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How to Open New Pokemon Cards

Learn how to open new Pokemon cards from the Pokemon Trading Card Game pros at Comic Cafe in this Howcast video.


Hi, I'm Joe D'Andrea, a Pokemon professor at Comic Cafe in Warren New Jersey, and we're here to show you how to play the Pokemon trading card game.

Always have clean, dry hands when you're opening these booster packs. You never know, you might get a real valuable card, and it would be a shame to mess it up with some peanut butter and jelly. Also, be careful not to bend your cards when you're opening them. The less that they're bent, the more valuable that they stay. If you'd like to save the wrappers to make art with, carefully open the bottom seam and push the cards out carefully from the top. In each booster pack, the cards appear in a certain order based on rarity, so you may want to keep them turned over and reveal them one at a time. In each booster pack you'll find, in this order, five common cards, one reverse holo, one rare, and three uncommon. Sometimes when people want to reveal the cards one at a time, they'll move the uncommon in the middle after the commons, and then turn them over after one at a time. If you're collecting, you may want to have on hand some collective sleeves, empty binder pages, or top loaders to put the cards in. Some players like to transfer their cards to a binder in set order and organize them that way, making it easy to find the card you need later. To help with organizing your binders, you can go to and print a set check list. This has all the cards in numerical set order—put them through a 3 hole punch and stick them in your binder.

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