We are now just a few days away from the release of the Japanese Pokémon TCG: Start Deck 100 line of products. Set for release today, December 17th, these products will feature mostly reprinted cards. These are for competitive gameplay and offer very little in the way of new cards, with some notable examples so far being the Kingler VMAX and now these two new Pokémon V, Raikou V and Drampa V. True to the name, there will be a whopping 100 versions of this product featuring different cards. There is no English equivalent planned for these releases, so it is likely that these cards will appear inserted in English-language expansions such as Sword & Shield – Brilliant Stars and other upcoming releases. Until now, we assumed that Pokémon TCG: Start Deck 100 would not include Secret Rares. However, as people begin to open the set's products, it has been revealed that there will indeed be a collection of Secret Rares including new Pikachu and Marnie cards.
The following cards have been revealed as Start Deck 100 Secret Rares:
- 415: Pikachu V Full Art
- 416: Granbull V Full Art
- 417: Zamazenta V Full Art
- 418: Barry Full Art Trainer Supporter
- 419: Marnie's Pride Full Art Trainer Supporter
- 420: Galarian Articuno V Gold Secret Rare
- 421: Galarian Zapdos V Gold Secret Rare
- 422: Galarian Moltres V Gold Secret Rare
An interesting line-up here, and a somewhat surprising one. Marnie is considered a breakout character so her card is likely to be high in value. Also, the Galarian Birds appear on a rare style of card. While some may find these Gold Secret Rares similar to the Shiny Gold Pokémon we see in sets such as the Shiny Cresselia from Sword & Shield – Evolving Skies, Shiny Mew from Celebrations, and many others, this is actually a mixture of the Gold Card style with the Pokémon-V mechanic while the Shiny Gold cards are just basic Pokémon. We haven't seen this style of Gold Secret Rare used since Sword & Shield base with Zamazenta V and Zacian V.
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