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Good day for guys that grade cards no one else does. Couple of pop 1s and the porygon z’s at the end are none higher - comes out of a three pack blister that is now like $700.


I collect slowpoke so my grails consist of rare and common cards that most people threw away :sweat_smile:

In all seriousness tough, my psa 10 playmat promo is probably my grail for slowpoke.


Slowpoke, Slowbro, and Slowking have become my favourite 'mons to collect especially in the last couple years. So much delightful art these days across those three.


Just looked at slowpokes cards and daggum there’s some good art for that boi!


Just curious…does anyone out there collect Jumpluff?! I have never heard of this species collector and wanted to bring them out of the shadows…it they Do exist!


I do! It’s still a nascent collection, but I should get started on posting that collection thread of mine :sweat_smile: Hopefully if I have some time today (was planning on doing it this weekend… for a couple weekends)

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Well hello @bbobrob the Jumpluff Human! I look forward to seeing that collection of puffs soon!

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After seeing your post today @niece, I decided to just buckle up and dedicate the time to making my collection thread :slightly_smiling_face:


I’m curious: does anyone collect Pokemon from any of the newer Gens? Like Gen 8+? Would love to see! My favorite Pokemon is Mimikyu from Gen 7 but don’t specifically collect them since they don’t have that many cards I love. I tend to collect older Pokemon since they have more cards to choose from and I feel more nostalgia for them.

I am collecting all eeveelutions since like two months! I maaay have a weakspot for the moon kitty!


Friends, how are we not talking about Wiglett and Wugtrio?

I’ve noticed some users here getting disappointed with the grades from their PSA submissions, so I thought it would be helpful if we had a species focused PSA grading guide. Please inspect the images below closely to better gauge the condition of your cards and avoid becoming a horror story of the grading results thread.


A PSA Gem Mint 10 card is a virtually perfect card.

Attributes include four perfectly sharp corners, sharp focus and full original gloss. A PSA Gem Mint 10 card must be free of staining of any kind, but an allowance may be made for a slight printing imperfection, if it doesn’t impair the overall appeal of the card. The image must be centered on the card within a tolerance not to exceed approximately 55/45 to 60/40 percent on the front, and 75/25 percent on the reverse.


A PSA Mint 9 is a superb condition card that exhibits only one of the following minor flaws: a very slight wax stain on reverse, a minor printing imperfection or slightly off-white borders. Centering must be approximately 60/40 to 65/35 or better on the front and 90/10 or better on the reverse.


A PSA NM-MT 8 is a super high-end card that appears Mint 9 at first glance, but upon closer inspection, the card can exhibit the following: a very slight wax stain on reverse, slightest fraying at one or two corners, a minor printing imperfection, and/or slightly off-white borders. Centering must be approximately 65/35 to 70/30 or better on the front and 90/10 or better on the reverse.

NM 7

A PSA NM 7 is a card with just a slight surface wear visible upon close inspection. There may be slight fraying on some corners. Picture focus may be slightly out-of-register. A minor printing blemish is acceptable. Slight wax staining is acceptable on the back of the card only. Most of the original gloss is retained. Centering must be approximately 70/30 to 75/25 or better on the front and 90/10 or better on the back.


A PSA EX-MT 6 card may have visible surface wear or a printing defect which does not detract from its overall appeal. A very light scratch may be detected only upon close inspection. Corners may have slightly graduated fraying. Picture focus may be slightly out-of-register. Card may show some loss of original gloss, may have minor wax stain on reverse, may exhibit very slight notching on edges and may also show some off-whiteness on borders. Centering must be 80/20 or better on the front and 90/10 or better on the reverse.

EX 5

On PSA EX-5 cards, very minor rounding of the corners is becoming evident. Surface wear or printing defects are more visible. There may be minor chipping on edges. Loss of original gloss will be more apparent. Focus of picture may be slightly out-of-register. Several light scratches may be visible upon close inspection, but do not detract from the appeal of the card. Card may show some off-whiteness of borders. Centering must be 85/15 or better on the front and 90/10 or better on the back.


A PSA VG-EX 4 card’s corners may be slightly rounded. Surface wear is noticeable but modest. The card may have light scuffing or light scratches. Some original gloss will be retained. Borders may be slightly off-white. A light crease may be visible. Centering must be 85/15 or better on the front and 90/10 or better on the back.

VG 3

A PSA VG 3 card reveals some rounding of the corners, though not extreme. Some surface wear will be apparent, along with possible light scuffing or light scratches. Focus may be somewhat off-register and edges may exhibit noticeable wear. Much, but not all, of the card’s original gloss will be lost. Borders may be somewhat yellowed and/or discolored. A crease may be visible. Printing defects are possible. Slight stain may show on obverse and wax staining on reverse may be more prominent. Centering must be 90/10 or better on the front and back.


A PSA Good 2 card’s corners show accelerated rounding and surface wear is starting to become obvious. A good card may have scratching, scuffing, light staining, or chipping of enamel on obverse. There may be several creases. Original gloss may be completely absent. Card may show considerable discoloration. Centering must be 90/10 or better on the front and back.

PR 1

A PSA Poor 1 will exhibit many of the same qualities of a PSA Fair 1.5 but the defects may have advanced to such a serious stage that the eye appeal of the card has nearly vanished in its entirety. A Poor card may be missing one or two small pieces, exhibit major creasing that nearly breaks through all the layers of cardboard or it may contain extreme discoloration or dirtiness throughout that may make it difficult to identify the issue or content of the card on either the front or back. A card of this nature may also show noticeable warping or another type of destructive defect.


You should cross post this to here too!

I’m a shuckle collector going for every print and every language.

Current Grail: I have recently picked up my previous grail which is a sealed HGSS undaunted blister pack with a shuckle promo. My new grail is a spanish 1st edition neo genesis shuckle which I cannot find at all.

Wishlist: I wish shuckle had a shining/radiant card his blue shiny form is so cool

Last time a card was released: Last shuckle was in vivid voltage but he also made a cameo more recently in shining fates on a morpeko card.


This just proves it’s a crapshoot lol.

3 and 6 look worse than 1.

Maybe there are more issues, I’m just looking at the backs.

The PSA 1 may have an eye, but it can not see.


I haven’t seen a lot of lower-grade PSA cards, but I think as you go down the scale, there’s just a lot more variance within a grade. And there are probably problems with condition that are just harder to pick up with a scan (whitening obviously stands out easily with scans). But yeah, you’re right–this particular PSA 1 doesn’t look all that bad.

I might link some collection threads in the main post!
Drop a link in a comment below to your species collection thread.

Anyone get any exciting new additions? I have a zenmarket order coming friday filled with salamences so I should be sending out a psa sub fairly soon with some nice mint cards, exciting times.

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