The Forgotten Collectable: Neodeck Cards
Ha! What are Neodeck cards you ask? Well Neodeck cards have been around for
years in Neopia, but unfortunately no real focus has ever been placed on them,
so there are very few faithful collectors out there. Now to start with the basics,
to start your own personal Neodeck you have to go to the Games Room, and to
the bottom there is a link to Collectable Cards. Having a Neodeck is now free,
(yes, can you believe at one point in time we had to pay for it) so click to
start a Neodeck, and you can create a title to it and description if you choose.
Next to start purchasing Neodeck cards; these can be purchased from the Neopian
Bazaar in the shop called Collectable Card Shop (creative, huh?), from other
Neopian shops, and the Trading Post. To date there have only been 3 real circumstances
why people have bought Neodeck cards. 1. To get a specific Battledome challenger,
for example Kasuki Lu. 2. To get an avatar, like Fire Paw. and lastly, the most
frequent reason – 3. To complete a light faerie quest, since Neodeck trading
cards are her request item of choice.
The basics of collecting Neodeck cards is simple; there is a shop, other Neopian
shops, and the trading post from where you can actually purchase cards. Card
prices vary, and are color coded, but even a Neopian on a budget can start a
Neodeck collection, and a good majority of the cards range from 500-1000NPs.
Yes, there are some cards which are well over the 100k mark, but those are typically
retired holographic cards, which means there are only a limited amount in Neopia,
so similar to retired stamps or retired items for avatars, they are naturally
Now in a previous Neopian Times article it was detailed HOW to start collecting
Neodeck cards. I more want to give you the reasons WHY you would want to start
a new collection. After all, most Neopians already do have a gallery or two
and a few things already rotting away in their Safety Deposit Box… so why start
yet another collection.
In my over five year faithful tenure on Neopets, I have only met a handful
of Neodeck collectors, but I cannot fathom why more Neopians don’t collect them.
So I’ll go through my top 10 reasons to collect Neodeck Collectable Cards.
1. It appears on your user look-up. And who doesn’t want more nifty collections
show on their look-up. On your look-up it’ll list not only that you have a Neodeck,
but it will show off the number of cards you have in it, both original and duplicates.
2. It could save you on searching for the card upon receiving a light faerie
quest. Her quests grant your pet a raise in level, so for many pets the price
of a card is a cheap trade. Plus I know I’m not the only one who hates when
I am in the middle of restocking or doing other things and then I have to wait
for help to continue using the shop wiz again.
3. You never know when a Neodeck card will be needed for an avatar again. Even
if you are not an avatar collector, we are all affected by price inflation of
avatar items when a new avatar comes out, so just imagine your enjoyment when
an avatar is released for a card sitting quietly in your Neodeck, and you can
sell it for numerous more Neopoints then you purchased it for. Hey… we all like
4. Although there are a few retired cards, and there is not a heavy focus on
Neodecks, TNT still does create new cards from time to time, which means like
most collections, you never have to really quit collecting, there will always
be more that you can venture to get.
5. The possibility of a Neodeck collector avatar or high score list – meaning
possible trophy. In two different editorials in The Neopian Times, it has been
questioned and answered that perhaps a high score list and avatar are in the
works for Neodeck collectable cards. So whether you are a trophy collector or
an avatar collector, why not get started on the collection before the great
inflation in card prices when either is released.
6. The sense of completion and fulfillment when looking through your Neodeck
album and you can see full pages.
7. To add a different touch to another collection or gallery you may have.
If you have a gallery dedicated to a specific Neopet or even a type of item
in Neopia, many of them are either detailed in Neodeck cards. So why not add
Shoonee to your Kacheek gallery, or Ruali the howling Lupe to your Lupe gallery.
8. The weekly mystery picture. Hey you never know, but one week it just may
be a Neodeck collectable card image.
9. Oh man… I did say 10 reasons right… I wonder if I can ramble here and no
one will notice I really only had 9 reasons. Then again, let’s make this a reason…
Because I said so! Who is whydidukilltwinkle you ask? Well, just a fellow Neopian
trying to educate others of the beauty of the Neodeck Cards.
10. And lastly, and to me the most important of all, the amazing artwork and
pictures of the Neodeck cards. Now when purchasing cards I know it may be frustrating
because you cannot see the picture on the card, but visiting through different
Neopian user look-ups or even my own (which currently has 307 cards out of the
possible 365) and clicking on the Neodeck will allow you to see the various
images. Ever wonder where some users and guilds get these amazing neopian images
from for their look-ups or guild homepages? Well you guessed it right, many
of the images come from the Neodeck collectable cards.
And that’s a wrap. Lights, Camera, Action! I mean… oops, this wasn’t a film
here. But honestly, that’s it. Ten good, or maybe not-so-good reasons to start
collecting Neodeck collectable cards. If you ever have any questions about Neodeck
cards feel free to neomail me and I’ll answer any questions.
*Poke Poke* Wait!!!!! Before you go I do have a tenth, or rather should I say
ninth, reason to collect Neodeck cards. Unlike stamps, Neodeck cards can be
placed in your album, and taken out again, so it is never Neopoints wasted as
if you needed or desired to, you could sell a Neocard from your album.