Today sees the launch of a brand new expansion in the Pokémon Trading Card Game, with Sword & Shield - Rebel Clash now available around the world.
Available in the usual booster packs, theme decks, Elite Trainer Boxes and special collections, the new expansion includes more Galarian Pokémon as well as new Pokémon VMAX cards that showcase Pokémon in their Gigantamax forms - just like in Pokémon Sword and Shield on Switch.
You'll find the following key cards within the new set:
- 16 Pokémon V and 14 full-art Pokémon V, such as Toxtricity V, Dubwool V, and Boltund V
- Seven Pokémon VMAX including Toxtricity VMAX, Copperajah VMAX, Dragapult VMAX, and the final Evolutions of the first partner Pokémon of Galar
- Over 15 Trainer cards and four full-art Supporter cards
- Four new Special Energy cards
The Pokémon Company International tells us that it's working hard with its distribution and retail partners to ensure stock is available, but warns that current global circumstances mean that "product availability may be limited".
Do you collect Pokémon cards? Will you be tracking down these latest additions? Tell us below.
I miss playing the TCG, but it's just too expensive. I don't understand how people can play it for years and years.
@Heavyarms55 probably because it's pokemon
I totally agree. I played for about two years and the price of a good deck is ridiculous. Also the cards don't hold value like magic cards because people only care about the standard format. Still a really fun game though and the cards are beautiful!
@Jteves10 Naw, it's no better or worse than any card game that uses artificial rarity and releases cards in semi-randomized packs.
@Obitokamui64 Actually a lot of Pokemon cards do hold a nice bit of value there's a big collectors market for them. But it's basically only for the Pokemon themselves and some character based trainers. All the other support cards lose their value once they rotate out.
I didn't think about the collectors. Good point. I'm mainly going off my ability to re sell them on TCG or similar sites. For example, I bought a shayman for $60 during the xy days. After rotating out of standard it was worth less than $5. Maybe years down the line it will be worth something to a collector though.
@Obitokamui64 Oh yeah. I remember pre-nerf Pokemon catcher, when it had only been released in one set and not a very good set otherwise, going for 25-30 dollars a copy at a point when everyone needed 4 copies in every deck.
On the other hand, many full art, secret rare and just cards with really good art, tend to hold a good amount of value. I've seen cards out of rotation for years still selling for 20-30 dollars each. And there are players who like to use the old copies of reprinted cards. Last I was playing with the real cards (not TCGO) a bunch of use were using the "switch" card from base set and the old foil energy cards from the 3rd gen era.
Yeah some of those full art trainers look amazing.
@Obitokamui64 They really do. I still need to get Cynthia. N was hugely popular too, not only for the art but cause he was an OP as all hell card.
I really liked FA Bianca too. Just off the top of my head. I heard Misty got a FA too, but I never got around to getting her. Collecting cards is a lot of fun and I can easily burn way too much money on it...
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