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Trading Cards Thread

Bullet Club

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A thread for news & discussion of collectable trading cards. All different sports, wrestling, Pokemon, Star Wars, Magic etc., etc.

I've been meaning to make this thread for a while because I like to collect cards and the hobby has been booming during the pandemic. But today brings some big news, so here's the thread finally.

MLB are dumping Topps after 70 years and are giving Fanatics the license from 2026.






And a few other things.

Upper Deck are releasing the first AEW card set. It will be out in November.







The last Pokemon English set for 2021 is Fusion Strike. It's also out in November.






Bonus content!









 

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I was casually collecting Pokemon before the huge boom last year. The situation is completely stupid right now. The whole hobby is eating itself. You can't even buy Pokémon cards from shops anymore in Japan.
 
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Bummed about the Topps news. I was waiting to see if anyone was gonna post a thread about it.

I got back into baseball cards in 2019 in time for Series two of Topps. It was nice actually being able to find stuff on shelves.

I check the Wal Mart here daily and its sad to see even junk like Allen & Ginter being gone the next day. Not liking my chances at finding a few blasters of Topps Chrome to hold onto.
 
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Bullet Club

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The main things I currently collect are NBA, AFL (Australian Rules Football), wrestling and Pokemon.

Trying to get NBA & AFL cards at RRP in Australia is not easy. EB Games had an online preorder for NBA Select retail blasters & fat packs last week and they legit sold out in 10 seconds. Unfortunately it took me 20 seconds to get my order in, so I missed out.

Pokemon in Australia is pretty easy to get at the moment. EB and the other major retails have brought a lot of it in. Chilling Reign doesn't seem to be as popular as the previous sets.
 

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I used to collect the Fleer Ultra X-Men cards, I think it was the '94 and '95 series.
Is there a website that catalogues all the cards that have been released?
 
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Bullet Club

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I used to collect the Fleer Ultra X-Men cards, I think it was the '94 and '95 series.
Is there a website that catalogues all the cards that have been released?
I usually just check prices on ebay or COMC.

I also have a bunch of 90s X-Men & Marvel cards. They were pretty cool.
 

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What do you mean MLB dumped Topps? Dumped them how? I've been out of trading cards since everything from the 80's and 90's became worthless and I figured out that collectors shops were rifling through all the packs of cards and pulling all the inserts out to be sold separately. I'm from an era where there's a dozen different brands of baseball cards. So what does it mean for MLB to dump Topps? Are you saying there's been one exclusive brand? That ought to be illegal...
 
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Bullet Club

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What do you mean MLB dumped Topps? Dumped them how? I've been out of trading cards since everything from the 80's and 90's became worthless and I figured out that collectors shops were rifling through all the packs of cards and pulling all the inserts out to be sold separately. I'm from an era where there's a dozen different brands of baseball cards. So what does it mean for MLB to dump Topps? Are you saying there's been one exclusive brand? That ought to be illegal...
It hasn't been that way for about a decade. One company gets the whole rights and then releases a lot of different sets.

Let's see if I can get this right...

Topps have had the exclusive MLB license for cards since 2010. Panini has the MLB Players Association license, which means their cards couldn't have any team logos on them. Now Fantatics has both of them as of 2026.

Panini have had the exclusive NBA card license since 2009. They release 20+ different sets a year which includes old school brands like Hoops & Donruss. They also release some really high end stuff like National Treasures & Noir which cost thousands of dollars for a pack/box of 10 cards.

Panini also have the exclusive NFL license and release 20+ sets a year for that as well, similar stuff to basketball.

Upper Deck do NHL. In other old news, Upper Deck own Skybox and Fleer, they still use the Skybox brand for Marvel stuff and some other things but haven't used Fleer for a while.

Panini do a lot of the main soccer leagues.

Select make AFL for us Australians. They are not too shabby.

Topps do WWE and did have the UFC license, but Panini have it now.
 
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i wouldn't really say i'm a collector. as a kid i was into pokemon but that's about it. i thiink i might have bought some digimon cards. only other cards i have bought are some Magic (think it was like a start set) and the Gwent cards.

about 10 years ago i bought the complete original pokemon base set which cost me about £120 (iirc). the folder was about $70 (worked out about £50 with custom charges or some shit). i've been interested in the pokemon boom but i can't bring myself to part with these cards because they give me so much nostalgia and memories of childhood. i'd have to be offered thousands to think about giving them away. right now i reckon i could get maybe a few hundred. i did have a spare Charizard (pulled straight from a booster in ~2010 that i bought for like £6 on ebay lol) and i sold that for ~£200 a couple years ago.
 
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I'll be honest, I've always been one of those heathens that prefers Yu-Gi-Oh to MTG. I haven't played since the GX days, but I'd really love to get back into it. I especially want to play goat format (basically, in this format, you use the rules and banlist from August 2005, and you can only use cards released up to that point) because those are all the old cards I love and am familiar with.



For some reason, I've been obsessed with Yata-Garasu and Yata-lock decks. I just remember how controversial they were due to being unbelievably broken. The four cards key to this deck (Yata, Chaos Emperor Dragon, Sangan, and Witch Of The Black Forest) were entirely responsible for the creation of the Forbidden list due to Yata-lock being the most overpowered deck in YGO history.

Sadly, CEE, Sangan, and WOTBF have all been errata'd and not only taken off the banlist, but they're not even limited to one or two anymore. It just feels wrong, considering how long they've been banned, and the fact that they were literally responsible for the banlist in the first place.

Yata is still banned, however, and I don't ever see that changing. If it ever does leave the Forbidden list, it'll be a very sad day indeed. It's pretty much tradition at this point.
 

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Packman is one of the more popular rippers on YT. It's a good way to see some of the more expensive new releases get opened.





Don't think he got $6000 worth of cards in that box of NT.

I've got a bunch of lower end Woodard autos. I think he will end up being a decent player but his stuff is dirt cheap at the moment.
 

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There are. Upper Deck recently released Marvel X-Men Metal Universe.












Here's Ally, another popular ripper/breaker, opening a case.


Are these meant to be really expensive? Looking in Australia it's about $400 for a box? That sounds crazy expensive.
 

Bullet Club

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Are these meant to be really expensive? Looking in Australia it's about $400 for a box? That sounds crazy expensive.
That's around the price I've seen them at. They are pricey.

You can get some of the base cards for $3 each on ebay.
 

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Love trading cards it's one of the other hobbies i enjoy but i tend to be really selective now with what i go for as it can spiral way out of control moneywise. I made that mistake with pokemon years ago, somewhere in the flat i still have vast amounts of cards from complete sets of the very first few series along with obscenely rare promo cards i picked up along the way as i went full on collecting. Really should look at offloading them while the world seems to give a damn about them. Stuff like triple black star rarity cards or ones given as the prize in battle tournaments in japan, think i still have the battle passport that went with it somewhere.

Trading cards that bridge the gap between collecting & gaming is another type i really enjoyed have lot of complete sets of a lot of nintendo e-reader card series along with more recently the animal crossing amiibo cards although i did manage the monumental task of completing a set of japanese kid icarus uprising ar cards that one was a huge undertaking especially as the last handful of cards were scattered in a crazy amount of products/events. The only collection set that i do keep up with is wacky packages trading cards they are thankfully cheap for the new ones and you can usually really easily buy complete base sets on ebay then try and get all the sub sets and chase cards. I'd love to get the original 70's & 80's sets but those are a little out of my price range so i started from the 1991 series and went forward from there have binders full of complete sets i love the things the art on them is amazing and they do make me smile as i flip through. While it's fun to tear through booster boxes it's more cost efficient to just buy the sets as they come onto the market from people who buy them by the caseloads.

The only other series of cards i'd love to get back into are garbage pail kids but there are sooooooo many series now i don't think my finances could hack it. I grew up with those ones but i stupidly lost all mine at some point, loved the sometimes really surreal art on them.
 
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Wubby's wife Alluux does Pokemon rips on Twitch and she usually uploads highlights of it on YT.

 

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Panini and topps got greedy making billions off the backs of players.

I am not a fanatics fan, all they did was pay market value for an undervalued product.
 
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I'm 49 and love trading cards. I remember going into our local mom and pop corner store and seeing "ALIEN", "ET", "Tron" "Jaws" "Star Wars" and tons of other series/collections.



I'm also a huge Garbage Pail Kids fan.




But I'm *MOST* excited for the upcoming RRParks "Ultraman" trading card series 1. The first officially licensed made in the USA Ultraman
cards!


Here's a quote from Richard of RRParks:

Here it IS! FINALLY! ULTRAMAN SERIES ONE TRADING CARDS ... the very first officially licensed Ultraman Collectible Trading Card Series published in the US! We had to wait 55 years for a trading card series of Ultraman, and in celebration of that 55 year anniversary HERE is the very first series of cards published in this country!






I backed this and it's almost ready to be shipped out! He's also making Ultraman Series 2 and beyond!



 
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Select put their 3rd AFL set for the year up for presale today, this time it was the premium AFL Optimum. Sold out in 3 minutes at $315 a box. A got 1 box so I'm happy. People are already putting them up on ebay for $1000.

 

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I'm also a huge Garbage Pail Kids fan.


One of the things I managed to save from my youth was my sizeable Garbage Pail Kid card collection. Must have been around '87 or '88 me and my sister collected these compulsively when we got our hands on some cash. Earlier when I was even younger I loved Wacky Packages but I've no idea what happened to that collection.

These days I still play Magic casually with family, I've been playing since close to the beginning, I think Ice Age was the current expansion when I started playing. I've got a shitton of cards but even at that, I had periods where I didn't buy any, many expansions have come and gone over the years without me buying a single card. I did really dig the recent Ikoria set though. The new Innistrad Mignight Hunt coming up looks good to.
 
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Been digging though my cupboards as around the 2000's i had a LOT of pokemon cards as i was heavily into it but i eventually stopped, still can't find the bulk of my cards but i'm starting to find stuff that the cards came from as a load of items had promo cards in them also found my uk base set and they are all still pretty much in mint condition. Gonna start assessing what i have to put on ebay as i never even look at these any more. Hell the last time i laid eyes on them was about 20 years ago. Hoping the ones in storage haven't been damaged by damp/mould as there's a lot of japanese super rare promo cards in that pile.

Here's what i found so far.

I'm wracking my brain if all the pokemon trainer mags came with promo cards or not or just some i honestly can't remember i'm gonna have to do some research on the japanese side of the net to find out.


The why i became a pokemon card manga volumes, they all had exclusive promo cards in them



random usa movie promo card


Southern islands set, well the packs at least the cards need reuniting with them lol


uk set, just took pics of the holos but it's all the cards in there






No idea what level i can grade them at but i pulled out the charizard as people seem to flip out over that and it looks like it has just been pulled from a pack there's not creases or white wear marks on it, to me it looks good but i'd be hesitant listing it as mint as i know card collectors can be super anal.






This book literally lists every card that was released obvs only upto that date but it covers even the special insanely rare cards




These are the 9 card promo binder sets but only have the files so far the cards were taken out & i'm convinced i had a pikachu one as well somewhere.




Still more to dig out & find and reunite with where they came from but i might have a tidy sum by the end of it, might as well have some pokemon fan enjoy having them rather than been sat there forever in the dark. My wacky package collection though hell no i love that to death.
 

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But I'm *MOST* excited for the upcoming RRParks "Ultraman" trading card series 1. The first officially licensed made in the USA Ultraman
cards!


Here's a quote from Richard of RRParks:








I backed this and it's almost ready to be shipped out! He's also making Ultraman Series 2 and beyond!




Those Ultraman cards are pretty basic but they are retro style by design. These ones I have are much nicer, I've got 100's now.
 
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Found more these were from the 1st mcdonalds pokemon packs, sadly these were banded up so the top card which was a charmander has a small dent & line crease on the top where the rubber band dug in but i have multiples of some of them and all the rest are like new

They all have little mcdonalds logos to show they were from the mcdonalds set
 
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Posting here because seemed better then creating a new thread.

Can anyone recommend a good way of appraising pokemon cards. I have like a thousand (atleast hundreds) still neatly organized from the 90s and early thousands and it seems like a big task. But figured you guys might have some tips on the matter.
 

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I just bought into a Topps WWE Chrome 21 break at Cherry and got a Booker T auto. Very nice!



The other main cards I got were a numbered Karrion Kross gold card and a Liv Morgan refractor.

I always do pretty well in wrestling breaks. In basketball breaks I never get anything good.

Can anyone recommend a good way of appraising pokemon cards. I have like a thousand (atleast hundreds) still neatly organized from the 90s and early thousands and it seems like a big task. But figured you guys might have some tips on the matter.
I've never had cards appraised so don't really know.

The best way to do it might be just to go through them, finding stuff that could be rare and looking at online price guides.


 
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I just bought into a Topps WWE Chrome 21 break at Cherry and got a Booker T auto. Very nice!



The other main cards I got were a numbered Karrion Kross gold card and a Liv Morgan refractor.

I always do pretty well in wrestling breaks. In basketball breaks I never get anything good.


I've never had cards appraised so don't really know.

The best way to do it might be just to go through them, finding stuff that could be rare and looking at online price guides.



Thank you. Second link looks helpful. Just seems like a pain in the ass task when thinking about. So was looking for some tips to start. I'm going to attempt it tomorrow on day off.
 
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This has been rumoured to be happening for a while. I don't mind Topps but it will be interesting to see what Panini do with the license.
 
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Posting here because seemed better then creating a new thread.

Can anyone recommend a good way of appraising pokemon cards. I have like a thousand (atleast hundreds) still neatly organized from the 90s and early thousands and it seems like a big task. But figured you guys might have some tips on the matter.
Use the TCGplayer app to scan them

TCGplayer is the most reputable TCG market. It will auto price them and add them to a list so you can sort em.
 

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I haven't collected cards in a while.

The majority I have are from my childhood. My biggest card collections are Sailor Moon and Marvel. Marvel cards were the first ones I started collecting, I used to trade them in elementary school with other people who also collected, it was a huge thing to do at the time. I keep them in a binder and still go back every now and then to have a look through them and read the backs.
 
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