Card variants explained

Normal

This is the standard set print of a card. Normal is a concept and says nothing about the appearance of the card itself. Depending on the rarity of the card, it can be holographic or not.

Normal variants that are holographic usually (but not always) feature a holographic artwork. If the area surrounding the artwork is holographic (the card itself), it probably is a Reverse Holo (parallel set) variant.

Reverse Holo

The standard set (Normal variant) often has a complementary set called the parallel set. Variants from this parallel set are referred to as Reverse Holo variants.

Technically, this isn't correct as not all parallel set variants feature a reverse holographic pattern, but the Reverse Holo name was chosen because the Pokémon TCG community uses it at large.

A notable exception to the reverse holographic pattern is the EX Series in general, which uses holographic artwork with the name of the expansion stamped on it.

1st Edition

This is the print run before the unlimited print run. It features a 1st edition stamp on the card. For consistency reasons, 1st Edition is also considered to be part of the parallel set (see Reverse Holo).

2000 Pikachu World Collection

This print features a Pikachu tail stamp on the middle left of the card.

20th Anniversary

This print features a yellow Pikachu face in the artwork with a red 2 and 0 as its cheeks.

25th Anniversary

This print features a yellow Pikachu face in the artwork with a red 2 and 5 as its cheeks.

Burger King Collection

This print features the logo of the expansion it was released in on the bottom left or right of the artwork, similar to Prerelease prints.

Cosmos Holo

This print features a holographic pattern in the artwork that consists of dots and circles of different sizes.

It's used as the default holographic pattern for cards of the Diamond & Pearl series.

Cosmos Reverse Holo

This print features a reverse holographic pattern that consists of dots and circles of different sizes.

Cracked Ice Holo

This print features a holographic pattern that resembles cracked/shattered/broken ice/glass. It's also known as Shattered Holo.

Double Album Box

This print is exclusive to the Double Album Box and features a holographic pattern with energy type symbols.

European POP Tournament

This print features a holographic Pokéball logo on the bottom right of the artwork.

Holo

This print features a yet to be determined holographic pattern. It's used as a temporary placeholder.

Japanese Back

This print has a Japanese back instead of the international one.

Metal Card

This print is made from metal instead of cardboard.

Mirror Reverse Holo

This print features a reverse holographic pattern with a mirror shine to it.

No e-Reader Code

This print lacks the e-Reader code.

Non-holo

This is a non-holographic print of a card. It can be interpreted in two ways:

  1. The card has a Normal variant that is holographic, and the card has an additional non-holographic variant (Non-holo).

  2. The card doesn't have a Normal variant (the Black Star Promo cards for example), and the card is simply not holographic.

Normal (Incorrect Illustrator "Toshinao Aoki")

This is an error print of Moltres (Wizards Black Star Promos 21), Articuno (Wizards Black Star Promos 22) and Zapdos (Wizards Black Star Promos 23).

Normal (Missing Expansion Symbol)

This is an error print missing the expansion symbol.

Player Rewards Program

This print features the Play! Pokémon logo (with or without text), the Pokémon Organized Play logo or a large holographic Pokéball logo on the card.

The Play! Pokémon and holographic Pokéball logos are also used for older Pokémon League prints until a dedicated Pokémon League logo was introduced.

Pokémon Club

This print is similar to the Player Rewards Program print and is distributed at Pokémon Club events.

Pokémon Countdown Calendar

This print features a gold snowflake stamp on the bottom right of the artwork.

Pokémon Distributor Meeting

This print features a gold globe with the name of the city (including the year) where the meeting took place on the bottom right of the artwork.

Pokémon League

This print features the Pokémon League logo, the Play! Pokémon logo (with or without text) or a large holographic Pokéball logo on the card.

The Play! Pokémon and holographic Pokéball logos are also used for older Player Rewards Program prints until a dedicated Pokémon League logo was introduced.

Pokémon the First Movie (Inverted Stamp)

This is an error print of several Wizards Black Star Promos cards. Also see Pokémon the First Movie.

Pokémon the First Movie (Missing Stamp)

This is an alternative print of several Wizards Black Star Promos cards. Also see Pokémon the First Movie.

Pokémon Überraschungskalender

This print is the German exclusive version of the Pokémon Countdown Calendar. Like its international counterpart, it features a gold snowflake stamp on the bottom right of the artwork.

Prerelease

This print features the text Prerelease or the logo of the expansion it was released in on the bottom left or right of the artwork.

Sequin Holo

This print features a holographic pattern in the artwork that resembles sequin.

Shadowless

The Shadowless print is exclusive to the Base Set expansion and lacks the shadow around the border of the artwork.

Sheen Holo

This print features a holographic pattern that refracts light diagonally in straight lines. Not to be confused with Water Web Holo.

Tinsel Holo

This print features a holographic pattern in the artwork that consists of horizontal stripes.

It's used as the default holographic pattern for cards of the Black & White series.

Trainer Deck A

Trainer Deck A (also known as Brock's Deck) is a preconstructed deck for use with the Pokémon League, Pewter City Season. Trainer Deck A was not sold publicly.

Trainer Deck B

Trainer Deck B (also known as Misty's Deck) is a preconstructed deck for use with the Pokémon League, Cerulean City Season. Trainer Deck B was not sold publicly.

Vertical Stripe Holo

This print features a holographic pattern in the artwork that consists of vertical stripes.

It's used as the default holographic pattern for cards of the Sword & Shield series.

Water Web Holo

This print features a holographic pattern that refracts light diagonally in a wavelike pattern. It's also known as Wave Holo. Not to be confused with Sheen Holo.

It's used as the default holographic pattern for cards of the Sun & Moon series.

World Championships

This print usually features the World Championships logo on bottom left or right of the artwork. Older prints might have e.g. Worlds 2005 printed on the card itself.

WOTC Stamp

This print features a gold Wizards of the Coast logo on the bottom right of the artwork.

Yellow A Alternate

This alternate artwork print features a yellow A symbol on the bottom right of the card.