In all my years of collecting Pokemon cards, no single set has ever had as a great deal hype at the back of it as Shining Fates. It's certainly the right storm. The popularity of antique unboxing among streamers and content creators has brought about an first rate amount of renewed interest within the hobby. Pokemon playing cards have become so popular over the last six months that massive-field stores like Target and Walmart are absolutely unable to hold the shelves stocked and card sharps are charging outrageous premiums for packs — and that is only for a regular set like Vivid Voltage. Shining Fates is some thing else completely. Its call comes from the mixture of 2019's Hidden Fates and 2017's Shining Legends, the primary two sets to characteristic a huge collection of vibrant Pokemon. Hidden Fates become the first set to apply the Shiny Vault as a separate catalog of playing cards inside the Hidden Fates center set, and Shining Fates maintains this lifestyle with over a hundred new bright Pokemon to find, with a median of about one each 4 packs. Shining Fates could be very a good deal a sequel to Hidden Fates — a set that has validated to be the maximum notably sought-after sets in as a minimum a decade — but improves on it in a number of ways. Not simplest is the Shiny Vault bigger this time, however the set also features a greater diversity of rarity types. Between shiny playing cards, V, VMAX, Full Art, Rainbow, Gold, and Amazing Rares, it is in no way been extra thrilling to open up a returned of pokemon cards. The Pokemon Company despatched us one of every product type from the Shining Fates set to unbox. We opened them on circulation (below), but in case you'd want to understand more about every product and what they provide, here's a breakdown of all of the exceptional varieties of Shining Fates products and our satisfactory pulls from each.

Shining Fates Mad Party Pin Collection

Each of the four Mad Party Pin Collections comes with a pin, a promo card, and three Shining Legends packs for $14.99. In our Polteageist pack, the promo card was pretty warped, as promo cards often are, but can probably be flattened out with a heavy book. Within these three packs, we found a Shiny Swanna and a Shiny Appletun, which are pretty great odds. These Mad Party Collections are some of the best sets to collect because there are four types and they each come with a unique pin and promo card. You can get all four for $60, which is only $10 than the Elite Trainer Box. As a pin collector, I'm pretty impressed with these pin collections, even if the promo card was in rough shape.

Shining Fates Tin

There are three specific tins available for Shining Fates. Each one comes with six packs and one shiny V promo card for $29.Ninety nine. Tins (consisting of the Hidden Fates tins) normally handiest include four packs, so I respect the six-% tins as it means you get to open more packs even if you had been simplest capable of purchase one tin. The best trouble I even have with the tins is the manner that the promo card is packaged. I opened the Shiny Boltund V, that is a fabulous card, but when I pulled it out of the plastic it turned into completely wrecked. Multiple creases on the card and harm on the returned decrease the cost of the cardboard to not anything and make it vain to play with. This has been an occasional trouble with promo cards for years, and I want they were better blanketed, in particular merchandise like this which are so difficult to get. From the Shining Fates Tin, we pulled Shiny Rillaboom V, Cinderace VMAX, and Shiny Koffing.

Shining Fates Elite Trainer Box

As with any set, the real value is in the Elite Trainer Box. For $49.99, the Shining Fates ETB comes with ten packs, 60 sleeves, play materials like counters, tokens, and energy cards, and an Eevee VMax promo card. Unlike the tins and pin collections, the promo cards that come in ETBs are typically plastic wrapped and in good condition when you open them. The extra add-ins are great, but for collectors, it's just the standard stuff one would expect from an ETB plus a promo card. Packs are $5 each no matter which bundle you purchase, so don't feel like you need to get the ETB. From our ten ETB packs, we pulled Shiny Grookey, Cramorant V, Morpeko V, and Amazing Rare Kyogre.

Shining Fates Pikachu V

The Pikachu V box is the one that will probably be most readily available to most collectors. The box comes with four packs, a Pikachu V promo, and a jumbo version of the same promo. It may not be as flash as the Shiny tins or the pin packs, but this four-pack box for $19.99 will likely drive the set for the next 12 months. From my Pikachu V box, I pulled Shiny Nickit, Shiny Barraskewda, Full-Art Skyla, and Shiny Eternatus VMAX. An unbelievably lucky box that further solidifies my love for four-pack collections like this.
I even have a robust feeling that Shining Fates goes to be supported for a long time. Hidden Fates become nevertheless acting in shops and on the Pokemon Center website more than a yr after it originally launched. It can be difficult to discover these days, however Shining Fates has the ability to preserve the exhilaration going long after the streamers have moved on. The quantity of range and chase price in this set makes every p.C. Thrilling to open, and if we are lucky, Pokemon will maintain this set in print for a long term. It totally lives up to the hype, even though the promo cards are casualties of negative packaging. The most effective hassle with Shining Fates is finding the goods in stock. Scalping is a huge issue right now clearly due to the fact the playing cards are so famous this year. Look for shops and card stores that enforce a buyers restrict and take a look at on occasion. These products are not not possible to locate, however they may be an awful lot more difficult than they must be. I wish Pokemon floods the marketplace with Shining Fates even if it diminishes the second one-hand market. They're lovely cards, and the extra human beings that may get their arms on them, the better. The Pokemon Company supplied TheGamer with Shining Fates samples for this assessment.