Dear Pokémon Cardboard Enthusiasts,
As many of you, during these hard times, I find myself at home with a lot of free time, and in those empty hours I tend to go to my collection for comfort and joy.
Today I was going through the Japanese Trainers Magazines in my collection and I found what could be proof that the Pikachu 1st Edition Jungle Black Star Promo was not an error, but intentional…at least to a certain extent. You see, one of the interesting things with these old Japanese magazines is that on top of the Japanese Pokémon Scene news and guides, they would also share information of the upcoming Pokémon releases in the West.
Being that so, on Trainer Magazine Volume 2, on the last pages we found information about the release of Jungle 1st Edition packs in English. This caught my eye, first because it was one of the few colored pages and then because the displayed boosters read “11 Tradable Game Cards”, mimicking 1st Ed. / Shadowless Base Packs. Then, when taking a closer look, a small black text, overlaid on the Pokéball, can read:
"Capture the rare Pikachu card! Look on inside Wrapper."
What could this mean? There is no rare Pikachu card on the Jungle Set, the Pikachu was and is a common, both in English and Japanese. So why mention that there is a rare Pikachu Card inside?
Could it be that the Pikachu 1st Ed Jungle Black Star Promo card, which we consider as an error, had an intended release, at least in the early stages of the printing process? Maybe WOTC did release it willingly but then never publicly acknowledge it’s existence or the possibility to pull it from a booster?
Could it be that the Pikachu 1st Ed Jungle Black Star promo is the true first Secret Rare card released in an English Set?
In light of this information, what do you all think? I thought it can be pretty exciting information!
Please see the images of the magazine below:
PACK OVERVIEW: imgur.com/a/n8xj3Mf
TEXT DETAIL: imgur.com/a/GPw6qK5
P.S - For some reason I cannot make the normal way to display the images directly in the post to work. If any of the Mods can, please display it