One of a Kind? ‘Chilling Reign’ Staff Promo Surfaces!

What?! A staff version of the Cinderace Chilling Reign promo has been discovered in a prerelease kit! Staff promos shouldn’t exist anymore!

Photos of the card were sent to us by Steve S., an official Pokemon TCG judge in the UK. It was pulled from a Chilling Reign Build & Battle Kit by one of his players at their prerelease. It was in the kit’s promo slot.

Steve told us, “Players were frantically trying to find a toploader for [the player]. It is unclear what his plans are for card but it was an excellent stroke of luck.”

Obviously the card was accidentally mixed in to the product at the factory. We’ve seen it happen many times before.

We haven’t received any other reports of Chilling Reign staff promos, so the mix-up doesn’t seem to be widespread. This will make the Cinderace a very valuable card — it may even be one of a kind. (I advised Steve to never reveal the player’s name.)

TPCi previously announced prerelease staff promos would be discontinued. A few days later, they said the distribution of all staff promos would be “temporarily paused.” However, it was still unclear at the time if this meant prerelease staff promos would be discontinued.

At the time fans theorized TPCi stopped producing the staff promos due to the scalping of Vivid Voltage‘s Charizard promo. However, this theory may not hold water now. The fact staff promos for Chilling Reign exist means TPCi printed them and probably just withheld them during the pandemic due to the suspension of in-person events. Perhaps we’ll see prerelease staff promos return once the world goes back to normal.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a cancelled product surface. Back in 2006, deck boxes were produced for EX Dragon Frontiers prereleases that were ultimately destroyed. At the time I posted this:

EX Dragon Frontiers BoxEX Dragon Frontiers Deck Box – Someone on eBay has placed up a very rare EX Dragon Frontiers deck box for auction. These deck boxes were originally set to be given out at EX Dragon Frontiers prereleases, but because they would have arrived late to America from the manufacturer (based in China), Pokemon Organized Play refused to receive them and the product was destroyed. A couple have been spotted in the past, and some people that I even know own one, so obviously, some did make it to America.

We now know this is because a few of Pokemon USA’s production samples leaked. We don’t know how many samples were created before the shipment was destroyed, but over the years a few have sold for well over $500.

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  1. Shinxed3 Get Shinxed bro
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    Sweet Arceus- congrats to the person who pulled it! That is so unbelievably cool.
     
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  2. Bongooo Eternatus VMAX is Mega Rayquaza's goth phase
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    Tournment organizers deserve staff promos to come back. This is great to see
     
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  3. Kyle J. Asplund Some birb boi
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    They're making Cinderace cards where its once they attack, they can't attack.


    good.
     
  4. On another note can we talk about how many prerelease promos came fresh out of the pack with heavy damage on this print run? I’ve never seen anything quite like it
     
  5. Water Pokémon Master I like Pokemon more than you. :D
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  6. Says he would only accept a huge offer...

    doesn’t realise it’s no longer a one of a kind card and not worth a huge offer
     
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  7. flariados Aspiring Trainer
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    2 of a kind is still incredibly scarce I mean c'mon
     
  8. Bongooo Eternatus VMAX is Mega Rayquaza's goth phase
    Bongooo

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    Pokemon should do this but instead of staff promos it's some actually rare exclusive card like a gold version of the original promo. It would get more people going to pre releases which is my favorite kind of tournement
     
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  9. Yaginku Aspiring Trainer
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    This begs the question - if they had Staff promos printed, why did they discontinue them BEFORE distributing these? What was the problem with them, exactly? This looks to me more like a technological/pipeline problem.
     
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  10. Perfect_Shot Standard sucks, so Ban Expanded
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    Things only really have value if someone wants to buy them. The last thing someone would want is to have paid big money for one of these then TPCi starts printing these exact promos again and suddenly your purchase is next to worthless.
     
  11. Wolfgirl90 Professor Luna
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    My theory is that TCPi really only wanted to put a brief moratorium on Staff promos until the supply chain was normalized and events could start back up.

    Before they stopped making the promos, Judges and Organizers like myself were basically at the mercy of the kindness of the LGS to give us the cards. They technically aren't allowed to sell them, so it shouldn't matter what other people are selling them for. But while some people got the cards that they were supposed to receive, others didn't. And since one couldn't be sure who was selling what, I guess TCPi said "eff it" and put the brakes on the whole thing.

    There's also the supposed "ethics" of judges selling promos that can be connected to this, but that's a loooooooong conversation.
     
  12. Yaginku Aspiring Trainer
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    If your LGS isn't giving you the rewards and compensation you deserve, then report them and, most importantly, stop supporting that LGS with your labor.