‘Premium Trainer’s XY Collection’ To Be Sold Early at Hobby Stores!

Since May, TPCi has allowed hobby stores who hold Pokemon TCG prereleases to sell new sets before their release date. And now, hobby stores will have yet another incentive to host the events!

Qualifying hobby stores who held Burning Shadows prereleases and who are eligible to hold Crimson Invasion prereleases will now be eligible to sell the upcoming “Premium Trainer’s XY Collection” a month early!

The official release date for the collection is November 17th — that’s when you’ll see it at stores like Target and Walfart — but qualifying hobby stores will be able to sell it starting October 20th!

This is another great move by TPCi to get hobby stores and fans more invested in Play! Pokemon. It gives early sales to the shops who work to support the game, it’s a great incentive for those shops to continue growing organized play, and it’s a great way to tempt fans into joining a League when they visit these shops. After all, if you’re a fan who loves Pokemon so much that you would go out of your way to buy a PTCG product early from a hobby shop, you’re probably also the same kind of fan who would be interested in joining organized play.

This move also doesn’t threaten sales at big box retailers since they already receive major foot traffic. Their customers are a different kind of demographic, i.e. those who would not usually venture into hobby shops (such as casual fans, kids, and parents who are grocery shopping and just want to grab something to throw under the Christmas tree for little Jimmy).

In addition to this news, we now have images of Shaymin-EX and N from the Collection. As you can see, they are alternate art promos. Again, this means Shaymin-EX will still not be legal for Standard play come this fall.

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  1. jessalakasam Floette is love Floette is life
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    HYPE! Also, those FAs are Beautiful
     
  2. jcgoble3 Aspiring Trainer
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    Is "Walfart" intentional or a Freudian slip? Either way, I find it hilarious.
     
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  3. AshCo Ladies' Man Extraordinaire
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    That N looks way better than I originally thought it did. Makes me want this product even more than I already did. Hope I'm able to get it in that early date.
     
  4. SucyX jumpy boy
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    That N looks absolutely stunning! I definitely prefer this one over the one from Noble Victories.
     
  5. Ocre307 Aspiring Trainer
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    An entire month early? Still not in time for Fort Wayne...
     
  6. savarin Aspiring Trainer
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    are the N and shaymin textured?
     
  7. SupremeLeaderQuagsire Does this look like the face of mercy?
    SupremeLeaderQuagsire

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    Time to muster up some cash.
     
  8. BraviaryBoi Anonymus
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    Noble Victories FtW. Also has the best non full art n art. That shaymin is pretty dope tho
     
  9. Connor Ritter 30 Under 30 Media Luminary
    Connor Ritter

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    Oh thank Arceus we finally have confirmation that they're alts and can put a nail in the coffin that is standard format Shaymin.
     
  10. Sparkeagle Aspiring Trainer
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    I believe they only mentioned Shaymin and Yveltal
     
  11. Zygarde C Aspiring Trainer
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    To be honest, if the FA trainers are not textured, I'm going to be disappointed because if I pay $80 for cards that should have came out months ago. They should be textured but all I have read is hat Shaymin and Yveltal will have this treatment.
     
  12. Brandonismyfoe Aspiring Trainer
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    This Shaymin is the most beautiful card I've ever seen!
     
  13. Chrswrites Aspiring Trainer
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    Why do they pick the number from the regular art Shaymin? They should have chose the Full Art number. Or even better: make it secret rare!
     
  14. AverageAvenger Aspiring Trainer
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    Oooooh, I am going to hunt down that FA N if it's the last thing I do!
     
  15. jessalakasam Floette is love Floette is life
    jessalakasam

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    Why didn't they make Shaymin 111/108?
     
  16. Rooie Aspiring Trainer
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    Why would they? It's not a part of the set.
     
  17. jessalakasam Floette is love Floette is life
    jessalakasam

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    Gold Border plus it wouldn't affect its legality
     
  18. Rooie Aspiring Trainer
    Rooie

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    So? It's still not part of the set.
     
  19. jessalakasam Floette is love Floette is life
    jessalakasam

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    yeah it is it's number 77a/108
     
  20. Rooie Aspiring Trainer
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    Sorry, but "a" isn't a valid digit.