Now it seems like Pokémon cards are the gold standard in collecting trading cards going into 2021 and the thing is, population growth will always outpace the number of cards that the Pokémon company can produce each year.
Each month the company produces a certain number of cards per estimated sales and demand. They up it if need be like in 2021 because of scalpers and unforeseen circumstance, but this will not change the 30-year prices of these cards.
In 30 years the population in the world will grow and by default Pokémon will see a growth in fan base-if the past has shown us anything. The sets printed in 2020 will be extremely valuable because the number of people added to the population compared to the number of original prints and reprints of the 2020-2025 cards until they go out of print, won’t be close. There will always be a higher demand for the cards than cards available.
The Pokemon Company is smart. They’ve been popular for 25 years and even if that dies off a bit, these cards from the 1990s to the 2020s will always be valuable, IMO. The Pokemon Company prints them in order for that to be the case. They create their products to have significance over the generations.
Trends are bound to die, and Pokémon is no exception. Except Pokémon always seems to revive itself. Many individuals will contribute Pokémon’s current popularity to the value of a certain 1st edition Charizard and that is partially true. What isn’t being considered is the base that has nothing to do with trading cards. People who only play video games, they don’t care how much a charizard is worth.
Let’s check for things that contribute to rarity and value.
Destroyed cards, people monopolizing a certain card, cards still in sealed packs. And the most important factor, what someone wants and will do to get it.
The global population when Pokémon cards were originally released was around 5 billion. Today the global population is close to 8 billion. What does that mean? It means that the company will never produce the amount of cards needed to keep up with the growth of population. The rate of growth over a period of 20 years is more than the total amount of people on the entire earth in the year 1960.
The man who created Pokémon was personally invested and had a love for it that is unmatched. It shows in the product. It is because of that this is something I feel I will be able to collect my entire life and not waste my money.
Will the value of the cards drop? Absolutely. Do the price of stocks drop? Absolutely. Do stocks only go down? That’s where Pokémon is today, they are up there in the conversation with stocks when it come’s to investing. That is an amazing sign and a symbol that Pokémon is here to stay, imo. I’m not here to show you a year by year price guide. It’s obvious Pokémon card’s value has grown each year since their conception.
I am only here to share my opinion on the cards I love. Who will want to buy my chonkachu in the future? Someone who probably hasn’t been born yet.
With all this said aside, I don’t believe the market will crash. Pokémon cards will never be worth nothing.
Hopefully many of you feel the same. Do you think the cards printed in the 2010s through now will hold their value?