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pokekuma’s****japanese cardboard collection
I recently completed several collection goals so I thought it was the right time to finally post a collection thread. I’m not too active on the forums, but I’ve met some great people and I’m excited to display my growing collection. I primarily collect Japanese language cards with the ultimate goal being a binder full of my all time favourites. I think of each page (or set of pages) as a collection goal, and I plan on adding to this thread as I continue to fill pages and meet goals. These are all of my “completed” binder pages so far:
When I first got into the hobby, about a year and a half ago, I decided to start out by collecting one of every Ninetales card in Japanese and English. Ninetales isn’t my favourite pokemon, but I’ve always loved the design and lore associated with it — plus it’s been there since the beginning. However as my collection interests grew, and I got into collecting more and more cards, I decided to abandon my intial goal and instead decided to collect my favourites in Japanese. I recently managed to get a pretty mint copy of a no-rarity Ninetales, and finally managed to complete what I consider my very first goal.
This set of cards is what initially got me into collecting promo cards. I loved the fact that they were all drawn by the same artist (Sumiyoshi Kizuki until 2010, and Naoki Saito since then) and that they all feature Psyduck — one of my favourites — not to mention the history associated with the release and distribution. The set had everything I cared about, and can say is what drove me to be a “serious” collector. The 2004 card is my favourite of the set (I got into the games with gen 3) and is the first card I spent over a £100 for. I’m still looking for a stamped placement card, although the participation one (with the Worlds 04 stamp) will have to do for now. This page is technically complete because it is an ongoing series and I don’t intend on collecting each of the years, just my favourites.
My Favourite Cards of My Favourite Pokemon
I first got into the series because of Pokemon Sapphire version, and continued to play the games pretty actively through Platinum. No surprise that my favourite species, and TCG era, translates to that same time period. These are what I consider my favourite cards (not rarest aha) of my favourite pokemon.
XY5 Scrap Set
This set was distributed in-line with Pokemon ORAS in Japan, and came with a code for in-game items etc. Much like how you get code cards in English packs, each pack of XY5 had one so it was relatively difficult to get a full set. I don’t usually collect cards that aren’t a part of the TCG, but the artwork holds so much nostalgia for me — ORAS got me back into Pokemon in 2014. These are my favourites but I do also own a full set.
Japanese Promos (Trainers)
Japanese promos are what I would consider the main part of my collection. I love the history associated with each of the various releases, and the unique art that often accompanies them. Battle Road promos are especially notable because of how rare some of these cards are, and while sometimes the difference is as simple as the inclusion of a holo pattern, for me the history associated with it more than makes up for it (plus who doesn’t like the cosmos holo pattern?).
Lucky Stadium Promos
Keeping in line with Japanese promos, and trainer cards, these are some of the most underrated promos out there! They were only given out during one summer, and each district got a different artwork of the same card. The set also includes two cards in Japanese that aren’t pictured here, one from a deck and the other one being a TMB prize card.
I’m in the process of completing a binder page for each of my favourite artists. So far I’ve only managed to complete a few but I’m going to refocus and prioritise this goal over the next year. The plan is to also have a binder solely devoted to collecting work from these artists, so I’ll post the majority of that on a seperate thread as and when. For now, here are my favourite cards from my two favourite artists!
This is an onging page, and is the only one that isn’t technically complete. To be fair, I don’t even know when orif I’ll even manage to complete it. I never intended on having exactly nine “grail” cards but it just so happened to work out. I’ve been extremely lucky to even get the opportunity to own some of the cards on this page already. Edit: I’ve decided to no longer keep these cards in the binder given their value, it was great while it lasted though
The 2005 Gold Victory Medal was my first chase card. It’s pops up so rarely, that for a while I didn’t even believe it existed. While I recognise that there are more accesible reprints of the artwork, the Victory Medals were the very first “prize cards” I got into and this being the rarest variant holds a special place for me. I can talk about the other two, but I’m aware how long this post already is so if anyone wants to know feel free to ask!
I’ll continue to add to this thread as I meet my various goals for now thanks for looking, I hope you like my collection!
Edit: I’ve made some changes to these pages since my last post, and so I’ve updated the images where appropriate!