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In commemoration of the Pokémon trading card game’s 20th anniversary in 2016, the Pokémon Company has revealed that it will be reissuing starter sets of the first-generation cards originally sold in Japan in October 1996 (the earliest English-language cards didn’t find their way to the U.S. until 1998).

While the released image shows a box labeled “Pocket Monsters Card Game Starter Pack” in Japanese, this title is perhaps a bit misleading. As the box will include 60 cards, a coin and a gameplay manual, it’s probably more accurate to call this nostalgic gem a “starter deck.” The sets will be available in Japan on February 27, 2016, for ¥1,300 (US$10.80) each.

In addition, the company has also announced that it will be releasing two additional products. The first will be protective card slip covers styled after the original, first-generation Japanese card designs for ¥715 (US$5.94). The second will be a special 20th anniversary edition of a rubber play mat for competitive players and will retail for ¥5,000 (US$41.54).

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