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GameStop Pokemon Trade & Play Event | FREE Pokemon Pin + Giveaway

by Tara Kuczykowski on July 11, 2018 · 28 comments

FREE Pokémon Pin for DSM Readers

Hey Pokémon fans, you're going to LOVE this offer! GameStop is hosting a super limited event -– only 22 stores are participating -- this Sunday, July 15th at 6:30pm. Not only will you be able to trade Pokémon cards with your fellow trainers, but you can also battle them for a small fee to win Gamestop gift cards!

PLUS, if you are one of the first 25 people who mention Deal Seeking Mom at the door, you'll get a cool Pokémon pin TOTALLY FREE!!! And you know how I LOVE free things...

Check the list below to see if there's a GameStop store participating near you. I was pretty surprised to find my little local store on the list! But if yours isn't there, don't despair -- scroll to the bottom of this post to enter to win a fabulous Pokémon prize package!

Participating GameStop Stores




Never been to a Trade & Play event? Here's what you can expect:


  • Date: Sunday, July 15
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.


  • During the event guests can come in and trade Pokémon cards with their fellow trainers
  • The trade portion of the event is free for anyone to participate!

Play Event

  • The cost to enter the play event is $20 (plus tax) – this includes a Pokémon Build & Battle box (23-card evolution pack and 4 booster packs) and a $5 gift card
  • A promo will be running discounting these items to $20
  • Players must use the cards from the Build & Battle box to play in the tournament and the $5 gift card should be retained as a part of the prize
  • All gift cards from play entries go to the winner!

Play Event Bracket

  • Participants are put into a 16-person bracket
  • At the time of the play event, GameStop staff fills out the bracket in order of the sign-up sheet for everyone who has their Build & Battle box

Match Rules

  • Each match is single elimination
  • Players may only use cards received from the Build & Battle box purchased as entry, excluding energy cards
  • Players should bring a variety of energy types, as they will not know what kind of deck they can build ahead of time
  • Each store will have extra energy cards that players can borrow to help build their decks


  • Each player shuffles their 40-card deck and draws 7 cards (keep hidden)
  • Put your basic Pokémon in place face down – 1 as your active Pokémon and up to 5 on your bench
  • The next 6 cards in the deck should be put face down on the side as your prize cards


  1. Draw a card
  2. Do any of the following actions in any order:
    • Put Basic Pokémon cards from your hand onto your Bench (as many times as you want)
    • Evolve your Pokémon (as many times as you want)
    • Attach an Energy card from your hand to one of your Pokémon (once per turn)
    • Play Trainer cards (as many as you want, but only one Supporter card and one Stadium card per turn)
    • Use Abilities (as many as you want)
    • Retreat your Active Pokémon (only once per turn)
  3. Attack, then end your turn

You WON if…

  • You have all the prize cards
  • You’ve knocked out all your opponents' Pokémon
  • Your opponent cannot draw a card at the start of his or her turn

Pokémon Giveaway

One lucky Deal Seeking Mom reader (US Only) will win this fabulous Pokémon prize package, which will include:

  • $25 GameStop gift card
  • Mega Construx Kit
  • Gallery Figure
  • Trading Cards
  • Portable Pikachu Charger
  • Pokéball
  • T-shirt
  • Pins

Follow the instructions in the widget below to be entered for a chance to win...

This giveaway is sponsored by GameStop; all opinions and text are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this site!

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Debie July 11, 2018 at 3:01 pm

My three kids love Pokemon. That would be an awesome gift.


2 MB July 11, 2018 at 5:42 pm

awesome, thanks love Gamestop


3 Linda Szymoniak July 11, 2018 at 6:19 pm

Funny, but I just got home from playing Pokemon GO. My daughters got me involved in Pokemon about 19 years ago and while we don't play the card game these days, two of my girls and I are still very much into the games. I like the Pokemon Let's Go, Pikachu and Eevee! Bundle that is being offered at Gamestop. I'm just very disappointed that the closest location for the event this Sunday is over two hours from me, so obviously we can't attend.


4 Julia July 11, 2018 at 6:35 pm

The controller charging dock for $19.97


5 Anna Rosado July 11, 2018 at 6:37 pm

Super awesome!!


6 Mary July 11, 2018 at 7:15 pm

Love getting games at GameStop!


7 Mary July 11, 2018 at 7:16 pm

Great deals. Thanks!


8 Anne Marie July 11, 2018 at 8:03 pm

Love the charging dock - great price.


9 Will G July 11, 2018 at 8:46 pm

I like the deals on the Chip n' Dale Rescue Rangers action figures!


10 Joanne Lee July 11, 2018 at 10:31 pm

I really want a NES Classic!


11 Steve Weber July 12, 2018 at 12:05 am

The SNES classic would be ideal to own!


12 Melinda D July 12, 2018 at 5:22 am

I wish there was a GameStop close to me that was participating. This looks like fun.


13 Dan Dykstra July 12, 2018 at 7:40 am

Octopath Traveler by Nintendo


14 Tiffany Schmidt July 12, 2018 at 11:14 am

Love the NES Classic. Takes me way back. My kids think it's so basic, lol.


15 Carol Neville July 12, 2018 at 3:06 pm

My daughter would love the AdventureTime game. Thanks for the chance!


16 Becky Cole July 12, 2018 at 10:15 pm

My kids love building with Legos so I would get Lego World.


17 M Loyd July 12, 2018 at 10:18 pm

My boys love Pokémon :)


18 Rachel July 13, 2018 at 8:02 pm

A Switch Dockable Boost Pak.


19 Shirley Shepherd July 14, 2018 at 12:19 am

I like the Nintendo Switch Console with Neon Blue and Neon Red Joy-Con.


20 Denise M July 15, 2018 at 11:05 pm

Up to 70 % extra credit on trade ins


21 Crystal July 16, 2018 at 10:13 am

Don't have a Switch, but they look fun. Free shipping is always nice. My son is obsessed with Pokémon and would love this. Thanks.


22 Jennifer July 16, 2018 at 12:54 pm

I don't know who would love this more- my son or my husband!


23 MDMRN July 16, 2018 at 1:08 pm



24 Sarah Mayer July 16, 2018 at 4:40 pm

I like the Nintendo Switch Console with Neon Blue and Neon Red Joy-Con.


25 Kayla klontz July 17, 2018 at 11:55 am

I love the NINTENDO Switch console!!


26 Jim Hayes July 17, 2018 at 2:14 pm

I like the LABO Variety Kit deal


27 Marianna July 17, 2018 at 2:50 pm

I like the Nintendo Labo Robot Kit


28 Cassandra D July 17, 2018 at 5:47 pm

I like the get up to $500 trade credit for your smartphone.


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