Japan's final Sun & Moon series set, Tag All Stars, released last Friday and includes 50 secret rare cards, including gold versions of Reshiram & Charizard-GX and other Tag Team Pokémon, alternate art Eeveelutions, new full art supporters and more. Lets take a look at five of the coolest cards from the set!
Much has been written about the new gold Pokémon GX Tag Team cards already, especially the Reshiram & Charizard-GX, but there is so much more to love about Tag All Stars, the final Sun and Moon themed set to come from Japan before Sword and Shield (SS1?) drops next month.
We now have clearer and higher quality scans of all the secret rares from the set, so here's my personal Top 5 Coolest Cards from Tag Stars SM12a!
5 - Eevee-GX Rainbow Rare - 219/173
To date, every single of Eevee's evolutions (Eeveelutions) have received the rainbow treatment in the Sun & Moon block, with some (Sylveon-GX) coming out a lot better than others (Glaceon-GX, text covers too much of the card).
It's great that in this final Sun & Moon set that good ol' Eevee itself finally gets a rainbow GX card and it makes it even cooler that both this one and the full art GX version have a unique art. These will definitely be popular amongst Eevee collectors!
4 - Dedenne-GX Secret Rare - 175/173
Alongside the crazy looking Eevee-GX, also illustrated by popular Japanese artist Kanahei, it's great to see some more unique styles of art done to modern Pokémon cards as GX's can often look quite same-y, especially after now close to three years of Sun & Moon cards.
While this Dedenne-GX might not appeal to everyone, I personally do enjoy the chubby-cheeks and full-on look of this card. What makes it even cooler is that this is the super playable Dedenne-GX which is often a 3-of in tournament decks and costs $35-40 (USD) for the regular art version from Unbroken Bonds. I'm hoping we get this one as a box promo like with the Eevee-GX!
3 -Espeon & Deoxys-GX Alternate Art - 177/173
Speaking of Eevee, we now also are finally getting full art, alternate art and rainbow versions of the Espeon & Deoxys-GX and Umbreon & Darkrai-GX cards that Japan first got in theme decks earlier in the year.
In particular I must say these alternate arts once again really stand out and remain to many players and collectors, the must-obtain additions to their decks and collections. I particularly love the look on the Espeon & Deoxys-GX with the legendary Pokémon looking foreboding in the background, causing a massive amount of destruction as Espeon looks on.
2 - Blue's Tactics Full Art - 193/173
There are MANY full art supporters to love from Tag All Stars (13 total) but most attention definitely will go towards this stunning trio of Green's Exploration, Red's Challenge and Blue's Tactics.
Personally some of my favourite full art supporters we've had in the past, Professor Elm's Lecture and Blacksmith immediately spring to mind, are the ones that also feature Pokémon alongside the characters. Immediately upon seeing this trio alongside their Gen 1 first partner Pokémon, I was in love.
I am more of a Squirtle fan myself, but if I had to pick one from the three it would have to be the Blue's Tactics, purely because the text/card boxes does not obscure Charmander as much as the Pokémon on the other two cards. Charizard/Charmander collectors as well as full art supporters would absolutely love to get their hands on this stunning card.
1 - Togepi & Cleffa & Igglybuff-GX Alternate Art - 186/173
My pick for number one card from Tag All Stars may seem like bit of a strange one, but upon seeing the artwork for the alternate art Togepi & Cleffa & Igglybuff-GX, it was an easy choice for me.
Everyone about this card screams pure joy. The baby Pokémon are perfectly illustrated and look happy sure, but as a fan I love spotting all the different Pokéballs, berries and various other things in the background of this card. This is one I'll definitely consider PSA grading for my personal collection.
SM12a Tag All Stars released on October 4th 2019, and is the final Japanese Pokémon set in the Sword & Shield series of cards. Within the next few weeks we should get our first look at more cards from the SS series, I can't wait to share them with you here and on the Ludkins Collectables Facebook page!
Stephen Kent - Ludkins Editor
(Big THANKS again to Pokeguardian for the above images of the cards. Check out their website for scans of all the secret rare cards from the set!)