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There is a forever growing community of players and collectors who are only interested in owning original Japanese Pokemon cards. Therefore, we have come out with some useful information that will may make you understand how to value Japanese cards and how you can buy them safely without getting ripped off.
Japanese Pokemon Cards are the primary source. Since they first appeared in 1996, Japanese Pokemon cards have been a collector’s item for children and adults alike. They’re considered to be more collectable and desirable than international counterparts because of their design, color scheme, printings, rarity in circulation (less copies exist due to lower production numbers), etc. Many serious collectors spend hours searching through stores or online trying to find these rare gems that might fetch a higher price than its cost if sold on the open market.
Also, the promotional cards launched in Japan often go for higher prices overseas because they are rare and original.
Before, we proceed with the value of the Japanese Pokemon card. Read on to the essential details.
Fact: the cards from Japan are not playable in tournaments or games outside the country. However, foreigners can use it inside Japan for matches.
The Non-Japanese collectors and bidders in the auction are often confused about the cards’ value as they are not part of the competitive Japanese Pokemon card player community. Therefore, we have a solution for estimating how much a Japanese standard format card should be worth.
Follow the simple pricing formula:
EX card price (English) x 50-66% =EX card price (Japanese)
Trainer card price (English) x 150-200% = Trainer card price (Japanese)
Besides, this formula is pretty much valid, especially for full art and gold cards.
Japanese Pokemon Card
English Pokemon Card
Ultra Rare (UR): Gold Items
Ultra Rare (UR): Full Art Pokemon and trainers
Common (C) : Regular common cards
Common (C): Exist in non-holographic and reverse holographic
Rare (R) : Holographic cards
Rare (R): Regular rare cards
Rare Rare: Regular art EX Pokemon
Ex Rare (exR): Regular Art EX Pokemon
Super Rare (SR): Full Art Pokemon and Trainers
Special Rare (SR): Gold items and Pokemon
Uncommon (U): Regular uncommon cards
Uncommon (U): Regular uncommon cards
There are around ten cards in an English booster pack, and there are 36 booster packs in an English booster box. An English booster box’s standard pull rate is ex/SR/UR cards is 2-8.
Now, go through the numbering of a Japanese Booster Pack.
There are around five cards in a Japanese booster pack, and there are 20 booster packs in a Japanese booster box. A Japanese booster box’s standard pull rate is ex/SR/UR cards is 2-4.
There is no such PSA (professional sports authenticators); you will not be getting any standard information about the card condition; when buying a Japanese Pokemon card. However, there are fewer collectors and more players in Japan. Therefore, the card condition is not an essential factor. Not to mention, a card loses its value when damaged. We would recommend you to be careful with the price and condition of the card.
A Pokemon card is born in Japan and then sent to other countries for translation. When there is a new launch of Pokemon cards in Japan, the value tends to shoot up and stay the same until the release in other countries. However, during the time, the unplayable card (RR) AND (SR) also increases in value.
After they are available in other countries, the prices for unplayable cards decrease, but playable cards’ value maintains their value. Not to mention, the value of playable cards decreases once the card leaves Japan.
VS Seeker (バトルサーチャ) in Ultra Rare (UR) from Roaring Skies (XY6 Emerald Break) and the older Ultra Ball (ハイパーボール) in Ultra Rare (UR) from Plasma Freeze (BW9 Spiral Force). These cards often reach the triple value of other golden UR cards (note that: the rarity is the same)