Pokemon TCG continues its general dominance of this chart which it had established early on in 2021 (see "TCG Market Analysis"). It continued to grab up double digits worth of slots on the top 25, and remains the King of the TCG's for August. Evolving Skies was a standout, and it topped the charts two months in a row (see "TCGplayer Top 25 – July"). The Pokemania trend continues, conquering everything in its path from cards to cookies (see "Rolling for Initiative").
The real story of the month is the underperformance of the legacy King of TCGs, Magic: The Gathering. Their highest rank on the August chart was #10 with the Mystery Booster - Booster Box [Convention Edition] (2021), a chaos draft product containing rare playtest cards. D&D Adventures in Forgotten Realms seemed to be a weaker Standard set, progressively losing value since preorder. Draft Boosters for this set first showed up on the May chart, preordering at $148.40 a box. On the August list, the same box of boosters was down to $102.25 representing a 31% drop in value over three months.
A few issues could be contributing to this softening of the sales of Standard sealed product, some of which were put forth in July's analysis article (see "'D&D' 'Magic' Set's Sealed Value Softens"). Sets with more desirable Eternal format and Commander cards, such as the Mystery Boosters and Modern Horizons 2, are continuing to sell months after release. The downward trend in sealed product value is clearly relegated to Standard sets, and is more than likely connected to a few ongoing OP issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.'Release Calendar for 2020/2021"), and Standard sets are getting passed over for Eternal format sets featuring more desirable cards.