The most prized trading card in Kelsey Robinson's collection is a LeBron James rookie card that she purchased with her partner for $3000.
For those not in the trading card world, it may seem like a high price for what is essentially a piece of cardboard, but in July this year a different LeBron James basketball card sold for the milestone price of $US1.845 million ($A2.63 million).
Robinson's card is looking a bit more like a bargain now, isn't it?
The trading card enthusiast says part of the reason a trading card can be sold for record-breaking prices this year is the increasing interest in the hobby.
"Due to COVID people are rediscovering it," Robinson says.
"It's a childhood hobby that people have rediscovered this year because they've had more time on their hands or they've been looking at the internet more or they found their 20-year-old binder in the shed.
"This year, in particular, across the world there has been a huge boom for trading cards. Prices have jumped up, demand has soared, and it's been harder to get products."
Robinson said collecting trading cards was a childhood hobby, and that she loved going down to the local shop to purchase Stargate SG1 cards, filled with anticipation of what she would find in the sealed packages.
When she met her partner Walter - who is a big basketball fan - the pair combined their two passions, starting to collect and trade basketball cards under the brand Card Couple.
When the couple moved to Canberra earlier this year one of the first things they did was determine how strong the trading card community was.
"There's quite a strong interest, a strong passion. It might be small, but it has a lot of gusto behind it. That's sort of what inspired this event," Robinson says.
On December 5, trading card fans will take over Duntroon Scouts Hall to sell, buy, swap or even just showcase their collection.
"It's all about fostering the community of trading cards which I know sounds quite peculiar but it's such a beautiful supportive hobby," Robinson says.
"There's something so special about having that personal interaction. Actually being able to browse physically through cards, swapping stories, banter, all that kind of thing. That's what it's supposed to be about."
And it's not just for sport card fans. The event is open to all cards which can include Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh and different TV shows and movies.
"In the modern era they've amped up the interest in trading cards because of how many different trading cards and specificities there are," Robinson says.
"I think it's good because I've met collectors who like collecting a broad range of things, some collectors just only collect one player, for example, of basketball.
"Some people like to invest so hope that trading card or box that they've purchased will appreciate in value so they can sell it for a profit. Some people just like looking at them or collecting the shiny ones."
The Trading Card Fair is on Saturday, December 5, from 10am to 2pm at Duntroon Scout. Entry is $2 or free for those younger than 12.