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I journal about collecting one of each card from all English-language base sets and expansions (with a few exceptions/conditions). I keep it short and sweet, and concentrate on observations and tales of adventure, not lists of what cards I got on a given day.

Getting To Know You (Understanding Holos)

Posted January 9th, 2011 at 9:20 AM by piecemeal (Adventures In Collecting)

I learned a bunch about how sets are structured this week, thanks in large part to jennrummymeister (look him up on YouTube) and the good people here at PC (to whom the following may not be news, but I feel it would benefit the community to have this knowledge written down somewhere).

Specifically I'm referring to holographic cards. I started with these questions: "Which cards are available in several holo versions? Which versions are available? Is there a pattern to it or...
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The Cost of Collecting, Pt. I

Posted September 27th, 2010 at 7:51 PM by piecemeal (Adventures In Collecting)

Updated the collection for Undaunted. Got some new cards off eBay. Sat for a while staring at my monitor wondering what it is going to cost me to complete this collection.

Sadly, collecting the rares is quite a bit more expensive than the C and U. I'm doing a good job keeping cost down, but over a 4100 card collection that will be over 40% rares, can it stay so low? Right now I'm running $0.31 a card across about 1300 cards. Definitely happy with that. However, most of those...
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Keep It Satisfying: Setting Goals

Posted July 17th, 2010 at 5:20 PM by piecemeal (Adventures In Collecting)

Collecting all these cards is going to be a long and winding road and I'm looking to get as much out of it as I can. Completing sets is an obvious goal. Completing single cards is equally plain. But I'm noticing other achievements as I go. I've found that making milestones by measuring the collection in different ways is a rewarding process.

"At least one card from all sets" is a nice early-going payoff that I reached in the last month. Incidentally this meant that...
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...Let Me Count The Ways!

Posted June 8th, 2010 at 6:48 PM by piecemeal (Adventures In Collecting)

:cer_love: What I love about collecting Pokemon... :cer_love:

There is a discrete universe of cards and everything in it is defined. The universe was there, created by others. I put limits on it according to my interest and called that set "my collection". So it's unique to me - at least a little bit, like a planet created from cards in Culdcept Saga. It's something wonderful that I helped create.

The collection is something that can be completed. All...
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So, So Organized

Posted June 5th, 2010 at 4:52 PM by piecemeal (Adventures In Collecting)

Got my collection plans formalized in a spreadsheet (thank you Pokepedia). Huge upgrade from the paper and pencil checklists I've been using. Tracking is built in by set and rolls up into completion progress for the collection.

Turns out the "limited" scope I defined is still quite large. Not paring anything else at this point, but it still comes out to 4,052 cards across 42 sets. I hadn't thought of the timeline of completing this until now (...details...). This could...
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