What do the symbols on the bottom of Pokemon cards mean?
The symbol is a circle, diamond, or star. They are the basic rarities: circle is a Common card, diamond is an Uncommon card, and star is a Rare card. In a Pokemon booster pack, all three rarities appear. From there, special rarities also appear. The rarity of a card will influence how it can be traded.
How can you tell what pack a Pokemon card is from?
The most common way to organize Pokemon cards is by set. To identify the set, look for a little symbol at the bottom of the card, next to the card number. There are a bunch of these set symbols… 5-6 sets are released every year, each with a different set symbol, and they've been printing cards since 1999!
How do you know if a Pokemon card is a promo?
Older cards will have a promotional symbol beneath the set symbol, which you can find under the right corner of the Pokémon picture. Newer card promo symbols are in the bottom right corner of the card.