Pokémon trading card sets are flying off the shelves, while online stock is unlikely to last in the run-up to Christmas.
That’s without accounting for the prospect of New Year Sales, which should see numbers depleted when all is said and done.
Will an influx of new cards have an impact on the going price for boxes and Pokémon products, and what does that mean for the average collector?
Here’s the latest news about the release of reprinted Pokémon card boxes, and our thoughts about whether it’ll register on the resale market.
The Pokémon TCG: Latest Update
Pokémon boxes are incredibly popular, and have been selling out almost everywhere. It’s got to the point where the Pokémon TCG company has acknowledged the issues, while they’ve released a statement in which they address the shortfall in numbers;
“We’re aware that some fans are experiencing difficulties purchasing certain Pokémon Trading Card Game products due to very high demand and global shipping constraints impacting availability. We understand this inconvenience can be disappointing for fans, and we are working to address it where it is within our control.”
“In situations where there is limited availability, we are actively working to print more of the impacted Pokémon TCG products as quickly as possible and at maximum capacity to support this increased demand. Reprinted products are expected to be available at retailers as soon as possible.”
“For new Pokémon TCG expansions launching in the future, we are maximizing production to increase product availability upon release, and we will continue to reprint the products to replenish stock at retailers as soon as possible.”
“We’d like to thank the community for their continued support and patience as we work to deliver more Pokémon TCG products to fans.”
It’s better than nothing, but we haven’t noticed any difference in box numbers so far.
Pokémon Trading Card Game: Celebrations Elite Trainer Box 25th Anniversary
The UK release drop saw an RRP of £54.99 ahead of an official release on December 3.
I’m writing this on December 3rd, and there’s no stock to be found on any of the major UK websites, with many selling out via preorder weeks ago. The same can be said for any popular Pokémon box, so supply still clearly exceeds demand.
In fact, it was rumoured that The Pokemon Company were unable to reprint enough boxes and packs to meet orders back in February 2021, and they’ve struggled to do so ever since.
Take the Charizard Holo – Celebrations 25th 4/102 card, which is seen as the key to the box pictured above.
Prices have remained steady over the past month, and it’s rarer than you might have expected considering boxes are nowhere to be found in stores or online, unless you’re willing to pay a markup.
Reprinted Pokémon Trading Cards: Summary
Whether or not you think new Pokémon cards are a good investment, there’s no denying that there’s a significant aftermarket for cards and boxes in the here and now.
No matter if you blame YouTubers, investors, or scalpers, demand clearly exceeds supply, and it’ll take a massive effort to ensure that everyone can get hold of the cards they want for a fair price.
For now, we wouldn’t worry too much about an influx of boxes affecting current prices, especially not for the rarest cards contained in any given collection.