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Shadowless


Shadowless
"Shadowless": Although not an actual rarity, "shadowless" cards are from the original print runs of the Base Set. A short time after the Base Set's 1st edition run, it was decided that the design of Pokemon cards would be changed, adding a "shadow" to the cards. In this Shadowless Charmeleon card, notice how the coloring around the picture's border is all the same (there is no shadow). Now, look at the Jigglypuff below. See how the color on the border of the picture's right side is darker, as if light is striking the card from the left side and producing a "shadow" on the right side? This shadow is more prominent on older cards. On newer cards, this has fallen out of practice.. The HP on shadowless cards is also not bold and the background color appears lighter than their counterparts. They tend to be mistaken as fake because of this. Most shadowless cards are 1st Edition, but non- 1st Edition ones can be found.
1st edition
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