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You Can Now Get Pokémon Cards With Happy Meals at McDonald's Canada

You Can Now Get Pokémon Cards With Happy Meals at McDonald's Canada

By Thomas Kenzaki

For those of you who follow Pokémon news, you’ve probably heard that McDonald’s restaurants in the U.S. gave away Pokémon cards with Happy Meals back in February. It’s now our turn and you’ll finally be able to get your hands on these at McDonald's locations across Canada.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Pokémon and what better way to celebrate than by partnering with McDonald’s to give away their popular cards in Happy Meals!

In each Happy Meal you’ll receive a never-before offered McDonald's booster pack of Pokémon TCG (Trading Card Game) cards. The full set features 25 cards, however there are also 25 special holographic versions of the cards which brings the grand total to 50 cards.

Each pack includes 4 Pokémon TCG cards so you’ll have to open a lot of packs if you want to collect the entire set. In addition to the cards, you’ll also get a very cool Pikachu Happy Meal box and one toy (Pokémon stickers, card frame, or a card case).

The US release was ridiculously popular, with reports of fans buying up all the card packs they could get their hands on. If you’re serious about collecting the full set, I highly recommend going out early to find them.

Will you be trying to catch the entire collection of 25th anniversary Pokémon TCG cards at McDonald's? Let us know in the comments below.

39 Comments

    • Oh dear God, skeevy resellers are salivating as we speak

      Where did you hear this anyway?
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    • Time to find the good ol' PSA 10 Holographic MCD Charizard
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    • BernardRyder wrote: Oh dear God, skeevy resellers are salivating as we speak

      Where did you hear this anyway?
      Are my 1984 O'Pee'Chee Baseball cards going to be worth more than $40 a set, last I checked?

      I know a guy who has collected this Pokemon stuff for many years, is there actually a market for this? He even dresses like the characters sometimes... pretty strange when you are an adult.
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    • Gibsons wrote: Are my 1984 O'Pee'Chee Baseball cards going to be worth more than $40 a set, last I checked?

      I know a guy who has collected this Pokemon stuff for many years, is there actually a market for this? He even dresses like the characters sometimes... pretty strange when you are an adult.
      I actually think sports cards are having a resurgence lately. You might want to check in a week or two to see if it goes up.
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    • The "market" only exists because of scalpers in the first place. People were buying 100s of Happy Meals in the US just to get the cards so they could resell them.
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    • chemicalxv wrote: The "market" only exists because of scalpers in the first place. People were buying 100s of Happy Meals in the US just to get the cards so they could resell them.
      That doesn't sound like a money making venture but if the price of a Happy Meal in the US is tiny, then maybe it is. Here are some from 2015:

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      BernardRyder wrote: I actually think sports cards are having a resurgence lately. You might want to check in a week or two to see if it goes up.
      O'Pee'Chee was Topps Canadian card, with French and English on it. They usually don't fare well in pricing compared to other makers. I guess the system is prejudiced. Might be the same way if Canadian McDonalds have bilingual cards.
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    • chemicalxv wrote: The "market" only exists because of scalpers in the first place. People were buying 100s of Happy Meals in the US just to get the cards so they could resell them.
      Actually many were buying the cards in bulk from McDonald's locations, not by buying a more expensive Happy Meal with just a few cards. The Happy Meals that were being purchased by kids were cardless in some areas because they had already been hoarded up.
      Sort of creates an artificially lopsided market when you think about it. Instead of going to kids who might keep them/rip them/wipe their noses with them, resellers were hoarding them in mint condition to sell. I'm guessing the bottom might fall out for some of the value on these if there are a large amount on the market in mint condition.
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    • BernardRyder wrote: Actually many were buying the cards in bulk from McDonald's locations, not by buying a more expensive Happy Meal with just a few cards. The Happy Meals that were being purchased by kids were cardless in some areas because they had already been hoarded up.
      Sort of creates an artificially lopsided market when you think about it. Instead of going to kids who might keep them/rip them/wipe their noses with them, resellers were hoarding them in mint condition to sell. I'm guessing the bottom might fall out for some of the value on these if there are a large amount on the market in mint condition.
      I think the people managing to just buy the cards in bulk had someone on the inside they knew. There were photos of McDonald's in the US that had put paper signs up saying there was 'x' limit on the number of Happy Meals that could be bought at once so people were obviously buying the whole shebang.

      https://youtu.be/ZRXs92pw8uo
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    • chemicalxv wrote: I think the people managing to just buy the cards in bulk had someone on the inside they knew. There were photos of McDonald's in the US that had put paper signs up saying there was 'x' limit on the number of Happy Meals that could be bought at once so people were obviously buying the whole shebang.

      https://youtu.be/ZRXs92pw8uo
      I wonder how many adults dressed in Pokemon costumes were walking around with multiple Happy Meal boxes? 😄
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    • I see some people already scalping the mcdonalds pokemon card packs already on my Facebook marketplace feeds.

      Around $20 a pack.
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    • Gibsons wrote: That doesn't sound like a money making venture but if the price of a Happy Meal in the US is tiny, then maybe it is. Here are some from 2015:

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      O'Pee'Chee was Topps Canadian card, with French and English on it. They usually don't fare well in pricing compared to other makers. I guess the system is prejudiced. Might be the same way if Canadian McDonalds have bilingual cards.
      For baseball it was like that but I think for hockey OPC is worth more than Topps.
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    • PCDawg wrote: I see some people already scalping the mcdonalds pokemon card packs already on my Facebook marketplace feeds.

      Around $20 a pack.
      Are they even out yet in Canada? I'm on the app and have never heard of them. I don't see it mentioned on the App and I don't buy Happy Meals.
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    • PCDawg wrote: I see some people already scalping the mcdonalds pokemon card packs already on my Facebook marketplace feeds.

      Around $20 a pack.
      $20? For what, 3 cards I'm guessing? Lol
      Well since Xbox and PS5 availability is so hit and miss, resellers need to find other things to subsidize their incomes and feed the fam.
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    • I'm still waiting, really hope they come through.
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    • That is not true at all. The market for the cards was already there, and has been for a very long time. scalpers or not... pokemon has been popular and a great investment since it started. Amd the only reason the market is actually there is because of the people who want to collect it. Not scalpers.

      Scalpers don’t always get the wins too, you just need to know where to look.
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    • Yea there is a market for it lol. The market has exploded in the last couple years too. All you need to do is a simple EBay search and filter through sold to see what these cards are worth. I’m sitting on a small fortune and so are a lot of other people.

      Not too late to start collecting it now and invest. I do think the grown men wearing costumes and such is weird but collecting/investing is not.
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    • Anyone see these in store yet?
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    • my local mcdonalds (downtown toronto) has them now!
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    • minttea wrote: my local mcdonalds (downtown toronto) has them now!
      Went to my local Mcdonald's in rural Quebec today (Apr. 22)
      Unfortunately, no Pokemon cards. They are giving Spongebob toys
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    • MAJORHIT wrote: Went to my local Mcdonald's in rural Quebec today (Apr. 22)
      Unfortunately, no Pokemon cards. They are giving Spongebob toys
      Update : Employee said it is starting Saturday April 24th in Quebec.
      No info if cards are going to be in French (worthless) or in English
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    • I was at Mcd yesterday waiting for my food, and some guy asked to speak to the manager about whether he can purchase an entire case of the soon-to-be-released pokemon cards.

      I just hope there is enough to go around. Just want to be able to get pokemon happy meals for the kids with a pack of cards for them to play and collect
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    • I was told from someone who works in McDonalds it will be available starting this week and they have limits
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    • Is pokemon still a thing? I thought pokemon go petered out, guess they'll try to reboot again.
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    • It's just basic cards. They have no value tbh. I got a few happy meals for my neice/nephews and they are just basic cards.
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    • I work at a mcdonald’s in Toronto, Ontario and we have them now. Some guy came in today and bought 40 packs of cards but I heard from colleagues that some were trying to buy up to a hundred since we don’t have a specific limit at our location. I don’t know anything about them but I made sure to take a couple before I left just in case the value goes up any time soon lol.
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    • f1rstnam3 wrote: I work at a mcdonald’s in Toronto, Ontario and we have them now. Some guy came in today and bought 40 packs of cards but I heard from colleagues that some were trying to buy up to a hundred since we don’t have a specific limit at our location. I don’t know anything about them but I made sure to take a couple before I left just in case the value goes up any time soon lol.
      So people can buy without the Happy. meals I take it?
      My daughter loves Pokemon but I can't see her getting one lol. She's more into the video games but also has a binder of cards.

      It's weird, she trades them with friends to collect the ones she wants, like I used to do with hockey cards as a kid. Kids these days, so dumb and immature. She should be hoarding them to resell in pristine condition to an adult, like all the other adults do. I should just disown her now before she gets any older.
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      Had to get a few this morning. Got about 20 of them. Cashier didn't seem to care
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    • still nothing in Surrey, BC as of today
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    • Apparently the mcdonalds near me are already sold out.
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    • blackbirdman wrote: Apparently the mcdonalds near me are already sold out.
      That sucks you're stuck with only 20 🙄
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    • The rush is on. The real hardcore people actually just buy these things and call around store to store. My friend who works there just told me. I tried getting a happy meal last night but the toys have not been unleashed yet. lol
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    • called 2 mcdonalds in markham, they are not allowing selling of packs only. I wish they just make the policy the same across all stores
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    • This thread is sad lol...
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    • dyalect wrote: The rush is on. The real hardcore people actually just buy these things and call around store to store. My friend who works there just told me. I tried getting a happy meal last night but the toys have not been unleashed yet. lol
      I don't think anyone is interested in the toys tbh. The majority just want the cards, i can see only little kids wanting the toys.
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    • blackbirdman wrote: I don't think anyone is interested in the toys tbh. The majority just want the cards, i can see only little kids wanting the toys.
      Some ppl are huge collectors. To each their own. Hoarding time. LoL

      I just tossed out a pile. My kids are "almost" over them.

      5 mins of play then flung in corner.
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    • LMAOOOOO, kids suck. It is honestly sad to see these potentially valuable cards go to waste tbh. It could push a collector nearly to suicide if they witnessed it.

      We sell individual toys without happy meals for like $2.25 I think so it’s quite cheap for the profit you could make.
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    • f1rstnam3 wrote: LMAOOOOO, kids suck. It is honestly sad to see these potentially valuable cards go to waste tbh. It could push a collector nearly to suicide if they witnessed it.
      Oh please let them. These cards are not how legitimate collecting businesses function. People like to argue "demand drives price" but that's only part of the equation for collecting.
      If I have a Gretzky rookie, it will always hold more value than a Pokemon McDonald's card, and not because it's a Gretzky. The situation that makes the Gretzky valuable is scarcity. Scarcity has different values such as the condition and if it is signed and verified in the case of some items.
      Even signatures aren't foolproof, most sports celebs get their merchandise signed by a machine and they just deem it Authentic , but even now some collectors are seeing that to be bullshit. If Wayne didn't sign it, but a machine did in proxy, is it really signed by Wayne?
      Anyway, those Gretzky cards are valuable because kids played with them and treated them as collectibles rather than a valuable commodity. So there are less of them in the wild, in decent condition, to be found.
      These McDonald's cards, as a 'collectible', are a short term fabricated desire trumped up by speculators. It's a false-bottomed market, no real value beyond the short term. Think of it like this, if all these collectors keep 90% of the product in pristine condition, how will the value climb in the long run? 10 years from now, you'll have a minority trying to pass it as a valuable item with no legitimate takers. It happens all the time even today, just look for older collectibles on Kijiji for a good laugh.
      These cards are a Beanie Baby or an NFT, not a Mona Lisa or Gretzky rookie. Somebody will pay a ton today, which only helps the vultures. Please let the kids wipe their butts on as many of these as possible, so the few in good condition might actually be worth something in 10 years. Let the 'collectors' cry, they aren't real collectors anyway, just morons or shysters.
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    • f1rstnam3 wrote: LMAOOOOO, kids suck. It is honestly sad to see these potentially valuable cards go to waste tbh. It could push a collector nearly to suicide if they witnessed it.
      Who the hell cares lol, the intent of these cards isn't to benefit scalpers like you... it's to entice the parents to buy a meal for their kid. The toys are merely a small perk.

      Lel if you're pushed to suicide that easily then you shouldn't be scalping kids toys, you should be seeing a **** doctor.
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