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Prerelease cards (TCG)

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Prerelease cards
Cards in set 41
Release period August 1999 - Present

Prerelease cards are reprints of one selected card from a Pokémon Trading Card Game expansion with a foil "PRERELEASE" stamp in the bottom right corner of the card illustration.

Information

Wizards of the Coast first produced Prerelease cards when the TCG was first localised, and were given to participants of the early test leagues of what would later become the Pokémon League. Prerelease cards were then only awarded through select sites of the Pokémon League for the next three expansions before Wizards ceased their production. After Pokémon USA acquired the TCG license and fully established the Pokémon Organized Play program, Prerelease events were set up to coincide with the release of the upcoming expansions. Typically held on two weekends before the commercial release of expansions, Prerelease tournaments have continued to be an integral part of the TCG calendar.

Trivia

  • Officially, there were only 4 Prerelease cards released by Wizards. However, whilst printing a test run of Jungle Clefable cards (a trial of the Prerelease cards for the Pokémon League), several Base Set Raichu cards were erroneously added to the sheet, and therefore also included a Prerelease stamp. The error was corrected and the Raichu cards were apparently given to Wizards employees. Despite this common knowledge within the TCG community, Wizards continued to deny their existence for years.
  • Luxio was the first Prerelease card to have a "STAFF" stamped version, for the Prerelease event organizers. Cards released thereafter have continued to feature STAFF versions as well as a normal version.
  • Buck's Training was the first non-Pokémon Prerelease card.
  • With the release of HeartGold & SoulSilver, Prerelease cards no longer feature the "PRERELEASE" stamp, and instead feature the expansion logo. Also, ever since the release of HeartGold & SoulSilver, all of the cards have been Rare cards in the set.
  • Starting from the Dark Explorers expansion until the end of the Black & White Series, all Prerelease cards were actual promotional cards and featured alternate art. Only for the XY expansion, the Prerelease promos returned to specially stamped cards in the expansion. They returned to be XY Black Star Promos for the second XY expansion, Flashfire.

Card lists

Wizards Prerelease cards
No. Image Card name Type Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Raichu Lightning [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Erroneously produced in trial run
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Clefable Colorless [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Pokémon League (August 1999)
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Aerodactyl Fighting [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Pokémon League (October 1999)
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Dark Gyarados Water [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Pokémon League (April 2000)
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Misty's Seadra Water [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Pokémon League (July 2000)
 


PUSA Prerelease cards
No. Image Card name Type Promotion
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Armaldo Fighting [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] EX Sandstorm Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Gyarados Water [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] EX Dragon Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Team Aqua's Cacnea GrassDarkness [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Swalot Grass [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] EX Hidden Legends Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Wartortle Water [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] EX FireRed & LeafGreen Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Dark Houndoom FireDarkness [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] EX Team Rocket Returns Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Manectric Lightning [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] EX Deoxys Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Grumpig Psychic [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] EX Emerald Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Bayleef Grass [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] EX Unseen Forces Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Metang δ Lightning [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] EX Delta Species Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Tentacruel Water [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] EX Legend Maker Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Exeggutor δ Fighting [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] EX Holon Phantoms Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Ivysaur Grass [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] EX Crystal Guardians Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Dragonair δ Grass [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] EX Dragon Frontiers Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Cacturne Darkness [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] EX Power Keepers Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Luxio Lightning [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Diamond & Pearl Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Gabite Colorless [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Mysterious Treasures Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Kirlia Psychic [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Secret Wonders Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Porygon2 Colorless [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Great Encounters Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Mothim Grass [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Majestic Dawn Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Buck's Training Su [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Legends Awakened Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Piloswine Fighting [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Stormfront Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Lucario Metal [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Platinum Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Tropius Grass [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Rising Rivals Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Milotic Water [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Supreme Victors Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Raichu Lightning [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Arceus Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Pichu Lightning [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] HeartGold & SoulSilver Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Blastoise Water [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Unleashed Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Leafeon Grass [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Undaunted Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Electivire Lightning [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Triumphant Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Snorlax Colorless [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Call of Legends Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Darmanitan Fire [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Black & White Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Gigalith Fighting [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Emerging Powers Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Victini Psychic [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Noble Victories Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Arcanine Fire [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Next Destinies Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Volcarona Fire [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Dark Explorers Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Altaria Dragon [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Dragons Exalted Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Flygon Dragon [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Boundaries Crossed Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Crobat Psychic [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Plasma Storm Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Metagross Psychic [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Plasma Freeze Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Porygon-Z Colorless [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Plasma Blast Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Tornadus-EX Colorless [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Legendary Treasures Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Aegislash Metal [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] XY Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Dragalge Dragon [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Flashfire Prerelease
TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Machamp Fighting [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Furious Fists Prerelease
 



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Pokémon Trading Card Game Releases
Miscellaneous Releases
Unreleased Wizards sets:
CrosstrainerUnnamed Wizards SetLegendary Collection 2Jamboree
Miscellaneous Promotional cards:
Prerelease cardsW Promotional cards
Winner cardsJumbo cards