How to Tell If a Pokemon Booster Box Has a Good Card

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How to Tell If a Pokemon Booster Box Has a Good Card
The Pokemon trading card game has been around since 1996. (Getty Images/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Collecting Pokemon cards can be an exciting, yet lengthy and expensive process. Cards can be collected by buying packs, boxes or individual cards. A booster box will usually contain 36 packs, and each pack will generally have 9 to 11 cards. You are always guaranteed to have at least a handful of good cards in your booster box. While there is no guaranteed way of knowing what cards will be in your booster box, there are a few ways to have a general knowledge of what you may receive.

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    Know from experience what types of cards you will receive in a booster pack. In any single booster pack, you are guaranteed to have at least a holographic (also known as Holo) card, one or two rare cards, and two uncommon cards. Knowing that, you can find the odds of receiving the card you want.

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    Decide which generation of Pokemon cards you are looking for. A base booster box will contain Pokemon from the first generation. A Diamon & Pearl box will contain cards pertaining to the fourth generation of Pokemon. Cards from a Diamond & Pearl box are compatible with the EX series of the trading card game. A Black & White box is the first instalment to the fifth generation of cards.

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    Buy any cards that you have not received in a booster box individually. If you are looking for a specific card, it will be much cheaper this way. Any collector knows that buying booster boxes can be expensive. And if there happens to be nothing worthwhile in a box, it can be a real let-down. Buying individually will let you know exactly what you will be getting.

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