Pokémon Card Size and Weight Explained

Have you ever wondered about the correct size and weight of Pokémon cards? Here are the official dimensions and weights – and why they matter.

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Have you ever pondered the size of Pokémon cards? Do you know how much a genuine card or booster pack should weigh? Many collectors and players don’t naturally consider these details; we buy cards, create decks, and play. However, there are benefits to being informed. So we’ve crafted this guide to detail the exact size and weight of Pokémon cards, helping you become a true TCG hobby aficionado.

The Pokémon TCG is a vast and fascinating hobby world. We’ve compiled a comprehensive library of expert guides to assist you – from the absolute basics of Pokémon card collecting to tips on building a Pokémon deck and a complete tutorial on playing the game.

For now, though, let’s prepare our scales and rulers…

What Size Are Pokémon Cards?

Standard Pokémon cards found in booster packs have maintained the exact dimensions since 1996: 2.5 inches in width and 3.5 inches in height, with a thickness ranging from 0.01 to 0.03 inches.

This size is consistent with standard MTG card dimensions and is common across most modern trading card games.

What Are Jumbo Pokémon Cards?

Jumbo Pokémon cards, or large or oversized cards, are promotional collectibles designed for display and popular among collectors. They are not new Pokémon cards but somewhat limited, larger versions of existing cards.

Depending on the release year, there are two size variants. Jumbo Pokémon cards printed between 2000 and 2020 measure 5.7 inches by 7.87 inches. Cards printed after 2020 are slightly smaller, at approximately 5.37 inches by 7.37 inches.

In Japan, large cards are often distributed at exclusive events. They may be included elsewhere in certain TCG boxes, such as the Iron Valiant EX box. Some retailers also offer these jumbo cards as a bonus for purchases over a specific amount.

How Much Do Pokémon Cards Weigh?

Standard-sized Pokémon cards weigh between 1.8 and 2 grams. However, the weight can vary significantly depending on the card type, with standard cards being the lightest, holographic cards slightly heavier due to additional material and full art cards being the heaviest (excluding jumbo cards).

Weighing unopened booster packs can increase the chances of obtaining rarer holo or full art cards – the heavier the pack, the better your odds.

Why Does Pokémon Card Size or Weight Matter?

Understanding the size and weight of Pokémon cards is not just for trivia; it serves practical purposes:

  • Identifying Counterfeit Cards: With rare Pokémon cards reaching high values, distinguishing genuine cards from fakes is crucial. Authentic cards should meet specific size and weight standards.
  • Preventing Cheating at Tournaments: Standard card sizes ensure tournament fairness by preventing players from identifying specific cards based on size.
  • Storing and Displaying Cards: A consistent card size simplifies the protection and display of your collection, making it easier to find suitable folders, sleeves, and boxes.

For more insights into the Pokémon TCG, including guides on the best Pokémon cards, decks, and card types, collecting tips, and selling advice, check out our other articles.

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