Pokémon renaissance rush is on the cards
IF YOU or your kids grew up in the '90s, you'll remember the pain and joy of trading Pokémon cards.
Much like that experience, Sunshine Coasters are both shattered and excited by Pokémon re-releasing the original set of cards for its 20th anniversary.
While most collections have been discarded or banished to the attic, for some they're so much more than that.
Buderim resident Nick Arden spent much of his childhood collecting all 150 Pokémon and keeping them in mint condition. He said: "I remember watching the show and playing Pokémon Red on my Gameboy.
"I totally get it why it was so big. I was frothing thinking I could be a part of the Pokémon world and own my own Pokémon."
But with top cards like Charizard fetching up to $300 on eBay, Nick was holding on to find the right buyer.
"I was hoping to cash in and get a bit of coin for them. I was basing my retirement on these cards, I'd be gutted if the price dropped."
But Nick may be in luck, according to Epic Diem Nerd Culture Expo organiser Jas
on Adams, who buys and sells Pokémon cards.
"(The re-released cards) will drop the value of the original cards by about 25% initially because the supply increases, but the demand stays the same," he said.
"You'll find that after that initial release, the originals will go back to normal price or even spike when they discontinue the new stock."
Jason had a few tips for buying and selling Pokémon.
"A bent card is an absolute no-no," he said. "Frayed edges devalue cards the most. When people put them in and out of slips, the corners will be the first thing to go.
"Scratches are something to look for but they're old so buyers expect minor scratches. I wouldn't pay more than $50 for a Charizard but it depends on the buyer."