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Pokémon Rarity Guide

This guide will help you identify the rarity of cards from the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Common:

These cards are easily identified by the black circle in the bottom left or right hand corner of the card. These cards don't usually have any special printing but can in the case of promotional cards and can also be found as "Reverse Holos" (See below) in newer sets. You will end up with a lot of duplicates of these cards when opening boosters.

Reverse Holo Common:

These cards have all the traits of a regular Common card but the card background is printed in holofoil and often has a pattern across it. The pattern is usually related to the card type. These cards are the easiest type of holo to find and are not particularly valuable for the most part. You will likely be able to pull 1 or 2 of these per three booster packs. Reverse Holo cards might be referred to as part of the "Parallel" or "Master" set.

Uncommon:

Identified by the black diamond in the bottom left or right hand corner of the card. Similar to common cards, they do not usually feature any special printing unless they are promotional cards or Reverse Holos (See below). These cards are fairly easy to pull from boosters and if you are opening a booster box you could expect to find a near full set with some duplicates. Most Trainer, Supporter, Item, etc cards are Uncommon and also many later stage Pokémon.

Reverse Holo Uncommon:

With all the features of a regular Uncommon card, Reverse Holo Uncommons follow a similar trend to their Common counterpart. Their backgrounds are printed in holofoil and have patterns across them related to the card type. You might expect to find 1 or 2 of these in five booster packs. Reverse Holo cards might be referred to as part of the "Parallel" or "Master" set. 

Rare:

Found at a rate of about 1 per booster, Rare cards are identified by a black star in the bottom left or right hand corner of the card. They do not often feature any special printing asides from promotional cards or Reverse Holos. These cards are usually the later stages of evolved Pokémon.

Rare Holo:

These cards can be very difficult to find and some are very valuable especially in older sets. They have the same black star in the bottom left or right hand corner of the card like a regular Rare however the card artwork is printed in holofoil. These cards can also be found as Reverse Holo which makes them quite hard to tell apart.

Reverse Holo Rare:

This rarity carries the traits of regular Rares and even in some cases that of Rare holos but like other Reverse Holo rarities, has the card background printed in holofoil with patterns related to the card type. You might find 1 of these per 8 boosters but Reverse Holo of a Rare Holo can be very very difficult to find.

Ultra Rare:

This card type currently has 4 sub rarities are all identified by a white star in the bottom left or right hand corner of the card. The 4 rarities are as follows;

  • EX/GX- Found at a rate of about 1 per 6 boosters. They have holo print over a lot of the card including parts of the writing.

  • BREAK- These cards are for the most part the least valuable of the Ultra Rares. They are printed in landscape orientation and have a lot of holofoil across the card including a crosshatch effect in parts. These cards are found at a rate of about 1 per 6 boosters.

 

  • Full Art- Some of these cards are very, very valuable. The artwork of this type covers the entire card with holofoil. These cards can also come in different rarities, especially in the case of promotional cards. You might pull 1 of these cards per 36 booster packs.

  • Secret Rare- These cards, also very valuable, are usually numbered after the number of cards in the set eg 101/100. They are often printed in a embossed holofoil which is very easy to feel and usually have different colors than the normal artwork for the card. They might be printed nearly all in gold or rainbow colored. These cards can also have the same artwork as Full Arts. You might pull 1 of these per 36 booster packs.

Misprints:

Misprints are not exactly a rarity but are highly sought after by enthusiast collectors. Misprints can come from any rarity and vary in identification. They can include spelling mistakes, off centering, and various markings. Misprints can often be mistaken as fakes. Below are pictures of missing set symbol, shadowless, and square cut misprints respectively.

 

 

This guide is a take on Pokémon Trading Card Game rarities by Otakumart as of September 2018. Parts of the guide are subjective and results may vary. This guide might be changed at any time.

 
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