So really... what is Base Set 1? Here are the facts:
102 in the US and in Japan
Order: 1st set in the US, 1st set in
Date: January 9th, 1999 in the US;
??? in Japan
The Pokémon TCG's first release in the US came as
something of a wimper... because of it's "kiddy" qualities,
many card shops were reluctant to buy it. Because of that,
many card shops didn't release it until March or April. Of
course, once they were released, they wondered how they did
Set: BASE BLOCK
Base Set 1 is a stand-alone set.
It was the first Pokémon TCG card set.
That's quite interesting.
Word is that this set was called "Fire" in Japan.
This set has been out of print in the US for quite
some time. Certain non-US countries still have it
There is no symbol for Base Set.