|A Card of Pikachu|
|HP||50 - 90|
Pikachu (Japanese: ピカチュウ Pikachu) is a Lightning-type Basic Pokémon card.
Release Information Edit
This card was originally released in Base Set with artwork by Mitsuhiro Arita. It famously has two versions: a red-cheeked variant and the true yellow-cheeked version. The red-cheeked variant is a highly sought-after experimental print from 1st Edition and early Unlimited print runs. Both versions also have promotional variants with a gold foil "E3" stamp where the set symbol would appear in later sets. The yellow-cheeked version was available as an insert in the September 1999 issue of Nintendo Power, while the red-cheeked variant was distributed to those who visited the Nintendo booth at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) between May 13-15, 1999. Similarly to the non-promotional versions, the red-cheeked variant is considerably more valuable.
The yellow-cheeked version also has another promotional variant with a gold foil "PokéTour 1999" stamp in the top right corner of the illustration. This card was included in 'Tour packs' distributed at locations visited by the PokéTour in Australia in 1999, which were advertised to be limited to 3000 at each venue. The PokéTour comprised of two separate tours: Red, which ran on weekends from September 18 to October 9, 1999; and Blue, which ran on weekends from September 18 to October 7, 1999.
The yellow-cheeked version of this card was reprinted in the Base Set 2 reprint set, which was only released outside of Japan. In Japan, this card was reprinted with artwork by Mina Akuhara, one of five winning entries of the CoroCoro Pokémon Snap Best Photo Contest held in Spring 1999. This version is extremely rare and the exact number in existence is unknown. It was also later reprinted with the original artwork in the Intro Pack and Intro Pack Neo.
The card was later reprinted in POP Series 2 with new artwork by Yuka Morii. The Japanese version was released as part of a Meiji Chocolate campaign in June 2005. A special reprint with redrawn art by Mitsuhiro Arita was released in the Rising Rivals expansion.