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PROMO CARDS (WIZARDS)
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Set Size: 53 in the US
They aren't sold in packs, but instead handed out when you go to a special event. And since they're handed out for free, they have no rarity.

Release Date: February 1999 to January 2003 in the US
Promo cards are Pokémon cards made especially for a specific event. They're made to promote the game, therefore a "promo". Actually, the list below will tell you what card was released when.

Other Goodies:
• With the sole exception of Promo Pikachu #1, no promo card has a 1st Edition version.
• Wizards of the Coast made 53 different Promo cards before starting their "Best Promo" series.

Symbol: There symbol for Promo cards is a star with the word "Promo" in it (so you'll know it's a Promo card!)

Name:

Number:
Released:

Event:

History:

Pikachu

01
July 1999

Pokémon League

Back in June 1999, the hot topic on the internet was that a few 1st Edition Promo Pikachus were "accidentally" added to packs of 1st Ed. Jungle. Well, WotC said it was "accidental", however almost everyone on the internet thinks it was intentional. Anyway, the chances of getting one was like 1 in every 10 boxes (so it's extremely rare). Right now it's worth at least $60, however some were easily auctioned off on eBay for $1,000 and up.

We're guessing that promos were originally going to be 1st Edition in the first place, but then this little event permanently turned them into non-1st Editions. ... Maybe it's all part of a plan.... hmm.....

Electabuzz

02
September 1999

Pokémon: the First Movie

One of 4 Pokémon TCG promos handed out whenever you watched Pokémon: the First Movie (Mewtwo Strikes Back).

Mewtwo

03
September 1999

Pokémon: the First Movie

One of 4 Pokémon TCG promos handed out whenever you watched Pokémon: the First Movie (Mewtwo Strikes Back).

Pikachu

04
September 1999

Pokémon: the First Movie

One of 4 Pokémon TCG promos handed out whenever you watched Pokémon: the First Movie (Mewtwo Strikes Back).

Dragonite

05
September 1999

Pokémon: the First Movie

One of 4 Pokémon TCG promos handed out whenever you watched Pokémon: the First Movie (Mewtwo Strikes Back).

Arcanine

06
March 2000

Pokémon League

Nothing really to talk about. Well, this was the first Fire promo card released... that's about it.

Jigglypuff

07
December 1999

Pokémon: the First Movie Soundtrack Mail-in Promo

If you bought the Pokémon Movie Soundtrack, you got a little mail in form to get a Pokémon TCG promo card, a Jigglypuff. A number of us didn't think buying the soundtrack was worth the promo. With such lousy bands on that CD, it didn't justify the cost of the promo.

This card also was passed out during later STS Main events for free. [phew]

Mew

08
January 2000

Pokémon League

If you signed up for the Pokémon League, you got a Mew.

This Mew was actually supposed to appeared in Fossil, but it was taken out to be made into a League Promo. Some people at first thought that this was a horrible idea and demanded that Mew was to be put back into Fossil. But those were the same people who walked out of Toys R' Us with like 10 Mew promos.

Mew

09
April 2000

Pokémon League

When the original Promo Mew was released, people stopped complaining about the lack of Mew in Fossil and began complaining that there was no Holo Mew. Eventually their annoying cries were silenced when they got their own Holo Mew.

The first hint that a Holo Mew was when several people on eBay posted up them up for auction. The next hint was in one of the Pokémon League activity sheets, which had a secret message, "Holographic Mew is coming soon!"

At the West STS, many of these were being handed out. Pshaw.

Meowth

10
April 2000

Pokémon TCG for Game Boy Promo

This Meowth cards to be released with the Pokémon TCG Game Boy game.

At first, many people thought this was a fake (even me). However, like we said in the Neo Edition page, Media Factory (the people who make the Japanese Pokémon cards) and WotC are working on ways to add a bit of uniformity between the US and Japanese card sets. One example of that is the Japanese Neo starter boxes having the same shape as US starters. Another example is that the US holos rares are going to start using the Japanese holos.

If you didn't know, this Meowth card is technically the 1st product of the new MF/WotC uniformity.

At the West STS, many of these were being handed out. Pshaw.

Eevee

11
June/July 2000

Pokémon League

There nothing much to talk about here.

Mewtwo

12
March/April 2000

Nintendo Power Magazine, Subscriber's only promo

In December 1999, Nintendo Power magazine said that they would have a special, subscriber's only, Mewtwo promo in their January 2000 issue. But January 2000 came and went, and there was no Mewtwo promo. Everyone was in an uproar.

Later in Late February, Nintendo Power announced again that the Mewtwo promo would be an another issue of NP, and this time they were positive.

The cool thing about this Mewtwo card is it's illustration. In the original Japanese version of this Promo card, the picture was too close to the Mewtwo promo #3 (US), actually it was almost exactly the same. We guess that WotC saw this to be a problem if the card was released in the US. So WotC got the permission the redraw the picture. And guess who drew it? A famous Magic: the Gathering artist, Christopher Rush.

So this means that this Mewtwo was the first American drawn Pokémon card released (to my knowledge). (I just can't wait for the first 100% American made Pokémon card!)

Venusaur

13
April-ish 2000

Pokémon TCG GB Players Guide

Well... it was released in a players guide, that's all that's important with this one. It was the first grass promo cards...

Mewtwo

14
March 2000

Pokémon: the First Movie on VHS/DVD

When the Movie came out on video tape and DVD, it had a special Pokémon TCG promo card in it. It's actually the same as the #3 Promo Mewtwo card, just with a different picture.

All together now... Enough With the Mewtwos!

Cool Porygon (That's it's real name!)

15
March 2000(1), Fall 2000(2)

Pokémon Stadium/N64 Bundle Pack(1)

Pokémon League(2)

Like the Venusaur... it's there, nothing much else is available for it.

Hey! Since Cool Porygon really has a different name, you can have 4 Cool Porygons and 4 regular Porygons in your deck!!

Since not many people were able to get this elusive card, it is planned for this card to be handed out at Pokémon Leagues some time soon. Many complain about how this'll destroy the value of Cool Porygon, but we say if you took the card out of the plastic wrapper, you've already destroyed the value. Leave it in the wrapper and it'll maintain it's worth. DUH!

At the West STS, many of these were being handed out. Pshaw.

Computer Error

16
May 2000

Pokémon League

Nothing of any importance. It was the first Promo Trainer released in the US. However.... it's Promo symbol is in the wrong place (explain that one to me).

Dark Persian

17
August 2000

Nintendo Power Magazine, Subscriber's only promo

In May, WotC had some printing problems and this card didn't make it into the June issue as it was originally planned. Otherwise, nothing interesting here.

Coolness news here, the first Dark Persian scan appeared at PA! first, and was sent in by Hackman, a ex-news dude at PA!.

Team Rocket's Meowth

18
August 2000

Pokémon League

Well, you get one for getting 250 stamps or something at the Pokémon League.

Sabrina's Abra

19
October 2000

Nintendo Power Magazine, Subscriber's only promo

Man, we thought people were pulling our leg on this one. Humph.

Psyduck

20
Fall 2000

Pokémon League: Victory Road

If you get 20 points in your special Victory Road booklet, you get a Promo Psyduck.

Moltres

21
July 2000

Pokémon the Movie 2000: Power of One Movie Promos

Like the first Pokémon movie, WotC will release 4 promo cards.

Articuno

22
July 2000

Pokémon the Movie 2000: Power of One Movie Promos

Like the first Pokémon movie, WotC will release 4 promo cards. Well, this one will be the first Promo Water Pokémon card released in English.

Zapdos

23
July 2000

Pokémon the Movie 2000: Power of One Movie Promos

Like the first Pokémon movie, WotC will release 4 promo cards.

___'s Pikachu

("Birthday" Pikachu)

24
September 2000 (1),

November 2000 (2),

January 2001 (3)

Pikachu 9-Card Set (1)

Wizard's Pokémon Site (2)

Pokémon League Year 2 (3)

First released as a promo set in the 2000 Olympics in Australia in September. It was part of a 9 Pikachu "Around the World" set, which featured 9 different Pikachu cards from various parts of the world.

Later in it's American debut, it's said that it'll be made avalible on WotC's website, then as a promotion for "Year 2" of the Pokémon League.

Flying Pikachu

25
September 2000 (1),

August 2001 (2)

Pikachu 9-Card Set (1)

Pokémon League Year 2 (2)

First released as a promo set in the 2000 Olympics in Australia in September. It was part of a 9 Pikachu "Around the World" set, which featured 9 different Pikachu cards from various parts of the world. Crazy, this card was first made in German before English.

Pikachu

26
September 2000 (1),

September 2001 (2)

Pikachu 9-Card Set (1)

Pokémon League Year 2 (2)

First released as a promo set in the 2000 Olympics in Australia in September. It was part of a 9 Pikachu "Around the World" set, which featured 9 different Pikachu cards from various parts of the world. Crazy, this card was first made in Spanish before English.

This Pikachu card was originally a promo card for the Japanese release of "Pokémon Snap" or something along those lines.

Pikachu

27
September 2000 (1),

November 2000 (2)

Pikachu 9-Card Set (1)

Pokémon the Movie 2000: Power of One Video Release (2)

First released as a promo set in the 2000 Olympics in Australia in September. It was part of a 9 Pikachu "Around the World" set, which featured 9 different Pikachu cards from various parts of the world. Crazy, this card was first made in Italian before English.

This Pikachu card was originally a card from Safari Zone.

Surfing Pikachu

28
September 2000 (1),

June 2001 (2)

Pikachu 9-Card Set (1)

Pokémon League Year 2 (2)

First released as a promo set in the 2000 Olympics in Australia in September. It was part of a 9 Pikachu "Around the World" set, which featured 9 different Pikachu cards from various parts of the world. Crazy, this card was first made in French before English.

Marill

29
December 2000

Neo Genesis Teaser Promo

Technically the first Neo card released. Notable errors include "Height" instead of "Length", and the lack of a Water energy symbol in it's attack. .... At first people though this was another one of Nick15's hoaxes, but eBay proved them wrong. ;)

Togepi

30
January 2001

Pokémon League

A promo card for the league. Whoo.

Cleffa

31
February 2001

Pokémon League

Another promo card for the league. Whoo two.

Smeargle

32
March 2001

Pokémon League

Another promo card for the league. Whoo three.

Scizor

33
April 2001

Pokémon League

Another promo card for the league. Whoo four. .... But what I'd like to know is why this card isn't like the other Metal-type Pokémon... it doesn't have that "lottery scratcher" look to it. Hmmmm...

Entei

34
April 2001

Pokémon 3: Spell of the Unown Movie Promo

Dagnabbit.... why was there only 1 Movie promo released?? Interestingly enough, it's a reverse holo like the Japanese Neo 2 Promo card.

Pichu

35
April 2001

Pokémon League

Another promo card for the league. Whoo five. Interestingly enough, it's a reverse holo like the Japanese Neo 2 Promo card.

Igglybuff

36
May 2001

Pokémon League

It sucks.

Hitmontop

37
May 2001

Pokémon League

Not one, but two different Hitmontop hoaxes were floating around the internet. Hmmm...

Unown J

38
August 2001

Pokémon 3: Spell of the Unown VHS/DVD Promo

[twiddles thumbs]

Misdreavus

39
October 2001

Pokémon League

Yawn.

Pokémon Center

40
November 2001

Pokémon Center in NY

When the first non-Japanese Pokémon center first opened in New York City, this was one of two Promo cards released. Pokémon TCG players rejoiced when they could finally use Pokémon Centers in Modified-format tournaments!

Lucky Stadium

41
November 2001

Pokémon Center in NY

Same here, although TCG players weren't AS excited about this one.

Pokémon Tower

42
December 2001

Pokémon League

Another Vending card. It was fairly close to Nick15's version. :P

Machamp

43
February 2002

Pokémon League

Yup.

Magmar

44
March 2002

Pokémon League

Yet another Vending card released in the US. Good times.

Scyther

45
April 2002

Pokémon League

Once again, another Vending card is released. I wonder how many more will be made?

Electabuzz

46
May 2002

Pokémon League

Wow! Who'da thunk it? Another Vending card.

Mew

47
June 2002

Pokémon League

Now THIS is cool... the longest hold-out of all time, Lily Pad Mew, is finally released. And lo-and-behold, there's an error on it. ;) It's supposed to Paralyze, not Confuse!

Articuno

48
July 2002

Pokémon League

One more Vending card for you!

Snorlax

49
August 2002

Pokémon League

Wizards held a contest a while back. And art contest. You get to draw a Snorlax, and if you win, it'll be put on an ACTUAL REAL Pokémon TCG card. I'm SOOOOOO jealous!!

Celebi

50
October 2002

Pokémon 4Ever Movie Promo

The first Card-E Promo card, Celebi, was released with the 4th Poké movie. Trivia: The Dot-Code on the side contains a little cartoon. Celebi has a berry addiction, and when it runs out, it goes through time to when the tree had more berries on it. Good times.

Rapidash

51
November 2002

Nintendo Power Promo

These two cards were released in a two promo deal in the November (or December, something) edition of Nintendo Power. It was the one with Samus from Metroid Prime/Fusion on the cover. Good times.

Ho-oh

52
November 2002

Nintendo Power Promo

Suicine

53
December 2002

???

I kinda grazed over this one when it was released. Sorry...

Ancient Mew

n/a
July 2000

Pokémon the Movie 2000: Power of One Movie Promos

Like the first Pokémon movie, WotC will release 4 promo cards. The "English" version of Ancient Mew will be exactly the same as the one from Japan, except for the copyright text.

Hey get this, it's PLAYABLE too! Well... playable in a sence that if translated correctly, it has actual game stats. Unfortunatly, no tourney will let you play with it since people have made bizarre translations which eventually ruined it's play value. Humph.


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