First Edition Pokemon Cards + Value of your cards

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First Edition Pokemon Cards. In the collectors world, First Edition Pokemon Cards are what will make your cards valuable. Although this little mark on your Pokemon Card doesn't make it a goldmine for collectors, it certainly is much more rarer, and depending on the type of card and age, this sticker could be a thousand dollar difference.

Before we continue on, if you are using Ebay and reading this review right now, you probably are old enough to live through the generation of the start of Pokemon Cards, and the short living of the 1st Edition Stamp on Pokemon Cards.  The most valuable cards come from 1999-2000 or, the Base Set. Although not having cards from the base set doesn't make your cards valuable, it is certainly where most expensive Pokemon Cards come from. But then again, having a base set card doesn't mean your card is a goldmine, unless it is a desired card to this day.

   However, the most fundamental part to finding whether your cards are worth dollars or pennies, is if it has the First Edition Stamp or not.  Look at the picture of the two Charizard's on the left. The only way to find out if the card is First Edition or not, is to look at the middle left of your card, if it is in the older set. If you   noticed, the card on the left has a 1st edition stamp on it. Obviously, you can tell the card is First Edition. However, looking on the right card, on the left there is no 1st Edition stamp, therefore it is not First Edition. The text on the Charizard on the left is smaller, this is not how to find a 1st Edition card, but a shadowless card, which I will not be getting on topic right now.

While owning this stamp doesn't mean you have a goldmine, like before, again, it means that your card is much more valuable than the standard card without this stamp, as it is rarer than the usual. For example, looking at the two Charizard's again, the 1st Edition Charizard on the left can go for about $300, but the card on the right can earn about only $40. While $40 is still a lot, you can see the role a 1st Edition Stamp plays on the value of your cards. But for the newer sets, post 2001, 1st Edition cards were abolished, so don't expect to find a 1st Edition card post 2001!

Moving on to what makes your Pokemon Card valuable? We've already covered the 1st Edition stamp, but what about other cards? It is, if your cards are real or fake. Some people would think their fake cards are a rare misprint, and wonder if they are worth hundreds of dollars. While misprint cards are extremely sought after and rare, a fake "misprint" is worth about nothing. This is the biggest destroyer to your cards' value. You could have a fake 1st Edition Charizard, and it may be worth about nothing, again!

But how are you going to distinguish fake cards before buying them? Like in those fake booster packs, at those markets. 

The first telltale sign is that the cards are very cheap. The net price for a Pokemon booster pack in Australia is about $6, and in USA about $4. Anything MUCH cheaper than that is probably fake. While some shops have massive discounts due to low demand, there are shops which sell fake cards, although
 they seem like a bargain. 

The second sign is that, where are the booster packs bought from? If they are bought from major retailers, they are definitely not fake. If they are bought in small shops, which are placed in cheap plastic containers, beware! These cards are almost guaranteed to be fake, and $1 will go down the drain. 

If you already have fake cards, here's how to distinguish them. 
 Notice the picture, again on the left. The left card is fake, and the card on the right is real. The way I distinguish my cards for sale, is all on the back. On the back on the fake card, the border around the "Pokemon" is faded. The card on the right however looks very detailed, and is made with quality materials, hence the heavy price. On the left card, on the front, I have highlighted the signs on the picture. The right is a picture of a REAL card. On the left, it is faded and looks very cheap.

Now, to another way to find whether your card is valuable or not is whether it is in good condition or not. If your card is in flawless condition, no scratches or anything, but not a desirable card, it will still be more valuable than the same card not in good condition. But that's beside the point. Going back, I bet almost all of you people never protected your cards probably in sleeves or plastic cases, AKA toploaders because you didn't know or didn't care.That's why your desired cards are probably in horrible condition, making the very good condition, old desirable cards extremely valuable. 

A main way to get your cards selling for a good price is to get it P
SA graded. While you may think your card in in extremely good condition and is valuable, the PSA graders will grade the cards on an extremely strict scale. 10 = Gem Mint condition  and 1 = Bad Condition. PSA 10 cards are the most valuable, as they are the most desired in the Pokemon community. Probably when you pulled your cards out of a pack and TOUCHED them, they would already go down to a PSA 8 or 9 rating. That is how strict the scale is. 

There are very few PSA 10 1st Edition Charizard's out there, as the card is about fifteen years old, and then again, kids not taking care of their 
cards. How valuable is a PSA 10 1st Edition Charizard? Let me put it in this scale:

PSA 10 
1st Edition Charizard: $3,500

PSA 9  1st Edition Charizard: $2,500

PSA 8 1st Edition Charizard: $2,000

PSA 7 1st Edition Charizard: $1,400

PSA 6 1st Edition Charizard: $800
PSA 5 1st Edition Charizard: $550

PSA 4 1st Edition Charizard: $325

PSA 3 1st Edition Charizard (Probably the condition of your Base Set cards today): $150

PSA 2 1st Edition Charizard: $125

PSA 1 1st Edition Charizard: $60

Ungraded 1st Edition Charizard which would have been rated PSA 10:  $300

Ungraded 1st Edition Charizard which would have been rated PSA 1: $20

The condition plays a huge role, as you can see, and getting it PSA rated for about $20 can make your card really valuable. 

Now, let's move on to the next type of card that can make your cards valuable. Is your card a shadowless card? Shadowless cards are just as rare as 1st Edition cards, and unlike 1st Edition Cards, they were only printed in one set, the Base Set, and has mor
e w ays of being distinguished. Refer to these cards AGAIN on the bottom. This picture has been enlarged to explain the difference. Look at the Charizard on the left, and ignore the 1st Edition Symbol. As you can see, the picture of the Charizard itself is much darker than the one placed on the right. A more distinguishable way is th e text on the card attack itself. Notice on the shadowless card that the text is much smaller than the regular base set card. Now, moving    on to the most distinguishable way to figure whether it is shadowless or not. Look at the bottom of the card. See the 1995,96,98 and 99 on the bottom of the Shadowless Charizard? Shadowless cards only have t   his production date. Normal base set cards however only have 1995, 96 and 98. I'm putting this out again, simply having a shadowless card isn't that valuable, but it is more looked out for in the Pokemon Trading Card World.

So there you have it, this guide will figure whether your cards are worth dollars or pennies. If you found this review to be helpful, please mark it as helpful. Thank you. 
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