The Pokemon Rally
The Pokemon Rally, a summertime event now in its fourth year, began Tuesday in Tokyo and Osaka. Participants ride commuter trains to various stations, where they collect Pokemon-shaped stamps in their rally “passports.” It takes about five hours to complete the rather difficult course, and those who are successful are rewarded with TCG promo cards. The legendary Mount Fuji Pikachu and Lily Pad Mew cards were distributed as prizes at the first Pokemon Rally.
This year’s participants receive two cards that have already been released in North America. The first is the Lv07 Eevee (US #11), and the second is the Lv30 Mewtwo (US #12). The Mewtwo card is identical to the one available in America. However, the US Eevee card is a holofoil, while the rally version is non-holofoil. Given the fact that the latter version is only available as a prize in Japan, the non-holofoil card may end up being much more valuable than the holofoil!
Furthermore, both cards are packaged in special Pokemon Rally souvenir folders with Japanese translations of the card attributes. Thanks to Glenn at Pocketmonsters.com for the information and scans. (Incidentally, the Pocketmonsters.com team finished the rally is 4 hours and 37 minutes. Not bad!)