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The best Zapdos Pokémon cards in the TCG

If you love the Big Bird of the Pokémon TCG, you can show that love by collecting rare and stunning copies of the best Zapdos Pokémon cards.

Art from Zapdos 150, one of the best Zapdos Pokemon cards

Collecting Zapdos Pokémon cards is a great way to relive the glory days of Pokémon Gen One. With each rare and beautiful Zapdos you add to your collection, you’ll cast your mind back to first capturing the legendary, electrifying bird, back in the days when it only took 151 Pokéballs to catch ‘em all. Looking for the best Zapdos Pokémon cards out there? Here’s a list to help you begin the hunt.

Below you’ll find a thorough guide to collecting Zapdos cards. We cover everything from the most expensive and rare Pokémon cards to cheaper options for collectors on a budget. We’ll tell you which Pokémon TCG sets the cards hail from, and explain why we think these are the best Pokémon cards with a Zapdos on them.

Shadowless Base Set Zapdos

The most valuable Zapdos Pokémon card.

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Shadowless Base Set Zapdos specifications:
ID number 16/102
TCG expansion Base Set
Estimated value $200 – $1,700
Reasons to buy
  • High sentimental, nostalgic, and financial value
  • The OG Zapdos Pokémon card
Reasons to avoid
  • Less valuable than other Base Set cards

Shadowless Base Set Zapdos is the most expensive Zapdos Pokémon card on the market, and its value comes from all the usual sources. It’s from the original Pokémon set, meaning it’s a major source of nostalgia for trading card game fans. It also means pristine copies are hard to come by, and a rare graded card can sell for well over a thousand dollars.

That being said, a Base Set Zapdos won’t be worth as much as the Charizard Pokémon card from this expansion. There are plenty of other more popular Pokémon from Base Set that hold much higher value. But hey, if you love Zapdos more than any other pocket monster, this is the chaser card for you.

Zapdos Ex

Best overall Zapdos Pokémon card.

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Zapdos Ex specifications:
ID number 116/112
TCG expansion FireRed & LeafGreen
Estimated value $100 – $300
Reasons to buy
  • Gorgeous art of Zapdos
  • A more achievable find for budget collectors
  • Several later Ex cards to collect too
Reasons to avoid
  • Not much financial value for ambitious collectors

The FireRed & LeafGreen version of Zapdos Ex is our favorite example of a great Zapdos Pokémon card. Its vibrant art captures the electric presence of the legendary Pokémon, and the 2004 card is packed with nostalgia value.

Plus, there are several later Zapdos Ex cards to collect, if you want to catch ‘em all. Their abilities are all different, but Zapdos isn’t the most competitive Pokémon card to play, whichever version you own. All of them come with unique and beautiful art, though, which is a great reason to chase down some copies.

Aquapolis Zapdos

Most unique Zapdos Pokémon card.

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Aquapolis Zapdos specifications:
ID number H32/H32 (English) 44/147 (Japanese)
TCG expansion Aquapolis
Estimated value $70 – $300
Reasons to buy
  • Unusual e-card design
  • Dynamic art of Zapdos
  • A more achievable find for budget collectors
Reasons to avoid
  • Not much financial value for ambitious collectors
  • Not everyone likes the e-card look

However you feel about its e-card border design, there’s no denying that Aquapolis Zapdos is a card with a unique look. This is helped by its electrifying art, which shows Zapdos lighting up the night as it charges, head down, towards an unseen target.

A top-quality copy of the card only sells for a few hundred dollars – great news for Zapdos lovers on a tighter budget. It won’t wow people in the same way as a copy of Base Set Zapdos, but if you’re only collecting for sentimental value, then who cares what price tag the card came with?

Rocket’s Zapdos Ex

Another rare and valuable Zapdos Pokémon card.

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Rocket’s Zapdos Ex specifications:
ID number 106/109
TCG expansion EX Team Rocket Returns
Estimated value $200 – $400
Reasons to buy
  • A rare card with high value
  • Unusual and interesting art of Zapdos
Reasons to avoid
  • Still not one of Pokémon’s most valuable cards

After Base Set Zapdos, Rocket’s Zapdos Ex is one of the most valuable cards featuring this particular Pokémon. Part of that is down to the age of the card and the fairly limited copies available. Another reason is the dark, edgy 3D art that makes this card stand out from the crowd.

It’s not the most expensive Pokémon card of all time, and it’s not going to see much play. But again, if you love Zapdos, it should be high up on your shopping list.

Zapdos 150

The best Zapdos Pokémon card for budget collectors.

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Zapdos 150 specifications:
ID number 150/147
TCG expansion Supreme Victors
Estimated value $80 – $190
Reasons to buy
  • Striking minimalist art
  • A more achievable find for budget collectors
Reasons to avoid
  • Not much financial value for ambitious collectors

If you prefer Pokémon card collecting on a budget, Zapdos 150 from the Supreme Victors set is our top choice. You still get some excellent art of the electric Pokémon. The minimalist design and glittery background mean that the bird seems to pop right off the paper.

Moltres and Zapdos and Articuno GX

The most beautiful Zapdos Pokémon card.

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Moltres and Zapdos and Articuno GX specifications:
ID number SM210
TCG expansion SM Black Star Promos
Estimated value $20 – $900
Reasons to buy
  • Gorgeous stained glass art
  • Zapdos is joined by his legendary bird friends
  • A more achievable find for budget collectors
Reasons to avoid
  • Not much financial value for ambitious collectors
  • Not a competitive card for play

Moltres and Zapdos and Articuno GX features all three of Gen One’s legendary birds, and it’s the most beautiful Zapdos card we’ve ever seen. Each creature is immortalized in a vibrant stained glass style that any collector would be proud to display.

This is a cheap and cheerful Pokémon card suitable for collectors of all budgets. However, a well-preserved copy can sell for a significantly higher price – so look after your Zapdos well.

Art from Zapdos Ex, one of the best Zapdos Pokemon cards

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