The first cards for Ravensburger's new collectible card game, Disney Lorcana, were unveiled at Disney D23 less than two weeks ago. Now fans who saw it are rushing to auction those seven cards. No one knows how the game is played, since the rules haven't been released yet. Nonetheless, the first few bids for Lorcana are already exceeding $2,000.
During the epidemic, speculation in the trading card market reached new highs. First came a sudden interest in the Pokemon Trading Card Game, leading many to seek for older models to sell for quick cash. In 2020, Rapper Logic paid more than $180,000 for a vintage Charizard. The momentum kept building, including serious incidents of fraud. Recall when YouTuber Logan Paul showed up in 2021 with $375,000 to buy a sealed box of Pokemon boosters. It was instead filled with garbage.
The Pokemon Company printed more than nine billion cards in 2021, surpassing the number published at any time in its 35-year history. Hasbro, the parent company, also disclosed that Magic generates about $1 billion in annual tabletop income.
It's no wonder that eBay has taken notice. The online auction house has added new tools for grading and storing costly cards for its customers. It also recently purchased one of its biggest competitors, TCGPlayer, for $295 million.
CCGs new and old are making a splash in the hobby store, thanks to a crowdfunding campaign that has raised more than $700,000 so far on Gamefound. Project NISEI, the fan-made successor to the popular Android: Netrunner card game, is continuing to expand.
Everyone has heard of the board game renaissance, a two-decades-long period of innovation and success that has completely transformed the hobby game landscape. Were also currently in the midst of an exciting time for tabletop role-playing games, with Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition enticed more people than ever before to try their hand at TTRPGs. I think this is a great opportunity to look at the marketplace five years from now.
Magic and Pokemon are likely to remain around. But will Mickey Mouse cards still be selling for $220 apiece? It all really depends on whether or not the game itself is any good. More on that in 2023.