Two big Pokémon franchises finally collide as Pokémon GO collaborates with Pokémon TCG. The combination aims to please fans of both franchises and deliver a mega-hit. Here for your enjoyment is the Pokémon GO TCG review and checklist.
Pokémon GO was released in 2016 with great success. It’s an augmented reality mobile game with users utilizing mobile GPs to encounter and capture Pokémon in real-world settings. In addition, users could catch, train and then battle against other users.
When the game launched, it topped both the Google Play and iTunes charts and was downloaded 11 million times within a week of release. At the same time, Pokémon GO has lost some popularity since. However, it’s still thriving. Millions of players play the game. Pokémon GO Live Player Count puts the number of its December 2021 active users at 62,910,290.
Media Factory – the company responsible for creating the Pokémon Trading Card Game franchise has been creating Pokémon cards since 1996. These two global brands are finally collaborating. With over 700 species of Pokémon on the Pokémon GO app, the Pokémon TCG has abundant resources to draw from to deliver our best characters.
Teased for a 2021 release alongside the Professor Willow Pokémon card given free to GO players who purchased the merchandise. Then, fans had to wait for an extra year. However, the wait is at an end.
Here’s the announcement from Pokémon’s official website:
“This summer, a collaboration between the Pokémon Trading Card Game and Pokémon GO will be released! The Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO expansion will feature cards themed after the popular mobile game. You can get an early look at the expansion’s package design below”.
There will be multiple release dates for different Pokemon TCG: Pokemon GO sets. The first set of Pokemon GO products will be released on July 1st, 2022.
Below are the complete launch dates for all Pokemon TCG: Pokemon GO release formats.
Pokémon GO TCG is a part of the Sword and Shield TCG series. However, it stands clear of all other sets in this series. Only comparable to special releases like Celebrations and Shining Fates. This limited-time set would have cards that showcase Pokémon, characters, iconic locations, and unique items from the Pokémon GO mobile game. Examples are full-art trainers’ cards showcasing Pokémon GO team leaders Spark, Blanche, and Candela.
As with special Pokémon TCG releases, several TCG GO products are available, including special edition Elite Trainer Boxes. Asides from an impressive ten booster pack, players will find the unique Radiant Eevee trading cards. While Pokémon TCG GO will focus on Pokémon GO, there’ll be special sets that feature Radiant Pokémon, Pokémon V, VMAX, and the VSTAR mechanics that Pokémon TCG players know and love.
Great on cards art, small set packed with exciting names, and shiny Charizard ultra-rare card, this set is already a favorite amongst GO and TCG players. This collaboration aimed to merge two vast parts of the Pokémon franchise that was previously separate. The sentiments around the release have shown that this is already a great success. Pokémon TCG GO has perfectly merged both worlds, and former TCG players are already starting to pick it up again. Most GO players haven’t played the TCG game and many are excited to try it.
While this set has piqued and renewed interest in players from both Pokémon franchises to try out the other, TCG looks set to gain the most. GO players were holding out for a way collecting these cards would benefit them in-game. However, there’s been nothing announced so far. While a Pokémon TCG set that highlights the Pokémon GO is enough reason for most people to check out TCG, it does little to lure GO players to TCG. Some in-game reward for collecting this set would have ensured every GO player invested in the cards.
However, this issue may be remedied. We might get an announcement as more formats drop.
There will be several Pokémon Go TCG products for players to pick from. There always are with Pokemon. Here is the full list as it currently stands.
The set features 78 different cards from the Pokémon GO games. TCG players can pull iconic Pokémon like Pikachu and Mewtwo with unique styles that tie them into Pokémon GO. In addition, there will be cards of Pokémon posed as if they’re out in the real world, such as Snorlax sleeping, Pikachu walking with its trainer, or Blissey defending a gym. Great stuff!
Let’s look at how well current Pokémon TCG sets have performed. However, only Pokémon TCG Celebrations can match the Pokémon Go TCG in terms of hype. This set brings two huge Pokémon franchises in a way that we haven’t seen in recent history. It’s sure to sell out fast and – in the future – hold value well.
|Pokémon Sword & Shield: Rebel Clash Booster Box||$208.98|
|Pokémon Sword & Shield: Fusion Strike Booster Box||$104.99|
|Pokémon Sword & Shield: Darkness Ablaze Booster Box||$134.99|
|Pokémon Sword & Shield: Chilling Reign Booster Box||$143.64|
|Pokémon Sword & Shield: Brilliant Stars Booster Box||$152.99|
|Pokémon Sword & Shield: Vivid Voltage Booster Box||$149|
|Pokémon TCG: Celebrations Pokémon Center Elite Trainer Box||$64.99|
These prices aren’t outrageous. The higher ones here are realistic for what an investor can reasonably expect after holding for a year after release. However, anyone looking to purchase Pokémon TCG cards solely for an ROI knows that the best route is buying hit cards rather than entire boxes.
We’ll only consider top single cards from the Pokémon TCG: Celebrations set as it’s the only set that matches up to this when you think about their prospects. Additionally, we considered only cards graded PSA 9 and higher.
|Pokémon Celebrations Charizard #4 Ultra-Premium Gold Gem Mint PSA 10||$4,500|
|Pokémon Celebrations #133 Lance’s Charizard V Holo PSA 10||$305|
|Pokémon Celebrations #011 Mew PSA 9 Mint||$700|
|Pokémon Celebrations Professor’s Research Holo #023 PSA 9||$400|
|Pokémon Celebrations Dark Sylveon V SWSH134 PSA 10||$238|
While these are not Gold Star cards that easily sell for $25k to $30k or the Holy Grail of Pokémon cards – Pikachu Illustrator, which sold for over $5 million. Still, there figures offer significant ROI for investors. Pokemon Go TCG has all chase cards in its line-up and the ultra-rare Charizard cards. It’s sure to hold value even better than the Celebrations set. Lucky collectors can pull a Charizard, V, VSTAR, VMAX, or any Full Art cards.
Pokémon GO meets the Pokémon TCG, and the result is a set packed with great cards and value. As the Celebrations anniversary set and all other anniversary sets across the hobby, this set is expected to command high demand. As everyone in the hobby knows, high demands equate to good value and higher prices. TCG players have a host of mighty cards on offer in this set, from Mewtwo VSTAR to Dragonite VSTAR and Melmetal VMAX; this set is a powerful addition to every TCG player’s card. We hope our Pokémon GO TCG review was helpful!