Are Pokémon Cards A Good Investment?

Are Pokémon Cards A Good Investment?

Are Pokémon Cards A Good Investment?

For younger children, the point of collecting Pokémon cards is to build a deck of 60 that will help win battles against other trainers. Others are interested in collecting cards they like best or deem most valuable.  Pokémon cards have dramatically increased in value, notably in Europe where they control over 75% of the entire TCG market.  Pokémon cards have gone from being worth pennies or just a few dollars to potentially being worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. 

To decide on whether to invest in Pokémon cards or not, one must consider the following:

  1. Is the card in good condition?  Make sure the card is well-kept, or invest in PSA graded cards (authorised authentication)
  2. Is it a first edition card?  There are a limited number of these on the market and they can yield more money
  3. Is the card shadowless?  This means that there is no drop shadow underneath the art box on the right side of the card.  Shadowless cards are a great investment.
  4. How old is the card?  Cards from the pre-2002 are always a good investment.

Pokémon TCG is a childhood hobby that many have taken into adulthood to relive the days of running around the playground.  Kids who grew up on these cards are now adults with more spending power; able to pay top dollar for them in mint condition.   Many Pokémon cards are being sold for thousands of dollars at auction houses.   As with any investment, some will be great while others will be big-time losers. There is a risk involved in every purchase and there will always be winners and losers. Pokémon cards, like any coveted collectible, has created millionaires. 

The answer is yes, you can invest in Pokémon cards.  It all comes down to your knowledge about the market – how many cards are available, who might want to buy them, and when is the right time to sell.

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