> A little background: I have been a longtime fan of Pokémon, but a series of Bad Stuff
> that happened in rapid succession years ago forced me to gut my collection. I've
> been rebuilding with a focus on the art rather than the value of the cards. So a
> lot of stuff you're going to see from me is because of its sentimental value or because
> I just plain like the design.
> First: the link to my first round of photos:
> Here are some stories from the cards shown:
> 1) Eeveelutions- while these are mostly there because I like them, they were also
> an early focal point in my rebuilding process. The Jungle Eeveelutions are my favorite
> pieces of classic TCG art.
> 2) Ancient Mew- this was a gift from my cousin Jeremy from back in the day. I had
> given him a copy of Mega Man X3 that I got on the cheap (this was a big deal since
> we were both poor high school kids at the time). He gave me some Pokémon promos as
> 3) Goldeen & Lapras- these actually came from a school project. I was just getting
> into anime and decided to write Rachael Lillis. Though she was super busy with Pokémon
> and finishing Utena part 1 at the time, she took the time to write back! I hope one
> day she will make it to OMGcon so I can properly thank her.
> 4) Sylveon Collection Eeveelutions- one of the first big sets I bought after restarting
> my collecting. I think this came out shortly after the Kalos cycle began. I also
> bought a ton of Black and White Legendary Treasures around then.
> 5) Birthday Pikachu- this cute little guy came along with Ancient Mew. Not the only
> "__'s Pokémon" card in my collection.
> 6) Classic Dragonair cards- Dragonair is my favorite Pokémon. Thankfully, it's not
> too difficult or expensive to get Dragonair cards (still looking for a few, though,
> because I'd rather get them from people/places I trust than Lucky Internet Stranger
> 7) Kecleon Japanese promo- I had a wonderful teacher in high school who had family
> in Japan. He brought me back some souvenirs as thanks for helping his son out building
> his own Pokémon collection during a time where most places around here were either
> sold out or gouging the crap out of their English boosters. I would pool my allowance
> to pick up extra packs from Book Broker to share since they have remained sensible
> during almost every phase of Poké-mania.
> Will share more highlights later.
Massive respect gained. Most people are in it for the money. I've been collecting since a kid and all this hype surrounding pokemon has increased prices like crazy. Resellers have ruined this market. Making all of us pay massive amounts for something we want. Props brother.