You may have noticed plenty of stories over the past year or so covering Pokémon cards and scalpers. Extremely rare cards going for absurd prices, and even Target stores in America suspending sales of the cards due to high demands and safety.
The Pokémon Company acknowledged these issues and the shortages that were affecting demand, and yesterday, Polygon reports that The Pokémon Company responded by printing more than 9 billion cards over the past 12 months. That's more than double the previous year's amount of 3,7 billion, and even more than the average 1 to 2 billion cards (as Serebii's Joe Merrick told Polygon).
To put this into even more context — because 9 billion is a lot — between 2020 and 2022, more than a quarter of all Pokémon cards ever printed were done so during this period. The huge demand hit at the same time as the global pandemic kicked in, which saw prices increase and stock decrease, with The Pokémon Company struggling to keep up with demand.
Polygon spoke to Charlie Hurlocker, a consultant for grading company CGC, who believes that The Pokémon Company are potentially filling the market with collectables to help bring the prices down. And it's working!
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Hurlocker also told Polygon that “Pokémon cards peaked in 2021 at six cents a card — any card was worth six cents, just because there was so much demand. Now that price has catered. It’s like one cent, and the two biggest [bulk] buyers aren’t even purchasing.” Good news all around for those of you who collect Pokémon Cards or play the Trading Card Game, then!
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