Playing Pokemon - Or - Just Collecting Cool Cards
As I open my first package of cards, I'm somewhat amused by myself, since these cards have been around for how long? Since 1996?
Okay. So, I'm a little slow getting involved with current events, smile.
A Memory About Marbles
As I read about these cards, how they originated from a video game and people play with these cards, against each other, it reminds me of playing marbles in the late 1960's. Since I still have some marbles from that time period, I can venture to say that way back then, there were kids that loved to play marbles. They had some really cool styles. But, before I start writing about marbles, the comparison is that kids have lots of cards, and use them to play. You play, and sometimes you lose your marbles. Or the other person loses their marbles.
Right. So, about those marbles... If you play with these cards, against others, do you have to remember which cards you brought. Who takes the cards home? How do you find the cards that you've played, or does some enterprising soul, collect up all the cards, and put them on ebay, or some other sales device?
One Card I Possess
For some reason, my computer will not let me upload photos of the cards I possess, so I will just have to describe them to you.
First card I see, the character portrayed is named Magikarp. It is a fish. There is a jumping carp on my photo, with a partial view of another carp in the background. Since we are a fishing family, I find it to be exciting that I have this particular card.
It's a cartoon illustration. A serious cartoon. Not humorous. Very sharp edges to the fish. Clear, solid colors. No shading.
Since I know no one else who collects these cards, I shall not buy any more for playing purposes. The addiction comes, according to a friend, from the curiosity of seeing what other cards are available.
It is an addiction. Now, as long as the cards are still on the shelves, and the game is almost 30 years old, it's a great time to start collecting. Perhaps no one who currently plays will ever find me, although my granddaughter does know children, her age, that have cards. I do not personally know any eight year olds that possess cards. She will probably inherit the cards I do own.