Pokemon Card Set Symbols

Use this handy guide to look up Pokemon card set symbols, set names, and set years.

The most common way to organize Pokemon cards is by set. To identify the set, look for a little symbol at the bottom of the card, next to the card number. There are a bunch of these set symbols… 5-6 sets are released every year, each with a different set symbol, and they’ve been printing cards since 1999!

The following table is a complete list of Pokemon card sets, sorted by date… the newest sets are at the top… the oldest are at the bottom. If I missed something, let me know if the comments! I want this to be THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE FOR POKEMON CARD SETS!

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Shining Fates Set List

The Pokemon Shining Fates set is unique… it contains 73 base set cards, plus a Shiny Vault subset containing 122 Shiny Pokemon.

The Shining Fates set was released on February 19, 2021. The fourth subset in the Sword & Shield Series is comprised of two part; a base set containing 73 cards and a Shiny Vault set containing 122 cards. All the cards in the Shiny Vault subset are Shiny Pokemon.

Cards from this set are sold in booster packs. Packs will contain a reverse holofoil OR a Shiny Pokemon from the Shiny Vault subset. You’ll also find scores of Pokemon V, VMAX, Amazing Rare, Shiny Rare, Shiny Rare V, and Shiny Rare VMAX… these cards tend to be the most valuable cards in the Shining Fates set.

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McDonald’s Collection 2021

Set checklist and card values for the McDonald’s 2021 Pokemon 25th Anniversary set… click on the card to see how much they’re worth.

After skipping a year, Pokemon and McDonald’s are back with a limited edition 25th Anniversary set, available February 9th, 2021. All the cards are reprints from the Black & White, XY, Sun & Moon, and Sword & Shield series. There are two versions for each of the 25 cards in the set (non-holo and holofoil) for a total of 50 unique cards to collect. The cards come in a pack of 4 when you order a Happy Meal. Each 4-pack contains 3 non-holo cards and 1 holofoil card. You can easily identify these 25th Anniversary cards by the “25” icon located at the bottom of the character artwork window.

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Vivid Voltage Set List

Vivid Voltage is the 4th full expansion in the Sword and Shield series. It contains 203 cards, including the new Amazing Pokemon… not to mention V, VMAX, Ultra Rare, Secret Rare… this set IS Amazing!

The Vivid Voltage set was released on November 13, 2020, the 4th main expansion set in the Sword & Shield series. It’s the first set to feature “Amazing Pokemon”, along with a bunch of V and VMAX Pokemon. Vivid Voltage is largely based off of the “Amazing Volt Tackle” set released a few months earlier in Japan.

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Champion’s Path Set List

The Pokemon Champion’s Path contains 80 cards… some of which are extremely valuable. Use the checklist in this article to keep track of your cards and look up how much they’re worth!

The Champion’s Path set was released on September 25, 2020. Cards from this set can’t be purchased in individual packs. Instead the cards are sold in speciality products like collection boxes or trainer boxes that include a coin, mat, packs of cards, etc. There are 80 cards in this set, 73 in the base set, 7 secret rare cards, 19 trainer cards, and some really cool V and VMAX Pokemon. Champion’s Path is the 4th expansion set in the Sword & Shield series.

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Darkness Ablaze Set List

Pokemon Darkness Ablaze contains 201 cards… 189 in the base set plus 12 secret rare cards. Use the checklist in this article to keep track of your cards!

The Pokemon Darkness Ablaze expansion set was released on August 14th, 2020. It’s the 3rd expansion set in the Sword & Shield series and contains 201 cards… 189 in the base set plus 12 secret rare cards.

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