Like most card collectors, I love opening boxes and popping packs. However, when you’re building higher end sets, buying boxes isn’t practical. I really like the Game of Thrones trading cards produced by Rittenhouse, but purchasing packs to build the subsets isn’t feasible. Especially if you are building the parallel Gold Card Base Set.

The Gold Card Set consists of 100 cards paralleling the regular base set. What makes it a challenge to build is card scarcity. Limited to print run of 150 cards, they only run one to a box. Collecting through buying packs isn’t realistic. You would have to open up 150 boxes without getting any doubles.  Good luck with that. Collectors can try building the set by visiting their local card shops, but that route is limited by selection. The other choice is eBay.

I check eBay regularly for Gold Cards. There is a nice selection that is reasonably priced. Reasonable until you add in shipping. A two-dollar card jumps to $5.99 once postage is included. I recently came across an auction that allowed me to buy sixty-two Season 5 Gold Cards for the price of four boxes.

Below are the following cards:

Card #1: 041/150       Card #21: 009/150       Card #51: 139/150       Card #76: 059/150

Card #2: 146/150       Card #23: 084/150       Card #52: 050/150       Card #77: 038/150

Card #3: 108/150       Card #24: 071/150       Card #53: 137/150       Card #78: 115/150

Card #4: 104/150       Card #25: 140/150       Card #54: 115/150       Card #81: 140/150

Card #7: 064/150       Card #26: 131/150       Card #55: 107/150       Card #82: 118/150

Card #8: 107/150       Card #27: 003/150       Card #61: 147/150       Card #83: 112/150

Card #9: 094/150       Card #28: 038/150       Card #62: 021/150       Card #88: 031/150

Card #10: 150/150     Card #29: 136/150       Card #64: 050/150       Card #91: 139/150

Card #11: 052/150     Card #33: 049/150       Card #65: 079/150       Card #93: 034/150

Card #12: 028/150     Card #37: 030/150       Card #66: 050/150       Card #94: 136/150

Card #13: 029/150     Card #40: 062/150       Card #67: 057/150      Card #95: 004/150

Card #14: 110/150     Card #42: 148/150       Card #68: 091/150       Card #96: 009/150

Card #16: 016/150     Card #44: 102/150       Card #69: 104/150       Card #99: 139/150

Card #17: 118/150     Card #45: 114/150       Card #72: 130/150       Card #100: 067/150

Card #18: 043/150     Card #49: 013/150       Card #73: 077/150

Card #20: 077/150     Card #50: 037/150       Card #75: 020/150

This is really an attempt to start a card database. With the limited production of these cards, serious collectors should be able to see what has and hasn’t been pulled. Eventually I’d like to devise a system where set builders can trade for number-specific cards. It is virtually impossible to build a set of 023/150, but a set in the 020s is possible.

Or maybe not. But a boy can dream.

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