It’s the most iconic card of the hobby (IMO) and I can’t find them in ungraded, near mint/ mint condition anymore. Prices seem to follow the same trend as many other WOTC set cards. Not really suprised by the price movement to be honest.
@john what part needs elaborating? My take on it was laid out and I gave multiple reasons why I thought it to be true (and even stated I may be wrong).
Perhaps Charizard will prove immune to it, but I will restate. IMO set cards of high pop and moderately high value will likely be the first to see a retrace/correction/drop in price if/when this recession/depression/COVID correction worsens or lengthens. Likelt 9’s moreso than 10’s. If I lost my job, had little savings, and had some sparkly cardboard that could quickly turn into groceries, rent, mortgage payment, gas in my tank, or any other various necessities I most certainly wouldn’t sacrifice quality of life to keep them. Especially given that literally 95%+ owners of this card (and most cards) are sitting in a position of profit on whatever their cost basis was (due to being at all time highs for nearly everything).