The Certified Guaranty Company, a trading card and comic book certification company that helps verify genuine copies as well as assess their condition, has graded and confirmed four of the rarest ever Pokémon cards as genuine.
Back in the day, Wizards of the Coast published three of the four Blastoise cards from the very first English test print run of the Pokémon Trading Card game. To test the print layout, a series of Pokémon cards were printed onto the stock Wizards already had stocked for its other popular card game, Magic: The Gathering. The cards turned out to be weird mash-up of the two games, with an early version of Blastoise being printed onto the card backing of MTG.
CGC did numerous tests on all four of the cards, and a fifth copy that's still part of a printed 'sheet' of Magic cards. After the company assessed the back, the edges, and the print quality under ultraviolet and X-Ray fluourescence scanners, they determined that the four cards were printed using the same foil processes, printing plates, and inks. The foil method used for the cards were the same one used for Magic's Urza's Legacy set. These results prove that it's a genuine product of Wizards of the Coast.
CGC's process of determining if these cards are genuine is fascinating. None of the cards got a full 10 rating for their conditions but one of the cards, which was graded 6.5 is currently on sale for more than $100,000.
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