An Introduction from RenaeCollects

by RenaeCollects ~ March 2nd, 2011.

Hello everyone! Pikkdogs has asked me to be a part of the Team Omar community! And I’m very excited to do so. I figure the best thing to do is to start by introducing myself!

Hey, I’m Renae. I collect Pokémon cards.

I’ve only been doing so seriously for a few months now. If you know my boyfriend, JWittz, then you may know that we’ve played a big role in each others’ involvement in Pokémon. In high school, some of our peers started playing their old Game Boy Color Pokémon games and it spread all over school. Who would have thought, right? So we both decided to whip out our old games. I started playing Pokémon Yellow because I had always been a Pikachu fan, and Josh played Pokémon Red. It was our “gateway drug”, so to speak, into the world of Pokémon. (Of course we played it and had cards as kids, but this was serious stuff for two high schoolers :P)

So Pokémon Yellow and Red led to Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. At first, I was turned off by the newer generation Pokémon. In fact, until we started playing those games, I didn’t even know that many Pokémon existed. But after a short while they grew on me like crazy. And after a while Pokémon Diamond and Pearl led to me asking about Pokémon cards. I found a small binder of cards that I had from when I was a kid. But I didn’t have many and I didn’t have anything too exciting or rare. And that was when I found out you could actually PLAY A GAME WITH THE CARDS! (I didn’t know anything, did I?) So we went out and bought two theme decks and I learned for the first time how to play the Pokémon TCG. In the long run, however, it just wasn’t for me. I enjoy the game, but oh my goodness it’s so hard to play competitively! So props to all you crazy people who can keep up with it all!

I liked Pokémon too much, though, to give it up completely. There are countless videos of collectors on YouTube. And I started watching tons of those videos. So a few months ago I decided to start doing the same. I finally had something that I could call my own in Pokémon; something that I could do independently of Josh and his role in the TCG community. And now, for the first time ever, I know things about Pokémon that he doesn’t! (But we’ll let him continue thinking he knows more ;))

This is where my YouTube channel, RenaeCollects, comes into play. I mostly upload videos of pack openings, a few raffles, and some trades. And that’s mostly what I’ll be contributing to this site. I hope that my perspective as a collector is insightful, and maybe just fun, for players out there. Just like I enjoy hearing about the TCG (even though the meta game is mostly all over my head), because it helps keep collecting in perspective. And it sometimes has unfavorable and favorable effects on the value of cards. What collector wants to trade their Primes and Legend pieces for the same value as some trainers?! But at the same time, every collector wants to trade their extra trainers for a Prime or Legend piece! Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but you can see what I mean about the TCG affecting collecting. So maybe together we’ll find more ways how collectors and players can affect each other, as well as work together!

Whew… so after all that, I just want to say “Hi”. And thanks for welcoming me into this community. Here’s a video from my channel just to introduce you to the kind of content I make. I hope to talk to you all soon and to start a new relationship between collectors and players!

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  • Anonymous

    Hi Renae and welcome to the team! After Pikkdogs’ announcement a post or two ago I went to your YouTube channel and lost 3 hours or so of my day watching your vids. I am not exactly sure why it is so compelling to me to watch you open your mail or booster packs or whatever, but it definitely is something that is cool.

    Anyway, I like your channel, and I like your blog, and I especially like the craft stuff you are doing with Pokemon themes.

    I have been trying to complete my sets for the past year or so and I still have quite a few cards yet to get so I am sure I can learn something from you when it comes to trading and collecting.

    Thanks for joining the site.

    • Bob

      om nom