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.
So when we talk about rare cards, there are two types. One is player rare and one is collector rare. Player rare refers to a card that is very popular in the current meta-game. The meta-game describes what those around you are playing. For example, Pokemon Catcher is really popular recently. And because this is such a popular card, people are going to collect more of them and hold onto them, so it becomes more scarce. Then there's rare according to the collector—these are actual rare cards. For example, in a box of 36 packs, you might have a full art card in all those packs or a secret rare card like the recent Pikachu, which does not appear in the normal set sequence. Also, event exclusives just like trophies and medals, sometimes you get a card that you can only get at a tournament.