If you know me then it’s probably no surprise that I’m a huge Pokemon card collector. I’ve been collecting Pokemon cards for as long as I can remember and I’d like to talk about it more often on the blog.
This article was originally going to be about how and when I started collecting Pokemon cards. I found myself stuck pretty quick because I honestly don’t remember why or how I started collecting the cards. I’ve had them for as long as I can remember and… that’s it. Article over.
All joking aside, I thought today might be fun to talk about the jumbo cards I have.
A normal-sized Pokemon card, according to Google, is about 6.3 cm by 8.8 cm. A jumbo Pokemon card is roughly 5.5 in by 7.5 in. I measured it myself with a ruler, so don’t quote me.
What makes jumbo cards special
They’re big. That’s about it. You can’t do anything with them. You can’t fit them in regular card sleeves in your binder. I mean, I guess you could but you need to buy card sleeves that are big enough for the jumbo cards. Also, they’re illegal in Pokemon card tournaments.
So, other than it being huge and pretty looking, there’s no special reason to have any jumbo cards at all.
Which is why I love collecting jumbo cards as much as the regular-sized cards. They’re different and add something extra to collect alongside the regular cards.
I have eight jumbo cards
These aren’t necessarily easy to collect. They’re normally given out as special events or they’re part of a larger pack of Pokemon cards that are more expensive than other packs. It’s a slow process to collect them all (there are well over 100 jumbo cards) but I’m making my way.
All the cards I have are different from one another. There’s no rhyme or reason to why I got which jumbo cards.
Tepig line & Keldeo EX
I can’t remember which card was my first jumbo card, but it was either the Tepig line or the Keldeo EX card. The Tepig card is kind of a weird one. It has Tepig, Pignite, and Emboar on it. It’s not just a single Pokemon. Also, the title of the card is “_____’s Tepig.” I assume I’m supposed to fill in my own name. I did not because I don’t want to write on the card, but whatever. Tepig is mine and that’s that.
I believe I got the Keldeo EX card in a pack for my birthday. What else was in that box, I don’t remember.
Umbreon GX & Espeon GX
Fairly recently (I believe it was 2019 or 2018), Kris and I went to GameStop and lo and behold, they were having a storewide sale. Did we buy games? No. We bought merch.
The Pokemon cards were on sale for 50% off and I ended up getting two boxes – one Umbreon and one Espeon. Each one contained a jumbo-sized card along with a regular-sized card plus a handful of booster packs and an enamel pin of Umbreon and Espeon respectively.
Yes, now I need to collect all the Pokemon enamel pins.
Tsareena GX & Charizard GX
I had Tsareena as one of my main Pokemon in Pokemon Sun. If I can never collect all the jumbo Pokemon cards, I would love to collect jumbo cards of Pokemon I’ve had on my main teams over the years. Tsareena is one of them. I remember seeing this box at Barnes & Noble and I can’t remember if I bought it myself or if Kris bought it for me for my birthday.
Charizard GX came from a Detective Pikachu box that I got for my birthday. Similar to the other boxes, the Detective Pikachu box had booster packs and cards specifically from Detective Pikachu. Plus, a Detective Pikachu figurine.
Gengar EX & Zamazenta V
Gengar is one of my all-time favorite Pokemon. I saw a Gengar box at Barnes & Noble and, since I had a gift card, I decided to splurge and get the box.
Zamazenta is the newest addition to my jumbo card collection. The Sword & Shield pack of Pokemon cards releases soon, but boxes were released not too long ago with the three main starters and the legendary Pokemon.
Scorbunny has a box with a jumbo Zamazenta card and another box with a jumbo Zacian card. There are two Grookey boxes with the two legendaries as jumbo cards respectively and the same for Sobble.
Last Christmas, Kris gave me the Scorbunny box with Zamazenta – Scorbunny because that was my main starter and Zamazenta because I started with Pokemon Shield. At least, that’s what I assume her thought process was when getting it.
What will I do with these jumbo cards?
At the moment, I don’t have card sleeves big enough to fit them in my binders, so they’re neatly in a pocket folder. Eventually, I’d like to get simple frames and hang them up so I can display them in their jumbo glory.
In the meantime, I’m going to keep collecting all the jumbo cards I can.