I got this Pokemon TCG repack that has 2 packs and 1 EX card for $10. Like so many TCG/ CCGs I played (Keyforge, Magic, Star Wars: Destiny, Game of Thrones LCG etc, etc), it is hard to find someone to play with. I have a couple of decks but I also have a binder of super shiny cards and the one thing Pokemon TCG does extremely well is super shiny cards!
The repack had one pack of Breakthrough and one pack of Sun & Moon. The guaranteed EX card is Black Kyurem EX. I also pulled a Chesnaught Break and a foil Octillery which I think saw some play when it was Standard legal.
Overall not bad for a $10 repack and I added two cards to my shiny cards binder.
So I watched Detective Pikachu last weekend and it was awesome! There were so many Easter eggs throughout the movie so I can wait to watch it again when it comes out on whatever steaming platform is it going to be released on. Of course I had to get the Detective Pikachu promo card that you get when you watch the movie. (Although I had to ask and look around the theater for the pack.)
As I said in a previous blog post, I wanted to complete the 18 card set so I picked up a Detective Pikachu Mewtwo-GX Case File Pokemon TCG box. It has 4 Detective Pikachu packs and a promo Mewtwo GX card.
I am now only missing five cards to complete the set. # 5, 10, 11, 12 and 17. I am probably going to pick up another Case File Pokemon TCG Box or just buy the singles I need.
Oh and the box also came with a Sun & Moon and a Sun & Moon Burning Shadows pack.
I got super lucky at pulled two GX Pokemon cards, Solgaleo GX and Alolan Muk GX. The muk card is a secret rare variant too. Nice!
I am also deciding on whether I should collect all the Detective Pikachu promos too. I think I am missing 5 promo cards if I want to do that.
I am super excited about Detective Pikachu. It is so weird in the best ways possible. Ryan Reynolds as Detective Pikachu? Say no more!
Anyways I picked up this Detective Pikachu Special Case File pack. It has a Detective Pikachu promo card, 2 Detective Pikachu packs and 1 Pokemon Sun and Moon Crimson Invasion pack.
Here are the cards from the Detective Pikachu packs.
There are only 4 cards per Detective Pikachu pack so I am kind of sad that I pulled two Snubbulls. I still kind of want to build the set though (here are only 18 cards in the set plus random promos). At the very least, I am definitely going to get the Detective Pikachu promo that you get when you watch the movie!
Oh and I didn’t pull anything of note in the Pokemon Sun and Moon Crimson Invasion pack.
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…