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The collector audience and the player audience for the Pokémon TCG are usually like two ships passing in the night. But they've come together around this version of Boltund V: collectors want to sell the free promos they got with product-hover id="230388", and players want four copies for their Pikarom decks.
This sparkly promo is actually two dollars cheaper than the Boltund V (swsh2-67) from Rebel Clash, thanks to its more recent printing and the way it's being distributed. If you're planning to play an Electric-type deck in the near future, now's a good time to pick these up.
Card price fluctuations mean a lot less when the card in question is under $2. Even so, the price history of Crushing Hammer tells a dramatic story:
After spending most of 2020 as a $0.20 card, Crushing Hammer started spiking in October, reaching an average sell price of $2.64 on April 3, 2021. As I write, its Market Price is $1.34, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's $0.50 higher or lower by the time you're reading this.
While the October spike coincides with the Logan Paul Effect, I'm much more inclined to attribute this climb to tentative hopes for a return to in-person play. I don't envy anyone who has to set a price on a competitive staple during this strange limbo between lockdown and normality. Especially with a card that The Pokémon Company International could reprint at any moment.
Until demand for competitive cards stabilizes, Crushing Hammer is going to keep rising and falling like a kid on a tilt-a-whirl.
This promo from the product-hover id="230391" hit a new low this week, with an average price sold on May 22nd of $4.11.
That follows the gradual downward trend of the normal Shining Fates reprint, which we'll see later. With every week, collectors are opening more Shining Fates products, and singles from the set keep losing value. Even Charizard VMAX (swsh45sv-SV107) hit a new low this week:
If you're hoping to make a profit on anything from Shining Fates, now is not the time to sell.
Our only Battle Styles card in the Top 10, Rapid Strike Urshifu V has shown sustained organic demand from the competitive crowd. With more Rapid Strike (and Single Strike) cards on the way in Chilling Reign, the Rapid Strike deck is only going to become more powerful.
This card's price has started to tick up, so if you're interested in the Rapid Strike deck, I would buy in now before it gets any higher.
Despite the news that it's going to rotate out of Standard in September, Dedenne-GX has continued to creep up in price since its low point in late January. The Pokémon Company is highly unlikely to reprint it in the next four months, so rotation is the only factor that could lower its price.
Will there be an inflection point, when the price drops because competitive players stop buying and start selling? I'm not sure. Dedenne-GX is strong enough for Extended, and increased interest in Pokémon cards could be bringing in players who weren't around when the product-hover id="214360" went on sale. If you're hoping to sell your copies, I'd recommend a little patience. I don't think it's done climbing.
Dangit. Every time I say the Amazing Rares have hit their floor, they prove me wrong.
Reshiram is currently selling for just under $3. That's good news for everyone who's buying their copies now (a significant number of people!) but bad news for everyone who bought their copies in February, March, or April.
There was a tiny buyout of this promo card a week ago, after which the price dipped. I can't mock whoever bought all those copies, however, since history has shown that even over-printed promos can be worth big money over a long enough time frame.
I've never seen a promo card from a sealed product hit its floor and then start to rebound within just two months of its release. Until now:
Those big green bars are all organic demand, not buyouts.
The secret here is that unlike most other promos from a sealed product, this is the first printing we've gotten of Galarian Rapidash V. Its Libra Horn ability can target any Pokémon in play, setting that Pokémon up for a KO from Victini VMAX (swsh5-22) Max Victory attack.
Koichi Kumera came in second at a 235-player event on Sunday using this new tech, so the secret is officially out. If you're in the market for Battle Styles boosters, do yourself a favor and get the product-hover id="233359". Until this card sees another printing, that box will be the only way to get copies of this pretty pony.
Crobat V is a competitive staple, but its price still fell off a cliff in late April as players opened more and more boxes of Shining Fates.
With so much supply, it's a buyer's market.
Our top-selling card is yet another victim of Shining Fates' success. Organic demand for this Amazing Rare has arguably never been higher, but the sheer quantity of Shining Fates cards available means that Kyogre hit its all-time low on May 20th, with an average sale price of $2.77. At that price, you're not even close to making your money back when you open one in a $7.75 booster.
product-hover id="232636" were our #2 best-selling Pokémon product overall this week, so there's reason to think Kyogre will drop even further. If you want one, there's no rush—it'll be cheap for a long time yet.