Pokémon the First Movie Trading Cards

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A packet of cards featuring Mewtwo
A comparaison between a foil card and a non-foil card
A comparaison between two foil variants ; the right one is from the 'Blue Collection' while the left one is from the 'Black Collection' and very early 5-cards packs

Pokémon the First Movie Trading Cards was a set of Pokémon-themed trading cards manufactured by Topps in 1999. There were 72 cards in total: 41 cards featuring scenes from Mewtwo Strikes Back, 18 cards featuring scenes from Pikachu's Vacation, 12 evolution cards, and a checklist. In addition, there were 12 die-cut embossed evolution cards and at least 18 sticker cards, however, these were secret "chase cards" and are not included on the checklist.

Cards were sold in randomly distributed packets of eight in the 'Topps Blue Edition' but in five for the 'Topps Black Edition'. One card in each packet, chosen at random, would be a foil card. The foil card could be any of the 72 regular cards, inclding the checklist itself.

Cards in the Pokémon the First Movie set

Mewtwo Strikes Back cards

Meowth Times Two, a scene from Mewtwo Strikes Back
  • Super Psychic Pokémon (secret card, not listed on checklist)
  • Legends
  • Awakening
  • Consciousness and Congratulations
  • Leaving the Nest
  • The Proposition
  • Mechanical Mewtwo
  • Trying Out the New Toy
  • Rebellion
  • Ash and Company
  • Battle Before Lunch
  • Donphan
  • The Nefarious Team Rocket
  • The Invitation
  • Marina in Chaos
  • The Tempest - a Bad Omen
  • A Call to Arms
  • Underwater Adventure
  • The Temple of Mewtwo
  • The Stairwell
  • The Best of the Best
  • Introductions
  • The Trainer's Failure
  • Meowth Times Two
  • The Story of Mewtwo
  • The Battle of the Champions
  • Round One Equals Defeat
  • Stealing Pokémon
  • The Chase for Pikachu
  • Clones!!!
  • Rescuing Pikachu
  • Reunited!
  • The Battle Renewed
  • Psychic Showdown
  • The Ultimate Match
  • The Fight Rages
  • Ash's Sacrifice
  • The Tears of Pokémon
  • The Rebirth of Ash
  • Farewell
  • Like It Never Happened
  • The Future Looks Bright

Pikachu's Vacation cards

Pikachu's Vacation, the first scene from the Pikachu short of the same name
  • Pikachu's Vacation
  • Don't Cry, Togepi!
  • Looks Like Trouble...
  • Togepi in Trouble
  • Peacemaker Pikachu
  • The Water Race is on!
  • Racing Cheek to Cheek
  • Rest and Relaxation at Last
  • The "Tail" End of the Race
  • Trapped Charizard
  • Everyone...Pull!!!
  • C'mon, We Need Help
  • Teamwork
  • Success
  • Better than Ever
  • Playtime
  • A Great Day
  • New Friends and Farewells

Evolution cards

Evolution card #6: Charizard

Chase cards

Die-cut embossed evolution cards

Die-cut embossed card #4: Charmander

There are 12 die-cut embossed evolution cards in this set. They are the same as the regular evolution cards, but the image of the Pokémon and the Pokémon logo are embossed and the edges of the card are cut in unique ways.

The twelve die-cut cards in this series are:

Sticker card featuring Charmander

Sticker cards

There are 18 sticker cards in this set. On the front of the sticker card is a starry pattern with a removable Pokémon sticker on it and the back of each card contains one out of nine pieces to a puzzle forming an image from the movie.

The eighteen sticker cards are:

(Mewtwo Puzzle)

  • 1. Pikachu
  • 2. Charmander
  • 3. Squirtle
  • 4. Meowth
  • 5. Pikachu
  • 6. Bulbasaur
  • 7. Pikachu, Pikachu, Raichu
  • 8. Charmander, Charmeleon, Charizard
  • 9. Squirtle, Wartortle, Blastiose

(Ash Puzzle)

  • 10. Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur
  • 11. Caterpie, Metapod, Butterfree
  • 12. Geodude, Graveler, Golem
  • 13. Onix, Cubone, Eevee, Zubat, Farfetchd, Chansey
  • 14. Pidgeotto, Poliwag, Sandshrew, Jigglypuff, Bellsprout, Rattata
  • 15. Ekans, Koffing, Weezing, Meowth, Persian, Arbok
  • 16. Scyther, Snorlax, Mankey, Clefairy, Lapras, Gloom
  • 17. Nidoran♀, Voltorb, Venonat, Vulpix, Jolteon, Machop
  • 18. Staryu, Seel, Psyduck, Tentacool, Tentacruel, Starmie


A card mentioning "Donfan"
A card mentioning "Pikablu" and "Buru"
  • One of the cards from Mewtwo Strikes Back names Donphan as "Donfan", probably due to its trademarked Japanese name and the fact that Gold and Silver weren't out in North America yet. It was later corrected in the 'Topps Black Edition' cards.
    • The cards from Pikachu's Vacation name Marill as "Pikablu" and Snubbull as "Buru". This contradicts later promotional items for the movie, such as the short's novelization, which use the final English names for these Pokémon. The names were later corrected in the 'Topps Black Edition', but spelt Snubbull as "Snubble".
      • "Buru" can be considered a transliteration of Snubbull's Japanese name, ブルー Bull.

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