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Pokémon TCG Questions Thread [general questions]

ven?

Kanto Region Champ
Plasma energy is 2013, blend 2012, DCE 2013 (years in which each energy comes out per set). Theme decks are interesting in general, pokemon pre-prints there energy for cards years in advanced because energy cards don't change, and when you think about it, it greatly reduces the costs on reprinting the same card for every year like they did in the beginning until 2009 for basic energy where they printed a new one every year, its just easier to print a batch when the base set comes out, put energy in those decks, and then have it for a continuous set (but this is only for base set of every gen), so an energy is printed for every year, basic energy are only printed at certain times to reduce printing costs since 09.
 
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Shiny T

Member
Plasma energy is 2013, blend 2012, DCE 2013 (years in which each energy comes out per set). Theme decks are interesting in general, pokemon pre-prints there energy for cards years in advanced because energy cards don't change, and when you think about it, it greatly reduces the costs on reprinting the same card for every year like they did in the beginning until 2009 for basic energy where they printed a new one every year, its just easier to print a batch when the base set comes out, put energy in those decks, and then have it for a continuous set (but this is only for base set of every gen), so an energy is printed for every year, basic energy are only printed at certain times to reduce printing costs since 09.
So.... (Lets just call them) deck-energies Have come out every year up until 2009, and then again in 2011 and 2013?

And the deck-energies is "set-less" energies, and not energies taken from Black & White, EX Ruby & Sapphire, etcetc?
 

ven?

Kanto Region Champ
Just basic energy and special energy.

Basically, basic energy are universally re-printed with the same date within the current generation of sets, theme decks mirror the booster series and don't start getting a new date until the booster series gets a new date on it (I.e. 5th gen to 6th gen switch) and a base set of energy cards printed within that set (usually speaking).
 
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Techguy10110

Ghost Specialist
I don't know where to post this question but...

Can I have a list of all the Pokemon boxes, tins, blisters, that have collectibles in them. For example the Sylveon box etc...
 

ven?

Kanto Region Champ
I'm confused by this, every booster set, box, tin, etc has something collectable in it. For instance, every black and white booster set has shiny or ultra/ultra rare cards in the set like full arts where the image of the pokemon or Trainer card takes up the full card and the card itself is a thick holographic foil, gold cards/shiny pokemon, and pretty much the same thing in every set, probably even the new x and y set, not 100% on that, not 100% at all.

If you want a list
http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/List_of_Pokémon_Trading_Card_Game_expansions
http://www.serebii.net/card/dex/
http://pokebeach.com/
 
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ven?

Kanto Region Champ
^Hmm, kinda, in sanctioned events no because they have the actual backs and signatures on them, but your free to play them against any opponent would want to, I am a person who is advid in collecting worlds decks and have never seen this as a bad thing to do at leagues of any kind.
 

BtmnPenguin2

Well-Known Member
Hey all, I have a quick question. I have recently decided to go through all of my cards and work to complete my whole entire collection by obtaining one of every card (it's a daunting task...) but I've come across something that made me go "hmm..." So, most notably in the newer generation of cards, certain holographics I notice are similar to the old style with sparkles and spots; however, I'm also noticing that those same cards have different holographic versions where the holographic backing is just a series of shiny lines. Does anyone know if there are two holographic types for each of the newer holographic cards? Or if either type is rarer than the other? I have one card in both types, so if someone needs pics, I can upload. Thanks in advance.
 
Since you said you had one card in both types, I have a good idea of what that is. I'm not, however, sure about what these are supposed to be called, as official sources seem to differ. I would call the one with the lines "Holographic" and the one with sparkles and spots "Foil." Official sources sometimes refer to the latter type as "Reverse Foil," "Reverse Holographic," and "Parallel Foil."

Every pack (at least in recent generations) is supposed to have one card from the second category. It is not guaranteed to be a card that would otherwise be Rare Holographic; it can even be Uncommon or Common. If you have any Common or Uncommon cards with this Foil/Reverse Foil/Reverse Holographic/Parallel Foil design, you could use them to compare your other cards to see which category they fall into.

Anyone can correct me, as I might have gotten a few of the names incorrect or forgotten a few things. Still, hope this helps!
 

Asrialys

Well-Known Member
Hey all, I have a quick question. I have recently decided to go through all of my cards and work to complete my whole entire collection by obtaining one of every card (it's a daunting task...) but I've come across something that made me go "hmm..." So, most notably in the newer generation of cards, certain holographics I notice are similar to the old style with sparkles and spots; however, I'm also noticing that those same cards have different holographic versions where the holographic backing is just a series of shiny lines. Does anyone know if there are two holographic types for each of the newer holographic cards? Or if either type is rarer than the other? I have one card in both types, so if someone needs pics, I can upload. Thanks in advance.
Examples please? The Black and White series has those horizontal lines on the regular holo cards. I forget the term used, but I think it's on Bulbapedia. Select cards, like the Plasma Blast Blastoise were reprinted in blister packs where the holo pattern was different. These have been called "Cosmos Holos", where they have dots. Then there is something called (or used to be called) "Shattered Glass Holos", also found in blisters or those box collections.
 

ven?

Kanto Region Champ
^holo and reverse holo, newer shows lines for holo (generally), and the energy of that pokemon type all over for reverse holo, Emerging powers to diamond and pearl would have regular holos having holos spots all over the card, and reverse holos would be shinny all over however the foil is uber weak and scratches easy, hoenn has reverse holos that have a holo image and the set image in the bottom right hand corner and the holos came in different variations with usually a bring yellow border that sometimes looked gold. Anything else is a misprint, I think this kinda helps.
 

BtmnPenguin2

Well-Known Member
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There's the image. Hope it works. Side by side, same card, just different type of holographic. Thanks for the answers above. Lots of detail; I didn't realize there were so many different versions of the later cards!
 

pokefangirl_21

New Member
I have a question, I had a friend buy 5 or 6 bags of cards for me, I found a lot of old and old japenese mixed with newer cards. I found a mewtwo promo card (3) , a zapdos (fossil), staryu (shadowless), a shining steelix and a holofoil ho-oh what is the value of those cards all in mint-near mint condition?
 

SkittyOnWailord

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There's the image. Hope it works. Side by side, same card, just different type of holographic. Thanks for the answers above. Lots of detail; I didn't realize there were so many different versions of the later cards!
The Zapdos on the left is an alternate foil promo (technically a promo since you can't get it in a pack). It and a few others can be found in a blister pack with it and a pack(s).
 

gregjammer

Feather Trainer
the shadowless staryu 65/102 is it a fake card or real?
If that staryu's card no. doesn't match any of those listed here, it's fake, but it is listed in here, so unless it has off-and-mixed coloring on card bottom that does not appear in authentic versions of that same card, it(shadowless staryu) is real.

...And I have a question regarding the near-future rotation. They say that if Boundaries Crossed is the last set to be rotated out of standard come this august(when rotations usually happen), and the tcg becomes Plasma Storm-on, then skyla's absence of a reprint since BC outside of japan(it was in plasma gale, which is the Japanese version of plasma storm) could affect many decks that depend on her. But do you know of any other important cards that could bite the dust if BC is rotated out come next rotation time?
 
...And I have a question regarding the near-future rotation. They say that if Boundaries Crossed is the last set to be rotated out of standard come this august(when rotations usually happen), and the tcg becomes Plasma Storm-on, then skyla's absence of a reprint since BC outside of japan(it was in plasma gale, which is the Japanese version of plasma storm) could affect many decks that depend on her. But do you know of any other important cards that could bite the dust if BC is rotated out come next rotation time?
Computer Search! I mean, I suppose it could have been included in another set after BC and I just missed it. Anyway, the ability to search for any one card is really useful.

I think there are more, but not anything I can think of at the moment.
 

ven?

Kanto Region Champ
^ I wouldn't consider rotation hype as an actual question but sure.

Bigger then computer search is the loss of N, computer search isn't that much of a staple as opposed to the loss of N probably darkrai (sableye and dark patch).

However there will be a new format starting up in September after rotation known as extended it will feature sets from black and white to current, so if you would like to still keep on playing in a format that has the option of having cards like N, skyla, computer search, dark patch, sableye, dynamotor, etc.
 
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