TransLink’s limited edition Canada 150 Compass Cards are fetching a steep price online.
The cards, which were released to celebrate Canada’s 150th Year of Confederation, were originally sold for $6 but are now fetching more than 10 times that figure online.
Only 20,000 of the cards were made, which has led some sellers to capitalize on their collectability by posting them on sites like Craigslist, as pieces of Canada 150 memorabilia.
Prices for the Compass Cards, several of which are available online, vary from $40 to 60.
The flurry of ads perhaps marks the start of a trend as limited edition cards become collectible items in their own right.
Earlier this year, TransLink launched a special edition green coloured Compass Card decorated with tree icons to celebrate the opening of the Evergreen extension of the Millennium Line.
Commemorative editions of transit smart cards are common on other major public transit systems – such as the London Underground with its Oyster Card and Hong Kong with its Octopus Card – to acknowledge special occasions and holidays.