The Index of Elite Fourum Articles

Welcome to The Index of Elite Fourum Articles!

What is this thread for?

The staff team here at the Elite Fourum has decided that it is in the forum’s best interest to create a page wherein all our guides can be cataloged and sorted for easier access. When this forum was created years ago, we had many visions on the direction of the site, one of which was a hub for guides & articles relating to collecting. We believe this directory will make it easier to locate articles and share them with others. If at any time you wish to have a guide uploaded to our directory, please private message any of our staff members.

Collecting (Check)lists

Jumbo Card Checklists - Checklist by @daelum , July 17th, 2012.

Japanese Promo Card Checklist - Checklist by @stirfries , April 21st, 2012.

Printable WOTC Checklists - Checklist by @bluey , July 1st, 2013.

Alternate Set Card Checklist (English) - Checklist by @bluey , May 5th, 2014.

English Promo Checklist - Checklist by @samsamsamsmsms , May 24th, 2014.

Non-English Exclusive Variants - Checklist by @poketrade , May 21st, 2015.

Request ex series codes - Full list of codes added! - List by @tonysandlin , April 6th, 2016.

Jumbo Card Checklist #2 - Checklist by @omahanime , September 5th, 2016.

Charizard (TCG) Master List - Ver. 1.1 (Updated) - Checklist by @charchu , December 14th, 2016.

Japanese “Booster Pack” List Excel Sheet - Checklist by @ocghp , February 4th, 2017.

Japanese Pokemon TCG checklist (v0.1) - Checklist by @nullifidian , February 23rd, 2017.

List of all TCG cards that exist for a specific Pokémon - Multiple lists by @quuador , June 9th, 2017.

Pokemon English Energy Cards Collectors Checklist - Checklist by @credits , June 16th, 2017.

National Index including all Forms & Shiny Pokémon - Article by @quuador , May 10th, 2019.

English and Japanese Booster Pack Arts - Lists by @koala , July 19th, 2020.

Japanese Event Organizer Promos - List by @mthursty , August 17th, 2020.

Masters Guide for Pokémon WotC Correted Errors & Test cards - Article by @jkanly , September 17th, 2020.

List of All English ex Era Stamped Promo/Prize/Trophy Cards - Article by @trainerjack , December 30th, 2020.

Collecting Guides

How to Use Ebay as a Price Guide - Guide by @daelum , August 23rd, 2013.

Back Into Pokemon A Returning Guide for Collectors - Guide by @fourthstartcg , June 25th, 2015.

Is My Pokemon Card a Misprint or Fake? Guide to Fake Cards - Guide by @fourthstartcg , July 30th, 2015.

How To Tell if A Booster Box is Fake - Guide by @deku , March 28th, 2017.

Identifying Shadowless & Unlimited Base set Boxes & Packs - Article by @jkanly , July 7th, 2017. - Website & Research by @pierce , May 14th, 2018.

Fake Signed Cards Thread - Even PSA auth! Be careful - Article by @unlimited_spaghetti , Augustus 13th, 2018.

Financially Smart Collecting vs. Investing in Pokemon - Article by @fourthstartcg , February 20th, 2020.

Real Vs Fake Sealed Booster Pack Comparison (WotC) - Article by @pikachutcg , April 29th, 2020.

Investing in Pokémon and Financial Responsibility - Article by @JoshB , July 5th, 2020.

Rare Card Articles

Ancient Mew Version Differences - Article by @uniqueusername , February 22nd, 2012.

Pikachu Trophy Cards - Article by @smpratte , September 26th, 2012.

Pokemon Fossil 1999-2000/Australian/3rd Print Run - Article by @bluey and @churlocker , July 27th, 2013.

Some Early Japanese Pokemon Trophy Card Research - Research by @cbd1235 , January 27th, 2014.

Brock’s Trainer Deck A and Misty’s Trainer Deck B - Article by @churlocker , June 30th, 2015.

Tropical Mega Battle 1999-2001 - Article by @hapycakeoven , February 17th 2015.

Tamamushi University Hyper Test Magikarp - Article by @smpratte , September 12th, 2015.

Pokemon Snap Cards - Article by @smpratte , May 24th, 2016.

FPO - For Position Only Cards Official Guide - Article by @unlimited_spaghetti , June 26th, 2016.

Pokemon Art Academy Competition Winners - Article by @pokemontrader , March 4th, 2017.

Japanese Unlimited E Series 1 Cards (Base Expansion Pack) - Research by @unlimited_spaghetti , May 11th, 2017.

Pokémon TCG Picture Dump - Pictures by @quuador , September 23rd, 2017.

The 1999 Tropical Mega Battle Bilingual Exeggutor - Article by @raichuforyou , January 19th, 2018.

Numbers game: the rarest new-back trophy cards - Article by @poke-geri , February 5th, 2018.

Japanese Teach/Tryout Sets - Article by @quuador , April 24th, 2018.

Rumble Pokemon x Pokemon Daisuki Club Secret Rare Cards - Research by @chok , February 26th, 2019.

Pokemon Trophy and Prize Cards Guide - Article by @chok , February 2nd, 2020.

Analysis of the Extra Trophy Cards that have surfaced so far - Article by @prochaos , March 29th, 2020.

Pkonno2002 The Sales Data for Snap Cards / Trophies ARCHIVE - Article by @prochaos , July 2nd, 2020.

Master List of the Rarest Pokémon Cards (Update: Progress!) - List by @EnlightenedBulbasaur and contributing members, July 22nd, 2020.

Exact Number of Boy/Girl Trainers (Old Back & New Back) - Article by @chok , July 21st, 2020.

'97 Corocoro Illustration Contest Cards (Not Differentiable) - Article by @chok , July 22nd, 2020.

1999 Tropical Mega Battle Bilingual Exeggutor - The Discovery - Article by @casual , September 27th, 2020.

CoroCoro Japanese Promo - Reprinted edition and Japanese Ivy Pikachu Reprinted CoroCoro Variant - Articles by @KEI and @prochaos , September 30th, 2018 and October 4th, 2020.

Prototoise - putting the puzzle pieces together - Article by @quuador , December 6th, 2020.

How to check Pkonno is not printing Illustrators in basement - Article by @qwachansey , January 28th, 2021.

Card Grading

How to Submit to PSA - Video - Guide by @gemmintpokemon , July 18th, 2015.

PSA grading difficulty by set 8-7-19 version 1.3 - Article by @gottaketchumall , June 14th, 2016.

PSA Grading Standards - Article by @xgav1337x , February 12th, 2017.

Pokemon PSA/SMR July 2017 Magazine: Charizard Cover - Article by PSA / @smpratte , June 21st, 2017.

Current PSA 10 Pop 0 WotC holos - List by @aquaz , July 8th, 2017.

Fixing scratched, scuffed, or dirty PSA cases/holders - Article by @zap2 , July 31st, 2017.

1999 Pokemon Jungle 1st Edition Set SMR - Article by PSA / @smpratte , September 30th, 2017.

1999 Pokemon Fossil 1st Edition Set PSA/SMR - Article by PSA / @smpratte , November 1st, 2017.

PSA 8.5 Grading Anomaly December 2016 - January 2017 - Article by @gottaketchumall , November 22nd, 2017.

2000 Pokemon Gym Heroes 1st Edition Set PSA/SMR Article - Article by PSA / @smpratte , December 13th, 2017.

2000 Pokemon Gym Challenge 1st Edition Set PSA/SMR Article - Article by PSA / @smpratte , January 23rd, 2018.

2000 Pokemon Neo Genesis 1st Edition Set PSA/SMR Article - Article by PSA / @smpratte , February 24th, 2018.

2001 Pokemon Neo Discovery 1st Edition Set PSA/SMR Article - Article by PSA / @smpratte , April 15th, 2018.

2002 Pokemon Neo Destiny 1st Edition Set PSA/SMR Article - Article by PSA / @smpratte , Augustus 2nd, 2018.

PCA Grade Graded Pokemon Cards - Article by @mareee , Augustus 31st, 2019.

Breakdown: All 975,662 of PSA’s 1,000,000 Pokémon Cards - Research by @pichufan , October 30th, 2019.

PichuFan’s End of Year 2019 PSA Report (with Charts!) - Article by @pichufan , December 27th, 2019.

Sales - Private Sales Data for 2003-2007 EX Cards UPDATED - List by @pokemonargentina and contributing members, July 15th, 2020.

Protecting Your Collection

Safes 101: An introduction to protecting your collection - Article by @silversnorlax204 , July 3rd, 2018.

Heat resistance testing for PSA slabs - Article by @silversnorlax204 , July 4th, 2018.

Safes 202: Data/media safes and what they accomplish - Article by @silversnorlax204 , July 13th, 2018.

Results for the ‘safe within a safe’ theory - Article by @silversnorlax204 , July 25th, 2018.

Second test for ‘safe within a safe’ (or SWAS) theory - Article by @silversnorlax204 , July 30th, 2018.

UV light testing: 8 month CONCLUSION (Group one) - Article by @silversnorlax204 , October 15th, 2018.

A budget friendly solution for fireproofing your PSA slabs! - Article by @silversnorlax204 , January 28th, 2019.

The Transformer by Fireking Review! - Review by @silversnorlax204 , February 11th, 2019.

I boiled a PSA slab, this is what happened - Video by @silversnorlax204 , March 3rd, 2019.

Pokémon non-TCG

Gallery of Non TCG Pokemon Art - Article by @hapycakeoven , August 27th, 2014.

Pokémon Trading Figure Game! Collection and Review - Video series by HamsterBomb , December 13th, 2014 - May 21st, 2019.

Topps Collecting Guide - Guide by @samsamsamsmsms , September 5th, 2015.

Pokémon English Coin Checklist v2.1 - Checklist by @credits , August 13th, 2017.

Tomy 1997 Pockemon Scratch card - Checklist by @majomaal , September 16th, 2017.

All Charizard versions from TOPPS Series 1 and First Movie - Video by @unlimited_spaghetti , June 15th, 2018.

Japanese Top Seika Pokémon Gum Card Checklist (2002+) W.I.P. - Checklist by @pichufan , September 25th, 2018.

Keiko Fukuyama Postcards W.I.P. - Article by @charizandrew , March 28th, 2019.

Bandai Pokémon Scale World Figures - Article by @pichufan , May 6th, 2020.

The Giant Pokémon non-TCG Identification Thread - Research by @quuador and contributing members, August 21st, 2020.

Carddass Pocket Monders (Pokémon) Anime Collection - List by @rainbow , September 21st, 2020.

Topps Oversized/Jumbo Card Collection Guide - Article by @JoshsOddCollection , November 22nd, 2020.

Pokémon Red and Blue Variant Guide - Article by @kinggr , January 19th, 2021.

Miscellaneous Articles

How to Have a Satisfying Collection - Article by @cbd1235 , July 5th, 2012.

Censored Artwork of the TCG - Article by @frost , November 22nd, 2012.

MATCHPRINTS Color-Proofing Test Cards - Video by @TCAGaming , January 10th, 2014.

Pack-Fresh Card Condition and Professional Grading - Article by @fourthstartcg , November 15th, 2014.

Autographed/Signed Pokemon Cards (Ken Sugimori) - Article by @smpratte , April 9th, 2015.

Pixel Cosmos vs Smooth Cosmos Holofoil - Article by @mavericknate , May 17th, 2015.

Pokemon Card Language Library - Article by @tonysandlin , June 13th, 2015.

Yahoo Japan Search Guide - Article by @pokemontrader , September 26th, 2015.

Q & A with Two 3DS Art Academy Winners - Article by @churlocker , posted by @smpratte , October 21st, 2015.

CIS vs. CCD Scanner Warning & Info - Article by @fourthstartcg , November 16th, 2015.

Pojo’s (May 2000) - Who’s the rarest of them all? Magazine article - Article by @149montblanc , December 20th, 2015.

How to Recognize Shill Bidding on Ebay - Article by @fourthstartcg , January 13th, 2016.

Sample Packs and Dollar Tree Packs (Guide + Gallery) - Article by @churlocker , January 31st, 2016.

Chinese Pokemon Cards (up-to-date version can be found here) - Article by @zhongwen , March 9th, 2016.

Pokemon 1999 1st Edition Base Set SMR Article - Article by @smpratte , June 24th, 2016.

English Base Set 2-Player Starter Deck Guide - Article by @joetehman , August 2nd, 2016.

Japanese Expansion Set Starter Pack - Version Differences - Article by @Viral , August 18th, 2016.

Base Pikachu artwork card variations - Article by @quuador , October 22nd, 2016.

Tracking English Booster Box Prices - Article by @pieterpie , January 12th, 2017.

COMPLETE Neo Revelation ERROR Holo Set - Pictures by @thecardguyz , January 15th, 2017.

Binder Spine Labels for Pokemon Base - Crimson Invasion - Spines by @scratchdesk , February 10th, 2017.

Mitsuhiro Arita Experience - Milan Cartoomics March 3-5 2017 - Article by @unlimited_spaghetti , March 7th, 2017.

3D Printed PSA/Ultra Pro Card Stands - Article by @jdlawr03 , March 25th, 2017.

Sets and Languages: Compilation overview list (W.I.P.) - Article by @quuador , May 26th, 2017.

A Guide Explaining Why No Rarity Comes From Packs AND Decks - Article by @shizzlemetimbers , June 1st, 2017.

WotC Chat Logs Feb 2000 to Nov 2000 - Q&A w/ Employees - Article by @scratchdesk , June 26th, 2017.

Pokemon Set Binders - UniKeep Fully Enclosed - Article by @scratchdesk , Augustus 12th, 2017.

1st edition stamp variations - ‘Let’s Iron It Out!’ - Article by @quuador , Augustus 27th, 2017.

Super Energy Retrieval [Non-glossy] - Japanese Promo - Research by @KEI , February 9th, 2018.

E4 Banners - Pictures by Wizard of the Graphics @shizzlemetimbers , April 3rd, 2018.

Story Behind the Dark Dragonite Non-Holo Error - Article by @ptccards , April 16th, 2018.

An elaborate attempt at making print run estimation W.I.P. - Research by @gottaketchumall , May 8th, 2018.

How New Pokemon Cards are Made! - Article by Gamespot / @ptccards , June 9th, 2018.

Skyridge: the story behind the artwork - Article by @jahbless91 , Augustus 7th, 2018.

Japanese Marketplace List - List by @smpratte , September 23rd, 2018.

CoroCoro Japanese Promo - Reprinted edition - Article by @KEI , September 30th, 2018.

Argentina Burger King and McDonald’s Releases - Article by @therealonewolf , December 21st, 2018.

Base Set 2000 - A Guide To The Last Print Of Base Set - Article by @styluspt , December 22nd, 2018.

Championship Stamped Double Colorless Energy - Article by @thundermoo , July 9th, 2018.

A Guide to Understanding Shadowless Theme Decks - Article by @chopkins1994 , February 22nd, 2019.

Microscope Resource Thread - Research by @RattlePokemon , March 31st, 2019.

Pokemon Super Trainer Showdown: New Jersey Documents Dump - Pictures by @thundermoo , Augustus 6th, 2019.

The Great “Pokémon Hidden In Card Art” Thread - Pictures by @KingPokemon and contributing members, September 26th, 2019.

e-Reader Serial Code Prefixes - Research by @pichufan , November 18th, 2019.

Pull Rates in Modern Sets - Article by @burpies , December 22nd, 2019.

How holo Pokemon cards are printed + misprints - Video by @pfm , February 9th, 2020.

Pikachu 1st ed Jungle Black Star Promo - Was It Intentional? - Research by @styluspt and contributing members, March 25th, 2020.

Common Scams on eBay and How to Fight Back - Article by @hypernova , June 8th, 2020.

Articuno, Zapdos & Moltres Cosmos Holo “Error” Theory - Article by @youngbambino , June 23rd, 2020.

Pack Weights Databas (post your info here) - Compilation by @modestmudkip and contributing members, August 27th, 2020.

A second Japanese Neo Genesis print run - but why? - Article by @pichufan , September 10th, 2020.

The first 251 Pokémon ordered by last Japanese TCG release - List by @pichufan , September 14th, 2020.

Black Flame Ninetales Error - Article by @pikachutcg , October 8th, 2020.

List of All Pokemon TCG Cameos - Article by @JoshsOddCollection , December 16th, 2020.

Guide to Early Pokemon TCG History - Article by @shizzlemetimbers , February 14th, 2021.

Decoding the Silver Bible and the secrets of the early TCG - Article by @jcontra , March 20th, 2021.

Non-Pokémon Articles

Complete Yu-Gi-Oh Rarity Guide W.I.P. - Article by @quuador , November 19th, 2019.

PapaFrankGod Yu-Gi-Oh! Old High End OCG Print Run & Price Guide - Article by @papafrankgod , January 16th, 2020.

PapaFrankGod Yu-Gi-Oh! Magazines & Print Runs - Pictures by @papafrankgod , January 20th, 2020.

(Yu-Gi-Oh!) How to Differentiate Reprints from OG prints and Yu-Gi-Oh! Reference Guide - Important Reprintings - Articles by @chok and Ghezzi_TCG, August 21st, 2020 and December 11th, 2020.


Thanks for setting this up, will definitely come in handy.

This is a great thing. I’m wondering if it might be possible to post collections too?


Like you want one for collection thread?

Mhhm. To showcase the collections of people here. Since we are all about collecting. :stuck_out_tongue:

I can handle this if you haven’t started on it @pokemontrader . Seems like a great idea, and I need something to do today :blush:


Perhaps this would better be served as its own thread, so you could categorize them better by some aspect to the collection or by username? While I agree it would be cool to have a thread showcasing the collections and what they focus on in one spot, I don’t know that it really falls under “UPCCC Articles”

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Good point. Perhaps then Ethan could create it as a separate pinned thread.

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Precisely. Ethan is going to put it under the Collecting Section of the forum. Since I haven’t started yet (whoops). @fourthstartcg


Updated! :blush: Let me know if I accidentally missed anything.

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Updated! :blush: Thanks Quuador for helping me catch up! :heart_eyes:


This is great


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Thanks for adding my yugioh guides, I will keep them updated and improved with any new info. Also I noticed there are some threads I can’t access due to permission. How does that work?

Actually @quuador is for helping me catch up ;___;
Without Kevin, I would still be three years behind!
I’m just the poster lol

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I feel honoured to have my SkyridgeFanmadeTheory included in all this :blush:

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It took a few hours (mainly due to cleaning up the BBCode formatting of the quoted text prior :wink: ), but it should now be up-to-date again. I’ll try to send an update to Michael every six months or so. There are perhaps also some posts in the General section or Side Collections section which might be added here in the future (i.e. the recent Collecting vs Investing thread posted a few days ago), but this will do for now. :blush: Feel free to send me a message if you think a post is missing, then I’ll keep that in mind roughly six months from now.



@pokemontrader , :blush:


I love how I’m the sole author of every article in “protecting your collection”

Really should do more on that actually >.>


Updated thanks to @quuador!