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Pokemon TCG Celebrations – A look at Prime cards

Pokemon Celebrations Prime

Pokemon TCG Celebrations, the much anticipated 25th Anniversary set has now been revealed and we have an insight into what to expect with the biggest expansion of recent memory. Pokemon TCG Celebrations will take us on a trip down memory lane with new iterations of some classic and most-loved Pokemon card types. In this series of articles, we’ll be looking back at the card types that 2021’s hottest set will bring back to the forefront. This article will focus on Pokemon Prime cards. 

Check out our article on Gold Stars here.

Pokemon TCG: Celebrations have confirmed a new Prime card in the form of 8th generation fan favourite, Dragapult. The card will be part of a Celebrations Collection box alongside two packs of Pokemon TCG: Celebrations, a Pokemon TCG booster pack, a four-pocket binder, a jumbo version of the card, and a coin. This Dragapult Prime Collection box will release worldwide on October 8th 2021. The Prime Dragapult which is a brand new release for Pokemon TCG: Celebrations will not be legal for competitive play.

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So what exactly are Prime cards?

Originally launching in HeartGold & SoulSilver packs back in 2010, as a replacement chase card to LV.X. which we’ll be covering soon. The card design features a close-up of the Pokémon’s face with a holographic border that sparkles at every angle.

Our Top Prime artworks


Released as part of HeartGold & SoulSilver: Triumphant, the Mew Prime card is a personal favourite with an awesome close up of the mythical Pokemon’s face. Illustrated by Hideaki Hakozaki, Mew Prime is one of the best Pokemon TCG examples of Mew’s swooping flying motion that we all fell in love with in Pokemon: The First Movie.

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Espeon & Umbreon

HeartGold & SoulSilver: Undaunted, released in English in August 2010 with some awesome Pokemon Legends cards spanning across two cards. The standout cards from the set, however, are Espeon & Umbreon who face each other left to right. With 34 and 37 PSA 10 copies each, these cards are hard to come by in a Gem Mint condition. 

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Feraligatr, Meganium, & Typhlosion

Quite possibly the best starter evolutions from any Pokemon generation, Gen 2’s trio were part of the initial HeartGold & SoulSilver expansion. These cards would later receive alternate artwork as Black Star Promos within the 2010 Spring Collector’s Tins. A cool tidbit is that the tin Black Star Promo versions of the cards face the opposite direction of their HGSS expansion counterparts. 


Another entry from Undaunted, Raichu is here purely for the awesome aesthetic balance between the bright yellow and holo edges. With Raichu’s orange tint this card looks golden making it a real stand out of the Prime era. 

Pokemon Celebrations Prime

There are so many Prime cards to choose from and that’s why we cheated a little by picking multiple cards per entry. What is your favourite Prime card and why?

If you’re new to Prime cards Pokemon TCG: Celebrations will be a great starting point with the new Dragapult Prime. To keep up with all your Pokemon TCG news follow Ludkins Media on Instagram and Facebook.

John-Anthony Disotto – Ludkins Media Editor-in-Chief


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