|This rare Pokemon card of Pikachu is being offered on eBay for $100,000 US. (eBay/HO)
If you're a trading card fanatic who has $100,000 US lying around, a card described as "the Holy Grail of Pokemon" can be yours.
That's what eBay user Scott Pratte is asking for the ultra rare Illustrator.
As of Sunday, he had 400 offers and nearly 215 people were viewing his page on eBay every hour.
Pratte told cnet.com he's aware the item won't fetch $100,000, but he's already received a legitimate offer of $47,000. He says he expects to see that amount climb a little higher in the remaining 10 days of his auction.
The limited Illustrator batch, which was printed in 1997, set records for trading-card sales more than a decade ago when it became one of the most expensive publicly auctioned non-sports cards in history. It was made as a reward for those who won a contest in which fans could send in illustrations of their favourite Pokemon for a chance to have the drawing made into a trading card.
"Realistically, an ungraded copy could easily earn $20,000, so I'm hoping somewhere around $50,000," Pratte told cnet.
The term ungraded refers to cards that haven't had their condition professionally qualified by the preeminent third-party trading card grading service, Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA).
Pratte's card has been graded by PSA.