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TCG expansions
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Base Set
拡張パック
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Cards in set English: 102
Japanese: 102
Set number English: 1
Japanese: 1
Release date English: January 9, 1999
Japanese: October 20, 1996
Theme Decks 2-Player Starter Set (FightingFire)
Blackout (FightingWater)
Brushfire (GrassFire)
Overgrowth (GrassWater)
Zap! (PsychicLightning)
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Base Set (Japanese: 拡張パック Expansion Pack) is the name given to the original core release of cards and Theme Decks for the Pokémon Trading Card Game. It was released in Japan on October 20, 1996, and in the United States on January 9, 1999.

Information

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  • While the expansion began the TCG in the United States officially in January 1999, many stores were initially reluctant to sell the game. As a result, it did not see a widespread release until March or April of that year.
  • The 1st Edition print run sold extremely quickly, making first edition Base Set cards some of the most sought-after of all of the early TCG expansions.
  • All cards in the first few print runs (both first edition and unlimited) were printed with thinner HP and attack text and without drop shadows for the illustration window. These are commonly known as "shadowless cards" and are more valuable than later runs.
  • This expansion was replaced by Base Set 2 on its release, as by that point Base Set had been out of print for some time.
  • Several final form Pokémon were left out of this set despite their pre-evolved forms appearing, such as Dragonite, Dodrio, Gengar, Pidgeot, Sandslash, Butterfree and Hypno. These cards were later released in Jungle and Fossil.

Changes between the Japanese and international release

  • In TCG expansions up until Pokémon VS, the Japanese cards did not have a numbering system, and so the only number featured on the Japanese cards is the Pokémon's National Pokédex number.
  • The English cards adopted a system based on ordering the cards alphabetically and by descending rarity (rare-holo, rare, uncommon, common) and class of card (Pokémon, Trainer, Energy). This ordering remained in place until the release of Black & White. The Japanese set is ordered by type (Grass, Fire, Water, Lightning, Psychic, Fighting, Colorless), National Pokédex number, and ascending rarity (rare and rare-holo counting the same). This ordering remained in place until e-Card 2.

Card lists

Base Set
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
1/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Alakazam Psychic Rare Holo
2/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Blastoise Water Rare Holo
3/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Chansey Colorless Rare Holo
4/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Charizard Fire Rare Holo
5/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Clefairy Colorless Rare Holo
6/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Gyarados Water Rare Holo
7/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Hitmonchan Fighting Rare Holo
8/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Machamp Fighting Rare Holo
9/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Magneton Lightning Rare Holo
10/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Mewtwo Psychic Rare Holo
11/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Nidoking Grass Rare Holo
12/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Ninetales Fire Rare Holo
13/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Poliwrath Water Rare Holo
14/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Raichu Lightning Rare Holo
15/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Venusaur Grass Rare Holo
16/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Zapdos Lightning Rare Holo
17/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Beedrill Grass Rare
18/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Dragonair Colorless Rare
19/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Dugtrio Fighting Rare
20/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Electabuzz Lightning Rare
21/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Electrode Lightning Rare
22/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Pidgeotto Colorless Rare
23/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Arcanine Fire Uncommon
24/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Charmeleon Fire Uncommon
25/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Dewgong Water Uncommon
26/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Dratini Colorless Uncommon
27/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Farfetch'd Colorless Uncommon
28/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Growlithe Fire Uncommon
29/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Haunter Psychic Uncommon
30/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Ivysaur Grass Uncommon
31/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Jynx Psychic Uncommon
32/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Kadabra Psychic Uncommon
33/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Kakuna Grass Uncommon
34/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Machoke Fighting Uncommon
35/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Magikarp Water Uncommon
36/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Magmar Fire Uncommon
37/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Nidorino Grass Uncommon
38/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Poliwhirl Water Uncommon
39/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Porygon Colorless Uncommon
40/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Raticate Colorless Uncommon
41/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Seel Water Uncommon
42/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Wartortle Water Uncommon
43/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Abra Psychic Common
44/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Bulbasaur Grass Common
45/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Caterpie Grass Common
46/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Charmander Fire Common
47/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Diglett Fighting Common
48/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Doduo Colorless Common
49/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Drowzee Psychic Common
50/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Gastly Psychic Common
51/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Koffing Grass Common
52/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Machop Fighting Common
53/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Magnemite Lightning Common
54/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Metapod Grass Common
55/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Nidoran♂ Grass Common
56/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Onix Fighting Common
57/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Pidgey Colorless Common
58/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Pikachu Lightning Common
59/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Poliwag Water Common
60/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Ponyta Fire Common
61/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Rattata Colorless Common
62/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Sandshrew Fighting Common
63/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Squirtle Water Common
64/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Starmie Water Common
65/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Staryu Water Common
66/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Tangela Grass Common
67/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Voltorb Lightning Common
68/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Vulpix Fire Common
69/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Weedle Grass Common
70/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Clefairy Doll T Rare
71/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Computer Search T Rare
72/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Devolution Spray T Rare
73/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Impostor Professor Oak T Rare
74/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Item Finder T Rare
75/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Lass T Rare
76/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Pokémon Breeder T Rare
77/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Pokémon Trader T Rare
78/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Scoop Up T Rare
79/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Super Energy Removal T Rare
80/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Defender T Uncommon
81/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Energy Retrieval T Uncommon
82/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Full Heal T Uncommon
83/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Maintenance T Uncommon
84/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png PlusPower T Uncommon
85/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Pokémon Center T Uncommon
86/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Pokémon Flute T Uncommon
87/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Pokédex T Uncommon
88/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Professor Oak T Uncommon
89/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Revive T Uncommon
90/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Super Potion T Uncommon
91/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Bill T Common
92/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Energy Removal T Common
93/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Gust of Wind T Common
94/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Potion T Common
95/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Switch T Common
96/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Double Colorless Energy Colorless E Uncommon
97/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Fighting Energy Fighting E
98/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Fire Energy Fire E
99/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Grass Energy Grass E
100/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Lightning Energy Lightning E
101/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Psychic Energy Psychic E
102/102 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Water Energy Water E
 

Expansion Pack
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Bulbasaur Grass Common
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Ivysaur Grass Uncommon
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Venusaur Grass Rare Holo
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Caterpie Grass Common
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Metapod Grass Common
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Weedle Grass Common
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Kakuna Grass Uncommon
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Beedrill Grass Rare
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Nidoran♂ Grass Common
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Nidorino Grass Uncommon
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Nidoking Grass Rare Holo
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Koffing Grass Common
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Tangela Grass Common
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Charmander Fire Common
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Charmeleon Fire Uncommon
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Charizard Fire Rare Holo
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Vulpix Fire Common
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Ninetales Fire Rare Holo
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Growlithe Fire Uncommon
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Arcanine Fire Uncommon
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Ponyta Fire Common
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Magmar Fire Uncommon
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Squirtle Water Common
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Wartortle Water Uncommon
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Blastoise Water Rare Holo
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Poliwag Water Common
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Poliwhirl Water Uncommon
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Poliwrath Water Rare Holo
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Seel Water Uncommon
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Dewgong Water Uncommon
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Staryu Water Common
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Starmie Water Common
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Magikarp Water Uncommon
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Gyarados Water Rare Holo
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Pikachu Lightning Common
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Raichu Lightning Rare Holo
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Magnemite Lightning Common
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Magneton Lightning Rare Holo
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Voltorb Lightning Common
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Electrode Lightning Rare
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Electabuzz Lightning Rare
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Zapdos Lightning Rare Holo
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Abra Psychic Common
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Kadabra Psychic Uncommon
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Alakazam Psychic Rare Holo
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Gastly Psychic Common
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Haunter Psychic Uncommon
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Drowzee Psychic Common
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Jynx Psychic Uncommon
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Mewtwo Psychic Rare Holo
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Sandshrew Fighting Common
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Diglett Fighting Common
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Dugtrio Fighting Rare
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Machop Fighting Common
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Machoke Fighting Uncommon
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Machamp Fighting Rare Holo
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Onix Fighting Common
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Hitmonchan Fighting Rare Holo
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Pidgey Colorless Common
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Pidgeotto Colorless Rare
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Rattata Colorless Common
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Raticate Colorless Uncommon
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Clefairy Colorless Rare Holo
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Farfetch'd Colorless Uncommon
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Doduo Colorless Common
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Chansey Colorless Rare Holo
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Porygon Colorless Uncommon
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Dratini Colorless Uncommon
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Dragonair Colorless Rare
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Professor Oak T Uncommon
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Impostor Professor Oak T Rare
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Bill T Common
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Lass T Rare
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Pokémon Trader T Rare
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Pokémon Breeder T Rare
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Clefairy Doll T Rare
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Energy Retrieval T Uncommon
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Energy Removal T Common
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Super Energy Removal T Rare
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Switch T Common
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Pokémon Center T Uncommon
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Scoop Up T Rare
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Computer Search T Rare
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Pokédex T Uncommon
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png PlusPower T Uncommon
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Defender T Uncommon
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Item Finder T Rare
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Gust of Wind T Common
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Devolution Spray T Rare
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Revive T Uncommon
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Super Potion T Uncommon
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Potion T Common
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Full Heal T Uncommon
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Maintenance T Uncommon
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Pokémon Flute T Uncommon
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Double Colorless Energy Colorless E Uncommon
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Grass Energy Grass E
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Fire Energy Fire E
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Water Energy Water E
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Lightning Energy Lightning E
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Psychic Energy Psychic E
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Fighting Energy Fighting E
 

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Pokémon Trading Card Game Releases
Original Series
Wizards Black Star Promos
Base Set
2-Player Starter Set
OvergrowthZap!BrushfireBlackout
Jungle
Power ReserveWater Blast
Fossil
BodyGuardLockDown
Base Set 2
2-Player CD-ROM Starter Set
Grass ChopperHot WaterLightning BugPsych Out
Team Rocket
DevastationTrouble
Gym Heroes
BrockMistyLt. SurgeErika
Gym Challenge
SabrinaKogaBlaineGiovanni
Original era
Unnumbered Promotional cards
Expansion Pack
Starter Deck
Pokémon Jungle
Mystery of the Fossils
Rocket Gang
Extended Sheet 1
Nivi City GymHanada City Gym
Extended Sheet 2
Kuchiba City GymTamamushi City Gym
Leaders' Stadium
Extended Sheet 3Quick Starter Gift Set
Yamabuki City GymGuren Town Gym
Challenge from the Darkness
Southern IslandsIntro Pack