Happy New Year! I've returned from my sojourn away to a plethora of packages that could make anyone weep with joy since it was like yuletide all over again. Some pretty exciting things in this post, from insanely sized jumbo cards, to surprisingly cute and not so huge jumbo cards, and a heap of promos in between. It's good to be back, baby. With some of the things in this mail batch I've managed to complete a few milestones, and get that bit closer to finishing off some others, which is always a pretty amazing feeling, lets face it.
So without further ado, let's go!
This is what I meant by the plethora of packages. I kind of was inundated (and I had another three odd that weren't card related in my mail pile to boot.)
One of the many thank you notes in the packages; this one made me smile a lot just for the simple 'see you soon/again' on it.
First off: McDonalds Minimum Pack cards! I've been after the Larvitar and Pikachu for a stupidly long time now, and I got not only them but the entire set of holo energies released with the packs (as well as the non-holo!) I'm down to just needing Natu now and that entire set is done and dusted. Not bad given I started piecing it together by hand in 2008.
The last four cards to finish off the BW-P section of 2010's promotional cards. For some reason the 7/11 mystery egg trio have been difficult to obtain, while Zoroark I just never got around to getting until now. It was the gym challenge box release card.
More BW-P gaps slowly being filled! Haxorus has a gloss holo that is beyond insane, and both Genosect cards are pretty awesome in the light too.
But they don't hold a candle to this one. The 15th Anniversary Pikachu full art is a lot prettier in person than I had expected, honestly.
More L-P gaps filled! These are all from 2010, and when combined with the BW-P cards I finished off from this run, I'm now a whopping three cards off from finishing the catalogued run. Seriously awesome.
Catching up on XY-P already. Honedge was a trade from the wonderful denkimouse, while the rest I snapped up off of eBay. Given what I have sitting in the warehouse of Treasure Japan though this isn't even the start of my XY-P filling. I'm kind of determined to not let the (catalogued at least) era get away from me like I did the early BW-P runs. I do love that we got an evolutionary line for the gym challenge box promos! I kinda hope that trend continues with set blocks.
Sound the klaxons: a challenger approaches.
2001's Tropical Present jumbo! I've been after this for quite a while, and happened to be in a right place-right time scenario when this came up.
The back of the card. It's actually a post card! I think I'll kindly use this as an example when people try to say that other 'myth' jumbos don't count because they lack the original card back: everyone seems to count this one but it's got an abnormal back, so...
It's also tiny. For a jumbo. It's really quite cute.
Going up the scale of the jumbos we've got these two! Pikachu, Clefairy, & Jigglypuff finishes my 1996/7 jumbos off, and Zoroark leaves me with one jumbo remaining for 2010. It's been nice getting the jumbos finally sorted out! Which leads me to these next three...
'But Cally, they're just Giratina cards, they're not jumbos are they?'
You better believe they are. Hailing from a magazine released sometime around Sept/Oct of 2008, these three jumbo Giratina are part of a set of five, and they are huge. The biggest (normally released) jumbo cards you can get your hands on.
The backs, advertising the post-Worlds Japan only tournament for October. This is why a lot of people were quick to jump on these (and likewise the later released Ho-Oh and Lugia Legend jumbo) as not 'counting' as jumbo cards. Given Tropical Present is counted as one and it's technically a postcard I think these guys officially count too. I'm super stoked to have them, and I just can't believe they're mine. Two more to go and I'll have the lot of 'em!
And general size comparisons. Missing: Ho-Oh/Lugia Legend jumbo, which is a fraction larger than the classic jumbos but not as big as the Giratina cards, and 2007's Darkrai jumbo which is a fraction bigger than Tropical Present but not as big as the current jumbo size. (It was 2am when I shot these, I wasn't going to go rifling through my folders to get them out!)
Just goes to show that Japan's definition of jumbo certainly changes a lot!
Only thing I'm really missing as well in that entire size comparison is the 1999 phone cards, and the 2007 mini cards ;) One day.