Grading A 1st Edition Shadowless Charizard From 1999 The image...
The image above represents the graded card submitted to PG Grading on the 17/10/2023
This post documents the unique grading and authentication process of the 1st Edition Shadowless Charizard to give future potential buyers as well as hobby enthusiasts a clear understanding of the procedures, techniques and considerations used to determine this card.
How will the card be authenticated?
To authenticate this card effectively, we must follow a list of clear procedures. They are as follows:
As an initial place to start, we are able to confirm that non of the above flaws apply to our card that has been submitted.
As per the initial bullet points, we were able to find and verify one previously graded version of this card for consideration purposes only. Upon close inspection, we will note any similarities.
It is now time to check the cards thickness to ensure the correct layors are present. For this particular card we have provided a previously authenticated image of the cards thickness and compared it against our own.
Now it is time to check for card similarities such as: Holo Pattern, Card texture, Print Pattern, 1st Ed Stamp Inspection.
The print pattern is absolutely parallel of a legitimate 1st edition Charizard. We can also see the circular pattern that sits within the golden box. Not all Shadowless cards show this circular pattern from what we can see so don’t worry if you have a shadowless card that doesn’t show this upon magnification. From information gathered, legitimate 1st edition versions of this card, do seem to have this circular detail though. It is also noted that the position of the stamp for this card differs from a 1st Edition Machamp. The same can be said for later 1st edition set variants. Within an authentic card, the middle of the ‘T’ should sit just underneath the border of the cards artwork. For other 1st edition cards from the likes of base, fossil etc, the stamp is slightly further to the left. The ink appears to show no abnormalities and shows consistent texture in what we can expect when comparing against other 1st edition stamp printing. We’re happy.
On the left you can see our Charizard under normal light showing once again, the circular pattern within the wing. This further suggest a consistency in print opposed to dual method used when comparing the character and other details of the card. Had the Charizard been place upon the holo, it is unlikely we would once again see this pattern. Under UV the same pattern can still be seen revealing no abnormalities. Less ink reveals more of the foil where it should with no blotches or signs of counterfeit. This is consistent throughout the card.
Above you can see two noticeable flaws within this card that can be seen in previously graded examples of this card. They are as follows:
The rear texture appears to match that of a genuine Pokemon card. Once again, we note the appearance of a circular pattern commonly seen in authentic Pokemon card printing. All spacing, card dimensions meet the requirements expected that of a genuine card.
Above you can see the grading report generated as part of our inspection process.
Overall Centering Front: 57:43
Overall Centering Back: 61:39
Minor Flaws: Rear Surface Wear / Rear Bottom Edge Wear
Graders Feedback: This example demonstrates a near-mint condition showing no minor or major flaws on the front other than 57:43 overall centering. The obverse (rear) side of the card shows minor surface wear and a small part of whitening on the bottom edge of the card.
At PG Grading we offer a valuation service. Our prices are not plucked out of thin air. We use API from PriceCharting. This data gives us the average sold prices fro each grade for Pokemon cards across Ebay and TCG Market place since June 2022. If you are reading this after 25/10/23 the price may have increased or decreased.
So lets summarise. You can now see the lengths we go to ensure that rare cards within the hobby are rigorously authenticated, graded and valued. Of course, authentication and grading in itself is subjective. This is why a strong focus on consistency will always be at the heart of the work we do. We don’t like to brag, but we are proud that we have received this card. The holy grail so to speak. We look forward to documenting more top flight cards within the trading card and most importantly, sharing our journey with you! The collectors.
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