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Pokémon Cards A new way to invest or just another trend?

What's Happening?

Pokémon cards are being sold for hundreds of dollars around the world. Although it may not sound like much of a big deal, Pokémon cards make for a great investment.

Pokémon cards are collectibles, and the older ones are no longer manufactured. This means that the longer you hold onto one, the rarer it gets, increasing its value. There is basically no chance for loss of investment. Keep the card you buy in the same condition as when you bought it, wait a while, and you're golden.

If you still aren't believing, listen to the facts. The most expensive card ever sold was a Pikachu Illustrator card. It went for $233,000. Looks like you just got you and your parents new cars, paid your college tuition, and still have some left over.

How Does it Work?

You can buy Pokémon cards from many places. You can check a pawn shop, or look for a collector. The most popular place is eBay, who have so much traffic that they made a dedicated section on the site.

To invest, it's just like anything else, buy low, sell high. Remember to do your research and maybe even buy a safe if you're dealing with really expensive ones. Although cards do sell for $200,000 and more, they are extremely rare. Most are much less expensive than that.

This doesn't mean you won't be raking in the cash, though. Even a card that is common can be quite a hefty amount. For example, Holographic Charizard cards from the 1999 base set go for $5,000 to $10,000, even though there are over 10,000 of them in existence.

How Rare is Rare?

To know the value of your card, you need to know how rare the card is. Let's start with the basics. At the bottom right of a card, there is a symbol that shows rarity. A circle means the card is common, a diamond means the card is uncommon, and a star means it is rare.

There are more than just standard rare cards. There is "Holo Rare", which means the card's picture shines. There is "Reverse Holo", which means everything on the card but the picture shines. There is "Secret Rare", which can be hard to spot. At the bottom of a card, there is a fraction (for example, 102/115), if the numerator is larger than the denominator, it is a Secret Rare.

Ultra Rare cards come in many shapes and forms, including ex, LV.X, LEGEND, Prime, EX, and GX. Although this should help you determine value, a great tool is a price guide. One is linked below. You can also just search for your card on websites like eBay and sell it at a similar price.

What's the Risk?

Just like any other investment, there is risk in Pokémon cards. You can go with a safe bet, like buying a base set Charizard. That is a card that is very well known and highly traded, and its price is nearly guaranteed to go up. However, the price will not go up very fast, and you'll have to wait a bit for a sizeable return on your investment.

Instead, you could buy a rainbow rare Mewtwo GX from the Shining Legends set (which is much newer than the former card). It could be very valuable in a few years, much faster than the Charizard. But, Nintendo might decide they want to make more of them in a few months, essentially burning your money and then flushing that burnt money down the toilet.

Basically, do your research. Know the market. You should know how many cards there are, who wants them, and how much they're worth. Hold onto them until it is the right time to sell. Only you can judge when that is.

Please remember to be safe with your money. You are more likely to buy a rare card than to find one. If you do buy a rare card, it could be quite a bit of money, so make sure you aren't getting scammed, and don't spend money you don't have. The video below is long, but informative. Investing is a complicated thing, and the fact that it is Pokémon cards doesn't make it any less adult-like. Best of luck.

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