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Fake Pokemon cards: how do you recognize them from the originals?




For over two decades, Pokémon cards have been a hobby, if not a real passion, for all fans of Nintendo’s pocket monsters. The regular production of new expansions and the introduction of new rules make it exciting to both collect them and engage in competitive matches that are more strategic than it seems.

However, many have always tried to capitalize on the great popularity of the Pokémon Trading Card Game by making non-authentic cards sold through various systems and means: some are sensational fakes and immediately recognizable, other times it could be more difficult to distinguish them from the real ones. being faithful reproductions. How to recognize fake Pokémon cards? There are many ways to be able to notice and not run the risk of exchanging or worse still buying counterfeit products.

The most immediate to recognize are cards that carry magnified information, or even Pokémon names and misspelled moves. If you read a disproportionate amount of HP or damage dealt (such as 500 damage or 1000 HP for example), non-existent move names, and altered dimensions (those of a standard Pokémon card should be 64mm x 98mm), you are already certain that you can take and burn them with the lighter what you have in front of your eyes.

Another method to distinguish them is the sensation felt to the touch. If what you feel is that you have something more similar to plastic than paper in your hand, and if you see that the object folds with surprising ease without getting damaged (vice versa, bending even just slightly an authentic one involves leaving marks and thus compromising its value. collector of the card itself), some alarm bells should immediately ring. In general, however, counterfeits spoil much faster than real ones, even if kept in perfect condition and inside protective sleeves.

Another fundamental aspect is the coloring of the paper: often the false ones have faded colors (even if only slightly) both on the front and on the back compared to the originals, therefore in these cases, it can be of great help to have a real card at hand to make comparisons. of coloring. In the case of rare holographic cards, excessive illumination of this effect could immediately appear suspicious.

Even how the images are printed can make a difference: very often the fake stickers are printed in a distorted way, even by just a few millimeters, or the back (the same for all cards of any expansion, from the early late 90s to the today) shows a Poké Ball depicted in reverse While less noticeable, also carefully check the edges of the paper to make sure they have perfect symmetry. The same goes for the fonts used, which can be of different sizes and style than the standards. Again, check the presence of the TM and the Nintendo copyright: the absence of these elements must be taken with suspicion.

As you can read, there are many ways to distinguish a true Pokémon card from a false one, all to your advantage: the important thing is to always pay attention to details, which can always make the difference. Or, if you think you don’t have a trained eye, you can always get help and advice from a passionate collector to remove any doubts once and for all and thus legitimately enrich your collection. And if you want to try your hand at competitive, here’s how to play the Pokémon card game. Do you want to know how much a Pokémon Charizard basic set first edition card is worth?


Arjun Sethi
Passionate guitarist, gamer and writer. Lives for the perfect review, and scrapes texts until they are razor-sharp.
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