As Pokemon turns 25 years old, there’s a lot of celebratory things to look forward to. On VG247, we’re mostly focused on the games, which are providing us with an anniversary-fitting look back in Diamond and Pearl remakes while also casting an eye forwards to Pokemon Legends: Arceus – but the single anniversary element that’s grabbed me most powerfully is, of course, the trading cards.
The decision to release the ‘Pokemon Celebrations’ expansion is just such a no-brainer that it’s difficult to even give The Pokemon Company a lot of credit for it. But, we have to – by reissuing old cards, they’re scratching a specific and potent itch so firmly that I absolutely couldn’t resist. They’ve drawn me back in.
That’s no mean feat, really, given that I haven’t really actively bought any Pokemon Cards for a great many years. Back in the day, I was super into them – as a pre-teen, I’d trawl card meets every weekend, buying, selling, and swapping rare cards. My grandfather, always willing to entertain my hobbies, learned to play and had an impressive collection of his own. I’ve still got all of my original cards, including complete sets of the first five or six expansions.