Well I took 30 minutes out of my day to read every word you wrote down and admire every image in detail. Best decision today.
First off, your scans are gorgeous and the cards really pop as they should! Second, as a fellow artist enjoyer I very much appreciate your way of organizing and also your fabulous text dedicated to each artist.
Man, every time I scroll through e-Series I’m floored every single time anew. It’s crazy. And I seemingly always find at least one amazing vard I have seem to missed completely before (this time it was Arita’s Pineco. Super nice!!).
E-Series is really hard to beat… I love me my dear Vending and Jungle/Fossil/Rocket (and those will always be the foundation of what came after!), but it’s hard not to admit that Pokemon did improve some things even more during 2001-2003 (and you could very well argue that they’ve carried the spirit far into the ex era as well).
Aside from the obvious GOATS you thoroughly discussed in your post (man, Himeno was really insane during that time!), I love that you also took the time to highlight the (very) small artists, that oddly never really got a foot in the door, despite being SPECTACULARILY good at their craft. Matoba, why did you leave us so suddenly after dropping these insane bangers Bulbasaur and Cyndaquil???
Also you further cemented in my brain that I HAVE TO start seriously collecting Himeno and Kimura cards.
Friggin ridiculously good post, sir.