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A New Pokemon 151 Set Is Coming; Here’s What You Need To Know

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In a stunning announcement during the live stream of the 2023 Pokémon Miyagi Champions League, the Pokémon Company announced the highly anticipated Pokémon 151 TCG set.

As expected, this announcement sent shockwaves of excitement through the Pokémon community. Rumored to include all 151 Pokémon from the first generation, this brand-new expansion set has taken the Pokémon TCG world by storm.

It’s incredibly hyped, and many people – Pokémon collectors, TCG players, and enthusiasts – are abuzz with anticipation.

This article will delve into the captivating universe of the Pokémon 151 set. We’ll cover everything we know, from its legendary Pokémon roster to its stunning artwork and Kadabra’s return.

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Pokémon 151 set basics

Aptly named, the Pokémon 151 set would feature the original 151 Pokemon from the Kanto region. The Pokémon 151 set will be another “Strengthening Expansion Pack” set, like Battle Region, Dark Phantasma, and Pokémon GO.

It’s set to release in Japan on June 16th. The full set will officially contain 165 cards as well as an undisclosed number of Secret Rares (or better?)

As stated earlier, the set will feature the first 151 Pokémon – the original Pokémon, Generation 1. Tons of today’s Pokémon TCG players grew up with this generation, and a set focused on it has been incredibly hyped.

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Unlike most sets that group cards by their types, Pokémon 151 cards will be ordered according to the Pokémon numbers. Bulbasaur will be card #001/165, and Mew ex will be #151/165.

This set is perfect for collectors as it’s a specialty set with lots of fancy and cool cards. However, it’ll also be great for Pokémon TCG players as it features a ton of playable cards.

Rather than being like some specialty sets with lots of good-looking cards that aren’t playable, this set offers great-looking cards that are very playable.

Fans would be glad to know that this set features Kadabra after a 21-year hiatus. Pokémon stopped using Kadabra in their TCG sets. Uri Geller sued them over the Pokemon’s likeness to his persona. However, Geller relinquished this control in 2020, and this set marks Kadabra’s return to TCG.

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While Pokémon didn’t pay any special attention to this fact in their announcement, it’s a big deal among fans. It adds a healthy dose of nostalgia for long-time fans making this set even more highly anticipated.

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Pokemon 151 release formats

At the time of writing this, three formats have been confirmed for the Pokémon 151 set. Booster Boxes, Venusaur Charizard & Blastoise Card File Set, and Card File Set – Pokéball. They are available for preorder here.

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Pokémon Card Game TCG Booster Box SV2a – Pokemon Card 151

Contains – Every booster box will contain 20 packs of 7 random cards.

Price – Each Pokémon 151 Booster Box costs JPY16,800/USD120.04.

Release Date – June 16th, 2023

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Pokémon Card Game TCG Pokémon 151 Card File Set – Venusaur Charizard & Blastoise

Each 151-card file set included the following:

  • Promo cards of Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle
  • Card file holder
  • 5 Single packs of Pokemon 151 (7 random cards in each)
  • A catalog poster that illustrates the TCG card set

Price – Each Pokémon 151 Card File Set – Venusaur Charizard & Blastoise costs JPY5500/USD39.30.

Release date – June 16th, 2023

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Pokémon Card Game TCG Pokémon Card 151 SV2a Card File Set – Pokeball

Each Pokemon card 151 SV2a card file set contains:

  • Promo cards of Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle
  • Card file holder
  • 5 Single packs of Pokemon 151 (7 random cards in each)
  • A catalog poster that illustrates the TCG card set

Price – Each Pokémon 151 Card File Set – Pokeball costs JPY5500, USD39.30.

Release date – June 16th, 2023

Pokémon would undoubtedly announce more formats of the Pokémon 151 set. However, we don’t have any specific information now and will update this article with any new format once it’s announced.

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Pokémon 151 checklist information

The set list for Pokémon Card 151 was revealed in April, and as expected, it focuses on the Kanto region and feature cards of every single Kanto Pokémon.

Artworks of Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle, along with Pikachu, have also been revealed. It resembles their original base set print cards and set numbers corresponding with their Pokedex entries.

Below is the checklist information for the Pokémon 151 set from Bulbapedia, along with their card number, type, and rarity.

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Pokemon 151 set English

Pokémon announced they were bringing parity to TCG and matching English and Japanese sets. While we won’t have a simultaneous release like Celebrations and Pokémon Go, there’s little doubt whether we’ll have an English Pokémon 151 set.

The question is, “When would it be available?” Usually, an English set releases 3-4 months after the Japan release. However, according to PokeBeach, the Pokémon Card 151 will be our annual holiday set.

Pokemon making a set of this magnitude, the Holiday set makes sense from a business perspective. However, it’ll be a long wait for Pokemon TCG players and collectors.

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Final thoughts on the Pokemon 151 set

There’s been great hype surrounding the release of the Pokémon 151 set. This is important as lots of TCG collectors grew up playing the Generation 1 Pokémon, and this set has a nostalgic feel to it. However, the hype around this set goes beyond the fact that it’s focused on the first generation of Pokémon.

There would be lots of Secret Rares, and other types of shiny cardboard collectors are sure to fall in love with. Kadabra also makes his first appearance after two decades of absence.

Additionally, Pokémon opted for new artwork rather than a reprint of the same old ones, so collectors are in for a treat.

However, unlike most special sets, this set is not collector-focused, as there are tons of playable cards. Cards from the Pokémon 151 would be excellent additions to any collection because of their exceptional artwork and utility in battle.

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John Bassey

John Bassey

John is a freelance writer and founder of WordCraft Consult, a consultancy that provides expert writing services and enhances youth engagement in reading. With six years of writing experience and over 300 clients, He has made significant contributions as a content writer for several brands, such as Tech Triangle, KBO Bikes, Dolls Magazine, and, more recently, Cardlines.

John has a Bachelor's degree in Statistics and an enduring passion for creating content.  He is  currently dedicated to nurturing WordCraft while advancing appreciation for collectibles and literature through highly informative articles. 
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