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A packet of cards featuring Pikachu
A packet of cards featuring Treecko
Pokémon Advanced Trading Cards was a set of Pokémon-themed trading cards manufactured by Topps in 2003. There were 90 cards in total: 81 Pokémon cards, eight character cards and a checklist card. In addition, there were 28 chase cards not featured on the checklist: 18 embossed evolution cards and 10 pop-up cards.
Cards were sold in randomly distributed packets of seven. One card in each packet, chosen at random, would be a foil card. The foil card could be any of the 89 regular cards.
Cards in the Pokémon Advanced series
Each character card featured a character or a group of characters from the Pokémon anime. On the back of each card is a short bio explaining their role in the series.
Front and back of a Cacnea
Unlike in Topps's previous sets, Pokémon cards are ordered not by Pokédex order but in alphabetical order. All Pokémon appearing in this set were introduced in Generation III.
Embossed evolution cards
Embossed evolution card #2: Grovyle
There are 18 embossed evolution cards in the set, representing six three-stage evolutionary lines. Each evolution card is die-cut in a way that when the three stages of the evolutionary line are placed together, the shapes of the cards will fit together. Additionally, the image of the Pokémon and the Pokémon logo are embossed.
There are 10 pop-up cards in the set. Each pop-up card has an image of a Pokémon which can be punched out and then propped up using the rest of the card for support.
- Latios & Latias