Woke up to this on my facebook notifications. I did not even think this was possible, let alone 3 times for a total of 9 1st ed ivy jungle pikachu. Basically, these guys were opening packs and pulled the error pikachu 9 times, but got 3 per pack that had them. All in the uncommon slots.
Pulls were at:
First set 2:44:00
Second set 3:16:00
It supports my own personal theory, which I posted about before. But basically the cards were obviously planned and prototyped and intended to be included, but when Jungle’s production was moved forward and in the interest of uncomplicating the release the promotion was dropped. But for whatever reason - be they technical or communication related or just an oversight - the cards were still printed and still went out in packages. Based on this discovery, it seems their inclusions may have been inconsistent, which matches what we know about Wizards QA at the time: inconsistent at best!
Very happy to see this happening, otherwise we’d still talk about 1 card in 10 boxes pull ratio which has been always the estimate. A mention of this opening has been added to Pikachu 1 Bulbapedia article as well.
It just baffles and excites me how a box opening of a 1999 1st Ed. Jungle set box can still provide us with new facts about the TCG. Sure, we had already figured out the 1st Ed. Ivy Pikachu came exclusively from 1st Ed. Jungle packs, but never 3 at a time. This really goes to show that we can never be 100% certain about distributions of (a) certain card(s) as they are often obscure and undocumented. Great find! And thanks @joer for sharing this with us.
On the manufacturing side, were pokemon cards stacked 11 sheets high and pressed out to form an 11 card pack?
I remember seeing somewhere that it is possible to get an extra card in a jungle wotc pack, so 12 cards instead of the usual 11. I wonder if a miscount of the sheet layer was caused by the introduction of the ivy pikachu promo.
With that said, I also remember reading somewhere that an ivy pikachu appears once every 10 packs. There being 36 packs, it would make sense the ivy pikachu was pulled 3 times. The triple pull per pack may be a result of how the layers were mapped out.
I just love how we’re getting to see stuff like this in 2021, especially given how it can all be recorded and preserved in such a high quality compared to 20 years ago. The same goes for all the box breaks we’ve seen in the Youtube era going back five years or so. Imagining how many OG boxes we would have seen opened if the same technology was widespread in 1999 is insane.
Ahh ok. Do we have a picture of the 1st edition ivy pikachu sheet still intact? I’m still curious if the 12th card in some jungle sets was caused by the addition of a possible ivy pikachu sheet. Maybe the 12th card isn’t related to the ivy pikachu but still interesting to think about
Absolutely wild. I was surprised to see them in threes. So I guess that means that whole sheets of them were mistakenly loaded in place of uncommon sheets in the cutting machines. I’m really kicking myself for not grabbing one of these because its been on my wants list a long time and the increased visibility is not going to make it any easier to get a deal on one in good shape; but still a super awesome thing for the hobby to have this on video
The odds of even finding a pack with the pikachu in it is very slim. We have all heard from Gary on more than one occasion that he has NEVER pulled one before and this is despite opening a ton of 1st edition jungle boxes. Finding one is basically like winning the lotto. These guys won the lotto x9 lol