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A packet of Pokémon series 1 trading cards
Pokémon Official Trading Cards, informally known as Pokémon Trading Cards series 1, was a set of Pokémon-themed trading cards manufactured by Topps in 1999. There were 90 cards in total: 76 Pokémon cards, 13 character cards, and a checklist card. Each of these 90 cards also had two foil card versions (silver and rainbow). This set contained no bonus "chase cards".
Cards were sold in randomly distributed packets of eight. One card in each packet would be a randomly chosen foil card.
These cards had five different printings, one in the United Kingdom and four in the United States. The UK printing is distinguished by a round Nintendo seal, while the US printings have an oval seal. The US printings are distinguished by a blue, black, green, or red Topps logo, with card texts being updated between the first (blue) and second (black) printings. Due to an error, all US foil cards after the first printing were printed with black logos, but can still be distinguished by unique embossings:
- 2nd printing: the Pokémon cards were embossed with rays and starbursts, while TV cards had a sandpaper finish.
- 3rd printing: the Pokémon cards were embossed with flames and teardrops, while TV cards had dots and rectangles.
- 4th printing: the Pokémon cards were embossed with Poké Balls and targets, while TV cards had dents.
First edition foils had no embossings and a smooth finish. The UK printing did not include rainbow foil versions of the cards.
Cards in series 1
Front and back of a foil Meowth
- Ninetales *
- Victreebel *
Front and back of TV3: Misty
There are thirteen cards featuring characters from the Pokémon anime. The first four cards have a Pokédex-style entry on the featured character, the other nine have pieces of a puzzle on the back. The image on the puzzle is also featured on the front of the checklist card.
Series 1 Tins
A set of five tins were also manufactured for series 1. The tins included seven packs of cards and an extra-large chrome card that matched the cover of the tin.
- ↑ Pokémon TV Series 1 (Jeff Allender's House of Checklist)
- ↑ pkmncollectors: Software for cataloguing Pokémon Topps Cards