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How to Spot a Counterfeit Pokemon Card

Learn how to spot counterfeit 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.

Where there are valuable cards, there will be counterfeits. Pokemon is no exception. Of course, the best way to avoid a counterfeit card is to purchase from a trusted source, such as an authorized seller, a trading card or game shop, or comic book shop that you go to often.

Be careful if you're offered a booster pack of 10 cards for a dollar or a dollar and change. A booster pack can typically run around four dollars. When someone offers you a card, if you're not sure, it might help to have the original card on hand, if you have one, to compare it to. There are a lot of ways to find out if a card is counterfeit. These cards are made to exacting standards. If the card is not on center. If the text is of the wrong font size. Or if the color is off or too bright. Different parts are larger than the regular card. Those are all signs that you're looking at a fake.

You may be offered a card from Japan. The Japanese cards are different from all the others. They have a different back, and that's ok. That's normal. But you still may want to have an original on hand to compare it to.

In each booster pack, you'll find in this order: 5 common cards, 1 reverse holo, 1 rare, and 3 uncommon. In that order. If they're not in that order out of the pack, it might not be the right thing. In fact, it's almost guaranteed.

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