How To Spot Fakes Guide
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August 19th, 2012, 01:12 AM
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: San Jose
Hello. I notice a lot of people around here posting threads to ask if their card is fake or bot. Maybe this will help out.
There are lots of fake pokemon cards out there. They vary in quality as well as content. I have seen everything from simple copies of real cards, to completely unique fakemon trying to be passed off as legitimate cards. So how do you know if your card is fake?
Best Ways to spot fakes:
Look at the back:
Check the back first. The blue border line should be a deep, defined blue color. On many fake cards, the blue border line will be a lot lighter then it should be. Sometimes you may not even be able to tell it's a border.
The card on the left is real, and the card on the right is fake. (Picture from pokegym)
Do the energy icons look normal? In many fakes, the energy icon almost doesn't fit in the circle. Look carefully at the energy icons, this is one of the easiest ways to tell if it's real or not.
Should it be shiny:
Many fakes are simply copies of real cards. Because of this, some fakes are not shiny. So if you have, for example, a Deoxys/Rayquaza legend card that is not shiny, it is a fake because there is no non-holo version of this card.
On the other hand, some fakes go the extra mile and add foil. If you have a common card or uncommon card with Gold writing, it is probably fake.
Most fakes are made from different, and likely cheaper material. Sometimes, you'll be able to feel a difference right away. Same goes for foil. If the card has foil on it and it feels or looks different, it may be fake.
It would be nice to believe you have a rare misprint, but it's more likely that it is fake. Many fakes make simple spelling mistakes, sometimes even in the pokemon's name. Look out for those.
If it is a different size then a normal pokemon card (with the exception of jumbo promos) it is most definately fake.
posted some great examples, take a look at those.
Where do fake cards come from?
These are some places that fake cards may come from.
: Almost definitely will always be fake
-small, family run stores
said, this may not apply to small hobby shops.
-ice cream trucks
: Places that normally wouldn't sell Pokemon cards, but are, probably aren't selling legitimate ones.
Keep an eye on cards when you are trading with people, especially the younger folk. Younger kids may not pay as much attention to detail. Fake cards can easily slip into their collection.
What do I do if I got a fake card?
If you have any fake cards, I suggest you just hang onto them. They still display artwork just like other cards, albeit with low quality. Just don't circulate them and don't use them to rip people off.
Hope this helps
I anyone wants to post a card they suspect may be fake here, Ill be glad to tell you if it' real or not.
Last edited by Pinta77; December 30th, 2013 at
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