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Yellow Cheeks & Red Cheeks

Posted by Pokeballoonza - October 17th, 2021


This post is a follow up to I'll show you mine if you show me yours


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Here is the next page in my binder. I mentioned in an earlier post that I always kept my cards organized by Pokedex number, and that is true, but it doesn’t go straight from 1-151.


While I was never picky about the set (Base, Base 2, Jungle, or Fossil), I did want to have all 151 of the originals and their variant arts. So on this page you’ll notice there are 3 Pikachus: the original base set art, the shadowless red cheeks version (just for fun- it's the exact same as the base set art), and the jungle art.


From the original sets, there were 7 cards that were printed with variant card art:


  1. Pikachu: Base & Jungle
  2. Raichu: Base & Fossil
  3. Electrode: Base & Jungle
  4. Gastly: Base & Fossil
  5. Haunter: Base & Fossil
  6. Magmar: Base & Fossil
  7. Zapdos: Base & Fossil


I’m not sure why those cards were given 2 versions when others weren’t. Why bother printing variations on 7 random cards? Pikachu makes sense since he’s the Pokemon mascot, and Zapdos seems reasonable since it’s a legendary, but if that's the case why not do variants on Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, and Mewtwo? Why Electrode and Gastly?


I don’t have any answers to that, but I collected the different artworks for each anyway.


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