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Old April 10th, 2013 (6:15 AM).
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*I'm not 100% sure this is in the right place as i'm kind of new around here.*

Hey, I was wondering if anyone has any advice to start collecting pokemon cards, I want to solely collect them at first, as atm i have no plans on battling competitively ( This may change at a later date)!

I have read that starting with buying cards off ebay was a good place to start but I have no idea what i'm looking for!

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Old April 10th, 2013 (10:44 AM).
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Well, what sets are you interested in? Are you looking to sell in 10 years?

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Old April 10th, 2013 (11:42 AM).
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I was thinking of starting with some of the newer sets, should i just buy a booster box to start off straight away?
Nah i'm more interested in building a collection that i can keep for a long time :-)
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Old April 10th, 2013 (12:11 PM).
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If you're going to be a hardcore collector, you're gonna need funds. Lots of funds.

I would start with the newer sets, but the older sets are still worth a ton of money, a booster box of base set 1st edition is usually 800-1000 bucks. Good luck
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Old April 10th, 2013 (5:17 PM).
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For initially starting a set, a booster box is probably the most cost efficient.

Then there's a balance in filling out a set by buying boosters and by buying singles, which is all down to personal preference.

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Old April 11th, 2013 (2:52 AM).
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If you don't have many cards of a set, it's best to buy a booster box since it will get you majority of the set from that booster box (in terms of commons and uncommon). The EX Pokemon are the most expensive which usually will contain 3 EXs per booster box. So you may need to buy single EXs to complete the set after the first booster box.
Baring in mind a booster box is around £60-80 for the newer sets, it's completely up to you if you want to slowly collect by buying singles every now and then or just spending all at once.
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Old April 11th, 2013 (3:13 AM).
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I am currently collecting Plasma Storm and have only bought six packs so far, haven't got any EX cards yet I will probably buy these separate at a comic fair this weekend for a reasonable price.

Of course buying a booster box is going to get you completing the set alot faster but you gotta have the funds I currently don't right now so therefore I am buying boosters here and there and I'll just get the rest separate.
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Old April 11th, 2013 (7:09 AM).
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thanks for all the advice guys, gonna take note! I think i may pop out tomorrow and buy a few packs,then order a booster box later. I suppose if I get any rare duplicates I could always trade them out for the fillers I need for a collection.
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thanks for all the advice guys, gonna take note! I think i may pop out tomorrow and buy a few packs,then order a booster box later. I suppose if I get any rare duplicates I could always trade them out for the fillers I need for a collection.
Yes indeed you could

I just got my first EX card today, Black Kyurem very pleased!
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Old April 11th, 2013 (10:36 AM).
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Yeah EXs can be very expensive if you're looking to buy the singles. It's due to that some EXs are very popular in the meta-game (played in tournaments). Some EXs will be cheaper due to lack of play-ability.
Buy the booster boxes or tins ! Tins can be cool additions to the collection since they have awesome alternative art of EXs !
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Old April 12th, 2013 (9:26 PM).
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Just ordered 2 tins and a plasma storm booster box haha, Yeah i saw the price of EX's on ebay, as quite surprised at some!
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