In early January 2023 I was sitting in my office and feeling a bit sad about having sold my entire gunpla backlog the previous year. From my desk I can see both book cases full of completed models, so this chapter of my life is all right in front of me. When the idea of a trading card website came up, I immediately started searching for Gundam trading cards – after all, how better to bridge the two hobbies? So this all started with a box full of Gundam cards.

But which cards… There have been 100s of sets produced over the half century this series has been active. Should I get one of the trading games, maybe Gundam Wars? The problem is there are already many great sites for those cards, and they can get pretty expensive. Wanting to keep things cheap I starting looking on AliExpress and quickly found that most shops were pushing a recent set called “Duel Gundam” published by a company named “乐卡” or LECARd.

I put 35$ into AliExpress and about a month later this is what showed up in the mail.

AliExpress is kind of the wild west of shopping malls. They have everything, you can get any given thing from 100s of separately run shops, the whole thing feels like walking through an actual Chinese mall street. Since the sellers are all safely in China, and it takes about a month to get your product — what you order and what you get are often very different. Sometimes you just get nothing, sometimes customs seizes things, sometimes the shop is just scamming you. The whole experience is quite something else, but for the brave there can be rewards.

I ordered this box from a shop named C1LUXURYACC Store, I’m linking to it here but please understand that is neither an endorsement, nor a recommendation. Research as much as you can before purchasing, but consider any purchase from AliExpress like playing a slot machine in a casino – don’t use money you aren’t willing to 100% lose.

One of the marketing images for this product. This is a fully licensed thing for the Chinese market, so it is supported with excellent marketing, just not where we are usually looking.

I love the Gundam anime series, that’s why I built the models for so many years, so I wanted to start off with a set of Gundam trading cards. I wanted some really cool ones so I spent quite a bit on this, relatively speaking. This box contains 12 packs, each with 3 thicker than normal metallic embossed cards. The box cost just about 35$ with tax and shipping. This is quite expensive compared to some of the things I have back here, for example I have one box of 36 packs of that I got for 4$, that’s 4 entire US dollar bills (ed: I was wrong about how much that cost lol). We’ll get to that one later.

This is by far the highest quality box of all the boxes I’ve purchased. It’s got a foil treatment to the outside, is thick and heavy cardboard with a clever magnetic closing mechanism. This is a box I’ll be keeping.

The box itself is beautifully designed, it’s clearly meant to be kept as a display piece of it’s own. Inside are 12 packs with the same artwork on each pack. The idea of this site is that I’ll make a post like this for each box I start opening, but then I’ll make a separate post for each pack I open. So you’ll only be seeing pictures of the box itself here.

The manufacturer details from the bottom. I can’t read this, I guess the “12” part is the number of packs, and the 63x88mm is the size.

OCR extracted and translated the following from the UPC label on the bottom:

CE Let bP
[village DESL ICL
[size] 63X88mm
[Manufacturer]} Leka (Shenzhen) Animation Co., Ltd.
[Manufacturing address] 6 90) b343 974670, No. 25-1, Bulong Road, Longhua District, Shenzhen
(th47 48) GB6675.1-2014, GB6675.2—2014 ree ee st ee LY
GB6675.3-2014, GB6675.4-2014

Inside the box has the typical spacers, these boxes never have as much inside as you’d think. The 12 packs all have this same artwork on the front.

I opened that first pack here if you want to see what it contained. That post also goes over the absolutely insane rarity system this set is published under.

So there we have it, in a few years when I’m sailing the world on my own Yacht, having become fabulously wealthy from running this website… Anyway that’s the dream. Maybe by then I’ll have learned how to write about trading cards, or how to edit my writing, or how to use my scanner. Ah well, all great things have to start somewhere, and this one starts here.

High resolution scan of the front of one of the packs. I can’t seem to OCR what the text says on this.
Scan of the back, most of the information is the same as what is on the box, the warning is new, I guess I won’t give these to small children.
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12 thoughts on “It All Started with a Box full of Gundam Cards”
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  2. […] aside the box itself is typical of these cheap boxes, a big contrast from the luxury box the Gundam cards came in. It’s cheap cardboard, and the packs are just crammed into it, 36 packs + 1 special […]

  3. […] The SR card is foiled, which is really pretty in real life but comes across as blue on the scanner. Again, no idea who this character is. The artwork is gorgeous though, and I guess this one has higher autumn power than the other one did so that might come in handy. Sorry for the jokes, I’m here for the art and collection aspects of this, not the fandom, mostly. […]

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  5. […] some packs, things are moving along nicely. When was first thinking up this up I was focused on Gundam cards, but while I was shopping for those on AliExpress I kept running across these SCP cards. Now being […]

  6. […] packs, so I’ll be getting 240 cards out this — for only 20$. Compare that to like the Gundam Duel box which was 35$ for 30 total cards, 10 packs of 3 cards each. Now those cards were really high […]

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  8. […] made these. The 1/2 yuan cards are rounded and thing, while these are squared and thick like those Gundam cards were. I think at the R/SR level the artwork is the same though, but then the 10-yuan box has […]

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  10. […] I want to remind you all of the absurd rarity levels in this set, it’s even worse then the first set. Whereas in that set you might approach some measure of “complete” with 10-20 boxes, […]

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