Learn About Metal Gear Trading cards

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I am a big fan of Metal Gear Solid and Hedio Kojima as well as a collector of both. I needed information on the trading cards as to what is what and I found the information on the web and want to share it with other fans and collectors. Hope you enjoy.

Do to not being able to post links out side of ebay you will have to visit the websit in order to follow the links to the picturs

http://members.lycos.co.uk/solidsnake1mgs/
(Click the link on the Left of the page that says Metal Gear Solid Trading cards)
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History
The Third known production of trading cards after Policenauts and Snatcher by Konami which were printed on card.

1998

Konami decided to do something rather unusual and rare by actually printing them on a plastic called acetate which is light, clear and easy to print on. To make it rather special Konami made the series a limited Edition with every card coming with a 4 digit serial. Unfortunatly the Acetate was still to heavy and the cost of transport ment that many boxes where either sold privertly or Disposed of :(

Today

The Metal Gear Solid Trading Cards are now quite rare, with auctions of these cards doing very well. Sealed Boxes or large card auctions always end very high and are highly competative.

The Box
Covered in a silver foil similiar to the JAP MGS Premium Package, the box is printed with a classic picture of Solid Snake raising his night vision googles. Each Box Contains 24 Packs. Each Pack contains 4 various cards and 1 checklist card. The Odds per pack are 2 Basic, 1 Holed and one other variation.

The Chase Cards
The cards consisted of 100 variations, which document different pieces of Artwork by Yoji Shinkawa and CG Graphics from the Game.

Printed on Card are the Checklist Cards, of which their are 9 variations

Cards 1 - 18 are Character Cards, printed portrate and feature the logo down the left side
Cards 19 - 36 are Face Cards, printed landscape and feature the logo in the bottom right
Cards 37 - 45 are Codec Cards, printed portrate and feature the logo on the bottom
Cards 46 - 54 are Transpartent Cards, printed portrate and feature the logo on the bottom
Cards 55 - 63 are Illustration Cards, printed portrate and feature the logo on the bottom
Cards 64 - 72 are Metal Gear Rex Cards, printed landscape and feature the logo on the bottom
Cards 73 - 90 are CG Character Cards, printed landscape and feature the logo on the bottom
Cards 90 - 99 are CG Machine Cards, printed landscape and feature the logo down the right side
Card 100 is a Director Card, printed landscape and feature the logo on the bottom (Hideo Kojima)


Parallel Sets
13 Variations Exist, they range from the colour foil used to if they are holed or cut in an odd way like metal they increase in rarity as you get to gold..

Odds
The odds are displayed as (1:1) this represents the likelyhood of one appearing in any specific pack.

Basic, The logo is white print (Basic (2:1))
Facts - 50 in each box and 8000 where produced of each of the 100


Holed, The logo is white and theirs is a hole in the top left (Chicken (1:1))
Facts - 25 in each box and 8000 where produced of each of the 100


Silver, The logo is Silver Foil (Turtle (1:2))
Facts - 13 in each box and 4000 where produced of each of the 100


Bronze, The logo is Bronze Foil (Hippo (1:3))
Facts - 8 in each box and 3000 where produced of each of the 100


Silver Holed, The logo is Silver Foil and is Holed (Pig (1:8))
Facts - 2 in each box and 1000 where produced of each of the 100


Bronze Holed, The logo is Bronze Foil and is Holed (Jaws (1:24))
Facts - 1 may! appear in each box and 600 where produced of each of the 100


Gold Holed, The logo is Gold Foil and is Holed (Gazzelle (1:35))
Facts - 1 may! appear in each box and 400 where produced of each of the 100


Character Die Cut, The Logo is Gold Foil, Holed and is Oddly Cut (Tarantula (1:36))
Facts - Only 1 - 18, 1 may! appear per box and 800 where produced of each of the 18


Face Die Cut, The Logo is Gold Foil, Holed and Oddly Cut (Grizzly (1:36))
Facts - Only 19 - 36, 2 may! appear per box and 800 where produced of each of the 18


Transparent Red, The Logo is Gold Foil and Printed on Red Acetate (Jackal (1:45)
Facts - Only 46 - 54, 1 may! appear per box and 900 where produced of each of the 9


Transparent Blue, The Logo is Gold Foil and Printed on Blue Acetate (Leopard (1:45)
Facts - Only 46 - 54, 1 may! appear per box and 900 where produced of each of the 9


Transparent Grey, The Logo is Gold Foil and Printed on Grey Acetate (Falcon (1:45))
Facts - Only 46 - 54, 1 may! appear per box and 900 where produced of each of the 9


Codec Die Cut, The Logo is Gold Foil, Holed and Oddly Cut (Fox (1:72))
Facts - Only 46 - 54, 1 may! appear per box and 600 where produced of each of the 9


Premium
Very limited edition cards which are small in number and highly sort after they very rarely appear per box let alone per pack!

Pal Key Card, Printed landscape and is a hologram card. Only 4500 exist (1:72)
The Only Original Artwork, Actual pieces of Artwork by Yoji Shinkawa only 10 exist (Random)
Mystery Insert, These are basically signed cards by Kojima & Shinkawa (?)
Big Boss, Special Transparent Card(s) printed with "Only one in the world" only 9 exist (?)


Odd Inserts
Every so often, the cards have something wrong with them or something special is done

Gold Serials, Exclusive to the first 500 of every basic version of card
Print Error 1, The Serial isn't actually printed!
Print Error 2, The Serial is printed on the front at the bottom
Print Error 3, The Serial is printed on the back at the bottom
Print Error 4, The Foil used to serial is smeared


PRODUCTION 1!

Here is a card with a serial of 0001!, increadibly hard to get these days...
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