For most kids who collect sports cards, the goal is to have the largest collection in the neighborhood. For sports card experts, and people who have been collecting memorabilia professionally, amassing a large collection isn’t necessarily the goal anymore. Instead, they focus on accumulating a collection that has value.
The world of collectibles was forever changed by the introduction of everyone’s favorite electrified critter. Pikachu, Charmander, and the rest of their colorful group stole the hearts of a generation back in the late ‘90s. But more than that, the franchise’s collectibles ushered in a new, much more expensive era for the waning trading card industry.