The Miscellaneous Promotional cards are cards from the Pokémon Trading Card Game that typically vary from normal prints in numbered expansions or promotional collections by featuring a special stamp or Holofoil treatment.
These cards are usually distributed via various pieces of merchandise that often relate to recent core TCG expansion releases or current events in the Pokémon franchise. There are also a number of unique cards that have been released via limited in-store promotions, tours, and high profile events.
Wizards produced only a handful of these variant cards during their occupation (1999-2002, below) in comparison to Pokémon USA (2003-present, below) during the same timeframe. This in part is arguably due to the TCG's continued success, with promotional material released through Premier Events and Organized Play-related merchandise.
There was no Stadium Challenge tournament in the 2005-2006 season, so no promotional card was produced for the event.
In the 2006-2007 season, Gym and Stadium challenges were rejected in favor of Battle Road tournaments, similar to those in Japan. The promotional cards sported a new stamp logo for these events. State Championships also had their name expanded to "State•Province•Territory", the promotional cards sporting the modified stamp logo.
The Holofoil pattern first featured on Regirock ex, Regice ex, and Registeel ex both in English and Japanese began being used extensively with the variant print of Rotom, thus gaining the colloquial term Rotom Holo within the community. With the release of the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online, this treatment was officially labelled as Cracked Ice Holofoil. It has since been used on several variant prints and promotional cards, also replacing the Cosmos Holo treatment on special versions of normally non-Holofoil cards included in some Theme Decks.
With the beginning of the 2009-2010 Pokémon League season, POP packs were phased out with individual promotional cards once again. These cards have a unique Crosshatch Holofoil treatment with a POP logo watermark. In August 2010, Pokémon Organized Play was rebranded as Play! Pokémon. Cards released through the program beginning with the 2010-2011 season kept the same design, albeit with the updated Play! Pokémon logo as the watermark. Cards released through the Professor Program also received the Crosshatch Holofoil treatment with the Professor Program logo as the watermark. Cards awarded at Play! Pokémon premier events starting with the 2011-2012 season featured a Championship Series logo stamp instead of the Play! Pokémon logo watermark. Cards released through the Professor Program from this season also received an updated foil "Pokémon Professor" stamp.