Ive decided to get back into pokemon cards because im addicted to collecting anything I can. I love the pokemon series and I collected it when I was very young, but sadly in that period of time I only have a few cards even left and most are in bad condition. I will mostly be collecting for completion sake, but I am definitely thinking of getting up and playing the card game in person again.
Some of the best times I remember as a kid was going to the local game store in my area and partaking in the local tournaments they held there. While I wouldnt always win and sometimes I unknowingly cheated (I was a kid and there are certain rules like you can only have x amount of a certain card in a deck, which I didnt know about), I always had a ton of fun. Being at a time in my life where I could care less about winning the tournament and im only looking to really make friends, this seems like a great time to get back into it.
I dont expect these cards to be worth a fortune any day with the amount of people collecting them, but they are nice to look at and remember the great times I had as a child. I want to try to go to my first tournament in a local game store and see how things go. I feel like I have to brush up on the rules a bit because I havent done it in a while, but they do have the online version which I often play to pass time.
I think the online version in general is a reason why not a ton of people play in person anymore, but I personally see it as a companion piece. The game does do something really cool where every time you buy a physical pack, you get a free online code card for a pack as well, meaning if you buy the physical cards you can play the online game at no cost. This is something that I wish other card games would do as well.
Overall I think I will try to pick up a container of each set moving forward just because opening them has been so nostalgic, especially the smell of the ink on the cards. I probably shouldnt be buying more things to collect but ive slowed down on a few other things so card collecting could definitely be another thing to fill that gap. I need to see though because if things get too expensive or I get too addicted im not sure I should continue.