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The monster-catching franchise’s 25th anniversary has been marked by a virtual concert with Post Malone, new game announcements, and a variety of commemorative items, but the cooperation between Pokemon and McDonald’s has been by far the most viral component of the celebration.

History of Pokémon and McDonald’s

From February to March, The Pokemon Company has worked with McDonald’s to deliver children and Pokemon lovers alike Pokemon-themed Happy Meals to commemorate the franchise’s momentous milestone. Each Happy Meal comes with the standard Happy Meal food of your choice, a Pikachu-themed Happy Meal box, and a 4-card mini booster pack from the Pokemon Trading Card Game.

A little photo frame, deck box, or sticker sheets are also present in the Happy Meal. Unsurprisingly, the popularity and price of the limited-edition Pokemon cards has increased, and while each card has the same chance of appearing in a pack, here are the toughest to find McDonald’s Pokemon cards.

McDonald’s Pokémon cards misprints

Misprints and error cards, like most other sets of Pokemon TCG cards, are the rarest and most valuable market. Last week, a McDonald’s customer sold an incorrect Pikachu card for around $500. While fans have been looking for the holographic cards in the 2021 McDonald’s promotional set, this one was non-holographic, demonstrating how important error cards are to certain collectors.

Also worth noting is that a misprint holographic Squirtle card from the 2021 collection is currently circulating on eBay. This holographic Squirtle misprint is under listing for $45. It indicates that the Squirtle on the error card has allegedly been printed with considerably more of a green tint. It differs when compared side-by-side with what appears to be a legitimate holographic Squirtle card.

Holographic Cards

The ever-popular holographic Pikachu is by far the most prized McDonald’s Pokemon 25th anniversary card. This Pikachu card was first released in 2019 as part of the Unified Minds Pokemon Trading Card Game expansion. This Pikachu card features the Pokemon 25th Anniversary emblem. It also has a distinctive icon identifying it as part of the promotional set. This is a part of this year’s McDonald’s promotion.

There are still 42 cards in the set after removing the Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Charmander, as well as their variants. Chikortia, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Turtwig, Chimchar, Piplup, Snivy, Tepig, Oshawott, Chespin, Fennekin, Froakie, Rowlett, Litten, Popplio, Grookey, Sobble, and Scorbunny are among the beginning Pokemon from earlier generations. Each card’s non-holographic form sells for roughly $2-5 on third-party reselling sites, while each holographic card sells for around $6-10.

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