There is a lot of excitement surrounding the Pokémon TCG right now, with much of it surrounding the special set (or, "holiday set" as some call it) Shining Fates. Shining Fates is modeled after the landmark 2019 set Hidden Fates, featuring both a main set and a subset called the Shiny Vault. The set is a collector's dream and is currently selling out nationwide due to both the quality of the cards and the current historic hype surrounding the Pokémon TCG. Forget the hype, though. For many collectors, it's all about the artwork, and that artwork deserves to be spotlighted. In this series, we'll analyze every single card from the Shiny Vault of Pokémon TCG: Shining Fates, starting with the card coded SV1 and ending with SV122. It's going to be a long journey, and you can follow it the whole way by clicking the Shining Fates tag below. We have cataloged the Shiny Vault in a sprawling 34-part series and now, finally, we close the Vault and move to the Pokémon V and VMAX cards of the standard numbered set.
- Crobat V & VMAX: Crobat continues the tradition of Shining Fates to reprint a Pokémon's V card from another set while delivering a brand new VMAX. The V is the same card we got in Darkness Ablaze in 2020, which was widely thought to be one of the best Vs in the set. Now, we get a VMAX for Crobat, which is also easily one of the best standard VMAXes of Shining Fates. It also serves as the basis for the Shiny Crobat VMAX promo card that comes in Shining Fates Premium Collections, where we see Shiny Crobat in its hot pink and green palette.
- Ditto V & VMAX: Finally, we have two brand new cards with Ditto's never-before-seen V and VMAX. To me, Ditto is the true star of Shining Fates with its standard and Shiny versions of the V and VMAX cards, all four of which are some of the best pulls you can get in the subset and standard set respectively.
Next time, our spotlight on Pokémon TCG: Shining Fates continues with the V and VMAX cards of the standard set.