Pokemon Cards

Definitive List of Every Pokemon Card Size

Pokemon card size

In the world of Pokémon, where mystical creatures come to life and battles are won with strategic flair, there’s another facet that’s both tangible and treasured—Pokémon cards. Since their inception, Pokémon cards have traveled across continents, becoming a global sensation. But have you ever stopped to consider the array of sizes these pocket monsters come in? From the compact, hand-held cards used in thrilling duels to oversized collectibles used for display, Pokémon cards vary in size as much as the creatures they represent. In this article, we dive into the intriguing landscape of Pokémon card dimensions, exploring the sizes and the stories they tell, from the standard 2.5 x 3.5 inches to the awe-inspiring jumbo variants.

Standard Pokemon Cards

Mewtwo 1st Edition

The standard size for Pokémon cards is 2.5 x 3.5 inches, which is the size for most trading and playing cards. While there may be some slight variations in design and layout, Japanese Pokémon cards are the same size as their English counterparts. 

Magic: The Gathering cards are also 2.5 x 3.5 inches – if you were to stack a Pokémon card and a Magic card together, they would match up perfectly. On the other hand, Yu-Gi-Oh! cards are slightly smaller, with dimensions of 2.36 x 3.58 inches. This is a small but noticeable difference when you have a Yu-Gi-Oh! card and a Pokémon or Magic card side by side.

It’s important to note that any card that doesn’t have standard dimensions is likely to be a counterfeit. Authentic Pokémon cards are mass produced with a high degree of precision, and size discrepancies are basically extremely rare. Any miscut cards will have misaligned borders but will always be the same size.

Graded Pokemon cards also take a little more storage room and have an added thickness, so be sure to prepare accordingly. PSA slabs measure 5.5 x 3.37 x .25 inches, CGC slabs come in at 5.4 x 3.37 x .35, and BGS is the thickest at 5.4 x 3.5 x .5.

Box Toppers

Mewtwo Box Topper Card

Measuring around 5 X 3.54 inches, box toppers were oversized reverse holos included in certain booster box sets to entice collectors. The practice of including box toppers started in 2002 with the Legendary Collection and were discontinued in 2006 with EX Holon Phantoms. Only a scarce few sets ever included box toppers and not all box toppers were oversized. Over time, they became highly sought-after collector’s items due to their unique design and limited availability.

Jumbo Oversized

These behemoths come in two sizes, 8 x 6 inches before 2020 and 7.5 x 5.5 inches after 2020. Most of them come from box sets but a lot of them are exclusively found in official events. While not as uncommon as their box topper counterparts, there is a much larger variety and you’re guaranteed to find your favorite starter pokemon among them. They may be illegal in any kind of official tournament setting but make great collectors items. Being so large allows the artwork to be beautifully detailed and some even having lenticular images giving them a unique 3D appearance.

Bandai Carddass

Mewtwo Bandai Carddass

Carddass cards measure 3.37 x 2.21 inches making them noticeably smaller. Originally sold in vending machines by Bandai in Japan during 1996 and 1997, these cards are different from standard cards in a lot of ways. They feature artwork that is distinct from the standard cards, have information and battle stats written on the back, and come in red and green variants. While not as popular as the TCG cards, their extremely limited release has earned them a sort of cult following.

Closing Thoughts

The size of Pokémon cards, much like the strategic battles they enable, are more than mere details; they are emblematic of the series’ meticulous attention to consistency and quality. With the standard size of 3.5 x 2.5 inches holding steady across regions and language versions, the Pokémon trading card game truly underscores its global appeal.

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