3 Principles I Used to Build a $100K Pokemon Card Collection

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1. Rarity

Picasso’s masterpieces sold for nearly $110 million about a month ago at the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas. Surely people didn’t like his paintings so much they were willing to pay an 8-figure sum for it? And if so, many artists would be able to recreate his paintings for a fraction of that money.

2. Popularity

You may now start to wonder whether any collectible with a limited number of copies can expect to yield Picasso-themed returns. Unfortunately, the short answer is no.

3. Historical trends

Imagine for a moment that, when you wake up tomorrow, Picasso’s paintings would have significantly increased in value. The community of painting collectors started to notice the Picasso paintings were undervalued relative to similar pieces, and word got around quickly.



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Adam Rybko

Adam Rybko


MSc Development Economics @ LSE. I’m a high-achieving graduate student who writes about productivity, university admissions, and financially smart collecting.