Hi everyone! As I’ve written in the welcome thread, I collect pokemon since they’ve arrived here in Italy.
I love to collect complete sets, my main goal is to collect complete WOTC, EX, HS and XY expansions. I’m collecting just holos and ultra-rares from DP/Pt and BW. For the complete sets I prefer to have english cards, but I’ve came to a compromise: I’ll always prefer english if given choice, but I’ll accept italian cards as well. Either way I’ll never succeed to collect all those cards.
I opened lots of booster boxes, even quite rare ones, 5 years ago: Neo Destiny and Revelation, both the Gym, FRLG, TR Returns, Aquapolis, Expedition and even more. We could buy them in english for dirt cheap in Italy in those times. I don’t regret opening them, pulling corrected Blaine’s Charizard from Gym Challenge, Latias Star from EX Deoxys or Shining Charizard from Destiny was a real blast.
I also want to complete exclusive japanese sets, like VS, vending and Web, in addition to a lot of promo series, both western and japanese, some of them need more appreciation in my opinion.
I’m really patient with the search of cards I want, I like to find low or at least fair prices, even if I have to wait years for them: pokemon cards are not my only collection, so I have to split the budget.
I want to start with two cards I’ve been looking for since years: I remember seeing Alakazam back in my childhood, maybe in some kind of magazine, and falling in love with it, even if I totally didn’t knew what card it was.
I’ve managed to find him and his companion Gengar NM for a good price and I decided to take 'em.
Then there’s my recently acquired Prerelease Clefable. I struggled quite a bit to find one at a decent price, and finally I took advantage of a paypal 10 euros coupon to make an high offer in an auction, winning it. I really like this card, like almost every stamped old school card.
And, final card for the first post, a Murkrow signed by my favourite tcg illustrator himself: Mr. Mitsuhiro Arita. The card is not illustrated by him, but I liked a lot the silver autograph. I’m in the process of obtaining a signed Neo Revelation Kingdra, too.
The card was traded from a guy who was finalist at world '99 or 2000 (don’t remember) and who showed me lots of documents about it.
I beg your pardon for the poor photos, next ones will be better shots