Vending Machine cards (TCG)

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拡張シート
SetSymbolVending.png
Cards in set Series 1: 36
Series 2: 36
Series 3: 53
Release date Series 1: March 23rd, 1998
Series 2: June 17th, 1998
Series 3: November 24th, 1998

The Vending Machine (Japanese: 拡張シート Expansion Sheet) cards are a series of special collections for the Pokémon Trading Card Game released in Japan.

Information

Unlike regular expansions, where a player would receive a number of cards from a booster pack, these cards were only obtainable on randomized sheets from a Vending Machine from which the cards were peeled. It is due to this that the fan name Vending Machine Series was coined by collectors, and should not be considered the proper name for the set.

Series 1 (Blue) and 2 (Red) feature eighteen sheets with three cards per-sheet along with cardboard damage counters and coins. Series 3 (Green) features eighteen sheets with three cards plus one special card which had a non-standard back, most of which are gag-cards or special cards featuring extra game rules or theme deck ideas.

The reverse of the sheet in each series features Pokémon from 6 different locations in the Kanto region. The Pokémon cards on the sheets are representative of the location indicated. Series 1 and 2 sheets include gameplay tips and advertisements for other expansions. Series 3 sheets detail the "Evolution by Mail Campaign" (see below). Each sheet is also numbered in the bottom right corner and each always contain the same cards. For example, Series 1 sheet 12 will always have Chansey, Nidoran♀, and Nidoran♂. Collecting all numbered sheets 1-18 will yield the entire set with some single duplicates of the common cards.

Trivia

  • The cards are printed on glossy card stock, unlike the regular matte card stock. Glossy card stock became quite popular through the time of 1998 until about 2001 for promos from magazines such as CoroCoro.
  • A special preview expansion sheet was available at the 7th Next Generation World Hobby Fair held in December 1997, featuring Pikachu, Mewtwo, and Mew. Officially Unnumbered Promotional cards, they are often regarded as additions to the Vending Machine collection and dubbed "Series 00".
  • With the release of Series 3 the "Evolution by Mail Campaign" was launched, inspired by trade evolution in the Pokémon games. In order to acquire the fully evolved versions of Kadabra, Machoke, Graveler, Haunter, and Omanyte, people had to send one of these cards along with the Pass Card Bill's PC to MediaFactory before April 1999. In return they received the evolved version of the card they sent, each of them a holographic promotional card. These cards are often sought after by collectors due to the method in which the cards were originally distributed. Similarly to the WHF preview sheet, they are also often regarded as unofficial additions to the Vending Machine collection.
  • The winning entries in the CoroCoro Pokémon Illustration Contest, which ran from late 1997 to early 1998, had their illustrations printed on cards across the three series. A total of four finalists had their artwork featured on cards, with all finalists receiving the much sought-after Pokémon Illustrator card.
    • In a similar manner, Wizards of the Coast also ran an illustration contest in 2002. The winning entry was featured on the English version of Snorlax, the Japanese version of which was one of the winning CoroCoro Pokémon Illustration Contest entries.
  • Due to the likely monetary restrictions of distributing the cards in a similar manner, many of these cards were not released outside of Japan. Of those that were, all of them were printed as Wizards Black Star Promos and distributed via the Pokémon League throughout the 2001-2002 season.

Card lists

Series 1 (Blue)
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
  Bulbasaur    
  Caterpie    
  Metapod    
  Weedle    
  Kakuna    
  Nidoran♀    
  Nidoran♂    
  Zubat    
  Golbat    
  Paras    
  Parasect    
  Pinsir    
  Charmander    
  Rapidash    
  Squirtle    
  Poliwag    
  Poliwhirl    
  Poliwrath    
  Pikachu    
  Abra    
  Mr. Mime    
  Mewtwo    
  Geodude    
  Pidgey    
  Rattata    
  Clefairy    
  Wigglytuff    
  Doduo    
  Dodrio    
  Lickitung    
  Chansey    
  Eevee    
  Porygon    
  Snorlax    
  Moon Stone T
  Fossil Excavation T
 

Series 1 sheet breakdown
Area 1 - Professor Oak's Laboratory
Sheet 1
Rattata
Squirtle
Poliwag
Sheet 2
Pidgey
Charmander
Poliwag
Sheet 3
Rattata
Bulbasaur
Pidgey
Area 2 - Viridian Forest
Sheet 4
Caterpie
Metapod
Kakuna
Sheet 5
Weedle
Mr. Mime
Kakuna
Sheet 6
Weedle
Pikachu
Caterpie
Area 3 - Mt. Moon
Sheet 7
Geodude
Clefairy
Zubat
Sheet 8
Geodude
Fossil Excavation
Paras
Sheet 9
Zubat
Moon Stone
Paras
Area 4 - Safari Zone #1
Sheet 10
Pinsir
Doduo
Nidoran♂
Sheet 11
Nidoran♀
Doduo
Lickitung
Sheet 12
Chansey
Nidoran♀
Nidoran♂
Area 5 - Cerulean Cave #1
Sheet 13
Rapidash
Golbat
Dodrio
Sheet 14
Parasect
Golbat
Wigglytuff
Sheet 15
Parasect
Mewtwo
Dodrio
Area 6 - Celadon City
Sheet 16
Snorlax
Abra
Eevee
Sheet 17
Abra
Porygon
Poliwhirl
Sheet 18
Eevee
Poliwrath
Porygon


Series 2 (Red)
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
  Venomoth    
  Grimer    
  Koffing    
  Tangela    
  Moltres    
  Seel    
  Dewgong    
  Shellder    
  Krabby    
  Lapras    
  Omanyte    
  Articuno    
  Raichu    
  Magnemite    
  Magneton    
  Voltorb    
  Electabuzz    
  Zapdos    
  Jynx    
  Sandshrew    
  Machop    
  Machop    
  Graveler    
  Onix    
  Marowak    
  Hitmonlee    
  Hitmonchan    
  Kabuto    
  Aerodactyl    
  Spearow    
  Fearow    
  Ditto    
  Flash T  
  Master Ball T  
  Max Revive T  
  Guard Spec. T  
 

Series 2 sheet breakdown
Area 1 - Rock Tunnel
Sheet 1
Onix
Sandshrew
Spearow
Sheet 2
Spearow
Machop
Flash
Sheet 3
Sandshrew
Ditto
Machop
Area 2 - Power Plant
Sheet 4
Magnemite
Voltorb
Magneton
Sheet 5
Electabuzz
Zapdos
Magnemite
Sheet 6
Raichu
Voltorb
Electabuzz
Area 3 - Seafoam Islands #1
Sheet 7
Seel
Dewgong
Shellder
Sheet 8
Jynx
Shellder
Krabby
Sheet 9
Seel
Articuno
Krabby
Area 4 - Victory Road
Sheet 10
Graveler
Venomoth
Fearow
Sheet 11
Fearow
Marowak
Machoke
Sheet 12
Venomoth
Machoke
Moltres
Area 5 - Saffron City
Sheet 13
Guard Spec.
Hitmonlee
Lapras
Sheet 14
Max Revive
Lapras
Hitmonchan
Sheet 15
Master Ball
Guard Spec.
Max Revive
Area 6 - Cinnabar Island #1
Sheet 16
Grimer
Tangela
Aerodactyl
Sheet 17
Kabuto
Grimer
Koffing
Sheet 18
Koffing
Omanyte
Tangela


Series 3 (Green)
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
  Arbok    
  Nidorina    
  Nidorino    
  Venonat    
  Bellsprout    
  Weepinbell    
  Weezing    
  Scyther    
  Vulpix    
  Growlithe    
  Ponyta    
  Magmar    
  Golduck    
  Kingler    
  Horsea    
  Seadra    
  Staryu    
  Omanyte    
  Kadabra    
  Kadabra    
  Slowbro    
  Gastly    
  Haunter    
  Haunter    
  Hypno    
  Mewtwo    
  Sandslash    
  Machoke    
  Graveler    
  Cubone    
  Rhydon    
  Pidgeotto    
  Kangaskhan    
  Tauros    
  Pokémon Retransfer T  
  Pokémon Tower T  
  4 Prize Battle ER
  20 Damage from Confusion ER
  3 Deck Battle ER
  3 vs 3 Dugtrio Team Battle ER
  Deck Exchange ER
  Ooyama's Pikachu  
  Imakuni?'s PC PC
  Imakuni?'s Nasty Plot T
  Imakuni?'s Corner
  Lose?
  Pokémon Machine
  Bill's PC PC
  The Puzzle of Pokémon Tower? DL
  Ouch! At the Pokémon Mansion DL
  Violence in the Safari Zone! DL
  Horsea of the Seafoam Islands DL
  The Last Cave – Cerulean! DL
 

Series 3 sheet breakdown
Area 1 - Lavender Town
Sheet 1
Cubone
The Puzzle of Pokémon Tower?
Pokémon Tower
Bellsprout
Sheet 2
Gastly
Ooyama's Pikachu
Weepinbell
Cubone
Sheet 3
Haunter
4 Prize Battle
Bellsprout
Gastly
Area 2 - Cinnabar Island #2
Sheet 4
Growlithe
Imakuni?'s Corner
Ponyta
Pidgeotto
Sheet 5
Magmar
20 Damage from Confusion
Vulpix
Ponyta
Sheet 6
Weezing
Ouch! At the Pokémon Mansion
Vulpix
Growlithe
Area 3 - Safari Zone #2
Sheet 7
Scyther
3 Deck Battle
Kangaskhan
Tauros
Sheet 8
Venonat
Violence in the Safari Zone!
Kangaskhan
Nidorina
Sheet 9
Tauros
Imakuni?'s Nasty Plot
Nidorino
Venonat
Area 4 - Seafoam Islands #2
Sheet 10
Staryu
Horsea of the Seafoam Islands
Kingler
Horsea
Sheet 11
Golduck
3 vs 3 Dugtrio Team Battle
Staryu
Slowbro
Sheet 12
Horsea
Imakuni?'s PC
Slowbro
Seadra
Area 5 - Cerulean Cave #2
Sheet 13
Mewtwo
Deck Exchange
Arbok
Kadabra
Sheet 14
Kadabra
The Last Cave – Cerulean!
Hypno
Sandslash
Sheet 15
Sandslash
Pokémon Machine
Rhydon
Mewtwo
Area 6 - Sea Cottage
Sheet 16
Pokémon Retransfer
Bill's PC
Kadabra
Machoke
Sheet 17
Graveler
Bill's PC
Omanyte
Pokémon Retransfer
Sheet 18
Graveler
Lose?
Haunter
Machoke



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Pokémon Trading Card Game expansions and releases
Bold indicates a main expansion. Italics indicate a special set. Releases that are entirely composed of prints from other releases are small.
Original Series
Wizards Black Star Promos
Trainer Deck ATrainer Deck B
Base Set: 2-Player Starter SetOvergrowthZap!BrushfireBlackout
Jungle: Power ReserveWater Blast
Fossil: BodyGuardLockDown
Base Set 2: 2-Player CD-ROM Starter SetGrass ChopperHot WaterLightning BugPsych Out
Team Rocket: DevastationTrouble
Gym Heroes: BrockMistyLt. SurgeErika
Gym Challenge: SabrinaKogaBlaineGiovanni
Original Era
Unnumbered Promotional cards
Expansion Pack: Starter Deck
Pokémon Jungle
Mystery of the Fossils
Rocket Gang
Expansion Sheet 1Nivi City GymHanada City GymExpansion Sheet 2Kuchiba City GymTamamushi City Gym
Leaders' Stadium
Expansion Sheet 3Quick Starter Gift SetYamabuki City GymGuren Town Gym
Challenge from the Darkness
Southern IslandsIntro Pack