The world was in Pokemon fever over 20 years ago. All over the world, children, young people, but also adults collected the colorful cards and exchanged them among themselves. The monsters then returned to the mainstream in 2016 with the “Pokemon Go” mobile phone app. Since then, the prices of the rare trading cards have risen to unimaginable heights and are now more in demand than ever. The reason for this are numerous Youtubers and streamers who celebrate the trading cards in their videos.
Kevin Schneiter from Bern also packed it again. The 21-year-old is auctioning a shiny Turtok Pokemon card of the first edition from 1999 on the Ricardo auction platform, one of the most popular cards in the game. The current bid is 760 francs (as of February 22, 6 p.m.). If you want to buy it immediately, you have to pay 960 francs.
When Schneiter shared a picture of the card on Facebook and asked users to make him a price proposal, he was overwhelmed with offers. “It went so far that someone offered me his car, a VW Lupo, for the card,” says Schneiter. An offer that the Bernese declined with thanks: “At the end of the day it’s a card made of cardboard. It is really crazy that someone offered me their car for it. “
Nostalgia & investment
Schneiter and his friends associate the trading cards with wonderful memories from childhood. “Nobody I know buys the cards just because of their value. Many positive emotions from childhood play a role in the purchase ». He himself bought three of the most popular shiny trading cards (Charizard, Bisaflor and Turtok) from the 1999 release from a dealer and paid around CHF 3,000 for them. «I see this as a kind of investment. One can assume that the value of the cards will continue to increase. Since I now have twice the Turtok card, I am selling one of them. “
When Schneiter was younger, he had hundreds of Pokemon cards. “As I got older, I threw practically all of them away because I didn’t know what to do with them. When I saw the value these cards were trading for today, I became nostalgic and looked at the Pokemon again. “
Ivan Guldimann from the Canton of Solothurn is also dedicating himself to colored monsters: “Since 2016 I have been actively collecting Pokemon cards again. As with most of them, my hobby is associated with beautiful childhood memories. ” The 29-year-old now sells three unopened packages on Facebook, so-called boosters, which contain ten Pokemon cards from 1999. Cost: 399 francs. “In 1999, the booster cost around 8 francs in this country,” the passionate collector knows.
He is certain that the value of Pokemon cards in perfect condition will continue to increase: “Since 2016, the value of cards has increased significantly. In the past two years, prices have exploded again due to the popular videos from Youtubers and streamers. In collectors’ circles the prices were already very high, but the huge crowd could catapult the prices even further. ” As long as a popular card from the release year is in perfect condition, it can bring in money: “ The card doesn’t even have to be particularly rare. Even a normal Bulbasaur card in top condition can bring in around 1200 euros ».