It’s hard to put a price on it … but I would say my collection costs about a quarter of a million dollars.
Dani Sanchez, known to his fans as SuperDuperDani, shows me two first Charizard cards. He is a Pokémon YouTuber in Los Angeles, and every week thousands of people watch him without having several boxes of these different collections.
For thousands of years, the first Pokémon craze of the 90s and early 2000s is part of their youth. Pictures of these Japanese anime insects were sold to schools around the world, and what began as a video game ended with movies, Fun Foods, and grain boxes.
For Dan, childhood passion for Pokémon turned into 15 years of collecting passion, and it eventually became a career. Pokémon cards have seen an increase in interest rates that has not been seen in the last 18 months, he said.
Vintage cards have gone up in price. A closed box of Pokémon cards from the early 2000s or late 90s sold for about $ 100. [This same box will cost] $ 20,000, $ 30,000 or $ 50,000 (£ 35,000) today. It’s crazy.
Like other recreational activities at home, when the demand for Pokémon cards with coronavirus increased high But Dan says the epidemic is not the only reason why these collected items have returned.
Celebrities [have been] involved in it. Logic bought a Pokémon card, Logan Paul entered, Shawn Mendes, Steve Aoki. But there is another side: the financial angle. There is a whole group of people out there pressuring the market in the hope of making a profit over time, he says and they have an advantage. The eBay retailer says the sale of Pokémon cards in the United States shot 574% between 2019 and 2020.
In the same year, football card trading grew by an astonishing 1,586%.
Of all card types, sales in Europe have doubled, and in the UK they have tripled.
The most valuable cards are sold for hundreds of thousands of pounds. But portable cards have a new competition for the hearts of collectors.
NFTs, or invisible tokens, digital tokens – you can think of them as certificates of intangible or tangible assets.
Usually, in video, image, or gif, NFT identity can be tracked and verified.
In the world of sports memory, NFT may be prominent.
For example, in the US, the outstanding basketball points made by NFTs known as Moments are NBA Top Shot, a joint venture between the National Basketball Association, the NBA Players Association, and Dapper Labs.
If you want to see Zion Williamson make a hard hit, you can understand on YouTube.
But if you want to have one of his games, in a way that no one else can, the league can just sell you tens of thousands of dollars.
Jesse Schwarz, founder of FrontPage, set a Top Shot record while spending $ 208,000 on a LeBron James dunk. He says the fact that people can watch or copy his NFT does not bother him. In fact, he is glad to be there.
Everyone knows there is one Mona Lisa. You can print a picture of it, someone can draw a false picture of you. But there is only one, he says.
When people use the Mona Lisa, whether it’s a meme or postcard, that simply increases the [original] value because it makes the image known. It’s the same thing here. The more people who watch this the better they shine. Everyone can see that this is mine, said Jesse.
While the numbers of some NFTs have increased, they should not be treated as an investment, according to Dr. William Quinn, a finance lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast, and co-author of Boom And Bust: A Global History of Financial Bubbles.
As an investment there is nothing that is most attractive to them, other than this, the belief that you can sell yourself to someone else at a higher price – which is the most important thing, he said.
NBA Top Shot is not the only company investing in sports NFTs.
In addition to their value as assets, these cards can be used as part of a game. Sorare has established a football league, where owners compete for prizes.
Grant Anderson, nicknamed Hibee, found the idea so appealing that he decided to start The Sorare Podcast, and now works as a UK ambassador for the company. He has fond memories of trading soccer cards at a young age but says the public collection side was lost along the way.
I don’t think that’s really there in the world of eBay trading. You spend a few hundred dollars and send a brown envelope [of cards].
And he’s not the only fan involved.
Over the course of a year, sales of Sorare collections have risen from $ 50,000 a month to $ 6.5m.
Sora’s head, Nicolas Julia, says the sky is the limit for NFTs. But that does not mean that traditional cards will die out completely.
They will work together. Some people appreciate having something tangible. But at the same time, there is a great need for something digital, rare, and secure and, says Nicolas,
Hibee will never go back. For him, the social and playful properties of digital collections are a major improvement over traditional cards.
But experts from eBay reckon 2021 will have another great year of bodybuilding. They have also said that anticipating regular times can increase the price of extraordinary tickets by more than six figures.
As for Dani Sanchez, he will be sticking to his body cards.