which would later appear on other sets), Pokémon character and Japanese vintage Pokémon collectors covet this set.

 

Tomy Scratch Setlist

Series 1 has 36 total cards, including six holos (Charizard, Pikachu & more). Click here to view them all.

Pop Report & Grading

Most Tomy Scratch cards have single digit graded populations, if any graded at all. View pop reports here.

Where to Buy?

I’ll show you how to search for these cards, whether domestic or from Japanese platforms and proxy buyers.

Tomy Scratch FAQ / details

Released in May of 1997 in Japan, view the historical ads and details of Pokemon Scratch cards here.

Series 2 Pokemon Scratch

You thought series 1 of Tomy Scratch was scarce. Series2 is even tougher, with another 36 characters w/ 6 different holos.

Share yours!

I am always seeking fellow collectors of Scratch to chat with and happy to answer questions here or on Insta!

Comparing 1997 TOMY to other sets

 

Let’s take a look at how the two most graded 1997 TOMY cards (Charizard & Pikachu) stack up when compared to some other PSA graded sets in terms of population reports.

Notes

  • This is current as of November 21st, 2021
  • 1997 TOMY only started to be graded in early 2021 and pop will increase as supply comes out, but I’ve been collecting these cards for three years and truly feel that even the raw supply of ‘unscratched” Tomy is limited.
  • 12 of the 18 Charizards and 12 of the 15 Pikachus were graded by me, most also pack pulled by me and immediately sleeved.

 

 

Notable Sales of 1997 TOMY Pokémon Scratch Cards

 

One TOMY Charizard (PSA 8) sold at Goldin Auctions for $8,400 USD
   – September 2021 (link)

One TOMY Charizard (PSA 9) currently for sale at Goldin Auctions
   – December 2021 (active auctionlink)

 Pikachu, Blastoise & Venusaur prisms (BGS graded), currently for sale at Goldin Auctions
    – December 2021 (active auctionslink

 

Notes

  • This is current as of November 21st, 2021
  • 1997 TOMY only started to be graded in early 2021 and pop will increase as supply comes out, but I’ve been collecting these cards for three years and truly feel that even the raw supply of ‘unscratched” Tomy is limited.
  • 12 of the 18 Charizards and 12 of the 15 Pikachus were graded by me, most also pack pulled by me and immediately sleeved.

 

 

Selling 1997 TOMY Pokemon?

I am always buying collections, cards and sealed packs or boxes of 1997 Pokemon / Tomy Scratch cards. If you have any for sale, especially unscratched cards and holos, please get in touch. Send photos and a brief description to me via email by clicking the button below!

More Pre-99 Japanese Pokemon

I collect pretty much all of the “FIRST FOUR” of Pokemon cards, including 1996 Carddass, 1996 Japanese Base and 1997 TopSun. These are the true “vintage” cards of Pokemon, the Honus Wagners, Mickey Mantles and Babe Ruths of the hobby.

1999 1st Edition Shadowless Pokemon

Hey, I’m not too good for the USA cards. The first US release comes long after the “First Four” out of Japan, including 97 Tomy Scratch, 96 Japanese Base, 96 Carddass and 97 TopSun (blue backs, green backs and no number) cards. I collect vintage US cards, too!

Questions? Cards to sell?

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