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I have been loving the great threads I have been seeing lately. I’d like to share mine over time as well.
I’m gonna launch this with a sentimental one that got me back in the hobby almost 10 years ago. I just got it back after realizing I needed to preserve it and its memory forever.
8 years ago it was that special time for me, like many of us, to relive a significant nostalgic experience of my childhood. I went out and got a base booster box for what is now unfathomably cheap and surprised my friend with it, and asked him if he wanted to open it with me. Naturally he said yes, and we did, giddy like I hadn’t been in a long time. I opened it up meticulously, preserving even the shrink, and pulled one single Venusaur pack and laid it aside to never open it again–I still have that now. We sat there that afternoon and opened the remaining 35 packs, laughing and trippin’ all the way through.
I got great pulls (all of which, the holos, are at PSA getting slabbed as well, after all these years of sleeping in the binder). By the last single pack I hadn’t gotten the Charizard, but I wasn’t about that. I had had a phenomenal time. The last pack was Charizard artwork. I was truly content at that moment with everything that had transpired. I looked at my buddy and said, “no matter what is in this last pack, I’m happy”. Then I tore it open, put the rare neatly upside down on my bed. We relished that last pack’s contents, taking our time with every masterful base set card, even though we had seen all in almost every pack before. It was over, and I picked up the last card, gave him one last glance, and turned it around. It was Charizard. A truly magic moment, unlike anything I had ever experienced. Surrealism. I, in my superstitious, celebratory way, not wanting to upset the balance of the universe, cleared us out of the room impetuously, almost as if to let the Zard have the room to itself for an instant, while screaming the whole time. We went back in and he was still there. This is the Charizard that I finally sent in to be slabbed, and just got back. And beside it lay the pack wrapper from which it came.
There’s a lot more to show, and a lot more to come. Many of the members here have influenced me in my recent pickups. Love seeing your guys’ collection and love for Pokemon.