TCG Card Type Guide

Listed below, we have provided a guide to several sets and rarities within Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon, and Yu-Gi-Oh. This includes some of the older and more difficult to distinguish sets, along with listing the differences between each to help you tell them apart. Please use this guide to help with submitting buylists and orders correctly, or to just find out what you have in your home collection!
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Common Rarity Symbol


Uncommon Rarity Symbol


Rare Rarity Symbol


Mythic Rarity Symbol



Alpha Example
  • Larger Corners
  • Black Border with Beveled Frame
  • Only Illustrator Copyright at Bottom


Beta Example
  • Normal Corners
  • Black Border with Beveled Frame
  • Only Illustrator Copyright at Bottom


Unlimited Example
  • White Border
  • Beveled Frame
  • Only Illustrator Copyright at Bottom

Revised/3rd Ed.

Revised Example
  • White Border
  • Solid Black Line Around Frame, No Bevel
  • Only Illustrator Copyright at Bottom

Fourth Ed.

Fourth Edition Example
  • White Border
  • Beveled Frame
  • 1995 Copyright at Bottem Left

Fifth Ed.

Fifth Edition Example
  • White Border
  • Beveled Frame
  • 1997 Copyright at Bottem Left


Anthologies Example
  • White Border
  • Beveled Frame
  • Set Symbols Vary
  • 1993-1998 Copyright at Bottom Center or Left


Chronicles Example
  • White Border
  • Beveled Frame
  • 1995 Copyright in Bottom Left
  • Set Symbols: The Dark  The Dark Set Symbol, Legends  Legends Set Symbol, Antiquities  Antiquities Set Symbol, and Arabian Nights  Arabian Nights Set Symbol

Battle Royale

Battle Royale Example
  • White Border
  • Beveled Frame
  • No Collection Number
  • Set Symbols Vary
  • 1993-1999 Copyright at Bottom Center

Mystery Booster/
The List

Myst Booster/The List Example
  • White Planeswalker symbol  Planeswalker Symbol  found at the bottom left

Extended Art

Extended Art Example
  • Extended Art cards have the same art as the regular version, but it extends past the card frame on the left and right sides of the image.


Showcase Example
  • Showcase cards have alternate arts and alternate card frames.
  • Frame and art styles vary greatly between different sets.


Borderless Example
  • Has an alternate art to the regular version.
  • No card frame around entire card.



Common Rarity Symbol


Uncommon Rarity Symbol


Rare Rarity Symbol


Base Set 1st Edition

1st Edition Pokemon Card

All 1st Edition Pokemon cards are easily discernable by the 1st Edition logo 1st Edition Logo stamped in the middle of the left side of the card.

1st Edition cards from Base Set cards will have no drop-shadow on the right side of the image, just like Shadowless cards. In the dates at the bottom, you will find the year 1999 printed twice. Once as "99" and again as "1999". Base Set's collection number will always be out of 102 (ex: XXX/102), located on the bottom right of the card.

Base Set Shadowless

Shadowless Pokemon Card

Shadowless cards are the exact same as 1st Edition Base Set, except they do not have a 1st Edition Logo. These cards do not have a drop-shadow behind the right side of the image on the card. The year 1999 is printed twice in the copyright line at the bottom of the card. Shadowless cards have the same collection numbers as 1st Edition Base Set.

Base Set Unlimited

Unlimited Pokemon Card

Unlimited Cards look similar to Shadowless cards, but include a drop shadow behind the image and only have one printing of the year "1999" in the copyright at the bottom.

Classic Collection

Classic Collection Pokemon Card

Classic Collection is part of the 25 year anniversary set Celebrations. All Celebrations cards include a 25 Year Pikachu stamp located somewhere on the card. The Classic Collection cards are only distinguishable from its past counterpart by the stamp and the unique foiling and texture on the card.

Jungle Missing Set Symbol

Missing Set Symbol Pokemon Card

Jungle was the only set to receive a printing without a set symbol after Base Set. These cards will always have a collection number of 64 (ex: 00/64) and look the exact same as regular cards from Jungle, but without the set symbol on the right side of the card.


Yu-Gi-Oh Common
  • Nothing special done to them


Yu-Gi-Oh Rare
  • Silver or Black holofoiling to the card name only

Super Rare

Yu-Gi-Oh Super Rare
  • Only card art is printed in holofoil

Ultra Rare

Yu-Gi-Oh Ultra Rare
  • Have both holofoiled card name and card art
  • Card name is gold instead of silver or black

Ultimate Rare

Yu-Gi-Oh Ultimate Rare
  • Card art, borders, attribute icon, and level stars all have an embossed foil on them
  • Card name is printed in gold

Secret Rare

Yu-Gi-Oh Secret Rare
  • Both card name and card art are foiled
  • Card name is holographic silver
  • Card art has polarized foiling, giving it a diagonal cross-hatched effect

Prismatic Secret Rare

Yu-Gi-Oh Prismatic Secret Rare
  • Card art has horizontal and vertical cross-hatch pattern instead of diagonal
  • Card name contains multiple speckled holofoil colors instead of one solid holofoil color

Parallel Rare

Yu-Gi-Oh Parallel Rare
  • No foil image or card name
  • Has a coating on the front face that makes the surface reflective

Starfoil Rare

Yu-Gi-Oh Starfoil Rare
  • Have an outer-space foil pattern over the entire card

Starlight Rare

Yu-Gi-Oh Starlight Rare
  • Same horizontal holographic foil pattern as Prismatic Secret Rare, but applied to the whole card rather than only the card art

Ghost Rare

Yu-Gi-Oh Ghost Rare
  • Card name is printed in silver lettering
  • The card art is foiled, but is much more pale (ghostly) and the monster displayed seems to look split, giving it a 3D effect