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ZeroDaGreat September 21st, 2012 4:14 PM

Gonna begin collecting
Hey everyone, After playing pokemon for the last month I decided I want to begin collecting cards again and possibly play for fun. I use to play back a while ago when the original packs came out, I remember buying a few packs with $20 when I was a kid and opening the packs and putting them in a giant circle around, me >.< Is there anywhere to start? Do the new packs have old cards also or just new cards? I won't be getting any cards anytime soon, money situation going on with the family and myself >.<
But is there anywhere to begin collecting? Should I go for a tin or just packs? I was thinking the HG trainer kit just because Raichu is given >:)

donavannj September 21st, 2012 10:31 PM

New packs don't have any older cards, just new cards from those particular sets, but the new packs do tend to have at least a few cards with older Pokemon.

If you're looking to relearn how to play, then I'd start with one of the Trainer Kits. Otherwise, if you're just collecting, I recommend tins and booster boxes instead, though you can't buy booster boxes in stores. You'd have to buy those from online retailers.

Overlord Drakow September 22nd, 2012 1:32 AM

Donny V pretty much has it covered. But if you used to play back when the base set was out or whatever and you're like me, then you won't need a trainer kit to get back up to speed with playing. I ended up getting a theme deck to get back into the swing of things.

ZeroDaGreat September 22nd, 2012 9:43 AM

So I would have to try to find older packs online? I don't mind collecting new cards but I would love to have old and at least the commons from every generation. I'm gonna get the HG trainer kit when I get the money. And booster boxes is it how yu-gi-oh with a giant box full of packs(not a tin)? or something like that?

When I use to play I was in like 4th grade and did not even know how to play me and my friends made our own rules. I don't even remember what cards I had, the only one I remember is a oddish since thats the first card I pulled from my venasur(excuse my bad spelling for his name) pack

donavannj September 22nd, 2012 9:58 PM

Thing is, a booster for an older set generally runs for no lower than $13, with some going for as high as $50 each, at least in the sets from 2002 and earlier. It's cheaper to buy the commons and uncommons in bulk and buying the rares individually, to be honest.

ZeroDaGreat September 23rd, 2012 9:22 AM

Oh I see, and buying a bulk of uncommons. Is it true that the shiny charizard from back then is worth $2000 plus?

donavannj September 23rd, 2012 11:35 AM

Nowhere close to that. Closest it's gone for is $800, for a PSA mint 10 (meaning near perfect condition) 1st Edition Shadowless Charizard.

ZeroDaGreat September 24th, 2012 12:02 PM

The website or video must have been misinformed they said 1st edition charizard from back in the day was worth $2300.

donavannj September 24th, 2012 11:04 PM

I was gonna say that the whole shadowless 1st Edition Base Set doesn't even fetch that much.

Demon. September 28th, 2012 4:07 PM

Id suggest buying lots off of the internet. You still get the thrill of opening a pack, but with the added chance of getting older cards.

donavannj September 28th, 2012 11:26 PM


Originally Posted by Demon. (Post 7355819)
Id suggest buying lots off of the internet. You still get the thrill of opening a pack, but with the added chance of getting older cards.

You mean lots in the eBay and Amazon sense, or just large quantities of cards?

Demon. September 29th, 2012 8:14 AM

Ebay and amazon sense. Ive bought a few, rarely have i been completely disappointed.

MyPokemonCollection October 28th, 2012 5:39 PM

I just started collecting again too. I bought a few booster boxes. I was extremely pleased with my pulls. Almost completely my Call of Legends set with 1 booster box. There are a lot of original Pokemon in this set too, that's the main reason why i got it :) I got video of me opening it on youtube if you want to check it out exactly whats in the set. Or just contact me :) Goodluck and enjoy collecting!

TrollShammy80 November 6th, 2012 11:01 PM

I just started collecting again recently only the Next Destinies Decks atm (I know they're a little old)...gonna start from there and work my way up it least i can start from somewhere I might get into playing again I just have no one to play with :(

I just gave up after someone who used to be my friend stole all my rare cards and denied the whole thing saying she didn't when i found some of my rares in her binder she stole it leaset 5-600 dollars worth of rares i had, my mom and I we're pretty angry

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