What unreleased or prototype cards do we know of?

Recently we had a bunch of unreleased or prototype cards emerging.
In this thread I wanted to gather all the cards that got revealed but never saw an official release.

Cards that come to mind are:
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Feel free to all the cards you know of that could be made into a card that never got distributed.

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There’s a post about Prototype-like Moltres, Articuno & Zapdos !

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Not sure what your criteria are but Pikachu (BW Promo 77) - Bulbapedia, the community-driven Pokémon encyclopedia (bulbagarden.net) and the Raichu (BW 78) was never released in English despite the original intention to be. I do wonder at times if they ever got printed and could be floating around somewhere…

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Idk if these two count, but here’s a couple:


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Depending on your definition of “unreleased”

You can also add protostoise and maybe disco holo base sheet

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Do Art Academy cards, that have never been sold by the actual winners, count as “unreleased”? lol

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Disco and Cosmos Base set holos

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We’ve already seen several prototype cards, but I find this article quite interesting, explaining their “history” and comparing their design with the final one.

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Aren’t these cards’ design and artwork for the phonecards?

They were originally real cards?

What magazine/book is this taken from?
These and the legendary birds artworks are amazing!!

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@mika Yep, that’s the post I was getting the pictures from :smiley: Thank you for linking it :slight_smile:

@pfm Prototoise is a good one. But I don’t know if I would add the sheets. Then would also include all the other test print sheets and so on.

@decoypalmette they definitely count. Where did you get them from?

@swolepoke I wouldn’t add the Art academy cards since they technically got an official release. But it would be interesting to know which cards never got sold.

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@genchiro @TheMarillFoundation unfortunately I can’t remember, I saved them years ago in my google Drive with many others artworks and cards that I thought were interesting. They were probably floating around twitter though, since it’s where I was usually for inspiration and tcg contents.

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Nevermind lol, found through google lens. They were a proxy unfortunately.

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I did know about the Vaporeon but I didn’t know about the Flareon. Wished they were actual cards than in the game only. :pensive:

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Here are some photos online that I’ve saved over the years

The ‘it got away’ lot of e-series Test Prints. All these were under one Yahoo Auction listing


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Some more e-series Test Cards

Black border Protostoise

This non-holo holo Clefable from Jungle

Same story with this non-holo Base 2 Charizard

1st edition stamped Unlimited cards

A deck made just for Ishihara. The card inside is also authentic.

There is also a set of 2 Prime cards that are that of Ishihara’s pet dogs but I don’t have that photo. Holo and all

EDIT: Found the photo. WHOOPS, turns out they are non-holo

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Man those Japanese prototypes take me back! That was such a once in an lifetime auction!

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Oh man! I would have loved it if they made these cards back in the day. I’m surprised there wasn’t a mock up GB Jolteon.

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Did an e4 member win that Japanese prototype auction? :eyes:

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I am not sure but I don’t so because none of these cards were ever seen again since. I think it was sold some time between 2015 and 17.

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There is a Jolteon. Probably wasn’t mentioned because the artwork was used in Lt. Surge’s Jolteon.

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@eeveeteam Nice to see. But we agree these are proxy cards, right?

@chok What an amazing post. Thank you for bringing so much value to this thread. Pretty cool finds.