Behold, my nearly complete National Pokedex collection.
So a couple of things.
Unless the card is English exclusive, the cards you see are all in Japanese, T-Chinese, S-Chinese, Thai, and Indonesian. There are a few outliers like the Krookodile and Blastoise ex (which is a placeholder for the time being), but aside from those two, everything is in languages printed in the JP cardstock.
I have very few empty spots remaining by this point. Its mostly English exclusives and special arts (mostly newer special art releases). Some cards shown are slated to be replaced by better artworks that have come out recently. With the constant flow of special arts, many cards get replaced with those if I prefer them over what I already had. Some of the empty spots have already been addressed through recent purchases, they are just either still in storage or currently on their way to me.
All regional variants are represented. As for other alternate forms, I included them if I felt like it. For example, I included all Lycanroc forms and both Shaymin forms. I didn’t include stuff like all Arceus forms or both Keldeo forms. Didn’t really have any consistent rules I set for myself regarding which forms to include aside from always including regional variants.
You may notice that some starter special arts are missing. This is mostly as a result of me avoiding using starter special arts unless at least one Pokemon from each starter family of a specific generation got a special art. Why am I applying this rule only on starters and nothing else? No clue! Just feels right to me.
Tag Team special arts were only used if the Pokemon featured were right next to each other in the Pokedex or if they were different forms of the same Pokemon. Some exceptions to this rule being Umbreon/Darkrai, Espeon/Deoxys, Naganadel/Guzzlord. For Umbreon and Espeon, its just because the two cards still go together in my opinion. Naganadel I really just didn’t have any better choices so I had to bend my rules regarding tag teams for that mon.
With how many cool arts there are of every Pokemon, I just had to represent them somehow even if they did not make the cut for one reason or another! So I have a “bonus section” for this collection. This features cards that I liked a lot but the Pokemon featured already had a choice I was more satisfied with. The bonus section also just includes my special art collection. Special arts are my favorite kind of cards, so even though I cannot include all the ones I own or purchase in the main collection, they have a place in the bonus section here!
There are occasional cases of Pokemon being somewhat out of Pokedex order. This is pretty much just the case with cards that have connecting artworks. It’ll be apparent where I did this and in these sections there is still some semblance of Pokedex order.
Pokemon as a franchise will keep going until the heat death of the universe. So as long as I collect, this is pretty much a forever updating collection. Even after all empty slots are filled up, there will always be new Pokemon and there will always be new cards. This collection will be seeing fairly frequent updates as a result.
With all that out of the way, here is the collection!