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Pokémon — or pocket monsters — have remained a collectible phenomena since they were first introduced to the world in 1995 (and to the trading card world in 1996). Created by the ingenious Japanese designer Satoshi Tajiri, the cute franchise is represented through video games, manga, anime, plush toys and, of course, collectible cards. With such a diverse and ever-changing history of new and exciting characters, we highlight how you can use online retail spaces like eBay and Amazon to hunt for sought after cards, and what to look out for on your quest to "collect them all".
Pokémon cards are a perennial favourite of the trading card game universe. Since their inauguration on the English market in 1998, Pokémon have been some of the largest and best selling cards ever produced. With new cards entering the market frequently, there have been 74 card sets released for collection in America and 68 additional sets in Japan to date. Before entering into the collectible market, it is first necessary to highlight which set it is that you are collecting and what is for sale online. If you fail to take note of the card's origin set, you may end up with the wrong card for your collection. The earliest card sets were published in English by the company Wizards of the Coast. These include the earliest Base Set (1999) and the extremely rare Pokémon Demo Game Plastic Pack (1998). From 2003, The Pokémon Company took over publication and the card game now runs in its "Seventh Generation".
Collecting Them All
Pokémon cards serve several purposes, you can either attempt collect the cards for playing the card game at home or at official tournaments, or you can attempt the task of collecting them all for the hunt and thrill of completion. If your aim is to collect them all, it is best to concentrate on certain sets at a time (preferably the more widely available recent printings), piecing the entire collection bit by bit. Amazon and eBay are great platforms through which to do your collecting, as you are able to keep record of changing prices and hunt for individual cards or sets at large. If you are using Amazon, the in-browser client The Camelizer is a great way to keep track of prices and decide whether to buy a card on the Amazon Seller Market.
Things to Note When Using eBay and Amazon
Now that you have decided to collect, here are some tips when using eBay and Amazon online.
Ardent collectors seek to expand their collection with imports from overseas. Japanese cards offer an interesting addition to English language packs. Once you have all the English cards at hand, the Japanese packs can make quirky and interesting additions.
Collecting is tons of fun and a great way to enter the Pokémon community. Just be sure to follow our guide and you'll be on your way to becoming a Pokémon master.
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