The Lugia V/VSTAR combo in Silver Tempest is definitely one of the most desirable cards from the set. The Pokémon Silver mascot is a perennial fan-favorite, and offers a powerful V. Read the Wind lets you discard a card and draw three for just one Energy, while get it loaded up with four Energy of any type and Aero Dive can do 130 damage a turn with no limits, while also letting you discard any Stadium in play.
Bump that up to VSTAR, and Tempest Dive does the same Stadium-destroying attack, but this time along with 220 damage. Its VSTAR Power, Summoning Star, lets you fetch a couple of Normal-type Pokémon (without Rule Boxes) out of your discard pile, and back onto your bench.
Which is all lovely, but of course collectors are after it not just for its power in the game, but the prettiness of its variants. There’s a Full Art V, and both a Rainbow Rare and Gold Rare versions of the VSTAR. But most desired, and indeed most desired from the entire set, is the Lugia V Alt Art.
It’s fetched a ridiculous $314, and is all over eBay for around $300, just three days after the set officially released—which means we’re not even getting an idea what PSA 10s will go for. Given similarly priced cards from recent sets, we’re likely looking at well over $1,000 for the graded card.
The card is unequivocally gorgeous, Kawayoo’s distinctive painted style looking amazing in muted blues and greens across a predominantly gray scene. But prices like this are still daft.