The Cards Of Pokémon TCG: Team Up Part 15: Mr. Mime & Cosmog

Journey with us through Pokémon TCG history as we revisit the artwork of Sun & Moon - Team Up with today's spotlight on Mr. Mime & Cosmog.

Four years ago, Pokémon TCG released the ninth main series set of the Sun & Moon era. The expansion, Sun & Moon – Team Up, came out on September 9th, 2022. Sun & Moon – Team Up added quite a lot to the hobby, including a special card type that would later become the most sought-after style of chase card in the Sword & Shield era. I'm talking, of course, about Alternate Arts. Sun & Moon – Team Up also introduced TAG TEAM Pokémon-GX, which featured two Pokémon on a single card. These species shared at least one of their typings. TAG TEAM Pokémon-GX were available as standard TEAM TEAM GX cards, Full Arts, Alternate Arts, and Rainbow Rares. Sun & Moon – Team Up was also the last set to include Prism Stars. This English-language expansion was based on the Japanese set Tag Bolt and took inspiration from the Kanto-themed games Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! Let's look back on this influential set and appreciate the artwork that would lay the groundwork for the current Alternate Art-themed era of Sword & Shield and beyond. Today, we continue with the Psychic-types of Sun & Moon – Team Up.

Team Up cards. Credit: Pokémon TCG
Team Up cards. Credit: Pokémon TCG

The Kanto vibes continue with the next GX, which features Mr. Mime. In a set where TEAM UP GX cards are taking up most of the Ultra Rare slots, the standard single-Pokémon GXs with this computer-generated art style are a little underwhelming. Especially because Mitsuhiro Arita is illustrating all of the standard TAG TEAM GX cards. What makes this Mr. Mime, illustrated by 5ban Graphics, pretty cool to me is that Mr. Mime is a bit of an unlikely choice for a GX. The last time this species got an Ultra Rare was Mr. Mime ex from EX FireRed & LeafGreen in 2004.

Cosmog is such a cutie on this card illustrated by sui, whose soft art looks like all of the best Lisa Frank folder art was distilled into a beautiful, smiling cloud of happiness.

Stay tuned for the journey through this teamwork-themed set as we continue to spotlight the cards and artwork of Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon – Team Up. Next time, the spotlight continues with the main section of this set.

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