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The Pokémon franchise is having a tremendous 2019 so far. Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is weeks away from its release, Pokémon GO is still GO-ing strong, the series’ 8th generation of monsters will be unleashed by the end of the year, and so much more.

For fans who were bitten by the Pokémon fever bug back in 1998, there are almost 21 years of memories and merchandise to look back on. Poké decided to look back on the franchise today by focusing on the ever evolving Pokémon TCG. Known for involving multiple artists and art styles, Pokémon cards have always been a work of wonder, especially in comparison to other trading card games. Not every card is rendered in hyper realism, and to show off the variety of designs, Poké covered Charizard’s many renditions from over the last 20+ years.

To see the entire progression, from the coveted Base Set Holographic Charizard to the most recent Charizard card in the Detective Pikachu expansion set, you can view the article on Poké’s site. Here’s a little preview of what you can expect:


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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)