This is a living list of Pokémon cards featuring Pichu in their artwork which do not have Pichu in their name. I collect these as part of my Pichu collection, so aim to keep this list as up to date as possible. I'm offering a bounty to anyone who knows of any card I may have missed.

Different artworks featuring Pichu (picture from my Instagram feed).
Different artworks featuring Pichu (picture from my Instagram feed).

Bounty Details

If you’re aware of any cards featuring Pichu in their artwork which I’ve missed (in any language), please do not hestiate to get in touch with me on Instagram (@pichucollector) or send an email over to [email protected].

If the card artwork is not already featured in this article and the card was released more than 12 months ago I’ll throw in a $10 reward as a thank you. If that card was released before 2009 I’ll up that to $20.

If the card artwork is on this list already but you’re aware of a language or variation I’m missing I’ll award $2 per language/variation as long as proof can be provided.

Cards Featuring Pichu in their Artwork

Tropical Present

Tropical Present (トロピカルプレゼント) is a Japanese exclusive awarded to members of Japan’s Pokémon Fan Club who earned 100 ‘GET Points’. This card was available between January and June 1999 and predates the first official Pichu card from Japan’s Neo Genesis set by 11 months.

Tropical Present artwork.
Tropical Present artwork.

Whilst actually a postcard, Tropical Present is regarded in the TCG community as an unnumbered promo. Being a postcard it’s larger than a regular-sized Pokémon card but smaller than a jumbo card.

Tropical Present pictured alongside a regular-sized card.
Tropical Present pictured alongside a regular-sized card.

Lucky Stadium

Number 41 in the Wizards of the Coast Black Star promo set, Lucky Stadium is an English exclusive which was given to anyone who attended the opening of the New York Pokémon Center store on 16th November 2001.

My PSA 10 grade Lucky Stadium (picture from my Instagram feed).
My PSA 10 grade Lucky Stadium (picture from my Instagram feed).

Featuring Pichu, Pikachu and Charizard soaring through the New York City skyline with the Empire State Building in the background, this is the only card I’m aware of which features both Pichu and Charizard in the same artwork.

Pokémon Fan Club - Aquapolis print

This card was first released in Japan on 8th March 2002 as Pokémon Lovers Club. It was then released in various other languages including English on 15th January 2003. This is the only card which shows Pichu from a different angle - did you know the back of Pichu’s ears were almost entirely black?

My PSA 10 1st edition and unlimited Japanese Pokémon Fan Club cards (picture from my Instagram feed).
My PSA 10 1st edition and unlimited Japanese Pokémon Fan Club cards (picture from my Instagram feed).

Reed Weichler made it to the finals of the ten and under bracket with this card in his Rocky Beach deck at the 2004 World Championships. This deck was one of four chosen to be immortalised in the first set of World Championships decks released publicly for general sale featuring the signature of the player printed in the corner of the artwork of each card.

My PSA 10 2004 World Championship deck Pokémon Fan Club (picture from my Instagram feed).
My PSA 10 2004 World Championship deck Pokémon Fan Club (picture from my Instagram feed).

Appearances

Language Card - Set (Number) Variant Year
🇯🇵 Japanese ポケモン大好きクラブ - 地図にない町 (078/092) 1st Edition 2002
🇯🇵 Japanese ポケモン大好きクラブ - 地図にない町 (078/092)   2002
🇬🇧 English 🇫🇷 French 🇩🇪 German 🇮🇹 Italian Pokémon Fan Club - Aquapolis (130/147)   2003
🇬🇧 English 🇫🇷 French 🇩🇪 German 🇮🇹 Italian Pokémon Fan Club - Aquapolis (130/147) Reverse 2003
🇬🇧 English Pokémon Fan Club - Aquapolis (130/147) 2004 World Championships ‘Rocky Beach’ [Reed Weichler] 2004

Pokémon Pal City

Pokémon Pal City (ポケモンパルシティ) is a Japanese exclusive that was released as part of Pokémon Fiesta 2007 - a nationwide tour in Japan which included the Summer Battle Road tournaments.

My slightly off-centre Pokémon Pal City (picture from my Instagram feed).
My slightly off-centre Pokémon Pal City (picture from my Instagram feed).

7 different numberless prints all designed by Masakazu Fukuda were awarded as participation prizes at 7 different venues between July 15th and September 2nd 2007. One of the prints, given out at tournaments held on the 4th and 5th August 2007 at Makuhari Messe (one of Japan’s largest convention centers located in Chiba), features Pikachu playfully chasing Pichu around the Pikachu Dome, one of the main attractions the 7 venues had to offer.

Michina Temple

Michina is a location in Pokémon’s Sinnoh region and was the setting for the twelth Pokémon movie: Arceus and the Jewel of Life. Michina Temple (ミチーナしんでん) is a Japanese exclusive stadium card which forms part of Japan’s DPt-P promo set as 044/DPt-P. It was released alongside 043/DPt-P Pikachu M (ピカチュウM) in 3-pack blisters named Movie Release Special Pack (映画公開記念 スペシャルパック2009).

My PSA 10 grade Michina Temple (picture from my Instagram feed).
My PSA 10 grade Michina Temple (picture from my Instagram feed).

Arceus (2009 Design Contest)

The 2009 Pokémon Card Design Contest was spread across 13 Shogakukan magazines, featuring Pichu and Arceus as the two Pokémon the contest centered around. In total there were 6 Pichu cards and 7 Arceus cards awarded, all with gold stamps featuring the text “Pokémon Card Game Design Contest: Highest Award” (ポケモンカードゲームデザインコンテスト 最優秀賞).

The CoroCoro Comic winning Arceus design, illustrated by Hikaru Okawa, features Arceus, Pichu, Pikachu and Piplup eating noodles, or more specifically, Pokémon Buckwheat Noodles (ポケモン ゃきそば) as the sign above them reads.

My PSA 10 grade CoroCoro Comic winning Arceus card (picture from my Instagram feed).
My PSA 10 grade CoroCoro Comic winning Arceus card (picture from my Instagram feed).

I have a dedicated blog post about the 2009 Pokémon Design Contest which goes into a lot more detail about the entire set: 2009 Pokémon Card Design Contest (Part 1).

Pokémon Collector

For most countries, the 2009-2010 HeartGold & SoulSilver was the last set to feature a named Pichu card. Yes, it’s been over a decade now since the last Pichu card was included in a set in most languages (and to put that into some perspective, there were over 400 Pikachu cards in the Sun & Moon series alone!). Along with Pichu was a new Supporter card featuring Pichu in its artwork: Pokémon Collector.

Originally released in Japan’s SoulSilver set, the cards later released as part of two uniquely-numbered theme decks: Steelix Constructed Standard Deck and Tyranitar Constructed Standard Deck.

My PSA 10 grade 1st edition Japanese constructed standard deck Pokémon Collector cards (picture from my Instagram feed).
My PSA 10 grade 1st edition Japanese constructed standard deck Pokémon Collector cards (picture from my Instagram feed).

The English, French and Italian HeartGold & SoulSilver sets also had an accompanying HS Trainer Kit, a 2-player starter set whose Raichu Half Deck featured two uniquely-numbered Pokémon Collector cards.

My English HS Trainer Kit with Raichu Half Deck Pokémon Collector cars (picture from my Instagram feed).
My English HS Trainer Kit with Raichu Half Deck Pokémon Collector cars (picture from my Instagram feed).

The card proved to be hugely successful at both the 2010 and 2011 World Championships, with 7 of the 8 decks TPCi immortalised for public sale: Mychael Bryan’s ‘Happy Luck’, Yuta Komatsuda’s ‘LuxChomp of the Spirit’ and Yuka Furusawa’s ‘Power Cottonweed’ decks from the 2010 championships, and Gustavo Wada’s ‘Megazone’, Christopher Kan’s ‘Reshiphlosion’, Ross Cawthon’s ‘The Truth’ and David Cohen’s ‘Twinboar’ from the 2011 championships. Ross Cawthon even managed to include 3 of HeartGold & SoulSilver’s Pichu cards in his winning deck.

Mychael Bryan's 'Happy Luck' deck with various other PSA 10 grade 2010 and 2011 championship deck cards (picture from my Instagram feed).
Mychael Bryan's 'Happy Luck' deck with various other PSA 10 grade 2010 and 2011 championship deck cards (picture from my Instagram feed).

The card finally made an appearance at Pokémon League tournaments in 2011 as a crosshatch holofoil with a PLAY! Pokémon stamp.

Appearances

Language Card - Set (Number) Variant Year
🇯🇵 Japanese ポケモンコレクター - ソウルシルバーコレクション (068/070) 1st Edition 2009
🇯🇵 Japanese ポケモンコレクター - ソウルシルバーコレクション (068/070) 1st Edition, reverse holofoil 2009
🇬🇧 English Pokémon Collector - HeartGold & SoulSilver (97/123)   2010
🇬🇧 English Pokémon Collector - HeartGold & SoulSilver (97/123) Reverse holofoil 2010
🇫🇷 French Collectionneur de Pokémon - HeartGold SoulSilver (97/123)   2010
🇫🇷 French Collectionneur de Pokémon - HeartGold SoulSilver (97/123) Reverse holofoil 2010
🇩🇪 German Pokémon-Sammler - HeartGold SoulSilver (97/123)   2010
🇩🇪 German Pokémon-Sammler - HeartGold SoulSilver (97/123) Reverse holofoil 2010
🇮🇹 Italian Collezionista di Pokémon - HeartGold & SoulSilver (97/123)   2010
🇮🇹 Italian Collezionista di Pokémon - HeartGold & SoulSilver (97/123) Reverse holofoil 2010
🇵🇹 Portuguese Colecionador de Pokémon - HeartGold SoulSilver (97/123)   2010
🇪🇸 Spanish Coleccionista de Pokémon - HeartGold SoulSilver (97/123)   2010
🇪🇸 Spanish Coleccionista de Pokémon - HeartGold SoulSilver (97/123) Reverse holofoil 2010
🇯🇵 Japanese ポケモンコレクター - ハガネール鋼 (017/019) 1st Edition 2010
🇯🇵 Japanese ポケモンコレクター - ハガネール鋼 (017/019)   2010
🇯🇵 Japanese ポケモンコレクター - バンギラス悪 (016/019) 1st Edition 2010
🇯🇵 Japanese ポケモンコレクター - バンギラス悪 (016/019)   2010
🇬🇧 English Pokémon Collector - HS Trainer Kit (22/30) Raichu deck stamp 2010
🇬🇧 English Pokémon Collector - HS Trainer Kit (27/30) Raichu deck stamp 2010
🇫🇷 French Collectionneur de Pokémon - HS Trainer Kit (22/30) Raichu deck stamp 2010
🇫🇷 French Collectionneur de Pokémon - HS Trainer Kit (27/30) Raichu deck stamp 2010
🇮🇹 Italian Collezionista di Pokémon - HS Trainer Kit (22/30) Raichu deck stamp 2010
🇮🇹 Italian Collezionista di Pokémon - HS Trainer Kit (27/30) Raichu deck stamp 2010
🇬🇧 English Pokémon Collector - HeartGold & SoulSilver (97/123) 2010 World Championships ‘Happy Luck’ [Mychael Bryan] 2010
🇬🇧 English Pokémon Collector - HeartGold & SoulSilver (97/123) 2010 World Championships ‘LuxChomp of the Spirit’ [Yuta Komatsuda] 2010
🇬🇧 English Pokémon Collector - HeartGold & SoulSilver (97/123) 2010 World Championships ‘Power Cottonweed’ [Yuka Furusawa] 2010
🇬🇧 English Pokémon Collector - HeartGold & SoulSilver (97/123) 2011 World Championships ‘Megazone’ [Gustavo Wada] 2011
🇬🇧 English Pokémon Collector - HeartGold & SoulSilver (97/123) 2011 World Championships ‘Reshiphlosion’ [Christopher Kan] 2011
🇬🇧 English Pokémon Collector - HeartGold & SoulSilver (97/123) 2011 World Championships ‘The Truth’ [Ross Cawthon] 2011
🇬🇧 English Pokémon Collector - HeartGold & SoulSilver (97/123) 2011 World Championships ‘Twinboar’ [David Cohen] 2011
🇬🇧 English Pokémon Collector - HeartGold & SoulSilver (97/123) PLAY! Pokémon stamp, crosshatch holofoil 2011

Team Rocket’s Trickery

Many thanks to muk over on the Elite Fourum for finding this card just a few hours after I’d submitted this blog post.

Team Rocket’s Trickery (ロケット団の手口) appeared in February 2010 when Japan’s second LEGEND set, HS—Undaunted was released. Unlike in the SoulSilver collection, L2 featured both 1st Edition and unlimited releases.

On the same day as the release of HS—Undaunted, the Tyranitar Constructed Standard Deck was released, featuring a uniquely numbered 018/019 version.

Team Rocket's Trickery from the Tyranitar Constructed Standard Deck (picture from my Instagram feed).
Team Rocket's Trickery from the Tyranitar Constructed Standard Deck (picture from my Instagram feed).
Language Card - Set (Number) Variant Year
🇯🇵 Japanese ロケット団の手口 - よみがえる伝説 (076/080) 1st Edition 2010
🇯🇵 Japanese ロケット団の手口 - よみがえる伝説 (076/080) 1st Edition, reverse holofoil 2010
🇯🇵 Japanese ロケット団の手口 - よみがえる伝説 (076/080)   2010
🇯🇵 Japanese ロケット団の手口 - よみがえる伝説 (076/080) Reverse holofoil 2010
🇯🇵 Japanese ロケット団の手口 - バンギラス悪 (018/019) 1st Edition 2010
🇯🇵 Japanese ロケット団の手口 - バンギラス悪 (018/019)   2010
🇬🇧 English Team Rocket’s Trickery - HS—Undaunted (78/90)   2010
🇬🇧 English Team Rocket’s Trickery - HS—Undaunted (78/90) Reverse holofoil 2010
🇫🇷 French Fourberie de la Team Rocket - HS-Indomptable (78/90)   2010
🇫🇷 French Fourberie de la Team Rocket - HS-Indomptable (78/90) Reverse holofoil 2010
🇩🇪 German Team Rockets Trickserei - HS-Unerschrocken (78/90)   2010
🇩🇪 German Team Rockets Trickserei - HS-Unerschrocken (78/90) Reverse holofoil 2010
🇮🇹 Italian Tranello dei Team Rocket - HS - Senza Paura (78/90)   2010
🇮🇹 Italian Tranello dei Team Rocket - HS - Senza Paura (78/90) Reverse holofoil 2010

Illusion’s Zorua (2010 Design Contest)

Featuring the same Pokémon Card Game Design Contest: Highest Award (ポケモンカードゲームデザインコンテスト 最優秀賞) gold stamp as cards from the 2009 Design Contest, Izumi Sakaga won the Pokémon Fan magazine contest with their Illusion’s Zorua artwork featuring Pichu alongside several other Pokémon:

My Illusion's Zorua before I sent it off to PSA; it came back PSA 9 (picture from my Instagram feed).
My Illusion's Zorua before I sent it off to PSA; it came back PSA 9 (picture from my Instagram feed).

Pichu made an appearance in 9 of the runner-up designs which made it through to the final judging panel of 5 of the 10 Shogakukan 2010 Pokémon Card Design Contest-hosting magazines.

The 9 2010 Design Contest runner-up designs featuring Pichu.
The 9 2010 Design Contest runner-up designs featuring Pichu.

…although it could be argued that one of those is just a badly-drawn Pikachu.

Pokémon Fan Club - Ultra Prism print

Despite Pichu’s popularity at the end of the previous decade, Pichu had completely disappeared from the Pokémon TCG. Towards the end of 2017, the last worldwide release featuring a Pichu was in June 2012 when TPCi released a Polish version of the then 5 years old Mysterious Treasures set. No new artwork had appeared featuring Pichu however since the Illusion’s Zorua from the 2010 Design Contest. No cards featuring Pichu had appeared in Japan for 7 and a half years.

That all changed when Japan’s Ultra Sun (ウルトラサン) set was released featuring a brand new Pokémon Fan Club card with artwork featuring a Bonsly doll, Pikachu’s face printed on a t-shirt and a baby wearing a Pichu onesie. Not only that, but it also had a full art variant.

My PSA 10 grade English full art Pokémon Fan Club (picture from my Instagram feed).
My PSA 10 grade English full art Pokémon Fan Club (picture from my Instagram feed).

The regular version of the card went on to be released in languages which had never seen a Pichu at all in the TCG before: Chinese, Thai and Indonesian. It made two appearances in Japan’s SM-P promo set as 273/SM-P released as part of Japan’s annual School Festival (学園祭) in 2018 and again as a thank you to organisers of TCG events as part of Trainer Pack 2019 (トレーナーズパック 2019).

My PSA 10 SM-P promo Pokémon Fan Club cards (picture from my Instagram feed).
My PSA 10 SM-P promo Pokémon Fan Club cards (picture from my Instagram feed).

It also went on to make an appearance in another set, Double Blaze (ダブルブレイズ) which was released in Japan and Korea, but was ommitted from the English set when it crossed over as Unbroken Bonds.

Appearances

Language Card - Set (Number) Variant Year
🇯🇵 Japanese ポケモンだいすきクラブ - ウルトラサン (061/066)   2017
🇯🇵 Japanese ポケモンだいすきクラブ - ウルトラサン (071/066) Full art 2017
🇰🇷 Korean 포켓몬애호가클럽 - 울트라썬 (063/066)   2018
🇰🇷 Korean 포켓몬애호가클럽 - 울트라썬 (072/066) Full art 2018
🇬🇧 English Pokémon Fan Club - Ultra Prism (133/156)   2018
🇬🇧 English Pokémon Fan Club - Ultra Prism (133/156) Reverse holofoil 2018
🇬🇧 English Pokémon Fan Club - Ultra Prism (155/156) Full art 2018
🇫🇷 French Fan Club Pokémon - Ultra-Prisme (133/156)   2018
🇫🇷 French Fan Club Pokémon - Ultra-Prisme (133/156) Reverse holofoil 2018
🇫🇷 French Fan Club Pokémon - Ultra-Prisme (155/156) Full art 2018
🇩🇪 German Pokémon Fan Club - Ultra-Prisma (133/156)   2018
🇩🇪 German Pokémon Fan Club - Ultra-Prisma (133/156) Reverse holofoil 2018
🇩🇪 German Pokémon Fan Club - Ultra-Prisma (155/156) Full art 2018
🇮🇹 Italian Pokémon Fan Club - Ultraprisma (133/156)   2018
🇮🇹 Italian Pokémon Fan Club - Ultraprisma (133/156) Reverse holofoil 2018
🇮🇹 Italian Pokémon Fan Club - Ultraprisma (155/156) Full art 2018
🇵🇹 Portuguese Fã Clube Pokémon - Ultraprisma (133/156)   2018
🇵🇹 Portuguese Fã Clube Pokémon - Ultraprisma (133/156) Reverse holofoil 2018
🇵🇹 Portuguese Fã Clube Pokémon - Ultraprisma (155/156) Full art 2018
🇪🇸 Spanish Club de Fans de Pokémon - Ultraprisma (133/156)   2018
🇪🇸 Spanish Club de Fans de Pokémon - Ultraprisma (133/156) Reverse holofoil 2018
🇪🇸 Spanish Club de Fans de Pokémon - Ultraprisma (155/156) Full art 2018
🇯🇵 Japanese ポケモンだいすきクラブ (273/SM-P) School Festival 2018 stamp 2018
🇯🇵 Japanese ポケモンだいすきクラブ - ダブルブレイズ (086/095)   2019
🇯🇵 Japanese ポケモンだいすきクラブ (336/SM-P) Event Organizer stamp 2019
🇰🇷 Korean 포켓몬애호가클럽 - 더블블레이즈 (088/095)   2019
🇹🇭 Thai ชมรมคนรักโปเกมอน - เทพเวหา (171/178)   2019
🇹🇭 Thai ชมรมคนรักโปเกมอน - เทพเวหา (196/178) Full art 2019
🇨🇳 Chinese 寶可夢發燒友俱樂部 - 美夢成真組合篇 (184/200)   2019
🇮🇩 Indonesian Klub Fan Pokémon - Penguasa Langit (171/178)   2020
🇮🇩 Indonesian Klub Fan Pokémon - Penguasa Langit (196/178) Full art 2020
🇬🇧 English Pokémon Fan Club - Ultra Prism (133/156) Battle Academy #28 2020
🇬🇧 English Pokémon Fan Club - Ultra Prism (133/156) Battle Academy #45 2020
🇫🇷 French Fan Club Pokémon - Ultra-Prisme (133/156) Académie de Combat #28 2020
🇫🇷 French Fan Club Pokémon - Ultra-Prisme (133/156) Académie de Combat #45 2020
🇩🇪 German Pokémon Fan Club - Ultra-Prisma (133/156) Kampfakademie #28 2020
🇩🇪 German Pokémon Fan Club - Ultra-Prisma (133/156) Kampfakademie #45 2020
🇮🇹 Italian Pokémon Fan Club - Ultraprisma (133/156) Accademia Lotta #28 2020
🇮🇹 Italian Pokémon Fan Club - Ultraprisma (133/156) Accademia Lotta #45 2020

Professor Elm’s Lecture

Professor Elm’s Lecture was originally released as a holofoil as part of Japan’s Alter Genesis (オルタージェネシス) set as 095/095 before being released in Korean shortly after. When the set crossed over to English as Cosmic Eclipse, however, Professor Elm’s Lecture was one of several cards which had been cut.

My Japanese and Korean Professor Elm's Lecture cards (picture from my Instagram feed).
My Japanese and Korean Professor Elm's Lecture cards (picture from my Instagram feed).

Fortunately the card did make an appearance as Pokémon League Challenge promos shortly after the Korean release. Reverse holofoil cards with 1st through 4th Place and Pokémon League stamps were now available in English along with other languages which had received the same Cosmic Eclipse set: French, German, Italian and Spanish. These cards were attributed as alternate artworks the Professor Elm’s Lecture card which appeared in the Lost Thunder set from a year beforehand as 188a/214.

My French Professor Elm's Lecture set (picture from my Instagram feed).
My French Professor Elm's Lecture set (picture from my Instagram feed).

The card then went on to make an appearance as 193/196 in China and Thailand’s Legendary Clash sets, then as 201/205 in Indonesia’s Tag Team Collection set.

Appearances

Language Card - Set (Number) Variant Year
🇯🇵 Japanese ウツギ博士のレクチャー - オルタージェネシス (095/095) Holofoil 2019
🇰🇷 Korean 공박사의 강연 - 얼터제네시스 (095/095) Holofoil 2019
🇬🇧 English Professor Elm’s Lecture - Lost Thunder (188a/214) 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place Pokémon League stamps 2019
🇫🇷 French Cours du Professeur Orme - Tonnerre Perdu (188a/214) 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place Pokémon League stamps 2019
🇩🇪 German Professor Linds Vorlesung - Echo Des Donners (188a/214) 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place Pokémon League stamps 2019
🇮🇹 Italian Seminario del Professor Elm - Tuoni Perduti (188a/214) 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place Pokémon League stamps 2019
🇪🇸 Spanish Lección del Professor Elm - Truenos Perdidos (188a/214) 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place Pokémon League stamps 2019
🇨🇳 Chinese 空木博士的指導 - 傳說交鋒 (193/196) Holofoil 2020
🇹🇭 Thai เลคเชอร์ของดร.อุสึกิ - ศึกตำนาน (193/196) Holofoil 2020
🇮🇩 Indonesian Pelajaran Prof. Elm - Koleksi TAG TEAM (201/205) Holofoil 2020

Special Mentions

A couple of cards came very close to including Pichu in their artwork. I figure they’re worth a mention here…

PokéPark’s Munchlax

Various cards were released exclusively in Japan’s PCG-P promo set which commemorated attractions people could visit at the ‘Pokémon the Park 2005’ theme park in Japan. PokéPark’s Munchlax (ポケパークのゴンベ), 040/PCG-P, features Munchlax riding aboard one of these attractions: the Pichu Brothers’ Rascal Railway.

A side collection of mine is an obscure Japanese set called ‘Adventure Cards’. I have a separate page documenting those on GitHub. One of those cards, Adventure Card 082, specifically focuses on the Pichu Brothers’ Rascal Railway and features an extended version of the PCG-P artwork showing that Wynaut and the Pichu Brothers are also present.

My Adventure Card 082 showing the Pichu Brothers' Rascal Railway.
My Adventure Card 082 showing the Pichu Brothers' Rascal Railway.

I’ve made a mockup below to compare what the released card looks like (left) vs. what the card would have looked like if the Pichu Brothers hadn’t been removed (right).

On the left is the real 040/PCG-P card and on the right is the mockup I made.
On the left is the real 040/PCG-P card and on the right is the mockup I made.

For the PokéPark’s Munchlax artwork they omitted the Pichu Brothers completely. Although I guess to anyone who wasn’t aware of the extended artwork, it makes sense to remove those oddly-positioned Pichu ears. If you’re a Wynaut collector, however, you can still see Wynaut’s hand clinging on (if that even classes as a hand).

2015 Art Academy

One of the runner-up entries to the worldwide 2015 Art Academy competition featured a labcoat-clad Pichu assisting a very scientific-looking Pikachu. To my knowledge this was the only runner-up entry to include Pichu in its artwork.

Runner-up Art Academy design by Hoshibi-san.
Runner-up Art Academy design by Hoshibi-san.

As a Pichu collector I’m probably rather biased, but in my mind this design by Hoshibi-san blows most of the winning entries out of the water. I wish this had been selected as one of the winning entries.

Pretend Tea Ceremony Pikachu

The Pretend Tea Ceremony Pikachu (お茶会ごっこピカチュウ) was released as a celebration of the reopening of the Kyoto Pokémon Center on 16th March 2019. A wide range of merchandise was available featuring Pikachu having a tea party with lots of other Pokémon.

A towel showing the full Pretend Tea Ceremony artwork.
A towel showing the full Pretend Tea Ceremony artwork.

Alongside all the merchandise was a promo card, 325/SM-P, which featured a cut-down version of the artwork. Instead of just cropping the design, however, the artwork was tweaked to exclude Entei, Pichu, Politoed and Raikou and move Slowking into focus. Had they not made this decision, this would have been the first regular-sized Pikachu card to feature a Pichu in its artwork and the first Pokémon card which wasn’t part of a design contest with an incredibly low distribution to feature on this list.

I’ve made a mockup below to compare what the released card looks like (left) vs. what the card would have looked like had a simple crop of the full artwork been used instead (right).

On the left is the real 325/SM-P card and on the right is the mockup I made.
On the left is the real 325/SM-P card and on the right is the mockup I made.

Are you aware of any cards I may have missed from this list? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch (see the Bounty Details section for contact info).