Saturday, October 12, 2019

Strengthen Your Topps, Pokemon and MAGIC The Gathering Card Collections with These New Decks from EXCELL! (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent samples from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Earlier this summer, I shared a post about how my girls got into the whole Pokemon trading and card game playing, thanks to dropping in to a nearby library where a weekly Pokemon Club meetup was taking the place.  My girls were big in Pokemon before attending the meetup, as they love all the Pokemon shows and movies, and try to catch them all on their phones with their Daddy on the weekends, walking the nearby parks and downtown.  If you missed my post where I shared about the Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon—Unbroken Bonds Trading Card Game , you can read it here:

So, when I was recently contacted and asked to review the new POKEMON TAG TEAM MINI TINS, along with FIRE BASEBALL Topps Cards and even MAGIC The Gathering -MAGIC COMMANDER ARCHERY SET, all from Excell Marketing, I jumped at the opportunity, as I knew my girls and husband would be all for helping me unbox each and enjoy playing and trading their new cards with friends.

Here is more about the new and exciting card decks and packs from Excell Marketing, that would make great stocking stuffer and ideas for gifts under the tree this holiday season.  As shared in my previous Pokemon TCG: Sun & Moon post, it only took one trainer set to get hooked on the Pokemon Trading Card games, and now they love attending their weekly Pokemon Club meetup at the library and playing the different Pokemon online games with their Daddy.  They really get into it -- it isn't just about collecting the different cards, but learning what each one does and how the cards will help you win and score in the different Pokemon games.


"Hit it out of the park with the Fire Baseball Fat Pack and Full Box, just the thing to put a little swing into your September!"


My Thoughts:

I was sent a 12-pack of cards, which included one exclusive Blue Chip base parallel card, as well as 12 Topps baseball cards for 2019.  My husband sat with my girls are shared this baseball trading cards pack with them. They talked about the different players and their stats, and what teams they played for.  While my girls are not big into baseball, for that moment in time, just being able to spend time with their Daddy and seeing help get excited about the different player cards made it all worth while.  I know what I will be getting my husband for Christmas to put in his stocking...more FIRE Baseball cards! 


"Two Pokémon can be stronger when they join forces, as you're bound to learn after getting your hands on these new TAG TEAM cards."


Choose from three powerful duos—Pikachu & Zekrom-GX, Eevee & Snorlax-GX, or Celebi & Venusaur-GX—in the Pokémon Trading Card Game: TAG TEAM Tins. 

Each of these fantastic tins contains an amazing pair of Pokémon who work together perfectly as a team—with a GX attack that can leave opponents in the dust!
Each Pokémon TCG: TAG TEAM Tin includes:
  • 1 of 3 foil TAG TEAM Pokémon-GX with special art: Pikachu & Zekrom-GX, Eevee & Snorlax-GX, or Celebi & Venusaur-GX

  • 4 Pokémon TCG booster packs
  • 1 metal TAG TEAM GX marker
The Pokémon TCG: TAG TEAM Tins are available in the Pokémon Center and where Pokémon TCG products are sold."

My Thoughts:

My girls had added the new POKEMON TAG TEAM MINI TINS to the wish lists they wrote for Santa, as they loved the Garchomp & Giratina Tag Team Tin we were recently hit.  As soon as they were done checking out the different cards, they couldn't wait to bring it to their Pokemon Club meetup at the library to show it off to their friends.  This is one new tin series all the kids have been talking, and most of them want to collect them all, as they know two is better than one when playing the different Pokemon trading card games.  My girls have tried to explain the card game to me, but I got lost after they got off track and starting talking about the different characters and what they can do.  It was like Greek to me.  But, I could see the passion in their girls' voices as they rambled on, and pointing out the different cards that made up the Garchomp & Giratina TAG TEAM Tin they were sent.   I guess it was a must have for them, and one tin set they can't leave home without. 


"By now you must be the ultimate Magic The Gathering Collector! But we’ve got something special to get your game! The Magic The Gathering Commander Archery Set is just what you need to hit your target where it hurts 


  • CARVE YOUR PATH TO VICTORY. Choose from 3 fierce legendary creatures to lead your deck or help build new ones—all printed here for the first time.

  • LOSE YOURSELF IN INSANITY. Commander 2019: Merciless Rage uses the “madness” mechanic to help you tear through your deck to find your best cards.

  • JOIN THE FRAY. Commander is a Magic: The Gathering (MTG) multiplayer format where alliances are formed, friends are betrayed, and grudges are repaid with a vengeance.

  • COLLECT ALL FOUR. Merciless Rage is one of four decks in the Commander 2019 series.
  • PLAY THE GAME THAT STARTED IT ALL. The original strategy card game, Magic: The Gathering (MTG) has inspired more than 20 million fans over 25 years.

About Game Play:

Commander is a multi-player Magic: The Gathering experience that requires new strategies and sharp critical thinking to win.
Each Commander 2019 deck comes with 100 cards, including three legendary creatures that are fit to command your deck. Commander is the perfect format to play some of your favorite cards with unique abilities that don’t quite fit in your usual Standard deck.
Grab your friends and your favorite decks for a ready-made game night and fresh MTG experience."
My Thoughts:

This, like Pokemon, is another card game that I have no idea how to play or desire to learn. But, my husband has been big into MAGIC ever since we started dating back in college, and continues to play and collect card sets to this day.  So when I received the MAGIC: The Gathering COMMANDER MERCILESS RAGE set in the mail, along with the Topps Fire and Pokemon TAG TEAM Tin, I knew who would be giddy, and that he was!  Just like the girls, as soon as she saw the box set, he was all smiles, like it was Christmas morning or as if he won the lottery.  And, just like with the girls, he sat at the dining room table and started to go through each and every card, reading all the details about each.  He tried to explain how to play the game to the girls, but they were more interested in looking at the pictures on the cards, than to hear his long spiel, that sounded like another language to me.  I could tell my husband was loving his new MTG MAGIC COMMANDER ARCHERY SET, and like the girls he said he hopes to collect the remaining 3 decks in the Commander 2019 series.  This was just one of the four...who knew? :-) I guess if you are big in MTG you would know!


So, with the holidays fast approaching..remember only 74 days left until is the time to start putting together your shopping lists for your family, as you wait for the kids' wish lists for Santa. If you have baseball card, MAGIC The Gathering and/or Pokemon-loving fans in your life, then you will want to check out the above mentioned new collector packs and sets, that are sure to wind up on their wish lists for Santa!

Disclosure: I was sent samples from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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