‘Unbroken Bonds’ NOT Going Out of Print, But New Trend for Future Print Runs

Contrary to what we posted the other week, Unbroken Bonds is not going out of print. At the time, some distributors and sellers believed that TPCi would not create additional print runs because new orders were not being fulfilled. (Usually sellers can order new sets long after their release, but this was not the case with Unbroken Bonds.)

However, TPCi informed distributors over the weekend that they’re doing another print run of Unbroken Bonds (likely due to growing demand). New orders can be placed at the end of the month.

It appears that TPCi is instead being more cautious with how they produce their sets from now on. Rather than printing a bunch of product upfront, they’re going to conservatively print product as the market needs it. This way the market does not become saturated with product people don’t want, as was the case with sets like Steam Siege.

As Smpratte explains in his video here, there is no such thing as “limited English” product. TPCi will always print new cards or products if fans want them, as they did with Roaring Skies years after the set was released. It makes sense too — this is a game that’s meant to be available and played. But what has changed is that TPCi is going to temper production from now on so that more product isn’t printed than is wanted.

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  1. Lord Goomy Got Goomies?
    Lord Goomy

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    Good. Everything is proceeding smoothly and well.
     
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  2. AshCo I gotta spruce this place up for the GAAAEEEEMS
    AshCo

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    Oh hey, a mention of smpratte! I love listening to that guy, super informative stuff.

    Anyways I think that this approach is actually pretty cool. Having a good balance of supply and demand is always key, and itll give us more fresh packs in our products after Fates and Siege are out. Except I'd be concerned for sets like Burning Shadows to take their place, but at least that set has some pretty cool stuff in it.
     
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  3. Swampert Full Art #GROOKEYGANG
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    I literally just got home from the store after buying an Unbroken Bonds prerelease kit mainly because I thought it was going out of print. I turn on my computer and I see this -_-
     
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  4. CardPone Aspiring Trainer
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    Yup. Imagine me who just bought a booster case in the hopes of reselling it when the set became a little more scarce. XP

    But I think this is good news overall. Makes it a lot cheaper and easier to collect the whole set.
     
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2019 at 4:05 PM
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  5. birdboy2000 Bird Keeper
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    I said it was terrible news at the time, and hearing this is a relief.
     
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  6. Merovingian Time to get surreal!
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    Incoming 1st Edition printing in the future
     
  7. NoaWithoutaH i don't like bananas
    NoaWithoutaH

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    Unbroken Bonds Is Not Gone!!! (crab rave intensifies)
     
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  8. AngryBokoblin Guzzlord is fun
    AngryBokoblin

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    At least they're acknowledging the problem and working to fix it.
     
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  9. The Almighty Bidoof Aspiring Trainer
    The Almighty Bidoof

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    my disappointment is immeasurable and my day is ruined
     
  10. The Binder Guy Aspiring Trainer
    The Binder Guy

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    Good, hopefully they'll fix the issues with some boxes lacking a Full-Art or Hyper/Secret Rare in 'em while they're at it.
     
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  11. l o s t t h u n d e r
     
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  12. VirunaSkysong Aspiring Trainer
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    Sounds pretty good. No use for printing cards that are not sold anyway :).
     
  13. ninetales1234 Biscuit Taste-Tester
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    The booster boxes are not sold with a statement that guarantees they were printed from Date X to Date Y, in Z quantity, and that no more will be made.

    When I buy booster boxes, I know what I'm getting into, and the risks. Additional copies of any of the cards in my possession could be introduced, thus lowering the value of what I already have.

    I paid through the nose to get a playset of Tropical Beach, knowing they could reprint Tropical Beach (so far, haven't, but could if they wanted to). I don't have a partnership or contract with the company to safeguard the value of my Beaches.
     
  14. Ecko9i6 Aspiring Trainer
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    You would think they learned this lesson a long time ago xD
     
  15. paulyd84 cooltrainerpaul
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    This has been the worst set for this without doubt ive had 2 cases and in each case ive had a box with just 1 full art and 2/3 GX and then maybe 8/10 holos is pathethic. They need to clearly state each box will have X holos X GX X Full Art X Secret rares - in these days of loot boxes odds etc PCi are running away unscathed.

    Funny too in 2 cases only 1 charizard standard GX and 1 FA... this is meant to be poster card and rareness is insane, even up to the end of XY era the poster boy pokemon where pretty much guaranted to be in every box. Every set gets worse and worse...
     
  16. pokeraider123456 Aspiring Trainer
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    ptgco is already online version, however the online version is somewhat dying just like how yugioh tried to be online that. as for the oversupply, i am pretty annoyed the inject old packs into newer products that were meant to be for the current set. What they should do instead of completely stopping production of a set, why not just limit the product like. Make/print a certain amount of cards for suppy and stop and if stores want more of it cant they just start up production again for that order, rather than making something like thousands of extra packs like evolutions that doesnt sell.
     
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2019 at 2:58 PM