Hello all,

Nice to meet all of you. After seeing everyone’s awesome collection thread, I have decided to create my own Collection Vault thread as well. This thread would act like some sort of a journal for my small collection of cards. Just some background of my collection quirks:

  1. I collect both older and modern cards. However, given the recent price hike for older cards, I am leaning more to acquiring modern cards at the moment.
  2. My collection is mainly stored in Ultra Pro binders or toploaders. I have very few cards in PSA slabs (probably only some gold stars/shinings/crystals). Being that I am based outside the US, it is quite difficult (at least for me) to get cards graded. Also, I love to flip through my binders and physically touch my cards occasionally :stuck_out_tongue:
  3. For older sets, I try to collect them in English and Japanese. For modern cards, I collect across the various languages available, but the main bulk of my modern collection at the moment is English and the Asian languages (Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Indonesian and Thai). The other languages (German, French, Italian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese) are a bit difficult for me to track down due to geographical and cost barrier.

I will update this thread with more pictures in the coming days once I’m more familiar on the process to upload photos :stuck_out_tongue:

Thanks for reading and have a great day.


Collection Parameter:

  1. Rare holos and rares from English Base Set (unlimited version)
  • 16 rare holos
  • 6 rares
  1. Rare holos from Japanese Base Set/Expansion Pack
  • 16 rare holos

Collection Gallery:

  1. English Base Set

  2. Japanese Base Set/Expansion Pack

Memory Capsule:
The Base Set is by far the most popular set among collectors. My collection is just a simple one with no graded cards and given the surge in price, I don’t think I can afford them anyway. For me, the English set represents a piece of my childhood nostalgia. I remembered there was a lot of buzz among my schoolmates in the late 90s/early 2000s about these fancy Pokemon cards and the cool, wealthier kids bringing them to school.

From a nostalgia standpoint, I have a special affinity to two particular cards:

  1. Blastoise

    I remembered owning a Blastoise card during my childhood and it was one of my treasured card. Being an idiot, I traded this card with my friend for a 1st ed. Machamp because somehow 1st ed. Machamp is “rarer”. Looking back as an adult, that was pretty dumb of me, lol.

Unfortunately, I misplaced the Machamp (and I don’t think my friend has that Blastoise anymore as he no longer actively collects cards). This memory has always been at the back of my mind and when I got back into Pokemon in early 2017, this card is one of my priority.

  1. Zapdos

    Zapdos is also one of the cards I have during childhood. Fortunately for me, I still have it at my parent’s place, albeit it is in heavy play condition as I was not aware of sleeves in the past. As a kid, I always feel pretty cool owning this card as it’s damage output is one of the highest at that time :stuck_out_tongue: The card in the picture is a copy that I bought after I got back into Pokemon.

I do have to say in terms of art, I love the Gyarados art. It exudes a certain cool factor for me.


Collection Parameter:
Korean Detective Pikachu

  • 21 non-holofoil (C/U rarity)
  • 21 Mirror holofoil (C/U rarity)
  • 3 GX (RR rarity) x 2 copies [1 duplicate for my binder]
  • 3 promos
  • 1 sealed Detective Pikachu movie pack

**Collection Gallery:**Non-holofoil

Mirror Holofoil


Memory Capsule:
This is quite a fun and budget friendly mini set to collect. I remember opening two Korean booster boxes and managed to get almost all set cards except for 1-3 cards. The second box was opened purely because I thought the Detective Yoshida card was in the Korean release but it was not.

For the promo cards, probably the most difficult card for me to acquire is the Korean Detective Pikachu (143/SM-P) card. It was given out in a sealed pack during the release of Detective Pikachu movie in Korean cinema.

In case anyone is interested with further info for the Korean Detective Pikachu movie pack, you can use google translate to read the following links (these links are not affiliated to me, therefore I don’t guarantee the accuracy of the information):


Hi @shadowcardcollector, welcome to the Efour forum. Good to see you here as well. :blush: And great collection thread thus far. I like the Korean Detective cards especially. Isn’t there also a Jumbo version of the Mewtwo and Charizard in Korean? Or you only focus on regular-sized cards?

And I agree with 143/SM-P being the hardest to get Detective Pikachu promo for the Korean ones. So thanks again for helping me out with it a few months back on reddit. :grin:


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Hello, nice talking to you for the first time here, @quuador ! I do have the Jumbo Mewtwo GX and Jumbo Charizard GX but I kept it in a separate Jumbo cards A4 folder. For completeness, I also have (at least) one sealed booster box, the sealed Jumbo Charizard GX and Jumbo Mewtwo GX but I can’t access it due to recent world situation :slightly_frowning_face:

No worries on the 143/SM-P, glad it helps and thanks for popping by my collection thread!

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Thought of doing something different and share my recent arrivals and purchases today!

Chinese Single Strike Master and Rapid Strike Master
Firstly, the Chinese Single Strike Master and Rapid Strike Master was released on 29 January 2021, and I managed to purchase and collect them today! Pretty cool fact that the Chinese set is released one week after the Japanese set, when it was the last language to be introduced (after Thai and Indonesian) in the Sun & Moon block.

  1. Booster Boxes (S5I F & S5R F)

  2. Deck (SCB F)

I bought one extra deck to open as I wanted to pull the Blastoise Vmax (029/156). It’s my first time opening the randomised 60-card deck although I didn’t manage to pull the Blastoise :slightly_frowning_face: Got a Mimikyu V instead.

  1. 頂級強化箱 box

    Based on the promotional image on the box, it comes with the Shiny Crobat V card, 12 Single Strike Master booster packs, 12 Rapid Strike Master booster packs, miscellaneous cards, storage box, deck box, sleeves and coins.

  2. 歡天喜地組合 blister

    The product that I look forward the most as I thought of opening some booster packs to pull the alternate art cards and gold Houndoom but I only managed to get one unit :slightly_frowning_face: The product comes with:

  • 3 Single Strike Master booster packs
  • 3 Rapid Strike Master booster packs
  • Grookey (041/S-P)
  • Scorbunny (042/S-P)
  • Cinderace V (043/S-P)
  • Sobble (044/S-P)
  • Pikachu (045/S-P)
  • Card holder with keychain attached

Thai Shiny VMAX CollectionOne of my more anticipated set (besides the English Shining Fates) is the Thai Shiny VMAX Collection since I’m planning to open 1 - 2 booster boxes :blush: This set was supposed to be released on Christmas but was pushed back to 29 January 2021 and it finally arrived today! I plan to open them during the weekends, so I hope that I have the patience to do so :stuck_out_tongue: I hope good things come to those who wait, lol.


Collection Parameter:
This collection is a multi-languages set collection. It is about the “CHR” rarity and its related cards and consists of variation of the following 13 cards:

  • Torkoal
  • Weavile
  • Piplup
  • Wishiwashi
  • Pikachu
  • Magnemite
  • Koffing
  • Gallade
  • Mimikyu
  • Excadrill
  • Steelix
  • Stoutland
  • Clefairy

The following are lists of the collection from 6 languages:

  1. 12 English cards from Cosmic Eclipse (ex. Clefairy)
  2. 13 Japanese CHR cards from SM11b Dream League and SM-P Promo
  3. 13 Korean CHR cards from SM11b Dream League and SM-P Promo (KTCG)
  4. 12 Chinese (TW/HK) CHR cards from AS6a/AS6b Legendary Clash (ex. Clefairy)
  5. 12 Thai CHR cards from AS6a/AS6b Legendary Clash (ex. Clefairy)
  6. 10 Indonesian CHR cards from AC3a/AC3b Tag Team Collection and SM-P Promo (ITCG) (ex. Torkoal, Piplup, Wishiwashi)
1 Torkoal CEC 237/236 SM11b 050/049 SM11b 050/049 AS6b 195/194 AS6b 195/194
2 Weavile CEC 238/236 SM11b 051/049 SM11b 051/049 AS6a 197/196 AS6a 197/196 AC3b 205/204
3 Piplup CEC 239/236 SM11b 052/049 SM11b 052/049 AS6b 196/194 AS6b 196/194
4 Wishiwashi CEC 240/236 SM11b 053/049 SM11b 053/049 AS6b 197/194 AS6b 197/194
5 Pikachu CEC 241/236 SM11b 054/049 SM11b 054/049 AS6b 198/194 AS6b 198/194 AC3a 206/205
6 Magnemite CEC 242/236 SM11b 055/049 SM11b 055/049 AS6b 199/194 AS6b 199/194 AC3a 207/205
7 Koffing CEC 243/236 SM11b 056/049 SM11b 056/049 AS6a 198/196 AS6a 198/196 AC3a 208/205
8 Gallade CEC 244/236 SM11b 057/049 SM11b 057/049 AS6a 199/196 AS6a 199/196 AC3a 209/205
9 Mimikyu CEC 245/236 SM11b 058/049 SM11b 058/049 AS6a 200/196 AS6a 200/196 176/SM-P (ITCG)
10 Excadrill CEC 246/236 SM11b 059/049 SM11b 059/049 AS6b 200/194 AS6b 200/194 AC3b 206/204
11 Steelix CEC 247/236 SM11b 060/049 SM11b 060/049 AS6b 201/194 AS6b 201/194 AC3a 210/205
12 Stoutland CEC 248/236 SM11b 061/049 SM11b 061/049 AS6a 201/196 AS6a 201/196 AC3b 207/204
13 Clefairy 381/SM-P 175/SM-P (KTCG) 178/SM-P (ITCG)

Collection Gallery:

  1. English

  2. Japanese

  3. Korean

  4. Chinese

  5. Thai

  6. Indonesian

Memory Capsule:

In my opinion, this collection is probably the second nicest S&M era cards in terms of art. It’s great that the size of this collection is quite small (~10-13 cards). The English set is the last one that I purchased. I wanted to wait for the price to settle down after rotation but after seeing the Pikachu increase in price, I pulled the trigger and bought the English set last month.

I think all the card arts are great, but if I have to choose only one, probably the Gallade is my favourite :blush: I love cards that display friendship between Pokemon and humans (ie. the Charmander/Charmeleon/Charizard from Radiant Collection), and this card have a similar vibe.

P/s: Please let me know if I’m missing any CHR cards from these 6 languages.
Also, I’m not actively collecting the Spanish, Italian, German, French and Brazilian Portuguese cards due to cost :slightly_frowning_face: But if anyone knows where I can get the whole set for cheap in those languages, I might be interested, lol :stuck_out_tongue:


Just opened my first Shining Fates ETB and got 4 shiny cards :blush:

I really love the promo Eevee as well :blush:

Collection Parameter:
14 sealed Japanese PCG-P promotional cards relating to PokePark

  • Lugia (038/PCG-P)
  • Suicune (039/PCG-P)
  • PokéPark’s Munchlax (040/PCG-P)
  • Rayquaza (041/PCG-P)
  • Groudon (042/PCG-P)
  • PokéPark’s Pikachu (043/PCG-P)
  • PokéPark’s Celebi (044/PCG-P)
  • PokéPark’s Latios (045/PCG-P)
  • PokéPark’s Whismur (046/PCG-P)
  • PokéPark’s Torchic (047/PCG-P)
  • PokéPark’s Mudkip (048/PCG-P)
  • Tauros (049/PCG-P)
  • PokéPark’s Jirachi (050/PCG-P)
  • Aura’s Lucario (093/PCG-P)

Collection Gallery:

Memory Capsule:

Pretty cool and manageable “mini set” to collect with only 14 PCG-P cards. Previously, I was painstakingly purchasing the sealed pack one-by-one until I saw a listing for the whole 14 packs/cards last year. I didn’t even know the existence of the Aura’s Lucario until it was pointed out by the seller. All-in-all, glad to have this in my sealed card collection :blush:

P/s: Please let me know if I missed out on any other PokePark cards other than the above 14 PCG-P cards and the 18 cards from Blue/ Green files.


Collection Parameter:
5 cards from Pokemon x Munch: A Retrospective campaign

  • sealed Psyduck (286/SM-P)
  • sealed Eevee (287/SM-P)
  • Pikachu (288/SM-P)
  • sealed Mimikyu (289/SM-P)
  • sealed Rowlet (290/SM-P)

Collection Gallery:

Memory Capsule:

Don’t really think the Munch cards need further introduction. I’m just so glad I got them few months after it was released. With the current price point, I’m definitely priced out. Personally love the Psyduck :blush:



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Hi shadowcollector. I love your collection thread. I am a newer collector myself and I thoroughly enjoyed reading and seeing it displayed just for your enjoyment and archival purposes. Being a simpler, less showy collection (please don’t take this the wrong way, I just mean it compared to some things I’ve seen in this forum) I feel identified. You have inspired me to create my own collection thread :blush: As I get deeper into the hobby I need to cycle through some things, if nothing else for the sake of achieving my main goals, and this is a great way of documenting the journey. Good luck with your goals!



Hello nelson,

Thanks for dropping by my collection thread and nice to meet you! And no offence taken on the “simpler, less showy collection” because I do realise my collection is a bit lacking compared to all the other trophy cards or numerous PSA 10 graded cards here by the other collectors :stuck_out_tongue:

I just like to collect these cards as I derive some enjoyment looking at them and also to have some personal goals to work towards in life (besides relieving my childhood memories).

That’s great that you would be creating your own personal collection thread and I look forward to looking at them!

Thanks again for the kind words and good luck with your collection goals as well :blush:


Collection Parameter:

50 cards from English McDonalds 25th Anniversary

  • 25 holos
  • 25 non-holos

Collection Gallery:


SPOILER: Click to show


Memory Capsule:

My McD 25th anniversary cards finally arrived from America after a one month delivery! After being salty for not buying the Special Delivery Pikachu when it was at $40, I decided to get these anniversary-related cards earlier than usual. Paid $170 for the lot of 50 cards and international shipping was $30, so I hope the price does not tank too much. In terms of art, I love the Gen 2 and Gen 4 starter cards (sorry Charmander :slightly_frowning_face: ). Pretty happy to add these cards to my collection and can’t wait for the official Pokemon 25th anniversary set.


Collection Parameter:

  1. 10 Full Art cards from Japanese CP2 Legendary Shine Collection

  2. The equivalent English XY promo cards for the aforementioned cards (XY74 to XY83)

  3. 13 Full Art cards from Japanese CP5 Mythical & Legendary Dream Shine Collection

  4. The equivalent English XY promo cards for the aforementioned cards (XY110 to XY120; XY185 to XY186)

  5. The related English holo cards (XY187 to XY197)

Collection Gallery:

  1. 10 Full Art cards from Japanese CP2 Legendary Shine Collection

  1. The equivalent English XY promo cards for the aforementioned cards (XY74 to XY83)

  2. 13 Full Art cards from Japanese CP5 Mythical & Legendary Dream Shine Collection

  3. The equivalent English XY promo cards for the aforementioned cards (XY110 to XY120; XY185 to XY186)

  4. The related English holo cards (XY187 to XY197)

Memory Capsule:
When I started coming back into the hobby in 2017, one of the first few Pokemon products that I bought is the English Volcanion Mythical Collection and Magearna Mythical Collection from my LGS. I think that was the first time I was introduced to Full Art cards since I stopped being interested in Pokemon cards around the 3rd gen. Naturally, I collected the rest of the cards and branch out to collect the Japanese cards as well. I really love the art, and my personal favourite would have to be either the Japanese Keldeo or Manaphy.

For the CP2 cards, I really love that 8 of the cards that shared similar illustrators have a unified story behind it:
A) The great battle between Zekrom, Palkia and Latios (Illus. Naoki Saito)

B) The appearance of Arceus to Regigigas and White Kyurem (Illus. Shin Nagasawa)

C) The Yin-Yang duality between Reshiram and Black Kyurem (Illus. Mitsuhiro Arita)


Collection Parameter:

36 alternate art cards from Korean Pokemon Sun & Moon era

  • Alternate arts from 32 TAG TEAM GX cards
  • Includes 2 SR rarity cards from SM11b Dream League (Vileplume GX and Silvally GX)
  • Includes 2 SR rarity cards from SM12a Tag All Stars (Dedenne GX and Eevee GX)
Pokemon KR Set List
1 Celebi & Venusaur GX SM9 097/095
2 Magikarp & Wailord GX SM9 099/095
3 Pikachu & Zekrom GX SM9 101/095
4 Gengar & Mimikyu GX SM9 103/095
5 Latias & Latios GX SM9 105/095
6 Eevee & Snorlax GX 140/SM-P (KTCG)
7 Greninja & Zoroark GX SM9a 059/055
8 Gardevoir & Sylveon GX SM9a 061/055
9 Pheromosa & Buzzwole GX SM9b 056/054
10 Lucario & Melmetal GX SM9b 059/054
11 Reshiram & Charizard GX SM10 097/095
12 Muk & Alolan Muk GX SM10 099/095
13 Marshadow & Machamp GX SM10 101/095
14 Raichu & Alolan Raichu GX SM10a 057/054
15 Garchomp & Giratina GX SM10a 060/054
16 Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor GX SM10b 056/054
17 Moltres & Zapdos & Articuno GX SM10b 060/054
18 Slowpoke & Psyduck GX SM11 096/094
19 Mewtwo & Mew GX SM11 098/094
20 Mega Sableye & Tyranitar GX SM11 102/094
21 Venusaur & Snivy GX SM11a 066/064
22 Charizard & Braixen GX SM11a 068/064
23 Blastoise & Piplup GX SM11a 070/064
24 Vileplume GX SM11b 062/049
25 Solgaleo & Lunala GX SM11b 063/049
26 Reshiram & Zekrom GX SM11b 064/049
27 Silvally GX SM11b 065/049
28 Arceus & Dialga & Palkia GX SM12 100/095
29 Naganadel & Guzzlord GX SM12 102/095
30 Mega Lopunny & Jigglypuff GX SM12 104/095
31 Dedenne GX SM12a 175/173
32 Espeon & Deoxys GX SM12a 177/173
33 Trevenant & Dusknoir GX SM12a 179/173
34 Umbreon & Darkrai GX SM12a 182/173
35 Togepi & Cleffa & Igglybuff GX SM12a 186/173
36 Eevee GX SM12a 188/173

Collection Gallery:

Memory Capsule:

Arguably the best looking cards for Sun & Moon era (in my opinion), I collected the alternate arts in 3 languages. My Japanese/English collection is more elaborate as I collect other rarities for the GX cards as well. For my Korean set up, I decided to keep it simple and just collect the gold TAG TEAM and these alternate art cards. It’s just nice that the alternate arts totaled up to 36 cards, so they fit perfectly in my 9 page side-load binder.

I think all the arts are gorgeous, but these 7 cards are probably cards that I really really adore:

I am a sucker for cards with sunset/sunrise/sun, so naturally I love the Celebi & Venusaur GX, Latias & Latios GX and Marshadow & Machamp GX. In my opinion, the Moltres & Zapdos & Articuno GX and Arceus & Dialga & Palkia GX arts are such unique twists to the TAG TEAM art concepts. As the annoying friend/sibling, I love the facial expression on Mewtwo. Lastly, the Deoxys exudes a bad-ass aura and I couldn’t help but love it. All in all, the Sun & Moon alternate arts are such gorgeous cards.


Finally… after waiting patiently… my package from Indonesia arrived :blush:

Picked up the KFC set for my Indonesian promos collection:

and got myself a couple boxes of the Indonesian VMAX collection.

Indonesian Shiny VMAX Collection

Each box have 20 packs and each pack have 4 cards (3 non-holo + 1 holo or higher rarity). Opened my first box and managed to snag the shiny Zard V. That saves some money for me to complete the shiny sub-set :blush:
Here are the holo or higher rarity pulls from my first box:

Can’t wait to open the rest of my boxes in the coming days :blush:


I love your presentation style; it feels like an educational walkthrough where you bring life to the cards and give your personal reasons why you care about them. Also those KFC promos are dope, I had no idea they existed.

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Hello and thanks for the kind words! :blush: I make this collection thread so that I’m able to access those collecting memories; and also to recall the personal circumstances of each card I acquired or set I completed (in case I get amnesia :stuck_out_tongue: ).
Yeah, those KFC promos are cool, happy to have them in my collection :blush:

Thanks again and have a great week!

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