A report from Vice opened my eyes to how big the market for collecting Pokémon card cards is growing – apparently to the point where card rating companies have waiting lists that range from six to ten months, as one company claims that receives over 500,000 evaluation cards per week. Card graders who evaluate the terms of trading cards to determine how collectible (and therefore valuable) they are are so overwhelmed that people who want to get their Magic, Yu-Gi-Oh or sports cards must also wait for a line (or pay the nose to skip it).
One card rating company obviously needed employees so badly that it offered $ 1
Of course, we also saw the boom, which affects the market in other ways – eBay adds a feature to its application specifically for scanning maps and pre-filling lists of information (although not in the state of the map), which makes it a little faster listing them. The Deputy the report also mentions that the plastic card protectors are completely sold out.
Most of these effects seem to be related to older Pokemon maps, as they are scarce – as the author of Deputy the article states that people want to see if they have escaped the devastation like toys after seeing collectors like Logan Paul buy original cards or packages at indecently high prices.
But it also seems that some of OG Pokémon’s brilliance has also begun to influence the market for new collectibles of unproven value: some Target stores have threatened to call the police for people camping outdoors for new Pokémon card additions, and the Pokémon card company has rushed to pump out as many new cards as possible.
Perhaps the pandemic has awakened people’s inner magpies, involving an unquenchable desire to collect without really considering the value of what we buy (just look at NFTs, which feel like collectibles). Of course, there are these really rare Pokémon cards that are quite valuable – but it can’t just be the rare cards that hit those rating card companies with, as one CEO put it, an “avalanche of cardboard.”
Honestly, seeing this news, on top of everything, left me with a hot question: where sgan Do people get so much money that they can spend $ 660K on a Mario cassette or $ 300K on a Pokémon card?