Pokémon cards are celebrating 25 years, and are still a hit in playgrounds and among adults, some of whom sell them at a high price. Where does the craze for these collectible cards come from, where to buy them, what are the rare Pokémon cards?

[Update September 22 at 10:41 am]. If they are exchanged between children in the playground, Pokémon cards can also be collected from adults, who make a real business out of them! Some rare cards, like the Tortank, sell for nearly 2,000 euros, and the Charizard card can reach 10,000 euros. Decryption of this phenomenon.

Pokémon are a hit in the playgrounds. 25 years after their creation, Pokemon cards are still a huge success. These collectible cards sell like hot cakes. At the end of May, Pokémon card sales increased by 160% compared to the same period in 2020 and by 85% compared to the same period in 2019 in France. Historical performances which do not surprise Franck Mathais, spokesperson for Joué Club. “Pokemon cards are a safe bet for toy stores. In the current context, children are more likely to play them and also to collect them. The sales values ​​of old cards on auction sites give new envy and attract an adult clientele which explains this record level of sales since the beginning of the year, ”he explains in a press release. According to License magazine! Overall, the Pokémon saga is, in fact, the most profitable franchise in history, ahead of Hello Kitty, Winny the Pooh, Disney and Star Wars and grossed $ 92 billion for The Pokémon Family: Nintendo and Creatures Incorporated, the company that manages Pokémon collectible cards. As of today, there are between 25 and 30 billion Pokémon cards in the world!

But why such a craze? “These are cards to play and collect. There are limited series, rare cards. Kids want to have as many as possible to have the best deck. It is both a play for recreation, or with friends outside of school “, adds Franck Mathais. Pokémon cards have several advantages. “These are objects of development within a group when the children have rare cards”, explains Franck Mathais, who also quotes “conviviality and sharing”. “Children make their own rules, they get together, exchange words and cards,” he notes. Across the world, rare cards are snapped up even at a high price! In October 2020, the rapper Logic (Sir Robert Bryson Hall II of his real name), spent the insane sum of 220,574 dollars for an extremely rare card, the first edition of Charizard.

Pokémon game cards are sold in sets. Boosters are packs of ten cards that allow you to buy new cards at low cost. The displays are boxes of 36 boosters that allow the child to have a greater number of cards. Finally, themed decks are boxes that include a rare card and 59 normal cards, as well as the material needed to start a game. Pokémon cards are available in toy stores or on the internet.

The Pokémon cards are released at the same time as the video games of the Pokémon universe, which are eight generations in number. They constitute series which themselves have extensions, considered as small collections. For each video game, there are therefore many cards grouped into booster, deck and display. In detail, there are three kinds of Pokémon cards:

Pokémon cards can first be collected based on card rarity. This rarity is identifiable thanks to easily deciphered elements on the cards. The circle means that the card is common, the diamond indicates a semi rare card and the star indicates that the card is rare. Finally, the silver, gold or black star is only present on very rare cards. It is also possible to play with Pokémon cards. The objective is then to win the maximum number of fights after choosing an active Pokémon and drawing reward cards.

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Some Pokémon cards are particularly rare and very difficult to find. They therefore sell for astronomical sums! Here are the top ten most wanted cards in 2021:

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