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How to Find a Rare Pokemon Card

Learn how to find rare 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.

Rare Pokeman cards can be found in ten-card booster packs, boxes of thirty-six booster packs, or collectors tins. In general, the more booster packs you get, the more rare cards you'll get. Every booster pack contains a rare card. But there are different degrees of rarity. In fact, there are seven kinds. First, there's common. There are five of these in every booster pack. You'll know this because there's a circle in the bottom right corner of the card. Then there's uncommon. There are three of these in every booster pack, and these are indicated by a diamond on the card. Then there's the rare card. There's one rare card in every booster pack. It has a black star on the bottom right. There's a regular rare card with the black star and a picture hollow. This is a rare card with a shiny picture. About one in six packs will be a rare card like this. Then there's something called reverse hollow. There's one of these in every booster pack. The card is shiny, except for the picture. It turns out that every card except ultra rare has a parallel reverse holo. Up next is ultra rare. This has a shiny star on bottom right of the card. There are three types you may encounter. One is a prime. That has a starburst picture frame and a shiny border. Then there's legend, now these are fun. These are two cards that connect to become one big card. And finally, full art. These are newer, and they look gorgeous. This has a much fancier card design where the Pokemon is featured on the entire card. Then there's the secret rare. This is a card that's part of a set, but numbered beyond the set count. For example, in a one 114-count set, it might be card 115 like this Pikachu. The Alph Lithographs are another example. And finally, promo cards. These are promotional cards from events, products, or leagues. For example, this Tropical Beach from the 2011 world championships.

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