As you all know, I love collecting Pokemon cards. When the cards for Detective Pikachu came out, I was so excited. They even came out with an exclusive Detective Pikachu card if you saw the movie in theaters on opening weekend – which was the main reason I forced myself to go to the movies. However, as much as I enjoy the Detective Pikachu cards, something makes me wonder if they’re worth it.
Pokemon cards come in various ways. You can get booster packs, elite trainer boxes, oversized card sets, pin sets, tins, and more. The Detective Pikachu cards, however, come a little differently. I assume this is because there are only 18 main cards in the set (26 total, a few cards are “secret”).
Detective Pikachu cards can come in a collectible lunch box or “case files.” Two have oversized cards with booster packs and two just have booster packs.
But here’s the thing – the booster packs for Detective Pikachu aren’t booster packs.
I think it’s a pretty standard thing that “booster packs” are packs of ten cards. This goes for any sort of trading card, not just Pokemon. I could be wrong about that, but for Pokemon, booster packs always have ten cards. Because of this, the booster packs for Detective Pikachu seem to be a bit misleading.
The booster packs in the Detective Pikachu packs only contain four cards. That’s not even half of what a normal booster pack contains. So, when I picked out the $10 case file that contained three booster packs, a Detective Pikachu card, and a coin, I was impressed at the packaging. I thought they changed it for Detective Pikachu. When I held it, it felt awfully thin. Then, when I opened it, instead of a total of 31 cards, I had 13 cards.
Now, other Pokemon cards that come with three booster packs, a special card, and a coin are typically about $13 (on the Pokemon Center at least). This means that you’re getting 31 cards plus a coin for $13 but for Detective Pikachu, you’re getting 13 cards and a coin for $10. In order words, you can get 18 extra cards for $3, though none will be Detective Pikachu.
There are, of course, other Detective Pikachu packs that are more than $10 because they contain an oversized card plus an actual 10-card booster pack along with two 4-card Detective Pikachu booster packs. So, you have to do some math and see what’s worth it and what isn’t.
I think they did this because there aren’t many cards in the Detective Pikachu series, which boggles my mind because they stated 151 Pokemon (no more, no less) made an appearance in the movie. So, at the very least, I feel like the Detective Pikachu card series should have at least 151 cards.
But I’m getting off topic.
Am I going to continue buying the Detective Pikachu series? Of course. Do I think it’s worth the money for so little cards? I’m not sure – I’m not good at math.
I was initially shocked though because they use the term “booster pack” and when I think of a booster pack, I think I’m getting 10 cards. I was surprised to see they only put four cards inside and call it a booster pack. I think, at the very least, they should have come up with a different term for it or just put ten cards in the packs. As I said, I think it’s because there are only 26 total cards for the series, but… it’s a little misleading and maybe even a little false advertising, especially when people, like me, who hear the words “booster pack” assume they’ll get 10 cards.
Or, maybe I’m overthinking the whole thing.