If there’s one card in the current competitive Pokemon scene that could be agreed upon as the most powerful of them all, it would be Tapu Lele-GX. Though it might not look like much to the uninitiated, the combination of its Supporter-searching ability, dependable colorless-energy attack, and lack of weakness make it so strong that it’s a must-have for virtually every deck. Most players use at least one copy, but it’s not uncommon to see multiple copies in a deck. The 2018 Pokemon TCG World Champion used three in his deck. It’s just that good.
The high demand for Tapu Lele-GX also means it was one of the most expensive Pokemon cards out there on the secondary market. Most competitively viable cards cost $5, $10, maybe $20 at most, but a single copy of Tapu Lele-GX could go for $50, and the rarer full art and rainbow versions could easily cost you over $100.
But we’re talking past tense here because Pokemon has just released a new product that contains a promo of Tapu Lele-GX, the Pokémon TCG: Island Guardians GX Premium Collection. Players no longer need to open booster pack after booster pack hoping to get a copy of this much sought-after card when they can pick up this collection and be guaranteed a copy. With a more easily attainable version now purchasable in stores, the price on Tapu Lele-GX has dropped across the board. As of this writing, the market price for Tapu Lele-GX is down to $16.12, according to TCGplayer.com. (The full-art has dropped to $27.68 and the rainbow to $44.84, if you were wondering.)
The Premium Collection box retails for $49.99 and comes with promos of Tapu Lele-GX and Tapu Fini-GX, a Tapu Lele coin, an oversized Tapu Lele-GX card, a playmat featuring all four Island Guardians, and an assortment of eight booster packs. So in addition to getting Tapu Lele-GX, you also get a variety of other goodies along with it. Or you could head to the secondary market and pick up the single for cheaper than ever before.
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