The ‘No Rarity’ Japanese base pack originates from the first Pokemon release starting on October 20th, 1996. Only two products were released, a starter deck and a booster pack. The first version of the booster pack that was released is known as a ‘short crimp’ pack, meaning the wrapper ends were short. These ‘short crimp’ packs were first released with Japanese base set Pokemon cards that were printed without the rarity symbol on the bottom right corner. This is where the name ‘No Rarity’ comes from. It is believed that Pokemon ceased print of ‘No Rarity’ cards somewhere around March of 1997, when Japanese Jungle was released. The rest of the Japanese base set cards after this were printed with the rarity symbol, making ‘No Rarity’ cards the true 1st edition cards to ever be printed. Given the extremely limited print run, and extremely low supply, ‘No Rarity’ product has become increasingly desirable.
This pack came from a collector who sold one other ‘short crimp’ pack. The person who purchased that pack opened it and found ‘No Rarity’ cards inside, including a holo Mewtwo. Coming from the same box as that pack, we can confirm that this is a ‘No Rarity’ Japanese base booster pack. There are said to be less than 40 unopened ‘No Rarity’ packs in existence, making these more scarce and rare than English 1st Edition base packs.