I am acra9 and I have been collecting Growlithe cards for a few years now. My initial goal was to get one of every English card and one of every unique artwork, which includes Japanese cards like the Vending Machine series and the McDonalds promo. This initially seemed like a very distant goal but after stalking eBay and making purchases from some Instagram sellers I managed to collect a good 95% of the set very quickly, the only cards I was having trouble with where the Chikorita Deck card which I had only managed to find once in 2 years of searching and the Venusaur Deck card which I had never actually seen other than a single low quality google images picture, other than that it was simply a matter of buying them for as low a price as I could manage.
I’ve always admired single Pokemon collections and @quuador 's Pikachu collection has always been an inspiration for me. Very recently I got in contact with him with a few questions about how he gathered information for his extensive checklists and rather than being pointed in the right direction as I expected in a few hours he had compiled a complete list of Growlithe cards in all languages himself! I can’t thank him enough for that and because of his help I am now able to begin the long journey of expanding my collection into all corners of the globe!
Other than Growlithe I am starting a collection of Psyduck cards too, I only have a few of those so far so I won’t post any pictures of those until I have some more. In terms of more “standard” collections I am going for a full Wizards of the Coast collection though I am taking that VERY slowly as most holo cards are much more expensive than I would like, though I have completed Team Rocket at this point in time even though a lot of the holo cards are in pretty bad shape.
For now that is pretty much all I have to say. I have cards coming in the post very soon (some thanks to @quuador ) so I will be sure to keep this thread up-to-date with my collection as it grows. I also have quite a few non TCG things in my Pokemon collection like toys and plushes so I will be sure to show those off as time goes by. For now I’ll leave you with my current English/Japanese Growlithe binder and show you how it looks now before it gets moved into a much larger 9x9 binder in the near future.
My Growlithe and Psyduck spreadsheets (constantly updated)
My WotC speadsheets, as well as other side collections (rarely updated, needs a lot of formatting too)
P.S. I also post on Instagram if anybody is interested, I do openings as well as collection updates on there.