Start going through those old boxes from junior high, rummage through your parents attic, and even check your child’s toy box because Pokémon Trading Cards Are Once Again Worth Money! Yup, you read that right and is there really any surprise? Funny thing, just the other day my husband was getting ancy when I was going through his Pokemon book because he said “you need be careful, those might be worth something”. I didn’t really think about it until that moment and today this report by Heritage confirmed my husband’s suspicions.
Pokémon Trading Cards Are Once Again Worth Money
Now before you all go a bit crazy trying to find Pokemon cards you should know that not all of Pokemon cards are worth something. However, if you do find something from the 1990’s that is in mint condition or better, you could be sitting on a pretty penny. The official information is below:
These mystical creatures sailed to the United States from Japan in 1997, and as trading cards hit the shelves a year later, Pokémon became a craze. Children worldwide were ruthless in efforts to enhance their card collections, bartering and pleading with friends and family for the chance to buy another card pack to quench their obsession. Prices soared, with common cards often trading for $10-50 or more online and in school playgrounds. But like an open bottle of soda, the Pokémon cards fizzled out of popularity in the mid-late 2000s.
Well, parents, break into your child’s old room, because it seems these collectible critters covered cards were actually an investment: Two-weeks after its July 6 launch in the United States, the immersive Pokémon Go game app has resurrected Pokémon mania, with more than 30 million downloads across Apple’s App Store and The Google Play Store. Pokémon Go has become the fastest app to reach 10 million users, according to the USA Today.
Nintendo, the consumer electronics company, owns a substantial stake in the Pokémon franchise. In response of the app’s popularity, Nintendo’s market cap doubled to over $40 billion, as reported by Reuters. Nintendo — and the entire world — are reawakening existing collectors, and creating many more.
The recent resurgence nearly doubled eBay’s Pokémon daily card sales. Oddly, there seem to be negligible price increases among more expensive lots over the last two years according to Pokémon buying guide posted on eBay by “giahuuphan’s”. The following chart lists pricing information for Pokémon cards sold worldwide for over $300.
eBay Market Trends
|Before Pokémon Go (74 days)||After Pokémon Go (14 days)|
|# of Lots Sold||269||80|
|# of Lots Sold per Day||3.6||6.2|
Source: eBay.com 7/19
Despite the decline in sell-through percentages and negligible rise in individual prices, cards continue to sell for thousands online, with the most expensive card, Pikachu Illustration Card, priced at $100,000 for one of the best surviving examples out of only 39 made. While most cards in this category go for far less, there could be outliers in your child’s old collection, such as a 1st edition Charizard. FYI – My husband told has this one!! In a current listing on eBay, this is selling for $2,400!
If you have a Alakazam 1/102 Holo 1st edition 1999 Base set you could be looking at around $380!
And the sales don’t just stop there! Some other Pokemon collectibles that we offered at the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer and have sold in the past (and are more than likely worth more now) are:
- Pokemon Ash Production Cel and Color Model Drawing Animation Art Group (OLM, 1997-2000s) SOLD Aug. 2014 – $149
- Pokemon Pikachu Production Cel and Drawing Animation Art Group (OLM, 1997-2000s) SOLD Aug. 2014 – $149
- Pokemon: The First Movie (Warner Brothers, 1999). One Sheet (27″ X 40″) SS Advance SOLD July 2009 – $16
- Pokemon The Movie 2000 & Others Lot (Warner Brothers, 2000). One Sheet (27 X 40) SOLD Sept. 2014 – $15
- Pokemon: The First Movie (Warner Brothers, 1999). One Sheet (27″ X 40″) SOLD Jan. 2009 – $11
So what are you waiting for? Go searching for your Pokemon Trading Cards and see what they are worth now! You can also learn more information here.