We probably already have a thread like this somewhere, but what the hell. What are some bold predictions on what will happen in the Pokemon card hobby in the future? I also think it would be good if we threw in a little bit of explanation, so they aren’t massively far-fetched. Here are some of mine:
Primal Clash booster boxes will be worth more than Flashfire.
Pretty bold, but here's why. Primal Clash has better pulls, better Pokemon, and is less collectible (as of now). In Flashfire, maybe you can score some Charizards, but chances are you'll get a bunch of Magnezones and Toxicroaks and Kangaskhans. Not the best pulls at all. The secret rares are boring, the full arts are uninspiring (except for maybe Lysandre), and the quality is terrible as well. Not to mention everyone has been hoarding Flashfire packs and boxes with the expectation that they'll rise massively in price. Charizard-EX cards have been seriously overprinted in both English and Japanese (7x Flashfire, 1x tin Promo, 1x FA Box promo, 2x Generations, and possibly more reprints in Premium Champion Pack). Flashfire certainly isn't the only source for Zard cards. In contrast, Primal Clash is a much more well-rounded set. The only "low-end" ex cards are Sharpedo and Camerupt. Chances are you're pulling several Groudons or Kyogres in a box. They aren't Charizard, but they're pretty nice. Also, you have a chance at very well-designed full art Megas, something that's not available in Flashfire. Being the first set to introduce these FA Megas also makes Primal Clash more special.
DP-Pt Era Cards and Boxes will become much more valuable.
Just sort of a hunch I have here. These cards were released only a few years after the EX Series (very valuable today), but their values seem to have risen very slowly, if at all. I think people will eventually come on to the Lv. X cards and will appreciate them more. Also, the DPt era was the last to feature a palatable holo pattern. I say booster boxes will be worth 200-250 each in two years.
**XY10 will be the final XY-block set.**We’re seeing the same pattern we saw towards the end of the BW block: a newly introduced mechanic that really isn’t that great (Plasma cards - BREAKs), and reprint sets (Legendary Treasures - Premium Champion Pack). What with everything Pokemon is throwing at us in the coming months, including the reveal of Volcanion and Magearna, I think we’re due for a break from Pokemon TCG sets while Pokemon hypes up a new main-series game. They’re throwing all these new products at us to tide us over until the new game gets released. My prediction is that we’ll get Pokemon Z, but with brand new Pokemon, a new area, etc. So sort of Gen 6.5. The next set block will be titled XYZ.
Let me know your bold predictions!