Out of all the Pokemon sets that have been revealed this year, the one I am excited most about is Pokemon 151, because it highlights the original 151 Pokemon from Bulbasaur to Mew in the order of the Pokédex’s Pokédex numbers.
The fact that the cards are numbered this way, with the card numbers reflecting the actual Pokédex number of the Pokemon is incredible, but I’m also excited to see a full set of these Pokemon hit shelves again. This time, with the chance for ex and Art Rare cards of these nostalgic and unforgettable Pokemon that were such a big part of many childhoods.
So far, only a handful of cards have been revealed, but they are an exciting look at what’s to come. Pokemon has not only confirmed ex cards of Mew, Alakazam, Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Jynx, and Wigglytuff, but Art Rare cards of Pikachu, Nidoking, and Omanyte as well.
As we’ve come to expect from Pokemon, the Art Rare cards tell a story and look beautiful. The Pikachu Art Rare card shows Pikachu energetically running through a bustling city, while the Nidoking card shows Nidoking majestically standing in a jungle and the Omanyte card shows Omanyte in the ocean alongside other Pokemon, including Kabuto.
In addition to these cards and a few Trainer cards, Pokemon also announced that foil cards of Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Ivysaur, Charmeleon, and Wartortle that have been specially processed with Poké Ball patterns are in the set.
Pokémon 151 is releasing in Japan on June 16, 2023, and its releasing in the US in late September 2023 as confirmed by the Pokémon Center’s official site.
So far, Pokémon Center has revealed a Scarlet & Violet-151 Pokémon Center Elite Trainer Box, which is retailing for $59.99, and a Scarlet & Violet-151 Booster Bundle (Contains 6 booster packs), which retails for $26.94.
The Pokémon Center Elite Trainer Box comes with 11 Scarlet & Violet 151 booster packs, 1 full-art foil promo card featuring Snorlax with a Pokémon Center logo, 1 full-art foil promo card featuring Snorlax, 65 card sleeves, 45 Pokémon TCG Energy cards, a player’s guide, 6 damage-counter dice, 1 competition-legal coin-flip die, 2 plastic condition markers, and a code card. A regular Elite Trainer Box is expected to release on September 22, 2023. It comes with everything mentioned above but it only comes with 1 full-art foil promo card featuring Snorlax. The promo card in the regular Elite Trainer Box doesn’t have the Pokémon Center logo on it.
In addition, new Pokémon 151 sets as well as releases are starting to hit sites for preorder, including a Pokémon 151 Ultra Premium Collection, which comes with 1 etched foil promo card featuring Mew ex, 1 full-art foil promo card featuring Mewtwo, 1 etched metal card featuring Mew ex, 1 playmat, 1 deck box, 1 metallic coin featuring Mew, 6 damage-counter dice, 2 plastic condition markers, 16 Scarlet & Violet 151 booster packs, and a code card. The Pokémon 151 Ultra Premium Collection is expected to release on October 6, 2023.
Two ex Boxes, one featuring Zapdos, which comes with 1 foil promo card featuring Zapdos ex, 1 foil card featuring Electabuzz, 1 oversize foil card featuring Zapdos ex, 4 Scarlet & Violet 151 booster packs, and a code card, and another featuring Alakazam, which comes with 1 foil promo card featuring Alakazam ex, 1 foil card featuring Kadabra, 1 foil card featuring Abra, and 4 Scarlet & Violet 151 booster packs, and a code card, as well as Pokémon 151 mini tins, which contain 2 Scarlet & Violet 151 booster packs, a coin featuring an Energy symbol, and a Pokémon art card showcasing the art from the Mini Tin, are expected to release on October 6, 2023, as well.
You can preorder all of the Pokémon 151 releases that have been revealed so far at one of the sites listed below!