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25th Anniversary Yugioh Reprints and More to Celebrate

The Yugioh Trading Card Game is finally entering the road to hit its 25th anniversary and with this special occasion comes an array of unique and special products, and mayhaps even more importantly, some very familiar ones making a return.

If you’re even somewhat of a yugioh fan let alone someone that’s hardcore, I’m sure you would agree looking at this special Dark Magician card on the right. This is a stainless steel card of Dark Magician that can be obtained through lottery application for 16,500 yen (tax included). The campaign is already underway so if you’re interested visit the official site for more information on this link : Konami.com

Another cool collectable is a full set of palm sized figurines of Pot of Greed and its other cousin pots and jars! Included are also 14 OCG Ultra Rare Paralell holo cards of all these Pot related cards for 17,600 yen. Orders are accepted until the 29th of January 2023.

It’s in Japanese, but this link will take you to the buying page directly: Buy Link

Other products such as 25th anniversary sleeves and new mats will also be released and you can find more about the complete list of products from the official 25th anniversary page. As cool as some of these new products are sometimes the return to the familiar is the best way to celebrate.

Possibly the most important additions to celebrate this 25th anniversary is reprints of the first 4 original starting sets of 2002 and also adding the first iconic and legendary set of 2004 Invasion of Chaos. These packs have indeed been reprinted a few times in the more recent past inside of Legendary Collections and they’ll also be making themselves available in them again; however the biggest difference this time is they’ll be sold as standalone products either through loose packs or possibley even as typical 24 pack booster boxes.

Depending on who you ask, the re-release of these packs comes with big pros and big cons, but I’d say the positives outweigh the negatvives by a long shot. The most obvious positive is the returning availability of these classic packs which means standard pricing and easier access to your every day buyer. As a fan and lover of old school yugioh, this personally excites me as well as with easy availability of these packs means an easy way to revisit classic yugioh formats, old school yugioh drafting events and another chance to collect a lot of iconic and classic cards that are otherwise extremely expensive in their original prints due to their age and rarity.

On the other hand for the hardcore players that invested or just bought their original counterparts for big sums of money this could seem like a slap in the face. However, I do believe Konami made the right steps to mitigate that issue as much as possible. If you note the above images, these new reprint packs feature a 25th anniversary stamp which is already a big differentiator from the original packs. Another difference is the Konami and Yugioh logo on these reprint packs and of course, obviously they’re not 1st Edition. Nevertheless, the existence of these packs will still be a factor in the fluctuating prices of the original unlimited prints.

Another big difference and a big negative personally for me, is that all of the normal monsters from these reprint packs will feature the “normal” text next to their type as part of another difference between new and old cards, a change that I’ve always thought of as ugly and unecessary. With these differences and likely others more to consider, these 25th anniversary reprints will be by no means the definitive versions to have from these sets but rather the most budget option to get access to cards from these sets.

Another negative on a different context, is the omission of 2003 sets getting rerpinted again and jumping straight to 2004 with Invasion of Chaos. This is likely only to make the printing job easier for Konami since these specific 5 sets are getting reprinted in another edition of Legendary Collection too.

In spite of the cons noted, it is still fantastic that these sets are repinted in this manner and there seriously wouldn’t be any other more iconic method to celebrate 25 years of yugioh than with the first 4 original sets and Invasion of Chaos as an extra bonus.

If you’re interested in these classic sets in terms of cards and how they staggeringly shaped every format from 2002-2003 The Original Yugioh Era is the yugioh book for you. From decks, strategy notes and analysis this is the most comprehensive method to endulge yourself and learn everything about old school yugioh.

Check out my book on this link and thanks for reading this article! The Original Yu-Gi-Oh! Era The Ultimate unofficial Guide – Book (Amazon)

Tournament Pack Rewards Returning In the Form of Play! Pokemon Prize Packs

Just like the old POP series packs from older eras the new Play! Pokemon Prize Packs are going to replace Play! Pokemon promos at local game stores. This type of product is sort of similar to the old POP Series packs in that it’s an actual booster pack but with 6 cards instead of 2. For now cards included are chosen from a fixed card pool of 200 cards that are legal from the standard format. Popular cards like Rayquaza VMAX and Charizard VMAX are included in this pool so this pack will still act as an outlet for reprints. Unlike POP Series packs though it would appear that no new original cards are included, at least so far.

Written below is news post from the official pokemon site:

In-store events are making their return, and we’re excited to introduce Prize Packs to Play! Pokémon retail locations worldwide. Qualified Play! Pokémon retailers have begun receiving promotional Prize Packs to support in-store Play! Pokémon events such as Leagues, League Challenges, League Cups, and more while supplies last. These brand-new Prize Packs will replace the Play! Pokémon promos that were previously distributed by local game stores at Play! Pokémon events, giving Trainers much more to enjoy than ever before.

Each Prize Pack contains six cards taken from a pool of about 200—all of which are legal in the Standard format, including everything from popular Pokémon to exclusive foil upgrades of tournament mainstays, all featuring the special Play! Pokémon logo. Here’s just some of what you can expect to find in Series One:

  1. Fan-favorite Pokémon like Charizard VMAX, Rayquaza VMAX, and Pikachu VMAX
  2. Exclusive foil versions of tournament-defining cards like Scoop Up Net and Path to the Peak
  3. Exclusive non-foil versions of powerhouse Pokémon like Oranguru and Snorlax
  4. Both foil and non-foil basic Energy cards

Prize Pack Series One will have a limited duration to catch up with our recent break from in-store events, with a new series dropping every six months starting in February. You can expect Series Two in February 2023, Series Three in August 2023, Series Four in February 2024, and so on.

For competitive and casual Trainers alike, the Prize Packs offer an exclusive way to build your collection while having fun at Play! Pokémon events at your local game store. How Prize Packs are distributed will vary from location to location, depending on what works best for your store. The more active your events are, the more Prize Packs will be available, so spread the word and bring a friend to support your local community!

Price Increases for Pokemon TCG Products in Japan

The Pokemon Company has confirmed that prices for pokemon tcg products in Japan will go up starting with the Scarlet and Violet era. This is to cover rising manufacturing and distribution costs although we don’t know if this means more and better holo card ratios in boosters for example as a specific reason for the price increases in booster packs. Prices for tcg products from the Sword and Shield era won’t change.

The chart below showcases updated prices on average. More and more people outside of Japan are into buying and collecting original Japanese pokemon tcg products so these changes should be taken into consideration. Price increases have already taken effect in Europe and North America so perhaps this only Japan catching up.

Japanese Pokemon
Product

Booster Pack

Preconstructed Deck

Deck Sleeves

Deck Sleeves

Deck Box

Deck Box

Playmat

Playmat

Binder Album

Binder Page

Card Carrying Case

Card Frame

Acrylic Damage Counters

Current Prices
(SWSH Era)

165 yen

1,711 yen

792 yen

913 yen

398 yen

1,527 yen

2,750 yen

5,500 yen

1,705 yen

656 yen

1,466 yen

1,200 yen

605 yen

Upcoming Prices
(SCVI Era)

180 yen

1,800 yen

889 yen

990 yen

500 yen

1,600 yen

2,970 yen

5,940 yen

1,980 yen

700 yen

1,650 yen

1,490 yen

660 yen

Video Of How Pokemon Cards Are Printed Gets Posted On Youtube

Pokebeach shares a leaked video showing the process of pokemon card production in North America. The sets and cards shown in the video are from the Sun and Moon era so it is assumed the video was filmed during that time. It even highlights the different weight of code cards in packs to help deal with people that try to weigh them. The video was never posted on any official pokemon channel or the official site so it is believed it was only meant to be shown to employees.

We can imagine the process is similar for the printing of current cards in the Sword and Shield era but since cards from older periods had a different quality of texture and cardboard we can’t be sure if this how pokemon cards were always printed.

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