Ancient Mew – Version Differences

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Ancient Mew Trading Cards

Version Differences: How to Recognize & Distinguish Them

Written by: Unique Username

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Welcome! This guide is to enlighten collectors and sellers alike on how to distinguish the differences between the Ancient Mews from the Pokémon Trading Card Game in both Japanese and English. This not only helps the buyers who wish to purchase the version they desire, yet it also helps the seller promote the proper version in which they can list the card at the appropriate price. I hope this guide proves to be informative and enjoyable!

Japanese Versions

Top Image: Revelation Lugia Promo Booklet. Bottom Image: A Japanese Ancient Mew card inserted in a plastic sleeve on the second page.

Origins…

This promotional pamphlet was exclusively released in Japan to commemorate the theatrical run of Revelation Lugia (known in North America as Pokemon: The Movie 2000) on July 16th 1999. A very special trading card was inserted inside, to promote the movie (the card was – ironically, mentioned and shown in the film). Only the Japanese versions of Ancient Mew came with the booklet.

It’s a Little Known Fact…

► It is a common misconception that there are only two versions of this card in Japanese, yet in fact there are THREE Japanese Ancient Mews:

:black_small_square: Japanese Ancient Mew I (Error)
:black_small_square: Japanese Ancient Mew I (Corrected); and
:black_small_square: Japanese Ancient Mew II

Ancient Mew I (Error)

Top Image: Ancient Mew I (Error). Bottom Image: The copyrights have been re-sized to better show the “Nintedo” misspelling.

Copyright Information:

© 1995, 1996, 1998 Nintedo/Creatures inc./GAMEFREAK inc.

This is an easily distinguishable card – not only was it the first in production, it is the only one in the series with a printing error. In the copyrights, what was originally supposed to be “Nintendo” was mistakenly printed without the “n”, causing it to read “Nintedo”. The manufacturers caught the printing error late in production, re-releasing the promotional pamphlet with a corrected version (see Ancient Mew I (Corrected)).

The holofoil design in this card was strikingly unique compared to the standard holofoil. The entire card possesses a speckled, fresco shimmer. When scanned, this design is very visible and has very little or no gloss.

A scan of Ancient Mew I (Error).

Price Range:

The “Ancient Mew I (Error)” is considered to be the most valuable of the Japanese versions, its price expected to be between US $40 - $90 (depending on its condition, whether the pamphlet is included, etc). PSA 9 and 10 “Ancient Mew I (Error)” can be between US $60 – $150. Although this card is undeniably popular and rare, “Ancient Mew I (Corrected)” is just as challenging to find.

Ancient Mew I (Corrected)

Top Image: Ancient Mew I (Corrected). Bottom Image: The copyrights have been re-sized to better show the “Nintendo” correction.

Copyright Information:

© 1995, 1996, 1998, Nintendo/Creatures inc./GAMEFREAK inc.

Déjà vu! The holofoil design of “Ancient Mew I (Corrected)” is IDENTICAL to the “Ancient Mew I (Error)” version; it is the exact same speckled, fresco shimmer holofoil. The only difference between this version and the error version is the correction to the spelling of “Nintendo” in the copyrights.

Price Range:

This is unquestionably the rarest version. The previous copyright misprint was caught late in distribution, and this had manufacturers scrambling to rectify the mistake and quickly produce a corrected successor. This edition is incredibly difficult to find as the print production for “Ancient Mew I (Corrected)” was very limited. It is not surprising to find this version priced higher than the error sometimes, although it is up to the seller to make that decision. I have seen a very wide price range between US $60 - $120, depending on its condition and whether or not the pamphlet is included. PSA 9 and 10 of this card are nearly nonexistent.

Ancient Mew II

Top Image: Ancient Mew II. Bottom Image: The copyrights have been re-sized to better show the “Nintendo” correction.

Copyright Information:

© 1995, 1996, 1998, Nintendo/Creatures inc./GAMEFREAK inc.

This card features a shinier, dazzling holographic which is much different than the other two, which had a speckled, more fresco look. This card is frequently confused with “Ancient Mew I (Corrected)”. This version is NOT considered to be the actual “corrected version”. Keep in mind, Ancient Mew II was produced AFTER they had already corrected the card (see Ancient Mew I (Corrected)). The name “Ancient Mew II” is misleading, which might be why people consider it to be the immediate successor of the error card, when it isn’t.

The easiest way to tell the two apart is the holofoil design. “Ancient Mew I (Corrected)” looks exactly like “Ancient Mew I (Error)” (except the copyrights). “Ancient Mew II” looks closer to the English version, with very bright circles of colour on a slightly darker surface.

Price Range:

This edition of Ancient Mew is considered to be the least valuable of the Japanese versions. The price can range anywhere between US $20 - $40. PSA 9 and 10 “Ancient Mew II” ranges between US $40 - $70.

English Version

Ancient Mew (North American and International Release)

Top Image (From left to right): The teaser card, which was inserted with the Ancient Mew to hide the card’s identity until it was taken out of its cellophane packaging. Other countries printed their own teaser card in their native language. The teaser card is not the back of Ancient Mew – it is a separate card; The US Version of Ancient Mew. Bottom Image: The bottom edge has been re-sized to better show the copyrights.

Origins…

Pokemon: The Movie 2000 (a.k.a. “The Power of One”) was released in North American theaters on July 21st, 2000. It was the translated version of Revelation Lugia.

North American audiences never received an equivalent to the promotional pamphlet. Instead, the card was inserted in a cellophane packet with a teaser card (teaser cards are cards intended to cover the fronts of trading cards to shield their identity until the cellophane package was opened). Other countries had similar promotions in their country, the packet containing an Ancient Mew with their own teaser card printed in the native language (e.g. Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, German, French, etc). The English version and the International version have the same Ancient Mew, and are considered to have the same price value – unless it is sealed with the foreign language teaser card. In this circumstance, they are valued at approximately US $10 - $20.

Copyright Information:

© 1995, 96, 98, 99 Nintendo, Creatures, GAMEFREAK. © 1999-2000 Wizards.

The Difference…

Top Image: Ancient Mew (English/North American Release). Bottom Image: Ancient Mew II.

This Ancient Mew looks similar to the Japanese “Ancient Mew II”, although there are subtle differences. The border is slightly wider than the Japanese version. In photographs, the holofoil is noticeably different in comparison to its Japanese counterpart. The copyrights are printed with abbreviated years, commas instead of slashes, and the font is a different style and smaller size.

The additional text reads © 1999-2000 Wizards, indicating the previous manufacturer of US Pokémon card releases (until their rights to the franchise expired in July 2003, and was taken over by Pokémon USA Inc./Nintendo). Without a doubt, the ©1999-2000 Wizards is the easiest way to identify it as the English/North American version.

An Important Fact to Remember…

◊ If an eBay listing of Ancient Mew says “Sealed” or “Unopened”, and displays a picture of an Ancient Mew card inside a plastic packet, it is the English or International version. A definite way to confirm this is if there is a picture of the teaser card. In certain circumstances, sealed Ancient Mew cards may be missing the cardboard insert.

Price Range:

This version was highly mass-produced, and can be easily obtained for under US $7 (sometimes free, if a seller is kind enough to give bonus cards with a purchase!). PSA 9 and 10 Ancient Mews are typically valued between US $20 - $30.

PSA Labels

The basic PSA label formats for each of the Ancient Mew cards are described below:

Ancient Mew I (Error)

1999 P.M. JAPANESE PROMO
ANCIENT MEW I [GRADE] [#]
NINTEDO
[Barcode] [Certification #]

Ancient Mew I (Corrected)

1999 P.M. JAPANESE PROMO
ANCIENT MEW I [GRADE] [#]
[Barcode] [Certification #]

Ancient Mew II

1999 P.M. JAPANESE PROMO
ANCIENT MEW II [GRADE] [#]
[Barcode] [Certification #]

Ancient Mew (North American/U.S. Release)

2000 POKEMON GAME PROMO
ANCIENT MEW [GRADE] [#]
POKEMON 2000 MOVIE
[Barcode] [Certification #]

Watch Out! PSA Ancient Mews can be graded incorrectly!

A PSA 9 “Ancient Mew I (Corrected)” incorrectly labelled as the North American version.

Sometimes, they are accidentally labelled with the wrong description that belongs to a different version. If you are unsure about which version you are looking at, inspect two details:

  1. The holofoil design; and
  2. The copyrights.

Together, these can be your greatest tools in properly identifying a version in this perplexing family of cards.

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Thank you for reading :blush:

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Yes, indeed! It is a very common occurrence for individuals to misinterpret the four versions. I was first motivated to write this article for eBay after a fiasco regarding two of my purchases approximately two years ago. I required the ‘Ancient Mew I (Corrected)’ in its original pamphlet, and believed to have discovered it on LJ (livejournal). I was highly disappointed upon receiving it, as it was an Ancient Mew II. The second purchase originated from eBay. Once again, I believed to have found the coveted ‘Ancient Mew I (Corrected)’ in its sealed condition. Its true identity was – yes, Ancient Mew II. The frustrating aspect was that both sellers claimed to possess knowledge of the Ancient Mews.

I had also observed multiple eBay auctions with erroneous information; it was absolutely infuriating, because buyers were being disillusioned. I was so frustrated by the myriad of inaccuracy, I decided to invest time and attention to help alleviate the situation. I created this article to try and set the record straight. It has appeared to help a little bit, with sellers referencing my article in their auctions. I am quite pleased by the accuracy of the auctions now, especially in comparison to a few years ago. Nevertheless, they may continue to mix-up a few versions time and again x)

@reina Sierpe – Thank you very much ^^

Yes, exactly! Ancient Mew I (Error), Ancient Mew I (Corrected) and Ancient Mew II came inside the Revelation Lugia movie pamphlet.

I have not witnessed the exclusive playmat yet, although it has been mentioned according to certain sources. I would love to see a picture of the playmat – it is quite the elusive item!

Aww~! No problem. I love providing information regarding the Pokémon TCG!

@djgigabyte – Thank you so much, DJGigabyte! I remember having a couple of ideas for future articles, so it might be a future possibility :blush:

The existence of the playmat seems to have been lost in the fabric of time – information about it is indeed scarce :slightly_frowning_face:

wow! Awesome guide! Can I please have your Japanese ancient mews?..I will be taking those now… Thanks!:blush: I wonder why I never got around to them?

@mkpokecc – Thank you :heart:

(Laughs) No~!! Don’t be a thief :stuck_out_tongue:

Have you seen any sealed WOTC Ancient Mews with foreign teaser cards? I’ve only ever seen the UK version…

@bluey.:* – Yes. I have seen French, Swedish¹, Norwegian, Finnish and Spanish. Unfortunately, I do not have images of the other foreign languages because the auctions are no longer active.

Wow that’s awesome! Thanks for the information! I have other Ancient Mews to collect! =]

@bluey.:* – You’re welcome! Good luck :blush:

thanks for the clarity of the mews i already have 3 error ancient mew’s now i need to hunt the corrected version 1st lol.

@legendslugia251 – You’re welcome! Good luck :blush:

I just bookmarked this page and signed up here to ask this specific question.

I just previously sold this Ancient Mew error card:

www.ebay.com/itm/160789811348?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1562.l2649#ht_500wt_1413

It had a line of holo missing on it that I thought was an additional error. So I sold it because I wanted one without that.

Then I bought this card here:

www.ebay.com/itm/400280082778?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649#ht_1602wt_1163

And what do you know, it has a line through it too! But in a different spot, just on the ears of Mew.

Can someone here confirm that this is on all Ancient Mew cards, if not, which cards don’t have it? Because I’m looking for a clean looking card for my collection. :blush:

Thanks!

Wow, reading this makes me realise what a deal I got on both the error and corrected version one’s. ^^; Nice post!

@preston(Laughs) “Two errors in one card”. What will they think of next?

That isn’t an error. The phenomenon you have just described is called a cut line. It occurs during the sheet cutting process. It is not as prevalent as it used to be, but it continues to make its existence known on cards every now and again. Like skinst, my Ancient Mew cards display these flaws – a good percentage of them do. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t completely rule out the possibility of a clean card. I wish you the best in finding a flawless, perfect card. Good luck!

@skinst – Thank you :heart:

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Thanks for the help Unique! I have cut lines on some of my cards and always wondered what caused them. I just opened up a brand new Shining Mew from its packaging hoping to get it graded by PSA, unfortunately it had a cut line so I have to resell. I don’t know if I should call it Mint or NM or NM-M, haha, any help would be appreciated!

Thank you for your answer, and it was the only split-second marketing I could come up with lol

Charizard Authority was the one who ended up winning it, and I think I’ve seen his name around here :blush:

@cbd1235 – You’re welcome :blush:

It would depend on how thick the cut line is. I have observed minuscule, nearly hairline fractures be classified as Near-Mint/Mint and Mint. If the cut line is substantial (i.e. highly visible), I would say Near-Mint, to be safe.

@preston – You’re welcome!

@uu -thanks!

Thanks a lot for this! This helped me a bunch. By the way, I noticed this guide is on ebay aswell, did u put it there?