The Cards Of Pokémon TCG: Crown Zenith Part 72: Grant Illustration
Grant, the Rock-type Gym Leader from the X & Y games, got a Special Illustration Rare Trainer Supporter card in Pokémon TCG: Crown Zenith.
The Sword & Shield era of the Pokémon TCG has come to an end. Three years of expansions dedicated to the region of Galar, with some love for Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl's revitalization of Sinnoh and Pokémon Legends: Arceus's introduction of the ancient region of Hisui, have led to this moment. Crown Zenith, a special set celebrating the Sword & Shield era, was released on January 20th, 2023. It was primarily an adaptation of Japan's VSTAR Universe set and also featured a collection of cards that were cut from other English-language sets and more. Like other special sets, including Champion's Path, Shining Fates, Celebrations, and Pokémon GO, Crown Zenith packs were found in specially branded products like Premium Collections and Elite Trainer Boxes rather than booster boxes. This set featured the Galarian Gallery subset, which introduced Illustration Rares and Special Illustration Rares, originally called "Art Rares," to the hobby, which set the standard for the following Sword & Shield era, which used these card types as their primary Secret Rares. In today's installment of this Crown Zenith spotlight, let's take a look at more cards from the Galarian Gallery subset.
Rock-type specialist Grant is seen picking fruit for his Pokémon in this Special Illustration Rare. Grant is the Cyllage Gum Leader from the X & Y games. He is featured with Tyrunt and Amaura here, which is quite appropriate. I love seeing these two on such a nice hit, as rare Trainers with Pokémon pictured are always so fun. Oswaldo KATO, one of the most versatile artist whose styles run the gamut from 3D Trainer Items to illustrative cards like this, is credited to this beautiful piece of art.
Stay tuned for the journey through this special set as we continue to spotlight the cards and artwork of Pokémon TCG: Crown Zenith. Next time, the spotlight continues with the Galarian Gallery subset. You can read more about this iconic trading card game right here at Bleeding Cool.