The Japanese Pokemon promo cards were first released in October, 1996. The first promo card released is Jigglypuff and Pikachu set on 2 promo cards. It was concealed in the November edition of the Coro Coro magazine (released October 15, 1996).
Since then many Japanese Japanese Pokemon promo cards have been released. However, who are all the unique Pokémon promos in Japanese? Most older and expensive promotional cards are found in the hands of serious collectors.
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For example, the illustration of Pikachu was given as a reward for a drawing contest in Japan. There are 6 of them in the world.
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Other extreme things like the trophy of Pikachu, Tropical Winds, Secret Super Battle Mewtwo, Tropical Mega Battle, Battle Road 1st Tournament, and so on can be found on eBay from sellers like “Brianjapan” who may have the most unique collection of Japanese Pokemon promotions in the world.
Some of these cards can be thousands of dollars.
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The original promotional cards in Japan do not count. Cards have a number, but no organization or system is available.
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From 1996 to 2001 promotional cards were released in various ways including tournaments, magazines, prospects, and so on. These cards are hard to find because they have no system.
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Finally, Pokemon promos began using a number system. The symbol of the black star was introduced back in July, 2001, with the release of the black star “P” series. “P” means “promo”.
This series consists of 47 cards and lasts until August, 2002. Among these cards are promotional cards on JR Railways, Triple Get lottery cards, McDonalds promos, movie promos and more.
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The next series is called “ADV” which means “Advance”. It started in January, 2003 and lasted until February, 2004.
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The series comprises 63 cards. Most of them are Meiji chocolate cards found in chocolate boxes, but also have McDonalds cards, entering Shogakukan comics, 7-11 promo series, Battle Road Tournament, and so on.
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In April, 2002, “PCG” launched a black star promotion. This is the largest series of dates. It has 154 cards and lasts until July 2006. These series include cards from McDonalds, Meiji Chocolate, Toys R Us, promo comics, ANA Airlines promos, Gym Challenge tournaments, and so on.
After 4 months of vacation, promos continue the series “DP” meaning “Diamond and Pearl”. This series starts in November, 2006 and runs for one year and ends in December, 2008. It consists of 127 cards including several Meiji chocolate cards, 5 versions of Pokemon Center’s 10th anniversary of Pikachu , Battle Road tournament prize cards, World Hobby Fair cards, McDonalds card purchases, Moneyover cards and more.
In October, 2008, there was a small layer. There are some “DPt” black star promo cards released before the “DP” set. The DPT series began in October, 2008 and consists of 51 cards. It ended in July, 2009. The set includes cards from the Gym Challenge tournaments, cards from several different release tournaments including Bonds to Ends of Time and Pulse at Frontier, and several Shogakukan comic book promo cards.
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In September, 2009, the current Japanese promo series started. The “L-P” series which means “Legend” is currently running and has 57 promos at present. This series consists of tournament promos and some new Daisuki Club promo cards that have replaced the old Players Club card.
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There are many unique Japanese Pokemon promo cards made over the years. Others are in the hands of serious collectors and others can be found on websites, eBay, and other sources. For all of us who need to collect them, the eternal search is to get everything.