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Baneful's Column
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 them.

 


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