Card variants explained

This variant has 1999-2000 in the copyright text instead of 1999. It's exclusive to the Base Set expansion and the Thunderstorm Gift Box theme deck.

1st Edition

This is the print run before the unlimited print run. This variant features a 1st edition stamp on the card.

For consistency reasons, 1st Edition is also considered to be part of the parallel set (see any parallel set variant, such as Reverse Holo).

1st Edition (Shadowless)

This variant is exclusive to the Base Set expansion and lacks the shadow around the border of the artwork. Also see 1st Edition.

2000 Pikachu World Collection

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

20th Anniversary

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

25th Anniversary

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

Black Star Promo Symbol

This variant has a Black Star Promo symbol on the bottom left or right of the card instead of its proper expansion symbol.

Burger King Collection

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

Confetti Holo

This variant features a holographic pattern in the artwork that resembles confetti.

Confetti Holo (Parallel Set)

The standard set (Normal variant) often has a complementary set called the parallel set. This parallel set is shown as the second column on official checklists.

Confetti Holo (Parallel Set) is a parallel set variant that features a Confetti Holo pattern.

Confetti Reverse Holo

This variant features a reverse holographic pattern that resembles confetti.

Confetti Reverse Holo (Parallel Set)

The standard set (Normal variant) often has a complementary set called the parallel set. This parallel set is shown as the second column on official checklists.

Confetti Reverse Holo (Parallel Set) is a parallel set variant that features a Confetti Reverse Holo pattern.

Cosmos Holo

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

Cracked Ice Holo

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

Double Album Box

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

Energy Holo

The standard set (Normal variant) often has a complementary set called the parallel set. This parallel set is shown as the second column on official checklists.

Energy Holo is a parallel set variant that features a holographic pattern in the artwork that resembles energy symbols.

European POP Tournament

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

Expansion Stamp Holo

The standard set (Normal variant) often has a complementary set called the parallel set. This parallel set is shown as the second column on official checklists.

Expansion Stamp Holo is a parallel set variant that features the holographic logo of the expansion on the artwork.

Glossy

This variant features a glossy finish to the card as a whole. It's most often used for the Japanese TCG.

This variant only applies to cards that don't feature this glossy finish under normal circumstances.

Gold Border

This variant has a gold border instead of the yellow international one.

Holo

This variant features a holographic pattern. It can be used as a placeholder for a more specific holographic variant that has yet to be determined.

Japanese Back

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

Metal Card

This variant is made from metal instead of cardboard.

Mirror Reverse Holo

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

No e-Reader Code

This variant lacks the e-Reader code bar/strip at the bottom of the card.

This variant only applies to cards that feature this code under normal circumstances.

Non-glossy

This variant is the counterpart to the Glossy variant.

Non-holo

This is a non-holographic variant. If a variant isn't holographic, has no other specific defining characteristics, and isn't part of the standard set (Normal) or the parallel set (e.g., Reverse Holo), Non-holo is used as the default variant.

Normal

This is the standard set variant. Standard set variants are shown as the first column on official checklists.

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.

Normal (High Plains Pattern)

This variant refers to the High Plains Pattern of Vivillon (orange wings). Also see Normal.

Normal (Meadow Pattern)

This variant refers to the Meadow Pattern of Vivillon (pink wings). Also see Normal.

Normal (Missing Expansion Symbol)

This is an error variant missing the expansion symbol. Also see Normal.

Normal (No Rarity Symbol)

This variant is exclusive to the Expansion Pack expansion and doesn't feature a rarity symbol. Also see Normal.

Normal (Shadowless)

This variant is exclusive to the Base Set expansion and lacks the shadow around the border of the artwork. Also see Normal.

Player Rewards Program

This variant 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 variants until a dedicated Pokémon League logo was introduced.

Pokémon Club

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

Pokémon Countdown Calendar

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

Pokémon Distributor Meeting

This variant 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 variant 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 variants until a dedicated Pokémon League logo was introduced.

Pokémon the First Movie (Inverted Stamp)

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

Pokémon the First Movie (Missing Stamp)

This is a variant of several Wizards Black Star Promos cards that lacks the Pokémon the First Movie stamp.

Pokémon Überraschungskalender

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

Prerelease

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

Promo

This is a placeholder variant for promotional cards that only have one variant. It's neither part of the standard set (Normal) or the parallel set (e.g., Reverse Holo). This variant is to be updated to a more specific variant.

Reverse Holo

The standard set (Normal variant) often has a complementary set called the parallel set. This parallel set is shown as the second column on official checklists.

Reverse Holo is a parallel set variant that features a reverse holographic pattern.

Reverse Holo (High Plains Pattern)

This variant refers to the High Plains Pattern of Vivillon (orange wings). Also see Reverse Holo.

Reverse Holo (Meadow Pattern)

This variant refers to the Meadow Pattern of Vivillon (pink wings). Also see Reverse Holo.

Sequin Holo

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

Sheen Holo

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

Tinsel Holo

This variant 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 variant 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 variant 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 variant usually features the World Championships logo on bottom left or right of the artwork. Older variants might feature the Worlds 2005 text (or any other year) on the card.

WOTC Stamp

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

Yellow A Alternate

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