The Pokémon Trading Card Game has released hundreds of rare limited sets since its launch in 1996. Here are the best TCG collector’s editions.
Since its launch in 1996, the Pokemon trading card game has released hundreds of collector sets featuring rare and unique Pokemon cards that would make any collector drool. However, from the start, the TCG incorporated limited edition items such as the highly sought after 1st Edition and Shadowless Pokémon cards. The rare variants were so collectible that 1999 base game 1st edition Charizard cards now sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Pokémon fans’ obsession with the limited TCG collectibles only increased further when Pokémon Shining cards were introduced in 2001 Neo Revelation expansion. To meet the demand of collectors, the pokemon company start releasing complete collector sets that would include a variety of limited Pokemon cards. After 25 years of product launches, these TCG collectibles are now worth a lot of money and have become the holy grail for many fans trying to complete their Pokémon card collection.
Even in 2021, the TCG published the Pokemon celebrations Ultra Premium collection that sold out instantly. While the limited item was plagued by scalpers, the premium set is an example of how popular Collector’s Editions are with Pokémon fans. With the release of Pokémon Scarlet and Violett this fall, the TCG is likely to get a handful of new collectible sets with Generation Nine on the horizon. Below is a list of the coolest Pokémon TCG collections that have been published over the past two decades.
Pokemon XY Pikachu Rayquaza Cosplay Break Box
In 2016, the Pokémon TCG published a limited time X and Y break box to celebrate the opening of the Pokémon Center Skytree in Tokyo. Only available in the Japanese store, the special collector’s set was themed to cosplay Pikachu with a Rayquaza poncho. The box not only featured five booster packs, but it also included two Pikachu holographic Pokémon cards disguised as Diamond and PearlLegendary Pokemon Rayquaza. If that wasn’t epic enough, one of the full art cards even featured a shiny version of the Electric-type Sinnoh costume. Both cards are now selling for thousands of dollars online due to their incredible rarity. The XY Pikachu Rayquaza cosplay break box also includes adorable card sleeves and a rare Pokemon card game box.
The Pokemon EX Gift Box
Originally released as a limited edition TCG Produced in 2005, the EX Gift Box has become iconic among Pokémon collectors. Unlike other limited sets, the collector’s box is absolutely stocked with rare collectibles, including two Mew EX and Lucario EX holographic promo cards. As if that wasn’t amazing enough, the set also included a Pikachu Gold Star and a Mewtwo Gold Star. The cards are so rare that sealed collector’s box versions now sell for thousands of dollars on sites like eBay. With the Gold Star Pikachu Card selling for $15,000 at an auction in 2021, the EX Gift Set is undoubtedly one of the rarest TCG Pokémon card merchandise and a release that many Pokémon fans wish they had never missed.
Pokémon TCG: Celebrations Ultra-Premium Collection
Although it is modern Pokémon TCG produced from 2021, the Celebrations The Ultra-Premium collection is worth noting. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Pokémon, the TCG release the special Celebrations expansion that featured reprints of rare Pokémon cards from various retro sets. The Ultra-Premium Collection also included gold-plated versions of the iconic Pokémon cards Pikachu and Charizard from the 1999 core set, which made them an instant hit with collectors. Unfortunately, the release of this collection was bombarded with scalpers, leaving many Pokemon fans in the cold. Non-existent stock aside, the limited set is an amazing way to celebrate the Pokémon TCG‘s twenty-five year history. It also includes 17 Celebrations boosters and a Charizard and Pikachu enamel pin. The Ultra-Premium Collection is likely to be one of the most popular Collector’s Editions due to its reprints of classic Pokemon cards.
Pokémon Platinum Series Collection
the Diamond and Pearl era of TCG officially debuted in 2006 and introduced the hugely popular Pokémon LV.X cards. As a promotional link with the Official Pokemon Magazine, the TCG got the Platinum Series collection. The collector’s set is a dream come true for Gen 4 fans, as it includes the three legendary Sinnoh, Palkia, Dialga, and Giratina, as promotional Pokemon cards. The collection also includes a special Pokémon Platinum displays as well as an Arceus mini figure which is now incredibly rare. While it may not be the most expensive Collector’s Edition to be released, its inclusion of Diamond and Pearl merchandise makes this one of the coolest limited boxes to release in the TCG.
Pokemon Shining Legends Super Premium Ho-Oh Box
In the Shining Legends expansion released in 2017, the TCG brought back the famous Shining Pokémon card mechanic for the first time since its debut in Neo Destiny. With rare cards making their first appearance in over a decade, Shining Legends was understandably a huge hit with Pokémon fans. The Ho-Oh Super Premium Collector’s Box took the already amazing expansion and kicked it up a few levels by including the Pokémon Shining Celebi and Shining Lugia cards as promotional items. The Collector’s Edition also featured a Rainbow Full art card from Gold and silver Legendary Ho-Oh as well as a special figure of the legendary Johto bird.
Pokémon Hidden Fates Ultra-Premium Collection
Although it debuted in 2019, the Hidden Fates the expansion has already become one of the most popular sets in the TCG due to the presence of beloved Pokémon in their rare shiny forms. It’s no surprise that the ambitious Pokemon Card expansion also features an epic Collector’s Edition. The special version is one of the coolest modern collections, as it included a Pokemon Full Art Shiny Rayquaza card, as well as a Gold Solgaleo and Lunala promo card. The Collector’s Edition is housed in a beautiful box and also includes 15 Hidden Fates booster packs. While many Pokemon fans may have missed the limited set in 2019, it can actually be purchased online for a relatively low price compared to other rare collector’s editions.
Pokemon Super Premium Collection – Mew and Mewtwo
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Pokémon series in 2016, the TCG released the Super-Premium Collection. The collector’s box included ten boosters from the Generations expansion, which debuted gorgeous full-art cards of the series’ most popular Pokemon. Similar to Celebrations, the Collector’s Edition also included additional merchandise, such as an incredible Mewtwo and Mew figure as well as special Kanto Legendaries holographic Pokémon cards. The release also included the now coveted Pokemon trading card game Book Collection of Illustrations, which presents more than 20 years of illustrations of the TCG. This incredibly rare book has become a must-have for most Pokémon fans, making it one of the most sought-after collector’s editions of the modern era.
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