I was at a dollar store and I saw “Pokemon TCG” packs for only a dollar! But I know what you are thinking and yep I knew these cards were fake aka knockoffs aka bootlegs but curiosity got the best of me and it was only a dollar! So I have this sketchy Breakpoint pack.
Of all the bootleg cards (baseball cards, Magic cards etc), Pokemon TCG ones are probably the most readily available. I remember you can get fake Pokemon TCG cards when it first came out in 1998-99 and they were being sold all over Chinatown. But these first generation bootleg cards were horrible. They were super faded and paper thin. The sure shot way to see if you have fake card back in the day is if you can see light through the card aka the light test.
I also found it weird when fake Pokemon cards had different fonts, weird translations, different card designs or even different artwork. Kind of like this bootleg I had in my collection.
I wonder why they can’t just get a scan or photocopies of the actual cards.
Anyways, these fakes are a bit better.
The box it came in was spot on. The text had the right font and it wasn’t faded like you would expect. I wonder if they just “recycled” the box from real Pokemon TCG packs and replaced it with these bootleg packs. The wrapper is a little more sketch. The pictures are too dark but you really have to look carefully to find anything else off about the wrapper. It is when you look at the actually cards you can easily tell these cards aren’t real. They don’t have the right gloss and feel different when you handle them. The collation is also really weird and the foil process is different. The picture and text also aren’t as sharp the real cards especially on the back. The cards though are a bit thicker than the ones I remember as a kid and it passed the light test.
So all in all, you can still easily spot the fake cards but they are getting a lot better.
I wanted to get the Pokemon TCG repack with 5 random packs that had a small chance of having a vintage pack because they are getting quite popular. But K-Mart was selling them for $29.99 which is $6 a pack! Even if I did get a vintage pack, it just wasn’t worth it. Instead I went to Target and got this Pokemon EX figure cube repack. I can see it comes with a Machamp EX, a Roaring Skies pack and a Evolutions pack. This repack also has a foil card, a figure and 2 coins.
Nice I pulled a Slowbro EX from the Evolutions pack. It is not the strongest EX but it is always nice to add another EX to my collection. As for the other pack, I opened so many Roaring Skies packs and I haven’t pulled a Shaymin EX card, which is probably the most sort after card in the game. Still this repack was totally worth it.
I have been looking all over New York City for Pokemon TCG Generations packs and they are insanely hard to find. I finally got my hands on some, just four packs to be exact. Here are some of my pulls.
You can only find the Generations packs in Mythical Collection boxes and I got the first one, Mew. The Generations cards definitely have the wow factor going for them. I especially love the Mega Gardevoir Ex and Charizard foil card.
Today is Pokemon’s 20th anniversary! I really, really wanted to get my hands on some Generations packs but they seem to be very, very hard to find at the moment so instead I got a Pikachu Ex Legendary Collection Box.
It stars Pikachu Ex of course!
It also has 5 other promos and 5 Pokemon packs, (1 Primal Clash, 1 Roaring Skies, 1 Ancient Origins and 2 Breakthrough).
My pulls from my packs weren’t great. I just pulled a secret rare Weakness Policy.
Anyways, I wished I still had my old gameboy and my old Pokemon Red game. I never did catch them all…
Super quick post today. I just like opening packs and I pulled a full art parallel of a Mega Rayquaza EX! I don’t even play the Pokemon TCG (although I played it a long, long time ago).
The Mega Rayquaza EX card is one of the rarest and one of the most powerful cards from the latest Pokemon set, Roaring Skies. Just looking at it with its crazy foiling and its crazy art and I have to say wow.
You can find in bargain bins or can get lots/ repacks of random old trading card games (TCGs) packs for real cheap. Most of it of course is worthless and maybe 95% is of games no one plays any more. But there are some gems if you look. One type of packs that I find is undervalued and overlooked is foreign packs of the big three TCGs, Magic, YuGiOh and Pokemon. OK you won’t find any foreign Magic packs in these lots/ repacks but I found foreign YuGiOh and Pokemon packs in enough frequency that I have a small trade binder of them for maybe like $15 make that now a $20 investment.
I love the art of the trade and I pretty much collect and trade just about anything. I haven’t play Pokemon or YuGiOh for wow probably over a decade but I regularly go to card stores and tournaments for Magic anyways so I take my foreign card binder with me just in case. Foreign cards aren’t not for everyone and honestly a lot of the cards have been sitting in my binder for awhile. But to the right collector it is something a little different, perhaps something to set their deck apart. It is also something you can’t really find easily. Again I don’t play Pokemon or YuGiOh so I typically am OK to trade them for Magic packs, a soda or whatnot.
Anyways with all that being said, I got another repack. This the one you can get in K-Mart which for $5 you can get 35 packs and a promo. Among the 35, two packs really stood out to me, a German Team Rocket Pokemon pack and a interesting Japanese Dragonball Z pack.
While I am at it here are also a couple of my recent Spanish YuGiOh pulls.
The downside of buying a bunch of lots/ repacks of random old TCG packs is that I am left with a bunch make that a ton of packs I don’t really want. I have them piling up in a corner of my room but I am thinking giving them away. I really don’t need these Hannah Montana, Harry Potter, Kids Next Door, Yu Yu Hakusho or Lord of the Rings packs. Actually I have gotten so many Harry Potter TCGs packs I probably can build a deck and play the game with my brother which might not be a bad idea for a rainy day…
All in all for me, it is a win win. It is a fun break and I may or may not be able to trade the cards for something else. It didn’t really cost me anything either way and hey I learn a little German (I wish I can say the same for Japanese). Plus again I probably going to give away the rest of the packs to someone, hopefully a kid who probably would appreciate the packs way more than I would.