Here is a pretty cool collectible I picked up from Japan by way of eBay. It's a card box for the SEGA Card-Gen arcade game, similar to the deck boxes you see for other trading card games like Magic: The Gathering and Pokemon. I have never played the game itself (it was a Japan-only thing), but I have managed to accumulate a number of the cards that go with it. I'd never seen one of these deck boxes, though, so I placed a bid and wound up a winner.
Here's the front of the box in the packaging. It's your fairly standard card box with a Velcro closure. It's got Card-Gen branding all over it.
Here it is outside of the packaging. Not much else to say about it.
The back of the box has a celebration scene printed on it. It looks like someone just hit a walk-off home run and the team is waiting to celebrate a victory. Hopefully no one gets injured in the scrum.
I found a surprise inside when I opened it up. I'd made the purchase just expecting to get the case, but it had a card enclosed. Bonus cardboard is the best cardboard!
It's a pretty good card, too. This is a 2012 SEGA Card-Gen Yu Darvish EX card. Zippy Zappy commented on my post about an Ichiro card back in 2015, explaining that these cards (with cases) could be obtained when the Card Gen machine spit out a redemption ticket instead of a standard Card Gen card. You took the ticket to the counter, where the arcade worker would exchange it for a case with one of these special cards inside. I'd just never before made the connection between this case and that comment until I started writing this post. I've got a couple more of these cases on the way, one that looks like this one and one with different colors, so soon enough I'll find out if they hold any more treasures.