So many of us grew up alongside Pokemon when it first came out and have some deep fond memories: That first rare card you got. The one card you traded anything to get for. The sensation you walked into the store, not knowing when the next new pack would come out, and seeing a brand new world ripped from the package. What about Pikablu? That strange new Pokemon that you and your friends rumored on and on about. Was Scizor a combination of Mewtwo and Scyther? Our minds didn’t know the limitations set yet on the Pokemon world, but we explored it with a wonder of imagination and curiosity.
Every once in a while I’ll pay the extra few bucks to return to that Nostalgia trip of opening a Base pack or a Team Rocket pack. But there was a deeper process that was involved in it for me.
Every convenience store I walked into around my town had Pokemon cards available behind this plastic sealed case. I had a madness to my method of choosing which pack to buy from my own allowance or the small chances when my mother would comply to buy it for me anyway. I would ask if they could pick out a few packs, and I would touch them all before I made my decision. It was an unusual method, but I always found myself gravitating towards one and that’s how I made my decisions.
But ultimately, there was one thing that I always looked forward to: Visiting the Newbury Comics Store. As soon as you entered, there on your right was the giant glass case that had all of the currently available Pokemon packs. Not only did they have English packs, but they also had Japanese, and oh how I fell in love with the look of antiquity of the Japanese cards. My favorites were Team Rocket as there was one day where I got both Dark Gyarados and Mewtwo from Japanese packs. I couldn’t wait to get home and open them, and sometimes I didn’t, but seeing that case, seeing that they also had special promotions available only in Japan and they brought it here? Oh how I loved it!
And that’s what I miss nowadays. You go to any store and there is a giant assortment of “playing cards” and Pokemon are mixed in with Yugioh and Magic, and baseball, and World of Warcraft, and some other game or card collection you never knew existed. It always feels cheap in comparison to those days when Pokemon was the only feature in those large cases, and now they hang raggedly on hooks as if they meant nothing anymore.
So what are your guys’ big nostalgia trips? What do you miss?