Vintage Pokemon Items from 90s/00s to Trigger Your Nostalgia

Remember the starter lollipops?

By Jo Craig

July 14, 2021

If you’re a millennial, you’ll remember being an excited kid when Pokemon first hit the scene, and its arrival brought a lot of merchandise which is now considered vintage.

The franchise was introduced with three, primary products: the Game Boy games, the Pokemon Trading Card Game and the anime – a trio which Nintendo pulled a majority of its revenue from.

Accompanying those three markets was plenty of merchandise, and we’ve listed some products that you may have forgotten about.

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Pokemon TCG Packs and Starter Deck

Every Pokemon fan will surely remember the Base Set booster packs for the Pokemon TCG, and the very first Starter Deck that was released.

Fond memories of tearing the cellophane off the blue box to bag a shiny Machamp are irreplaceable.

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Pokemon Topps and Tins

Alongside the main TCG was Topps’ release of full art cards in 1999, with series 1 holding 76 Pokemon cards, 13 character cards and a checklist card.

Of course, there were the Topps tins – Bulbasaur, Pikachu and more – to store all your bulk and the anime folder to display your complete collection.

Retro Dodo

Ancient Mew

The release of Pokemon the Movie 2000 gifted viewers with a promotional card of Ancient Mew.

A remake of the film was released in Japan and a reprint of the card was issued to attendees.

Pokedex and Poke Ball

1999 also saw the release of a physical Pokedex and Poke Ball game.

While the Poke Ball was more about aesthetics than the simplified game inside, the Pokedex allowed you to store ‘mons and view their details – just like the real thing!

Retro Dodo


Candy stores began selling Pokemon lollipops, which became an after-school treat for many. The circular sweets had a small figure of either Charmander, Sandshrew, Psyduck, Bulbasaur or Squirtle and more inside of the candy, leaving you with collectable sticks.

Pokemon Marbles

Each marble had a different Pokemon and their assigned number on the colorful sphere, and the set came within a velvet pouch that also had different monsters on them.

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Pokemon Red/Blue Strategy Guide

Perhaps every Pokemon fans’ bible was the Red/Blue strategy guide, to help us navigate the caves and give us some fighting tips.

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Jo Craig

Being a pop culture writer and a proud geek of all trades, Jo loves to dissect fandoms and marvel at their insides. The entirety of The Lord of the Rings, superhero origins, the Ghost of Tsushima score, the Wings of Freedom, and the endless search for a sleepy Tyranitar are but a few of Jo's passions, with a penchant for contributing to the geek culture community.

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