It takes about 25 years for something to really start to feel nostalgic, and Pokémon cards will soon be a hot new item among vintage collectors, according to some experts.
Collectors, a website that lets people find, buy, authenticate, track and research “all types of collectibles” — including sports cards, coins and video games — is betting on a significant increase of the value of Pokémon cards in 2024.
While 2021 technically marked the 25-year milestone since the launch of the Pokémon franchise in 1996 in Japan, the launch of the “Base Set” in the United States in 1999 is “widely considered the key beginning of the global Pokémon craze », According to a spokesperson for Collectionneurs.
Collectors told USA TODAY that their predictions about Pokémon cards are backed by years of data. The company said it has “consistently seen an uptick in demand after 25 years for sports cards and all collectible categories” as an item typically reaches its “full nostalgia factor.”
Logan Paul sports Pikachu
Last year, YouTuber Logan Paul made headlines for wearing a Pikachu card as a necklace during WrestleMania. After Paul’s victory in the ring, the Guinness Book of World Records was there to award him a plaque for purchasing “the most expensive Pokémon trading card sold at a private sale” at a list price of 5,275,000 $.
“For people who grew up collecting TCG cards like Pokémon, that moment is happening right now, and an important factor in being able to act on that nostalgia is having disposable income, which also happens when you have between 30 and 40 years old,” said Nat Turner, CEO of Collectors. “The other thing that happens in your 30s and 40s is having kids, which also triggers the nostalgia receptor.”
When trading cards reach their “vintage age” (around 25 years), Turner said he sees an increase in demand for authenticated and graded copies of these items, and that the rarity of perfect and near-perfect cards helped drive the trend. market value.
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The top 10 Pokémon cards ranked in 2023
- 2022 Japanese Pokémon Sv Promo 001 Scarlet and Purple Pikachu Pre-order
- Pokémon Sword and Shield Japanese Glowing Arcana 074 Full Art/Altaria 2022
- Pokémon Sword and Shield Japanese Universe Vstar 246 Full Art/Elesa’s Shard 2022
- Pokémon Sword and Shield Japanese Universe Vstar 2022 212 Complete A Rt/Charizard Vstar
- Japanese Pokémon Sv1a-Triplet Beat 080 Magikarp Art Rare 2023
- Pokémon Swsh Black Star Promo 2022 262 Full Art/Charizard Vstar Sword & Shield Ultra-Premium Collection-Charizard
- Pokémon Sword and Shield Japanese Incandescent Arcana 069 Full Art/Braixen 2022
- Japanese Pokémon Sv1v-Violet Ex 100 Miriam Super Rare 2023
- Pokémon Swsh Black Star Promo 2022 261 Full Art/Charizard Vmax Sword & Shield Ultra-Premium Collection-Charizard
- Pokémon Sword and Shield Japanese Universe Vstar 221 Full Art/Mewtwo Vstar 2022
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