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:
- Fan-favorite Pokémon like Charizard VMAX, Rayquaza VMAX, and Pikachu VMAX
- Exclusive foil versions of tournament-defining cards like Scoop Up Net and Path to the Peak
- Exclusive non-foil versions of powerhouse Pokémon like Oranguru and Snorlax
- 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!