Collecting is more than just a hobby. It’s addicting. People have different types of collections, whether it is a father with a record collection or a daughter with a Barbie collection. For myself, it’s a card collection. I’ve been collecting cards ever since my father introduced me to his collection. He has a vast amount of cards, consisting of football cards, baseball cards, and more. Since the idea of having a card collection was introduced to me in the late 90s, I was obsessed with collecting Pokémon cards. Pokémon was, and still is, a huge appeal to kids because of it’s availability. It exists as a television show, video game, book, and (most appealing to me) trading cards. It was a perfect marketing strategy by Nintendo to allow their characters to be printed on trading cards. Why? Kids will want to have these cards.
Newer Pokémon cards are still being created today. The original trading cards can still be found today, whether on eBay, Amazon, etc., but it is difficult to come across every single one. For a collector like me, it is very difficult to have a collection that lacks one, single piece. Thankfully, I have all of the original Pokémon cards from the first series of cards that were released. However, in 2006, a series of lenticular cards were released for a limited time. These were tiny, square cards that were given a 3D effect when you turn the card from side to side. They were called Action Flipz I decided to collect these cards as well, even though I didn’t have them all. I didn’t know how long this collection would be incomplete.
It’s been 8 years. I’ve had an incomplete collection for 8 years that I’ve always thought about completing. It’s so difficult to find the Action Flipz since there were a limited amount that were produced. There were 130 different Action Flipz within the first series, and I had 129. I have been missing the very last one that was titled “S-10 Jesse” ever since I started my collection. Over the past couple of years, I’ve been consistently checking eBay every week to see if this card would show up in an auction. I’ve had no luck, until today. Today was a great day for me because it feels like I’ve finally completed a part of my childhood that always felt like it had a small gap. It’s a great feeling, and I know that other collectors can relate to my story.