The Actual News:
Don’t get me wrong, I’m still going to McDonald’s and my luck of getting the Pokémon Happy Meals is still holding out… but today I got my first repeats (two more Green #4’s), so I’m gonna focus on NOT-McDonald’s updates for you.
First off, I finally got around to making a Pokémon Aaah!-centric Instagram account, and I’ve updated the sidebar link away from my personal account—which I hardly use—over to the PA! one. So if you’re on Instagram, join me there instead!
Secondly, so get this… back in an earlier post from last month, I was comparing existing Pokémon TCG blanks from the early-2000s with some bootleg cards made around the same time, one of which was a blank from Pokémon Zeo. However, I had to sort of rebuild that blank from other fake cards because Zeo‘s blanks have basically all disappeared from the internet.
However, PA! Discord user Alveinhero surprised me with a few ZIP files: it was all of Zeo’s blanks! To be specific, they were ZIPs made by Zeo superfans kyatt7 and angurisneo, and Alveinhero simply shared them with me.
So now that I’ve got these ZIP files, what should I do with it? Well, seeing as there is still demand for their blanks—afterall, I’ve been getting a few Google search hits from people looking for them (see below pic)—I guess until someone else closer to Pokémon Zeo‘s inner staff decides to host these files themselves, I’ll host them here on PA!. Afterall, archiving the past is what we’re good at!
Oh yeah, here’s the actual download link (16.3 MB .RAR download). I’ll also be posting the link in Blanks Download page over in the “Artsy Fartsy” Sidebar link. Alas, not all of the blanks are available; only Zeo‘s Card-E and Neo Gym blanks were archived in full. It also has a base collection of Trainer and Energy blanks too. You can see what exactly is included in the archive download using the handy graph below. Of course if anyone else happens to find any more of their blanks, send them this way and I’ll make sure it’s added to the archive.
- Late Night Bonus Update: after this post went live, Alveinhero sent me ANOTHER ZIP file he found of Zeo blanks, namely their ADV blanks made in 2003. On top of that, as I was looking for my own old blanks, I uncovered a cache of their first Japanese Neo blanks back when they were released for PA! (we’re talking WAAAAY back in the day), so I worked those into the ZIP file above AND updated the list below.
Enjoy! And again, give thanks to kyatt7 and angurisneo for originally archiving them, and for Alveinhero for sharing everything them with me. Good times!
- Just to address any elephants in the room, it’s been twenty years, kinda childish to hold onto ANY grudge for that long. This is all for the sake of fans who want to see their favorite blanks online again. Clearly there is still a demand for them, so unless someone else wants to host them, I don’t mind doing it until then.
But past that, that’s all I’ve got for you today. Hopefully tomorrow my McDonald’s run will net me the #3 Promo Pack, thus completing my McDonald’s Promo Pack collection… but I still have some more cards to get to complete the set. More importantly, I still have to solve the “Cards in what pack position” situation, where all the cards in the McDonald’s appear only in a specific position, like Oshawott is ALWAYS in the last-most position in a pack, or Fennekin is the middle card of the nonholos… I need more data!!
…Oh, and then also make some fake cards and work on my YouTube series. Whatever.