17 September 2014

What eBay Hath Wrought 110: 2012 SEGA Card-Gen Foil Rare Todd Helton

I haven't been able to track down a copy of R.A. Dickey's 2013 SEGA Card-Gen Foil Rare card, and it is unlikely that many will pop up in this part of the world, so I try to fill that empty hole in my collection (and in my heart) with the Foil Rare cards of other players. Some of them sit on eBay for a long time with $15 But It Now price tags and I don't grab those, but when one pops up with a fairly low bid price I will put in a bid for it. This time around I was lucky enough to get Todd Helton's card from the 2012 SEGA Card-Gen set. It's pretty cool, with a decent photo and a shiny background.

The seller included a few extras in the package with Helton, including these cards which appear to be from some sort of BBM team-specific sets. I am not sure what the distribution model on these looks like, so I can't be sure if this is a mix of base cards and inserts or if the cards are packaged separately based on team. It's cool to get a sampling of cards from another country, though.

The card backs hint at these being from separate sets, as the Golden Eagles players have card numbers with an E prefix and the Daystars card number has a prefix of DB. The format for the Golden Eagles' stat lines is a little confusing to me, while the format for Morimoto's stats looks a bit more familiar.

The seller also included a small stack of cards from the World of Warcraft trading card game. I bought a fair number of the English version of these back when I didn't have any kids and played a lot of the World of Warcraft computer game. There were chase cards with redemption codes on them that could be exchanged for in-game items. The most sought-after of these were exclusive mounts for your computer game character to ride. I never pulled one of those, but I did get a special mini-pet that followed my character around and an item that let me set off some fireworks in-game.

I really like the thought of playing trading card games, but for some reason it never really works out for me in practice. I just don't have the dedication or the mindset to memorize all the different cards and their possible interactions with each other. My decks wind up being pretty simplistic, which leads to me getting my butt handed to me, which isn't much fun, which means I have unused piles of cards from a bunch of different TCGs cluttering up my life. But the idea of it seems so cool.


  1. I played Magic the Gathering for years, but just ran out of time to play on a regular basis. Thankfully Magic cards have decent resell value.

    1. As far as I can tell, World of Warcraft cards don't have the same kind of resell power you get out of Magic cards. I have a hard time getting myself out of the house to go play any sort of game or do much of anything social. I love the idea of a regular gaming night, but in practice I find it difficult to maintain friendships with other gamers or block out time for public game nights at the local shops.