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1--- How to spot a FAKE Pokémon card on Sun Sep 20, 2009 10:35 pm

Clover


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I went to an outdoor flea market in Michigan this summer, and found a store that consisted of large cardboard boxes with $1 items in them. The owners arranged the boxes in rows in the grass for easy browsing. They primarily had house hold items like sponges, kitchen utensils, and things like that (all made in China), but then I came accross two boxes filled with Pokémon cards! Or so I thought o_o

One box had loose booster packs in it, and the other box had kits with pre-made decks and packs inside. I decided to just get one booster pack (sense it was only $1 and I had a feeling it was fake to begin with) And indeed they were fakes -_-

Packaging:
(things to note about the packaging before you buy it)
Pricing: The pack I bought was only $1, when most REAL packs run anywhere from $4-5. That should be a tip off right there!
Poor Art Quality: Some of the pre-made deck packs had HORRIBLE artwork on the front that looked like it was drawn by a young child. The $1 booster packs looked like poor quality scans of real booster packs.

A side by side comparison. The card on the left is real, the card on the right is fake
The Cards:
(things to note after you've obtained a fake card)

Like a Star @ heaven Number of Cards: Tha package said that it contained 10 additional playing cards, when it only contained 9 -_-; BIG TIP OFF THERE!

Like a Star @ heaven Color: The fake card, when compared to a real card of the same type, is slightly off color-wise. As you can see in the picture, the jigglypuff card on the right is slightly darker than the one on the left.

Like a Star @ heaven Energy Symbols: One of the first things you might notice when looking at the card up close, is the energy symbol. IT'S HUGE! Can you see how big the black part of the "colorless" energy symbol for the attack is?

Like a Star @ heaven Picture Quality: Upon closer inspection of the fakies, we can see that the general quality of the image is...grainy looking. It seems that the scanner used to copy the Pokémon card wasn't very good.

Like a Star @ heaven Card Weight: The fake cards in my pack seem heavier when compared to real cards. This may vary depending on where you find your fake cards, but it is something to note.

Like a Star @ heaven Spelling Errors: If you look at the fake jigglypuff card in the picture, you can see they write pokémon without the dash over the e! "The Defending Pokemon is now Asleep" Perhaps the people who made the card didn't know how to make the "é" symbol on their computer? You can catch other spelling errors too if you read slowly through the cards. Usually they just leave out a letter or two from a word.

Like a Star @ heaven Card Texture: Often, fake cards are printed on different material than real cards. This can make the card have a grainy or uneven texture too it. So give your cards a good rub ^_^

Like a Star @ heaven Back of the Card: Finally, we take a look at the back. I didn't take a picture of it, but the fake card is a very light blue color compared to the real card. Again, the back image is slightly grainy, and off color in general.

Like a Star @ heaven The Light Test: Most people have heard of this one. If you haven't you're hearing it now! Supposedly, if you hold a fake card up to a light, you will be able to see through it. For me, this was true! If I hold my fake cards up to a strong light, I can see some of the front image shining through. When I hold up a real card to the same light, nothing gets through. You need a strong light to do this test effectively.

my "10" additional playing cards that were in the fake pack

This wouldn't be a bad draw if it wasn't for the fact that they're fake >_< The Tangrowth is actually a holographic, but the shiny parts look...odd. There is a grainy-ness about it, and it just doesn't seem shiny enough when compared to real cards.

One more thing to note, booster packs usually have an energy or a trainer card in them. This one had none :/

Just keep your wits about you! Something that seems too good to be true (like booster packs for just $1) probably aren't Smile



Last edited by Clover on Fri Apr 09, 2010 11:34 am; edited 2 times in total


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2--- Re: How to spot a FAKE Pokémon card on Mon Sep 21, 2009 7:38 am

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i dont really care much for the cards anyways...


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3--- Re: How to spot a FAKE Pokémon card on Mon Sep 21, 2009 11:55 am

Clover


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griffinheart wrote:i dont really care much for the cards anyways...

griffin you killed it >_>!
*runs away*

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4--- Re: How to spot a FAKE Pokémon card on Mon Sep 21, 2009 2:42 pm

Mewtoo22


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Same, but nice job on the guide. ^-^

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5--- Re: How to spot a FAKE Pokémon card on Mon Sep 21, 2009 3:13 pm

SevenFisher


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I care about cards, and this is good enough to make me avoid fake cards Smile I also have different kind of fake cards, I'll scan them tomorrow - they were based on old sets and they're just... very fake xD

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6--- Re: How to spot a FAKE Pokémon card on Wed Sep 23, 2009 4:39 am

pandemoniumfire


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I do care for the cards in a way, I've been buying fakes for years but never plan on selling or trading them until recently. Now that I now what to look out for I can go theough my collection and weed out the good and bad ones.

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7--- Re: How to spot a FAKE Pokémon card on Wed Sep 23, 2009 11:26 am

Blaze


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thankx for the info!
I juste realize that 20 of 120 cards i have are fake.
The light trick did work!
lol!

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8--- Re: How to spot a FAKE Pokémon card on Wed Sep 23, 2009 3:20 pm

Loren


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OMG, i bought a whole bunch of lv X's at the flea market and they were fake. it turns out a fake holo card is not holograpic
Smile

9--- Re: How to spot a FAKE Pokémon card on Wed Sep 23, 2009 4:29 pm

Clover


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Wow. Glad I could help so many people spot their fakes! Very Happy

To be honest, cheap fake cards wouldn't be bad for building practice decks before you spend money on the real thing...but...I guess if you spend money on a fake card, you might as well by the real thing right? >_<

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10--- Re: How to spot a FAKE Pokémon card on Wed Sep 23, 2009 8:52 pm

pandemoniumfire


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Clover wrote:Wow. Glad I could help so many people spot their fakes! Very Happy

To be honest, cheap fake cards wouldn't be bad for building practice decks before you spend money on the real thing...but...I guess if you spend money on a fake card, you might as well by the real thing right? >_<

I suppose but I really like the though of a complete deck (I don't really care about fakes or not) except in my first gen decks. The newer ones are mostly fake.

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11--- Re: How to spot a FAKE Pokémon card on Sat Sep 26, 2009 3:41 am

SharlottCrain


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OMG!!!!!
my friend has over 500 cards and she only noticed this guide 2 days ago and she found out ALL her cards were fakes!
she bought them at the reject shop (in your contry, flea markets)
and she got a big packet of 50 cards for $5!
i know it's crazy isn't it!
lol! she cried after that

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12--- Re: How to spot a FAKE Pokémon card on Sat Sep 26, 2009 6:35 am

pandemoniumfire


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That must have been awful! Imagine finding out all those cards you work so hard to collect are worth nothing. At least I know I bought fakes at the time, it won't be as big a shock when I go through them.

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13--- Re: How to spot a FAKE Pokémon card on Sat Sep 26, 2009 3:43 pm

Clover


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Oh my gosh I made someone cry >_<!!!

Well at least she knows the truth now.

So what was the biggest tip off that made her realize her cards were fake? Or was it various things from my guide?

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14--- Re: How to spot a FAKE Pokémon card on Sun Sep 27, 2009 4:09 am

SharlottCrain


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[quote="Clover"]Oh my gosh I made someone cry >_<!!!

Well at least she knows the truth now.

So what was the biggest tip off that made her realize her cards were fake? Or was it various things from my guide

well....let me see....um...the quality of the colours and they the packets were so cheap i guess Crying or Very sad

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15--- Re: How to spot a FAKE Pokémon card on Tue Sep 29, 2009 5:35 pm

Loren


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one other way to tell if fake is if it DOES have a dash over the e BUT it will be faded out.

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