Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Gotta Catch 'Em All: Special Pack Break Edition

It's been awhile since I've put anything on this page, but here I am with a little something different this time around.

I'm not sure how it happened, but my 3, going on 4 year old daughter, Winnie, has taken a liking to Pokemon. She would watch it every morning on Cartoon Network while I'd get ready for work. Now she watches it on Netflix whenever she can. So the other day while at Walmart I decided to grab a booster pack of Pokemon X/Y cards for her.

I wasn't sure if she'd even care, but I was thinking about making a trading card album for her upcoming birthday next month. Turns out she did like them. Wasn't crazy about them, but enough for me to at least move forward with my gift idea.

I haven't opened a pack of Pokemon cards in years. Though there was a time where I enjoyed picking up packs here and there. I played the Game Boy games so I was familiar with a lot of the characters, but never took the time to learn how to play the trading card game. Did anyone actually play the game or did everyone just collect the cards? Well regardless of that I grabbed a pack from the X/Y series called Furious Fists. Now I couldn't tell you the difference between all the different themed packs they had to offer, so I just grabbed one of the cardboard pouches that had one of the Pokemon I knew my daughter recognized.

Truth be told it was fun opening the pack with her, watching her face light up when she saw some of the characters she saw. Well since it's been awhile I thought I'd share the contents of the pack here. After all, this blog is all about cardboard, not just baseball!

These booster packs contain 10 cards and will cost you around $4 and some change, depending on the retailer. Like a lot of the modern trading cards games (i.e. Magic), the packs come packaged in cardboard pouches. I wonder if this contributes to the high price? There aren't any real odds on the packs of pulling a special card or anything, but I remember pulling Holofoil cards back in the day and being the subject of envy in your neighborhood or school yard. 

With my knowledge of the games and watching so many of the episodes with my daughters, I knew most of these characters...and so did my daughter. I thought it was funny when she looked at the two Trainer cards with a puzzled look on her "what are these doing in my pack daddy?".

She ended up pulling two Holofoil cards in the pack...and that really made her face light up! The Landorus card looked like the Holofoils that I remember. Just the image itself has the rainbow sheen. The Hitmontop card however is different. The whole card features that special rainbow shine. I don't know what those are called (is it Reverse Holofoil?), but again she was happy with the cards.

Neither of my daughters care too much for sports. in face my oldest just told me to turn down volume down on the TV as she didn't want to hear the boring Braves game I've got as I type this at the kitchen table! However my daughters are starting to like a few more things that daddy likes and anytime that take interest in trading cards or anything else daddy likes, my heart skips a little in excitement.

Now if you'll excuse me, we've Gotta Catch 'Em All!

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