Woot! It's been awhile since I've posted huh? Had a bit of a busy life lately, what with getting a new supervisor at work, puppies, and having my best friend if ten years move away - this month has been crazy.
But this month is also my birthday month. And on the 20th, I had turned 23! So, as is customary, toda had showered me with gifts I would like to share with you. In addition, I have gotten THREE mini-grails in recent months that I just need to show off.
Beware, lots of text below.
Let's start off with something I actually received the day before my birthday. This was actually something I purchased from dewott.
This cut little notepad! But it;s not the Pikachu on it that made me want this baby... it was what was on back.
Yeeeeeeeeeeea! Jolteon! This actually has a small story to it. There is another item with this same artwork on it, a notebook, that I had lost a long time ago. omgitslph had it in their sales post a whiiiile back and it had been the first thing purchased. I was so bummed out because the artwork was so cute and original-looking and I had really wanted it. So when I saw it pop up again in dewott's offers post, I HAD to have it. I didn't even get any hardcore competition, which made me happy. So now I have it - Though this isn't actually one of my mini-grails. I hadn't even been actively searching for it, so this was a nice little surprise.
Now, to the birthday gets!
toda went to a con last weekend and she used said con to basically go birthday shopping for me. As some of you may know I am an absolute whore for artwork. The Artist Alley of conventions is seriously my secret heaven. Bookmarks, prints, stickers, buttons - holy shit I eat all that stuff up, seriously. So, I bet you can guess just where Toda bought all my gifts.
Ooooh yes. That shiny Espeon artwork is beyond lovely!! And the Pikachu at the right is a sticker! But there's more...
Mmm, I see a Jolteon theme here lol
The card is something I knew about and didn't come from the con. Neither was the bottlecap - which I won from a GA Toda hosted. But the beadsprite and the phone charms are! Heh, look at that fat little Jolteon~
She also gave me this! Pokebox eeveelution mirror! I just needed me some sexy Jolty ass xD
There was even more to my gifts then this but -
They are not Pokemon xD
I love them all, thank you toda dear! I'll get working on that ring.
Now, second order of business.
Each of these guys has a story, so everyone get on your reading glasses and let us begin!
Now, as some of you know, I collect Rayquaza - with a particular love for his shiny. When they announced the shiny Rayquaza mini promo, I seriously sprouted wings and flew, it was like a dream come true! But BEFORE all that, when I first started collecting Rayquaza in early 2010 there were only two shiny Rayquaza items - His kid and his star card.
I got the shiny kid a few months in, and fairly easily too, but his star card was not quite so lucky. One thing about me is I am a little stubborn when paying a lot for cards, so when one popped up on here for a pretty reasonable $40 dollars, I passed on buying it. Another came by, damaged, for $30. I passed buying that too and kept hoping I'd get it for cheaper somewhere else.
But that card, whenever it popped up on ebay, went for $50 at least. More often then not, it went up to a hundred. But I kept hoping and waiting, and waiting and hoping.
Finally, my luck paid off.
During the same shiny Rayquaza mini-promo, while I was looking through Rayquaza auctions for the special card that came with the game, bam - there it was. Someone was selling it probably hoping for a good price, since the other shiny Rayquaza merch was just insane in prices. But no, this beautiful card was being pretty much ignored and I won it at about 1600 yen.
I just bought a mint Shiny Rayquaza Star card for about $30 bucks.
I seriously couldn't be happier.
Oh... such beauty it is. This was TWO YEARS of searching - this almost qualifies as grail level, if it weren't for the fact that if I was just willing to pay more for it I would of had it long ago anyways lol. It's also the Japanese variant, which I'm not sure if that makes it more or less valuable, but either way I'm happy just to HAVE it.
Obligatory IT'S-HOLO-DONCHAKNOW picture.
But seriously, it is super lovely - and WITH IT - makes my shiny Rayquaza collection almost complete. All I'm banking on now is the newest shiny Rayquaza card (which brings his total up to FOUR shiny cards). But once I have it I will own all the shiny Rayquaza merch that I know of.
Now, next one.
This again goes back to Rachelled. Awhile back she had another one of her offers post - in it was a Christmas tin from 2004. Christmas, being one of my favorite holidays, made me instantly want it especially since it had a some of my collection Pkemon on it - but it wasn't until someone asked for a close up of the tin artwork and I took a REAL gander at it that I knew I had to have it.
Well, of course, I lost the tin. I had a chance at buying it, but passed on it because the member bidding against me was going for the artwork on the sides - which meant pretty much the tin was their only option and I thought 'hey, how hard could this be to find the full art for anyways?'.
Six months of hardcore searching.
I figured I could find a postcard, stickers, the mug, the pillow, a clearfile SOMETHING easily, but no dice. And in the end it wasn't me who found it but kassia9. And the minute she found it, ironically the same exact tin I had lost previously in a small lot of items, I swear to you I got down on my knees and made her my Wifey, I was so overjoyed.
And after an incredible bidwar, I finally won it - and here it is.
Oh yes. It is miiiine. MIIIIINE.
But why do you think I wanted it so bad?
Is it because of Pikachu?
Nah. He's on everything.
Is it because of the double Rayquazas in the sky?
Nah. He's practically on everything too.
So then what is it?
Can't see it yet, can you? Okay, let's get closer.
Okay, we're closer. Can you see it yet?
Let's try even closer.
Okay guys, this was as close as I could get!
He's right front and center!
Can you see him? Right there, under Pelliper's wing?
Yes you do see it now don't you?
THAT IS A FRICKEN JOLTEON. A. JOLT.E.ON. ON CHRISTMAS ARTWORK. MY HEART EXPLODED WHEN I SAW IT THE FIRST TIME. I spotted it when Rachelled took her close-up picture and then I guarded it like some coveted secret, because I didn't want any other crazy Eevee collectors knowing about it.
But it is mine now and my heart can finally be at rest because I have SOMETHING from this promotion with JOLTEON on it!
I HAVE A CHRISTMAS JOLTEON. I WANT TO CRY TEARS OF IMMENSE HAPPINESS.
But if I was happy here, you have no idea the death I faced getting this last and most recent mini-grail.
This one is a sticker.
Something very few people know about me is, when I was a kid, I used to collect stickers. When the dentist would put on the sticker after I was a 'good, little patient' I would peel it off at home and put it on a piece of paper to keep. I would never open packs of stickers I got, and would always be begging my mom to buy me some when we went to the store. I still have a whole tub full of just stickers I collected as a kid.
Naturally, when I started collecting Pokemon, stickers became a HUUUUUGE part of my collection wants and needs - oftentimes I would even buy stickers of Pokemon I DIDN'T collect. I would be the first to jump into any GAs with stickers, would buy them in masses from sales posts, would scour y!J and eBay with nicely priced lots.
I bought a lot of stickers. I have so many I don't even know where they all are.
And then one day larvitarscar had a small auction post with a few, rather rare, stickers from 2006. They're called glitter amadas - and, the real bite in the ass? It was a Jolteon.
I wanted it like mad, but in the end I lost it to another hardcore sticker collector, finally caving at $35 dollars for it. No matter how badly I wanted it, I couldn't justify spending that much for it. And like with the tin I was bemoaning my loss and that craving to just GET. IT. overcame me.
So I went to kassia9 again, begging her to help. She gave me two search terms to find sticker lots with. And the search began. Every week I would look through auctions, opening page after page of auctions, squinting my eyes at horribly done pictures just trying to spy it at all and almost caving more than once to just buy a couple lots with just the HOPE that it was in there. This went on for months, every search futile and heartbreaking.
And then one day, as I was conversing with skinst_bomb, I went on my sticker search... as usual... and here is how our conversation went:
Jadekitty777 2:28 am
ok... time to look for stickers again
i'm not ready
skinsbm 2:28 am
YOUR BODY NEEDS TO BE READY
ITS STILL SMALL AND IMPERFECT
BUT YOU NEED TO BE READY\
IT COULD POUNCE UPON YOU
it doesn;t love me that much TAT
Then your body must be ready for when it's ready
OH SHIT SKINS I FOUND IT
I FOUND IT
I TOLD YOU
*grabs you, shakes you* IT ENDS IN 2 HOURS
YOUR BODY NEEDED TO BE READY
http://page2.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/b134275842 ohmygodohmygodohmygod can you SEE it?
I SEE IT
Also, if you win this
You must post this conversation on the com.
lol! okay i shall save it
dn;t worry i will not be losing it lol
1 hour 49 minutes. 1 hr 49 mins. jsdnhjdsds
*hugs you* oh my god my search may be over
Good luck!! :D
Skiiins! *hangs off on you* now I know how you felt over those bloody cards lol
*grabs you, shakes you* 50 MINUTES
I CAN'T TAKE IT
*JUMPS OFF CLIFF*
YOUR BODY IS NOT READY
YOU MUST MAKE IT READY
BY SAYING MY BODY IS READY OVER AND OVER
BUT ITS NOT
Jadekitty777 3:59 am
OHMYGOD HALF HOUR
I'MA DIE NOW
GO GO GO\
OKAY THEN *LIVES*
I'M WINNING *dies*
WIN WIN WIN\
TRYING TRYING TRYING
kjfdhdfhfg STOP TRYING TO BEAT ME YOU LOSERS
its up to 20 bids lol
GO GO GO
ugh my bidder returned
BITCH PLEASE YOU'RE NOT GONNA WIN
YOU GOT IT
I FUCKING GOT IT
I AM SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW I COULD CRY
YES IT IS
Six minutes... SIX MINUTES into my search I found it. It was in a huge lot of items but there is was RIGHT ON TOP FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE.
Special thanks goes to Skins for handling my spaz attack that night. As you can see I really died.
And after patiently waiting, day in and day out for it to get to the warehouse and then to me, it finally came into my hands earlier this week. And here it is, the sticker that put me through hell -
It is, seriously, one of the most beautiful things I own in my Jolteon collection. No seriously, I love it. The anime artwork and pose, the colors, the GLITTER... it is just... too beautiful for words. My joy is at it's greatest.
Again super thanks to skinst_bomb for handling my insanity that night and giving me all the support I needed 8D, you're a true friend dear!!
And kassia9 ALL MY LOVE GOES TO YOU BECAUSE IF IT WEREN'T FOR YOU AND YOUR SEARCH TERMS I NEVER WOULD HAVE GOTTEN THIS BABY. YOU ARE MY WIFEY FOREVER.
With this sticker, there's really nothing in my mind, besides upcoming merch, that I really need for Jolteon except the Bell Plush, keshimon and metal figure. But I know soon enough I will be proven wrong, huh?
And so that my post of obscene insanity. I hope you enjoyed.
Oh, and on a total side note that isn't even fully related - guess what? I started another collection. Really a side collection, but anytime I make side collections it just turns into full blown collecting so WE ALL KNOW I'M PROBABLY LYING.
And now I know some of you are like but Jade, you already collect nine Pokemon WHAT COULD IT POSSIBLY BE?
Well... It's not Pokemon...
I started with the super, duper awesome cup and then well.. um... oops?
I totally blame Pokemon collecting for making me willing to buy all this. Because before Pokemon, I probably would of just stared longingly - maybe bought a card or a figure or just scoured the internet, saving pictures to my hard drive. NOT SPEND OVER $100 DOLLARS IN MERCHANDISE LIKE MONEY GROWS ON GRAPE VINES.
But ever since I started collecting Pokemon, my inhibitions against spending a lot of money on stuff THAT I DON'T REALLY 'NEED' (but I do need it, I do!!!) has kind of waned. Funny, how that is huh? Any of you have that same problem?
On another side note, the seller who sold me the majority of those cards, ufocatcherjapan, was INCREDIBLY sweet and helpful. He made a second lot of cards just for me, threw in extras including that Usopp Pepsi Nex figure, and shipped out everything next day! He sells some Pokemon merch too, so if he has something you're looking for, I suggest buying from him! It was one of my most pleasant eBay experiences by far!
Lol, okay done speaking now. Thanks for reading guys! I'm now off to have dinner! Mmm... delicious dinner.
Edit: P.S. There are lots of other things I wish I could say here, and show off but this is what the collection room looks like right now -
Eeer it's such a mess xD. Even still super special thanks to Gin for getting me all the shiny Rayquaza merch among other awesome things, dewott, thank you for being my replacement Secret Valentine!, love you kassia9 and your customs, and uh THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO HAS HELPED MAKE THIS COLLECTION WHAT IT IS TODAY.