In October 1996 the first PokémonTCG set was released by “Media Factory” in Japan. In the US it was initially published by “Wizards Of The Coast” before It was taken over by the Pokémon Company in June 2003.
Although Pokémon TCG was extremely popular when it was originally released in 1996, its most popular year so far was 2016. The reason for this is “Evolutions XY” was released in 2016 and it is a reprint of the First Edition Base Set card set which is extremely pricey and will continue to skyrocket in price in coming future.
What does “First Edition” mean? First Edition Pokémon cards will show a small 1 symbol with the writing “First Edition” circling the number. These cards are the hardest sets to find and purchase. They are also the most expensive. In October 2020 rapper Logic spent a whopping $303,820 on the holy grail of Pokémon cards - 1st Edition PSA 10 Base Set Charizard. I know what you’re thinking - that’s nearly a house.
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4. With the release of Vivid Voltage there are now 90 different Pokémon TCG sets that you can collect. Some of the earlier sets include; Base set, Jungle, Fossil, Base set 2, Team Rocket, Gym Heros, Gym Challenge, Neo Genesis and many more. This number will only grow, Pokémon Company have just told us some exciting news with the newest set “Shinning Fates” to be released in late February.
5. Pokémon TCG also has its own online game. The online game was originally released in March 2011 as a browser-based game called “Pokémon Trainer Challenge”. Players will first challenge CPU’s in a battle, each player will have a 60 card deck to choose their cards from. Winning battles against CPU’s rewards you with Booster Packs in game. In Versus battles, trainers will compete against other trainers with the winner being rewarded either tokens or tournament entry tickets as well as versus points which contribute to earning prizes from the Versus Ladder which resets every week.
6. Unfortunately when buying Pokémon cards/packs/binders from sellers that aren’t reputable we need to be very careful that the cards we purchase are not fakes. A lot of people don’t know the difference between a real or fake Pokémon card. Some of the main differences are; faded blue colour on the back of the card, different text size or colour on the front of the card, a glossy or thin paper/cardboard is usually a sign that the card is not real. With Booster boxes; if the box doesn’t have a clear seal over the top of it then that is a big no no. If there is no seal then I suggest opening the box in front of the person you are purchasing from and checking that there are 36 booster packs inside, check both the artwork on the packs and also the seal, they can be easily revealed and unfortunately, it is quite an often occurrence.
7. Some of the most collectable cards in the TCG are the promotional cards. These specific cards are usually released as a little teaser for an upcoming set. You can find them inside Build and battle boxes/blister packs/theme decks and collection boxes. Some Pokémon events will also hand out promo cards. In Japan, the Pokémon Centre recently handed out Special Delivery Pikachu promo cards which are now selling for over $100 sealed.
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8. Over the years Pokémon’s card artworks have changed drastically. Some of the best artworks were illustrated in the earlier sets (base set) by legendary illustrator Mitsuhiro Arita. He has been illustrating cards for over 20 years, his art can be seen on over 500 Pokémon cards since 1996. And to this day he is still illustrating Pokémon cards for our viewing pleasure.
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