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Diamond & Pearl retrospective – Secret Wonders

Diamond Pearl Secret Wonders

In the lead up to the release of Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl, we’re heading back to the Diamond & Pearl era of Pokemon TCG to check out some of the amazing chase cards from fan-favourite expansions. Yesterday we took a look at Stormfront, the beautiful set that brought us the return of Charmander and its evolution line with a modern twist. Today, we’re heading back to 2007 to showcase Diamond & Pearl Secret Wonders, a set filled with fantastic holos, more LV. X cards, and really cool artwork. 

Diamond & Pearl Secret Wonders is the third English expansion of the Diamond & Pearl Pokemon TCG era with promotional art for Gallade, Sneaville, Roserade, and Honchkrow. The set includes the continuation of LV. X chase cards yet only includes two (Gardevoir & Honchkrow).

We’re going to start this retrospective by looking at the main draws from Secret Wonders, in my opinion: the holos. Secret Wonders includes all three of the Kanto starter evolution lines starting with beautiful artworks of Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirrel culminating in holographic cards for Venusaur, Charizard, and Blastoise. These cards are some of the best examples of the big three evolution lines out of any set and are also available as reverse holos like every main card from this set. 

A set that includes Venusaur, Charizard, and Blastoise is usually enough to win people’s hearts but Secret Wonders decided to go far and beyond. The set includes 20 holos total ranging from Johto’s legendary dogs alongside Lugia and Ho-Oh to Mew. For anyone looking for a new collection goal and a holo set to complete, give Secret Wonders a try! Especially considering the majority of these cards can be found for a relatively cheap price on eBay in comparison to other more hyped expansions. 

For fans of the LV. X mechanic Gardevoir and Honchkrow are decent enough admissions that round up Secret Wonders as a great master set to complete. As there are only two LV. X cards in the setlist there is the possibility that a booster box could not contain any, making these cards far rarer than you would expect when looking at their raw value. PSA 9s of both sit around the $300 mark on eBay. As for PSA 10s, there are only two of each in existence making it very difficult to find recent sales data. 

Like many of the expansions from this era, PSA graded copies are very hard to come by with only 248 PSA 10s across the whole set at the time of writing. That being said, raw copies of the cards are readily available depending on condition and for many, this set will excel as a binder project. 

We’re going to be running through some of the best expansions from Diamond & Pearl in the lead up to the worldwide release of Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl on November 19th. Do you have any of these cards in your collection?

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