Pokémon’s 25th anniversary has been marked with a number of celebrations, so it’s only fitting that a special series of Pokémon TCG cards would be part of the festivities. The new series launched this past Friday, with sets of all types available. This includes Elite Trainer Boxes, tins, and much more. Here’s the official synopsis from The Pokémon Company:
Time to take a stroll down memory lane and revisit 25 years of Pokémon adventures in the #PokemonTCG: Celebrations expansion! Iconic cards, memorable gameplay mechanics, and all the feels await!
— Pokémon TCG (@PokemonTCG) October 8, 2021
• In celebration of 25 years of Pokémon, The Pokémon Company International will be releasing the Celebrations collection for the best-selling Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG).
• With nine different products in the expansion, Celebrations will showcase beloved characters from the Pokémon franchise, as well as popular card artwork and gameplay mechanics spanning the history of the Pokémon TCG.
• Each Celebrations booster pack will contain four uniquely designed cards—all with foil treatments and a 25th anniversary logo—that feature characters from all regions of the Pokémon universe, from Pikachu to Zamazenta plus familiar faces like Professor Oak.
• In addition, Celebrations will introduce a special subset of 25 cards that are close remakes of iconic cards from the history of the Pokémon TCG, including Base Set Charizard, Umbreon ☆, and Tapu Lele-GX.
• Many Celebrations products include promo cards that combine recently discovered Pokémon with popular game mechanics from previous Pokémon TCG sets, such as Light Pokémon, Delta Species (δ) Pokémon, and Pokémon Star.
Here’s a look at the reprint of Charizard from the original Base Set:
As you can see, the card is virtually identical, save for the embossed Pokémon 25 logo on the face. Having seen some of these in person, this writer can also attest to the cards themselves being a different texture and having a different holographic treatment than the true originals. They’re insanely cool and definitely worth picking up—assuming you can find them in the wild. As usual, The Pokémon Company has done virtually nothing to work with retailers to keep scalpers from getting their hands on these cards ahead of actual fans. Stay vigilant and try to get a hold of them without paying exorbitant prices!
Source: The Pokémon Company International Press Release
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