Appraising Your Pokemon Cards for 90s Kids

The capital’s been stormed, the virus rages a second year, and Pokemon cards are selling at record prices. This article is about that last piece of news, so dig out your old collection for the most profitable nostalgia trip of your life.

The Basics

The lower corner of each card has a shape — a circle, a diamond, or a star. This translates to “common,” “uncommon,” and “rare.” If you have a card that’s both rare and shiny, then it’s a good sign it’s worth a few bucks. You have a “holo rare” (holo = holographic foil = shiny).