I venture into the world of Pokemon TCG Online Standard play for the first time on stream! I’m not alone though, as I brought with me a full set of Crobat V and VMax! How far can this flock of bats carry me? I also cover the slew of new Pokemon cards I picked up!
40 packs later, it’s time for me to chill on Chilling Reign. Fueled by off the strength of my newfound excitement for the game and the allure of potentially pulling a golden shiny Snorlax card, I made the bold move of buying a booster box. Kudos to my mother-in-law for giving Steff and I four extra packs to work with for a total of 40!
Before shifting our focus on the upcoming Evolving Skies set, let’s look back on some of the best cards pulled from our booster packs!
Snorlax and I make our Pokemon Unite debut together!
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Booster boxes are designed for retailers to have a display of card packs that they can then sell individually. They were not originally intended for individual consumers to buy a whole box for themselves, nor were they originally intended for content creators to buy dozens of boxes to then plow through them on stream with others waiting for that ultra rare card reveal.
With all of the hoopla surrounding Pokemon card collecting, it’s easy to lose sight of what booster boxes are intended for. And for serious collectors, they really don’t care what their original purpose was if it means they can get a lot of cards at a discounted rate.
During my initial wave of fandom, I decided to order a booster box for myself. Today, Steff and I open the final pack. Unless we open a god pack, I think I’ve seen enough to document the experience of owning one of these monstrosities.
Finding any sort of Pokemon Trading Card Game products at retail price is a struggle. Finding stuff on sale? Damn near impossible.
And yet, Costco of all places came through! Advertised in their flyer for a stunning $38.99 CAD, that’s about half the price of what other retailers around here would sell the Kanto Power Mini Tins set for. However, I got antsy when word got out that Costco put the stock out early at its still-remarkable regular price of $44.99, still well below market value. Believing that Costco would run out before the start date of the sale, I immediately rushed to my nearest Costco and grabbed a set.
Entering the Pokemon Trading Card Game space is intimidating. It’s a game that’s decades old and wildly popular. As a newcomer, it’s incredibly intimidating to see all of the discussion around massive collections, tournament-level strategies, and the hunt for super-rare cards.
If you’re interested in learning how to play the game, there’s an amazing answer to that question: the Pokemon Trading Card Game Battle Academy.
It doesn’t matter how bad the odds actually are, but every time someone opens a pack of Pokemon cards, the dream of landing the big one persists.
Steff and I have opened a few dozen at this point. We’ve landed a few V and VMax cards, along with a weirdly-valuable full-art Pokemon Center Lady card. But landing a big one? We never thought we’d ever be that lucky.