Just for kicks and a reference for anyone interested in collecting, I collated all the Japanese and English Pokémon booster pack arts over the last 24 years into 2 pdf files on Google Drive. Packs are currently updated to Rebel Clash (English) and Legendary Heartbeat (Japanese).
Oh wow. I've actually been looking for a resource like this for the longest time. Thank you so much for putting your time and effort into these 2 collages, they look awesome! Best 87 MB I've downloaded in a very long time!
Amazing job, koala . They look great all together like that. And well done on also adding the mini sets in the Japanese list, like Lost Link and the Shiny Collection and such.
Only things missing that I see (unless I've looked past them, which is possible): - Detective Pikachu (both in the English and Japanese list) - Double Crisis (in the English list)
And some others you've probably left out on purpose, but I thought I'd mention anyway: - Red Logo Fossil/Jungle packs in the English list (although I can understand if you've left these out on purpose, since it's about the pack art mostly of course) - Japanese Pokémon Web pack (these are transparent packs with an insert, so there isn't really a pack art to enjoy) - Japanese Sample Set pack (Ney York Press Conference pack) - English Sample Set pack (English E3 2002 pack)
I've just added them, generally sample set packs would be for whole other category of sample/sampling packs but because I haven't seen them in other posts yet I thought it's worth including. As for Pokémon Web, like you said, the pack is transparent and holds no actual art so I left it out.
Thanks for making these - great to be able to look through and be able to appreciate them all, particularly the evolution in styles as time goes on.
I had also been wondering for a while if Psyduck had featured on any pack art I wasn't aware of; this was a pleasingly simple way of confirming that it hadn't (unless I've missed a small cameo somewhere). Seems surprising to me that in 25 years it hasn't occurred!
This is fantastic, thank you for putting this together!
Can I be a complete pain in the ass though: would you be willing to do the same showing the backs of each of the packs? I know Pichu and Aipom appear on the back of Japan's Neo Genesis packs, but I only know that because somebody messaged me about it once - otherwise I'd have no idea. I'd love to see what other Pokémon are hiding in the shadows.
This might be very pointless though, I know that most of the other early Japanese packs don't have any Pokémon on the back and I'm not sure if Neo Genesis is just an outlier here.