The first cards for Disney Lorcanaa new collectible card game from Ravensburgerwas announced at Disney D23 less than two weeks ago. Now fans who attended that event are rushing to put those seven cards up for auction. The problem is, no one knows how the game is played, because the rules are yet to be released. However, the bid for the first few cards is has exceeded 2,000 dollars. It is clear proof that Lorcana are off to a great start and an even bigger sign of an upcoming surge in new CCGs.
Speculation in the trading card market is nothing new, but it has reached new heights during the pandemic. The first time suddenly interested in Pokémon Trading Card Gamecausing many people to look for older collectibles that they can sell for a quick buck. Rapper Logic blinks first, coughs over $180,000 in 2020 for a classic Charizard. Momentum continues to build, including major fraud incidents. Recall when YouTuber Logan Paul showed up in 2021 with $375,000 to buy a sealed box of Pokemon boosters. Turn out to be full of trash instead of.
The games themselves benefit from these high-profile, big-money breakdowns. New Pokémon very popular card – and very limited quantity – for a while Target refuses to sell them, citing security concerns. Therefore, the Pokémon Company printed more than nine billion cards by 2021, flooded the market to meet consumer demand. Meanwhile, Wizards of the Coast published more new card sets than at any other time in its 35-year history. Its parent company, Hasbro, also revealed that Magic generates the majority of that business unit’s revenue almost $1 billion in annual revenue on tablets.
With so many new and sought-after cards on the market, it’s no wonder eBay has taken notice. Online Auction House added new resources for Mark and keep expensive card for its customers. It’s also recent bought one of its biggest competitors, TCGPlayer, for $295 million.
However, established tech companies and decades-old card game publishers aren’t the only ones getting in on the action. New and old CCGs enter the market every month. KeyForgeThe unique deck game first published by Fantasy Flight Games in 2018, is returning to hobby stores thanks to its crowdfunding campaign. over $700,000 to date on Gamefound. SolForge Fusion, an emerging card game with crowdfunding, is also making a big splash with its marketing. Fans of the existing Dicebreaker tabletop news site a free starter when they sign up for a paid membership. Meanwhile Project NISEIfan-made successor to Android: Netrunner card game, keep adding new players with brand new decks of cards.
By now everyone has heard of the “board game renaissance,” an intense two-decade period of innovation and success that has radically changed the hobby game landscape. Likewise, we’re currently in the midst of an exciting time for tabletop role-playing games, with Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition pushing more people than ever to try TTRPG. I think we are absolutely on the cusp of another major revolution in the CCG world right now. It will be interesting to see what the market looks like in 5 years, maybe 10 years.
The odds are that people are steadfast like Magic and Pokémon will still be around. But will Mickey Mouse cards still be sold for $220 per person? It all really depends on whether the game itself is good or not. We’ll know more in 2023. Until then, speculation is really all we have to go on.