The Pokémon Company has announced the reprinting of beloved cards from the very start of the Pokémon trading card game, including the original holographic Venusaur, Charizard, and Blastoise, as part of a $400 board game set. Pre-orders went live on September 21 and sold out in the first hour.
The Pokémon Trading Card Game Classic set features three decks, and its release date is set for November 17. The set also features brand new cards, including Lugia ex, Ho-Oh ex, Suicune ex, and a version of Mr. Mime that’s releasing outside of Japan for the very first time. However, the three decks featured in the Classic set are not tournament legal, and it’s effectively just an expensive novelty replica.
Pre-orders went live on The Pokémon Company’s own Pokémon Center storefront and GameStop shortly after the release date was revealed, and stock immediately ran out. Pre-orders are also expected to become available at BestBuy, Target, and other retailers at some point, but it’s not exactly clear when, or if they’ll take any longer to sell out when they do. It’s also possible that some stores are reserving some stock for additional pre-order waves.
The Pokémon Trading Card Game Classic set trades on millennial nostalgia for the original late ‘90s heyday of the Game Boy RPGs and their trading card spin-off. However, collectors were quick to point out that you can actually buy copies of the original cards, including holographic Charizards, for way less.
For anyone who does want the Pokémon Trading Card Game Classic set, they’ll have to keep their eyes peeled for new rounds of pre-orders. Scalpers are already trying to flip their existing orders on sites like eBay for hundreds more than the standard sticker price. It seems unlikely that anyone will actually buy them at the up to $800 that resellers are currently requesting per set, but if The Pokémon Company doesn’t end up printing enough stock to meet demand, a few desperate fans might.
In the meantime, the Scarlet and Violet-era Pokémon 151 set takes the original Kanto Pokémon and features them with beautiful new art. The expansion launched on September 22, and fans can purchase the Pokemon Scarlet and Violet 151 Collection Elite Trainer Box at Best Buy and GameStop.