Totally get the mew and Gardevior, but prices for that charizard are crazy! I’m not going to say anything about Iono tho…PRICES! Prices are starting to roll in from eBay! Here’s a quick look at the Elite Four cards of the set as of December 1st (all SARs, no surprise):
Mew ex: around $200 - $300
One of the two most competitively viable cards makes a formidable first showing, though the artwork is anything but formidable! The format’s hottest new free agent will undoubtedly continue to see success for as long as it’s legal!
Gardevoir ex: around $250-$350
Kuroimori’s TCG debut is married with a card that’s currently on a hot streak, AND it’s Gardevoir, AND the art belongs in a museum. This was to be expected! The current matriarch of Psychic decks continues to thrive!
Charizard ex: around $300-$500
The love-him-or-hate-him big guy in his second SAR appearance, still coupled with AKIRA EGAWA’s ridiculously stunning artwork. The latest entry into Lizardon’s legendary (and lavish) TCG legacy has made itself known, and he’s still putting in the actual elbow grease in this incarnation with his success in the format worldwide. Long live the Zard!
Iono: around $350-$600, some listings upward of $1,000-$1,300+
Well, well, well… she’s done it again. Having now established herself as one of the best and most playable hand disruptors in recent memory, AND having attained unspeakable levels of popularity as a character, AND having crashed the markets with her FIRST SAR card in Clay Burst (which peaked at $1,500, didn’t you know?), Iono’s second SAR outing was always destined to be THE most expensive card out of this entire 350+ card monster. She will continue to catch wallets within her Electroweb for as long as the Waifu and Playability Taxes are the laws of the land. Whozzit Whattzit, indeed! ️
I think they were trying to cram cards to fit the 360 card limit since most binders can only fit 360 cards max, hence they couldn't put any more cards as the main set is 190 cards already and they wanted to have a shiny for every regular card and ex card in the sets, so there was little space for extra stuff like ARs and SARs. I feel like because they wanted that many shinies the set is near impossible to complete now, they could have tried doing it like Trainer Gallery and distributed them slowly in the following sets so there is also more space for the SAR and AR pokemon.Didn't even realize the set numbers on the Art Rares. So that is why you only get 1 per box, they're only 3 total.
I thought there was more to be revealed, so I would imagine 3 Shiny Rare, 3 Art Rare, and 1 SSR/SR/SAR per box or 2 if lucky. So 7 guaranteed hits out of 10 packs... maybe that's too much.
Also, only 3 (SAR) Pokemon? Should be at least 6-8 in my opinion. No new Koraidon or Miraidon either just (UR) gold cards.
No surprise Nemona finally gets her TCG debut in this set, I had a feeling Creatures were waiting til the end of the year to do so.
Is it just me or does the Pokeball on the Penny SAR look too big or strange a little, maybe it is just the angle. Cool to see Umbreon on it as well.
Too many Shiny Rares to be honest.
Overall, I'm looking forward to the set. My main chases for sure are Palafin (AR), Clive (SAR), Gardevoir ex (SAR), Clodsire ex (SR), and the Ditto (S)
Interesting point about the binders. Another Pokébeach user (I cannot remember whom) pointed out that a complete set of 151 plus the complete set of reverse holofoils from 151 (153 reverse holofoils in all) fits perfectly into a 360 card binder, such as the one sold in a collection as one of the set’s products. Japan also got reverse holofoils in 151, and for once these reverse holofoils were extended to the rares, but not only were there three additional cards in the main set (cards that were cut as promos internationally), but there were also the brand new master ball holos, so Japanese 151 wouldn’t fit into a 360 card binder.I think they were trying to cram cards to fit the 360 card limit since most binders can only fit 360 cards max, hence they couldn't put any more cards as the main set is 190 cards already and they wanted to have a shiny for every regular card and ex card in the sets, so there was little space for extra stuff like ARs and SARs. I feel like because they wanted that many shinies the set is near impossible to complete now, they could have tried doing it like Trainer Gallery and distributed them slowly in the following sets so there is also more space for the SAR and AR pokemon.
Why are all the golds blue? Wish they would've made like the gold Tapus/Tag Teams where their color matched the type of the card.