This week's Top 10 looks quite different from last week's, but not because there's been much change in the market as a whole. Instead, a bunch of high-seller from previous weeks have hit the big time again, and other favorites like Boss's Orders (Giovanni) (swsh2-154) dropped back under the $1 threshold.
Let's take a look.
We haven't seen Vivid Voltage Charizard on the Top 10 list since February, I checked the sales data to see whether something happened this week.
There was a dip in demand after the first week of April so the price started slipping, but it picked back up on the 18th so Charizard crept back to over $4 a copy. That last sales spike on the 20th is a mini-buyout, with a high number of copies sold and a low number of unique buyers, though it's nothing like the spikes you can see in January and February.
I can't imagine the market being this sensitive to any card that doesn't have Charizard on it. For comparison, here's the price history for Drednaw (swsh4-39).
Like Charizard, Drednaw is a rare from Vivid Voltage that came in a preconstructed theme deck. But it costs a fraction as much as Charizard, hasn't seen any buyouts, and product-hover id="221751" is half the price product-hover id="221750". Competitive potential matters a teensy bit, but I'm inclined to chalk up the 10x+ price difference between Drednaw and Charizard to nostalgia. It's cool to see such a clear demonstration of that force at work here, since other factors like rarity and availability are controlled for in this instance.
Jirachi is normally a $1 card, but on April 12th, some lucky reseller managed to score a ton of copies for an average of $0.22 each.
This was a smart move in a vacuum, but yesterday The Pokémon Company announced that Standard rotation will go ahead as normal this year, despite the pandemic interrupting in-person play. That means Jirachi isn't going to be Standard-legal come September 10th.
The news hasn't impacted its price yet, so if I were this mystery buyer, I'd sell off my copies before the card becomes irrelevant. Actually, that might have been what whoever listed these cards for $0.22 on the 12th was trying to do.
The Amazing Rare cards have done nothing but lose value since the start of the year, but it looks like they may have finally hit their floor. Kyogre (swsh45-21) has spent the last 10 days fluctuating between $4.50 and $6.00, and I'm not sure how much lower a card can go when the pull rate for its rarity is just 5%. Especially since that card is popular enough to land on our Top 10 sellers for multiple weeks, and all of its demand looks organic.
Crobat V (swsh45-44) has actually lost a little value since its buyout last week, but organic demand for this competitive staple has been strong enough to keep it among the top 10 best-sellers for the... 7th week in a row? 8th if you count the week we took off.
Players really love drawing cards.
The price history doesn't show any major activity for Alcremie VMAX (swsh45-73) this past week, so I'm not sure why it's rejoining our Top 10 list for the first time since March.
No spikes, no buyouts. Just a steady stream of cake-loving Trainers. Weird.
No confusion here though. This is another mini-buyout, likely prompted by hopes that Orbeetle VMAX (swsh4-21) will be competitive at some point during its time in Standard. It's been close a few times, but maybe its luck will turn around once rotation hits in September.
Scoop Up Net remains a strong Item card that hasn't been reprinted since Rebel Clash. After peaking at $2 on April 14th it's back down to $1.60, but that's still a ways away from the $0.80 it was averaging in the first two months of 2021. If we don't get a reprint this year it could keep climbing.
One of these comes guaranteed in every product-hover id="228821". Those are currently $85 each though, so frugal collectors pick up Eevee VMAX on the secondary market instead.
This was just another week for Dedenne-GX, a long-time competitive staple. It's set to rotate out of Standard on September 10th, but so far that news hasn't put a dent in its price, or its demand.
We've saved the biggest buyout for last.
That's two massive orders by a miniscule number of buyers on the 16th and 18th. If their goal is to resell all those cards for a profit, I can't say I agree with their plan.
First of all, Meowth VMAX (swshp-SWSH005) isn't rare enough—everyone who bought a product-hover id="205464" got one. That's a ton of copies out in the wild that you'd have to buy up in order to make them feel scarce.
Second, the demand just isn't there. See those green spikes in January and February? They're all buyouts too, just on a smaller scale. That lull in March is a better indication of how many people want to own Meowth VMAX. We don't share exact sales numbers, but trust me when I say the demand is as small as this graph makes it look.
Yes, Meowth is a Gen I Pokémon and those tend to hold move value over time. But when most millennials hear "Meowth," they think of this guy:
Team Rocket's Meowth is a funny cat, but he's never been adorable like Pikachu or cool like Charizard. Meowth VMAX (swshp-SWSH005) is barely a $3 card right now, and I think it'll be a long time before it's worth much more than that.