I Miss When All Stores Sold Yugioh Cards June 17, 2015
Back in the heyday, almost every store you could think of
sold Yugioh cards. The A&P supermarket sold the Yugi &
Kaiba starter deck which got me into the game in the first
place. Each store had different packs.
The local drug store was the Magic Ruler store. The
delicatessen near my house sold Pharaonic Guardian.
The café on the other side of town sold Magician’s Force.
Most importantly, the 7/11 sold Invasion of Chaos, the best
booster set at the time which got me a BLS Envoy. When
my parents lugged me around on their errands, at least there
were things that keep me entertained.
Of course, comic book stores and bigbox stores like Walmart/Target
still carry them, but it’s not just the same as walking into
a store for a specific thing and unexpectedly seeing
something familiar in there. It was like a piece of
that ubiquitous Yugioh magic followed you. It made the
most boring places fun.
I now go to those same exact stores and miss when they used
to sell trading cards. Now, all these stores seem to
sell are iPhone cases and USB chargers. It feels a lot
more drab and impersonal. But if the stores sold packs
today, I probably wouldn’t buy them. Hypocrite, I am.
I’d just stare at them nostalgically and move on because
buying single packs are the least efficient way to build a
collection. I was pleasantly shocked to see the
anomaly of a vending machine with exactly 1 Primal Origins
pack in it at a Shop Rite.
I didn’t give the machine my money. Common sense won
that day. Most of my experiences buying packs from
stores as a child were the frustration of getting a crap
rare almost every time. Oh, nostalgia. Burn your
hand on the stove enough times and you learn eventually.
I stopped buying them. That’s why they stopped selling