Thought this was an incredibly interesting data point, and also a testament to how quickly Pokemon has ramped up production to deal with scalping/reselling issues. Pokemon sold 9.1 billion cards in FY 2021, up from 3.7 billion cards in FY 2020. For a comparison to the “before times,” FY 2016-2019 saw approximately 1.5-2 billion cards sold per year.
To put this into a bit more perspective, Pokemon produced and sold 21% of all cards ever produced in 2021. That percentage jumps to 26% if you compare the 2021 production to production from 1999-2020. A little over 1/5th of the production of 22 years of the TCG occurred in 2021.
Pretty insane to see such longevity and growth from the hobby. I wish we had more detailed statistics to compare Pokemon now to Pokemon in 1999-2000. Would be very interesting to see which “boom” period was more significant.