Base Set (Pokemon TCG)

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Set Symbol: None
Cards in set English: 102 | Japanese: 102
Set number English: 1 | Japanese: 1
Release date English: Jan. 9, 1999 | Japanese: Oct. 20, 1996

Base Set (Japanese: Expansion Pack) is the name given to the original core release of cards and Theme Decks for the Pokémon Trading Card Game. It was released in Japan on October 20, 1996, and in the United States on January 9, 1999.

While this expansion officially introduced the TCG to the United States in January 1999, many stores were initially reluctant to sell the game. As a result, it did not see a widespread release until March or April of that year. This expansion was replaced by Base Set 2 on its release, as by that point Base Set had been out of print for some time.

The 1st Edition print run sold extremely quickly, making first edition Base Set cards some of the most sought-after of all of the early TCG expansions. The Shadowless print mirror the 1st Edition cards except for the 1st Edition logo. All cards in the 1st Edition and Shadowless runs were printed with thinner HP and attack text. These cards were without drop shadows for the illustration window, hence the name shadowless. Shadowless cards are more valuable than later runs.

The Unlimited print is the most common print of the Base Set. There was a 4th print run that mirror the Unlimited print except the date in the bottom right corner says 1999-2000. This print was released in other countries such as the United Kingdom and Australia.

An advertisement for the original Japanese release

NameSetNumberTypeCard TypeHPRarity
AlakazamBase Set1PsychicStage 280Rare Holo
BlastoiseBase Set2WaterStage 2100Rare Holo
ChanseyBase Set3ColorlessBasic120Rare Holo
CharizardBase Set4FireStage 2120Rare Holo
ClefairyBase Set5ColorlessBasic40Rare Holo
GyaradosBase Set6WaterStage 1100Rare Holo
HitmonchanBase Set7FightingBasic70Rare Holo
MachampBase Set8FightingStage 2100Rare Holo
MagnetonBase Set9LightningStage 160Rare Holo
MewtwoBase Set10PsychicBasic60Rare Holo
NidokingBase Set11GrassStage 290Rare Holo
NinetalesBase Set12FireStage 180Rare Holo
PoliwrathBase Set13WaterStage 290Rare Holo
RaichuBase Set14LightningStage 180Rare Holo
VenusaurBase Set15GrassStage 2100Rare Holo
ZapdosBase Set16LightningBasic90Rare Holo
BeedrillBase Set17GrassStage 280Rare
DragonairBase Set18ColorlessStage 180Rare
DugtrioBase Set19FightingStage 170Rare
ElectabuzzBase Set20LightningBasic70Rare
ElectrodeBase Set21LightningStage 180Rare
PidgeottoBase Set22ColorlessStage 160Rare
ArcanineBase Set23FireStage 1100Uncommon
CharmeleonBase Set24FireStage 180Uncommon
DewgongBase Set25WaterStage 180Uncommon
DratiniBase Set26ColorlessBasic40Uncommon
Farfetch’dBase Set27ColorlessBasic50Uncommon
GrowlitheBase Set28FireBasic60Uncommon
HaunterBase Set29PsychicStage 160Uncommon
IvysaurBase Set30GrassStage 160Uncommon
JynxBase Set31PsychicBasic70Uncommon
KadabraBase Set32PsychicStage 160Uncommon
KakunaBase Set33GrassStage 180Uncommon
MachokeBase Set34FightingStage 180Uncommon
MagikarpBase Set35WaterBasic30Uncommon
MagmarBase Set36FireBasic50Uncommon
NidorinoBase Set37GrassStage 160Uncommon
PoliwhirlBase Set38WaterStage 160Uncommon
PorygonBase Set39ColorlessBasic30Uncommon
RaticateBase Set40ColorlessStage 160Uncommon
SeelBase Set41WaterBasic60Uncommon
WartortleBase Set42WaterStage 170Uncommon
AbraBase Set43PsychicBasic30Common
BulbasaurBase Set44GrassBasic40Common
CaterpieBase Set45GrassBasic40Common
CharmanderBase Set46FireBasic50Common
DiglettBase Set47FightingBasic30Common
DoduoBase Set48ColorlessBasic50Common
DrowzeeBase Set49PsychicBasic50Common
GastlyBase Set50PsychicBasic30Common
KoffingBase Set51GrassBasic50Common
MachopBase Set52FightingBasic50Common
MagnemiteBase Set53LightningBasic40Common
MetapodBase Set54GrassStage 170Common
Nidoran MaleBase Set55GrassBasic40Common
OnixBase Set56FightingBasic90Common
PidgeyBase Set57ColorlessBasic40Common
PikachuBase Set58LightningBasic40Common
PoliwagBase Set59WaterBasic40Common
PonytaBase Set60FireBasic40Common
RattataBase Set61ColorlessBasic30Common
SandshrewBase Set62FightingBasic40Common
SquirtleBase Set63WaterBasic40Common
StarmieBase Set64WaterStage 160Common
StaryuBase Set65WaterBasic40Common
TangelaBase Set66GrassBasic50Common
VoltorbBase Set67LightningBasic40Common
VulpixBase Set68FireBasic50Common
WeedleBase Set69GrassBasic40Common
Clefairy DollBase Set70Trainer10Rare
Computer SearchBase Set71Trainer0Rare
Devolution SprayBase Set72Trainer0Rare
Impostor Professor OakBase Set73Trainer0Rare
Item FinderBase Set74Trainer0Rare
LassBase Set75Trainer0Rare
Pokemon BreederBase Set76Trainer0Rare
Pokemon TraderBase Set77Trainer0Rare
Scoop UpBase Set78Trainer0Rare
Super Energy RemovalBase Set79Trainer0Rare
DefenderBase Set80Trainer0Uncommon
Energy RetrievalBase Set81Trainer0Uncommon
Full HealBase Set82Trainer0Uncommon
MaintenanceBase Set83Trainer0Uncommon
PlusPowerBase Set84Trainer0Uncommon
Pokemon CenterBase Set85Trainer0Uncommon
Pokemon FluteBase Set86Trainer0Uncommon
PokedexBase Set87Trainer0Uncommon
Professor OakBase Set88Trainer0Uncommon
ReviveBase Set89Trainer0Uncommon
Super PotionBase Set90Trainer0Uncommon
BillBase Set91Trainer0Common
Energy RemovalBase Set92Trainer0Common
Gust of WindBase Set93Trainer0Common
PotionBase Set94Trainer0Common
SwitchBase Set95Trainer0Common
Double Colorless EnergyBase Set96Special Energy0Uncommon
Fighting EnergyBase Set97Energy0Energy
Fire EnergyBase Set98Energy0Energy
Grass EnergyBase Set99Energy0Energy
Lightning EnergyBase Set100Energy0Energy
Psychic EnergyBase Set101Energy0Energy
Water EnergyBase Set102Energy0Energy