I have an on-going binder collection of modern english sets (XY-on); however, the current trend of massive print runs, over-saturation of products, and excessive “secret rares” have really left a bad taste in the mouth. There is just little to no value in modern english sets anymore (save a few choice cards), hence I’ve slowly shifted to exclusive Japanese cards.
What i like about this new part of my collection is that most of these cards have a story behind their acquisition. They remind me of my travels and the associated journey in tracking them down; as well as the different people i met along the way.
These were my most recent purchases, at a hole-in-the-wall card shop in Shibuya. Interesting enough, I was aware this shop existed and tried to look for it last September 2018, but I couldn’t find it and just figured it must have closed for good. I only recently found out from a reseller (which I am planning to meet to purchase some cards in person) that the shop is indeed still in business. It took a while to find it, even though I was familiar with the street it was on. It was definitely very easy to miss.
Of the 3, Machamp is the best condition-wise, with just a few minor issues at the back (the japanese old backs make whitening very obvious).
Omaster and Alakazam both have scratches and whitening at the back. Omastar’s holo seems flawless, but Alakazam’s is not (though the scratches are mostly visible under a strong LED light).
Over-all I’m still satisfied with them and for the price i paid, its not bad at all. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to find such old cards in that place, so im happy.