Golden Groundhog is a company committed to creating the best CCG lots that feature Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon, Yugioh, Heroclix brands and more. They have decades of experience with quality sorting, grading and assembling to ensure your order with them is golden!
This was our first experience with Golden Groundhog and we are so excited to say we LOVED them! The set we ordered was from them on Amazon and it was called "50 Assorted Pokemon Card Pack Lot - No Duplication! With Foils, Rares, Random Pokemon Pin, Coin, and Storage Box or Tin! Includes 3 Custom Golden Groundhog Token Counters!" I wanted to make sure I specify exactly which one because they have TONS of different awesome lots to chose from.
What I Loved:
Our cards came in an awesome tin, which was originally the red Pokemon Legends of Hoenn Groudon-EX Collector Tin! Elijah was super glad because we weren't sure what we would get. This lot is basically the grab bag of Pokemon, you can get a lot of different options when you order this. Either a random tin or a box, one of many pins, some people get a coin, some don't and then you get 50 random cards. We were lucky enough to get one of the nicer tins, an officially licensed 2015 Mew pin, and 50 really awesome cards with foils and rares worth much more than the purchase price. Our set did not include the coin but with the cards we got it's not that big of a loss to us.
The card assortment is really great, in ours came cards like
- Mew: Holographic XY Black Star Promotional card from the Mythical Pokémon Collection
- Trevenant-EX: Holo Rare EX from XY Primal Clash as well as the Trevenant from XY BREAKpoint
- Ariados, Oddish, Combee and Bellossom, Trainer Lucky Helmet: Reverse holos from Ancient Origins
- Accelgor: Reverse Holo from XY Furious Fists
- Mamoswine: Holo Rare from HS Triumphant
- Lt. Surge's Pikachu: 1st Edition from Gym Heroes
The last thing I wanted to address is the Golden Groundhog Custom Token Counters because I notice the majority of people reading through the Amazon reviews of Golden Groundhog's products don't realize what these actually are! Many people are looking for actual small round tokens, no cards, so I thought I would explain a little more about what these Golden Groundhog Custom Token Counters are.
Damage on a Pokemon is represented by damage counters. Each counter represents 10 damage. Damage is permanent unless it is removed by an effect, modifier, a trainer card or that Pokemon leaves play. A Pokemon can accumulate damage greater than its maximum HP. So you have to have a way to keep track of that damage to know when the Pokemon is able to fight or not. Any number of small objects will suffice, pennies, rocks, candy, as long as it is understood by both players that each counter represents 10 damage. Then there are other counters for poison damage and another for burn. If a Pokemon is Poisoned, put a poison counter on it to show that it's poisoned. As long as it's still Poisoned, you have to add another poison counter on it after each player's turn, ignoring weakness and resistance. So each Pokemon could essentially end up with piles of counters on it and unless you are really clear with your counters you could forget which was HP and which was poison very easily! Rules say any counters used must be readable by all players, and especially with younger the children playing, the more likely that they may forget what's damage, whats burned, what's poisoned. With Golden Groundhog Custom Token Counters you don't have that issue. Each card is super clear showing +10 damage, poisoned or burned. I LOVE that each pack comes with these! We don't have many of them yet so what we do is lay out one of each and then use colored stones (blue, green, and brown) right on top of each card below the Pokemon they are used for. Since Elijah is only 7 and just getting into playing this is much easier for him to see his Pokemon and know exactly how he's holding up. I hope this helps anyone not sure what the Counter Tokens are.
Ideas for Improvement: None, other than maybe labeling the amazon listing a little clearer how random the contents may actually be upon purchase will help alleviate some of the other customers confusion.
I really love it and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
Would I recommend it to my family and friends? YES!
Would I buy it myself based on my experiences with this review? YES!
Disclosure: I was provided the product complimentary for testing purposes in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion. No monetary compensation was received.