Pokemon Card Rarity Guide
The pokemon TCG is based of the highly successful video game series made by Nintendo. The card series was originally produced by Wizards of the Sword Coast (MTG, EOJ, etc) but in July 2003 they lost the licence to publish the cards although production continues on the series under observation by Nintendo and Pokemon USA, Inc.
The game is made up of several types of cards and several levels of rarity. The rarer the card, the more valuable it is - this is usually due to the fact that they are the most powerful cards in the game, but also because people like to complete their set's of cards. The card breakdown is as follows (from rarest to common):
These cards are the rarest to obtain in most cases. They appear after the official set numbers, usually something like 124/123. Sometimes, they are the set's specials such as Crystal cards, etc.
Again, very rare cards, obtained from the EX sets. The cards have a gold star printed at the top and are holofoil.
Another very rare card, obtained from the E-Card sets. They do not have any different text at the top, but have Crystal Type listed as their Poke-BODY and are holofoil.
Often linked with gold star in rarity, although there are more shining pokemon than gold star. Obtained from the Neo sets. The cards are titled Shining * and have 3 *** stars in the bottom right corner to show rarity. Again they are holofoil.
Quite rare, although due to the number of them available from the EX sets, not all retain their high value. They have ex printed at the top of the card and are holofoil.
Reverse Holo Holo
Probably the most confusing of the rares are the reverse holo 'holo'. In a lot of sets, you can get reverse holo cards of almost any of the set. These are usually not worth much as they are just a 'shiny' version of a normal card. However, if the reverse holo is of a holo card (read about holo card's below) then their value increases as these are very hard to find. Some of these can become very valuable, so make sure you work out if your card is a reverse holo holo. These usually are an invert of a holo card, varying from set to set. The ex sets had gold writing for the name and had the logo inside the image.
All pokemon sets have holo cards. They are the 'ultra-rare' level of card. They usually have parts of the card in holofoil and are all rare star cards (usually a low number). Do not mistake reverse holo standard rare cards for these, there is a difference. At the end of this guide I will put some links so you can identify holo's in each set.
Notable Mention: Promotional Cards, Tournament Cards, Etc.
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