Pokémon cards are still one of the most popular markets right now, with products flying off shelves at a crazy rate.
On a personal note, I went to Comic-Con recently, and all anyone seemed to be interested in was the latest sets, such as the Pokémon Ultra Premium Collection 25th Anniversary box which sold out almost immediately.
With that in mind, here are our thoughts on the latest Pokémon cards, and whether or not they’re worth the attention they’re receiving from fans right now.
Pokémon Card Release Dates
- Sword & Shield – Fusion Strike November 12, 2021
- Sword & Shield – Brilliant Stars February 25, 2022
We’ve listed the most recent dates for Pokémon cards, as well as collections that will be released early in 2022.
Sword & Shield: Brilliant Stars adds four new VSTAR Pokémon. They have a unique VSTAR ability or attack that can only be used once in the entire game.
They have to be seen as the best options to collect, especially as there are two confirmed Pokémon; Arceus VSTAR and Charizard VSTAR.
The latter is sure to be one of the most popular from the Trading Card Game, whether it be investors hoping to grade a copy, or collectors keen to own the latest Charizard with an overpowered attack.
The Current State of the Pokémon Market
The current state of the market has been reasonably strong heading towards the Christmas period.
However, it’s worth remembering that there’s an abundance of Pokémon cards on the market at any given time, and they’re not especially rare by any means.
Even so, cards like the Shiny Charizard VMAX released as part of Shining Fates have managed to hold their price well, especially for graded copies.
The same is true for most of the rarest cards, or any that were considered to be more popular than the norm.
Unless a graded card is drastically overpriced, they’ve been selling online with no issues, especially for PSA/BGS copies. (We would know, as we’re always on the lookout for a deal or two.)
Are New Pokémon Cards a Good Investment?
The truth is, it’s going to be hard for any newer Pokémon cards to reach anywhere near the value of the original sets, especially now that they’re being actively snapped up by investors who want to sell them for profit on the resale market.
Then there are the many cards that have been sent off to grading companies, which accounts for much of the major backlog seen over the past few years.
On the other hand, Pokémon card prices continue to break records, whether it be adults who’d like to own a piece of their childhood again, or the latest generation of fans who watched Detective Pikachu.
The bubble may burst eventually, but the truth is that it can be difficult to find packs in some locations due to the sheer popularity of the franchise.
We’re going to continue to invest in Pokémon cards in the meantime, although we might take a look at alternatives to the biggest names, as well as tried and tested favourites.