Take a look at this card:
It’s a beautiful Pokémon Battle e FireRed & LeafGreen card with a Charizard on the front which sold in PWCC’s last auction block.
Charizard. Fantastic. 10/10 would throw money at.
There’s a bit of a problem with it though…
You see, this isn’t a Charizard card. This is actually a Biker Ernest, Biker Jordy & Cue Ball Gabriel card (or BK. JRD/BK. ERN/CB.GBR. as PSA would have you believe) and PSA for whatever reason decided to stick this card in the holder backwards.
This is not a Charizard card.
The Pokémon Battle e FireRed & LeafGreen set is made up of 48 cards split into 5 sub-sets: the Red sub-set contains the first 8 cards, 15-A001 through 15-A008, then its Green with 15-A009 through 15-A016, then Blue with 15-A017 through 15-A024 and Yellow with 15-A025 through 15-A032, finally there are 12 additional trainer cards 15-T001 through 15-T012.
All of the Yellow cards have Pikachu on the back, all of the Blue cards have Blastoise, all of the Green cards have Venusaur and - you
guessed it - all of the Red cards have Charizard on the back.
The card pictured above is card #7 from the Red sub-set. If we flip the PSA slab over, we’ll see what the front of the card actually looks like:
Here we have Magby, Pichu and Cleffa in all their glory with no Charizard to be seen.
Okay, big deal, PSA have put a card in a slab backwards. What’s the problem?
Well, let’s take a look at the full Red set, shall we, A001 through to A008:
No, that isn’t the same card repeated 8 times, those are 8 different cards which all share the exact same Charizard back.
Credit where credit is due though, A004 and A008 do actually have a Charizard on the front!
The problem isn’t just Charizard though, here are cards from the Green, Blue and Yellow sub-sets which PSA also grade in the exact same way:
That is to say there are 8 different Venusaur, Blastoise and Pikachu-backed cards which are all graded with the back at the front of the slab.
It’s no surprise that the cards from the Red sub-set which show Charizard on the back-front fetched a small premium over the others (though a Venusaur-backed card did very well in PWCC’s March auction block).
PWCC naturally listed all of these as either “Charizard”, “Venusaur”, “Blastoise” or “Pikachu” with no mention of what the cards actually are.
I don’t really know how to close this thread other than to say: lol?
Many thanks to svnaded on Instagram for sharing this with me in the first place to ask if I knew about the Pichu on the 15-A007 card - I did, but I had no idea PSA actually graded these. However I think I’ll wait for them to place these the correct way around before I pick one up!