When I was a kid in the 90s, Dragon Ball cards are the craze.
About 2 decades ago, Dragon Ball Z is really popular, all the lads in school will read the manga. With it’s popularity the collectible cards are equally popular as well, since the drawing on the cards are based on the manga
There are many versions of the cards, the one that most of the lads and me collected are call PP cards, and the different series are classified by “Part XX”. The ones sold in Singapore are part 13 to 20 if I am not wrong.
Before cards are sold in vending machines, they are sold in packets. 1 card in a paper packet which you cannot see the inside. Many such packets are stringed together and sold at shops. 1 packet cost about $0.40 and out of the bunch of packets, you get to choose which packet you want. If you are lucky, you will get a gold card out of majority which are normal plain cards.
Gold cards usually have very high power rating. Super rare cards can go above 9000!
The different series have different colurs bar at the bottom of card.
Back then most of our lunch money will go into buy the cards.
Trading and selling of cards were popular in school too. some of us would spent as much as $2 to $5 to buy a gold card from one another. Back then $2 is considered a lot of money already!
I think the PP cards series stopped after part 20. After that comes the vending machine era and many many different type of Dragon Ball cards with many different designs. Unfortunately the new cards didn’t managed to catch on like the PP cards. Partly because there are just too many cards out there to collect unlike before there was only 1 type of cards to collect, the PP cards.
Unfortunately I cant seem to find my Dragon Ball cards anymore. 😦