The Pokémon trading card game is booming. Last but not least, Youtuber Logan Paul gave the hype a huge boost by buying a $200,000 starter pack of the first edition in October 2020. Now the US American invested a further 2,000,000 dollars in unopened Pokémon packs.
In recent weeks, there has been an increasing number of events in which streamers have opened previously expensive trading card packs. Logan Paul laid the foundation stone with the unboxing of his box, which he had previously purchased for 200,000 dollars. The action led to numerous imitators, and the prices for Pokémon cards are currently exploding.
The phenomenon is reminiscent of numerous other collect trends, such as collecting old movie posters: Items once considered more or less worthless now trigger a great deal of nostalgia when viewed and have not been reproduced for many years. Pieces from the first edition represent genuine rarities, which is why especially popular motifs like Charizard are extremely sought after.
While a single Charizard card from the first edition in an extremely good condition - expert teams make assessments and assign a score - is currently traded for a high six-figure sum, Pikachus, for example, can be purchased for four-figure sums.
How long the trend will last is difficult to predict. Pokémon cards have always enjoyed great popularity since their appearance at the beginning of the new millennium and are still being reissued again and again. Only time will tell whether the dizzying prices of the old cards around the 151 originals can maintain the current heights or whether it is a classic bubble that will eventually burst with a loud bang.