Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Launching Prices for Garbage Pail Kids Cards

garbage pail kids cards

The original Nintendo NES launched in 1985. That same year, Garbage Pail Kids launched too.

I was allowed to buy an NES, but Garbage Pail Cards were not allowed. I only got to see them at my friends' houses. Now that I'm an adult I can buy as many GPK cards as I want (and I can have Oreo's for breakfast).

PriceCharting has launched a price guide for GPK cards so I know how much to pay for my forbidden childhood memories.

Who else wasn't allowed to buy GPK cards as a kid? And who still has their childhood collection? Let me know in the comments below.


Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Update To How New Prices Are Calculated for Some Video Games

We've improved our pricing for retro video games in new/sealed condition.

We've been tracking video game prices since 2006 so we have a lot of data. For some retro games the most recent new sale might be 4-5 years old because they are rare. During this time game prices have increased a lot. If we base our values on sales from 4+ years ago, then our values will be inaccurate.

Starting last week, if the sealed condition sale is more than one year old we will look to see if the CIB price for that same game has changed and adjust our estimate of the sealed price to take that into account. CIB condition is much more common with video games so there is much more sales activity to use for our estimate AND the relationship between CIB and New prices is very stable for games on a specific console.

Any valuation for a brand new retro game is an estimate though because the exact condition for each item greatly impacts the value. For example, a water damaged sealed game is worth much less than a crisp, perfect seal. And there are many levels of variation in between. Our new value estimates are not based on actual brand new sales, but they are much more accurate than our old sealed prices and give collector's a much more accurate view of what their games are worth.

This change impacts about 20% of NES, SNES, and N64 games.

Let me know if you have any questions about this change.

Monday, December 27, 2021

6 Charts Comparing Christmas Day for Video Game, Pokemon Card & Sports Card Collectors

On Christmas morning a large percentage of the United States wakes up and opens Christmas presents. For collectors that usually means Santa (spoiler alert: some loved one), bought them something for their collection. A new video game, fresh pokemon card packs, or the latest sports card hobby box, etc.

Is Christmas Day the exact same for each one of these collector groups though?

PriceCharting.com and our sister site, SportsCardsPro.com, are the #1 trafficed price guides/collection trackers for video games, pokemon cards, and sports cards. We can look at the user traffic to see how Christmas Day differs for each type of collector.

All times and charts below are in Pacific Time Zone.


Spike in Traffic on Christmas Morning


Every collector young and old is eager to open their presents to see what they got. The first thing most collectors will do is open the presents.

Soon after the last wrapping paper has been torn and the Christmas tree is barren, everyone asks themselves "Now what?". The answer for card collectors is very different than the answer for gamers.

There is a huge Christmas Day spike in traffic for Pokemon and sports card users. Pokemon traffic is up 152% on Christmas morning vs the previous Saturday. Sports card users are up 85%.
Pokemon Cards: +152% at Peak on Christmas vs Previous Saturday


Sports Cards: +85% at Peak on Christmas vs Previous Saturday


Card collectors open their new packs and see what see they got. Many of them then rush to PriceCharting or SportsCardsPro to find the value of their new cards.

How much is that full art Charizard GX card worth? Is my new Tom Brady blue rainbow tiger stripe prizm worth anything?

Gamers on the other hand, start playing their games.

There is a small spike in traffic in the morning, but the rest of the day is actually less traffic than a typical Saturday. The Christmas Day peak, at 11am for gamers, is actually 3% below the previous Saturday.
Video Games: -3% at Peak on Christmas vs Previous Saturday



Surprise, Kids Wake Up Earlier Than Adults


The peak in traffic for each type of collectible is different too.

Kids are notorious for waking their parents up early to open presents. I don't have survey data to prove it, but I'm very confident the average present opening time is earlier for households with kids than households without kids.

The average pokemon card collector is younger than the average retro gamer (video game collecting focuses on retro while Pokemon and sports cards focus on new releases). Sports cards is a mix because there are lots of kids into sports cards, but lots of adult card collectors too.

For Pokemon cards the peak in user traffic is 9am. For sports cards it's 10am. And for gamers it is 11am.

This matches up with the ages. Pokemon card collectors are checking their card prices sooner than the average sports card collector, who checks earlier than the average gamer.


Christmas Traffic Declines As Day Continues, But Not the Same Amount


After the peak in traffic, users decline for all collector types.

Pokemon shows a very steady decline with traffic down every hour from the peak. From 9am to 6pm, traffic declined 38%. Still much higher than the previous Saturday but a steady decline as people move onto other Christmas Day activities unrelated to card collecting.

Pokemon Card Users: -38% From Peak to 6pm


Mean while, sports cards have a much smaller decline in traffic and actually increase during some hours of the day instead of a slow and steady decline like Pokemon.

Sports Card Users: -14% From Peak to 6pm


What explains the difference? NBA and NFL games on Christmas Day.

It is really popular for sports fans to check card prices during games. They might buy a card for a player having a great game. Or sell a card for the rookie who got benched. On a typical day, the peak in traffic on SportsCardsPro is during the evening games.

Both the NFL and NBA have nationally televised games scheduled on Christmas Day. The NBA has five games starting at 9am with the Hawks vs Knicks and finishing with the Mavericks vs Jazz ending around 9:30pm. The NFL has two games, a 1:30pm kickoff and a 5:15 kickoff (ending a little after 8pm).

The chart below overlays the game start and end times with the traffic data.

Sports Card Traffic With NBA and NFL Games Overlayed


You can see traffic hold relatively steady while the NBA and NFL games are both being played (1:30-8pm). Then traffic starts declining in the last hour with only one NBA game. Followed by a steep decline after that last game ends.


Summary of Christmas Day for the Average Collector


Gamer: Slower start to unpacking then add some new games to their collection. Then start playing them. Traffic is very similar to the average day.

Pokemon Card Collector: Open new packs early in the day and check the prices on their new cards. Quickly move onto other Christmas activities.

Sports Card Collector: Open new packs in mid morning. Check the prices on those cards. Then start watching pro sports on TV and check card prices until the games end.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Dark Theme on PriceCharting

We've added a dark theme option on PriceCharting. You toggle it on or off from the "My Account" or "Create Account" drop downs in the upper right corner of every page.

For logged in users it will look like this:


Dark Theme Is Off. Check to Turn On.



Dark Theme Is On. Uncheck to Turn Off.


For logged out users it will look like this.


The preference is stored on your device instead of your account because users have different preferences on different devices. Maybe you prefer light theme on your desktop during the day, but like dark theme while you shop for games in bed in the middle of the night.

Once you set the preference it will be persist across all your visits until you change it.

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