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Yugioh God Cards - How to tell if yours is fake or real

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Revised to include the GOD Cards from the Legendary Collection.

As a collector of Yugioh cards, I have overpaid and been disappointed when I won an auction that includes the Yugioh God Cards and the seller claims all their cards are 100% authentic.  I am writing this guide to help fellow collectors and players who don't know how to tell a fake one from the real one.

Back of the God Cards:  The color on the back of the cards should match the color on the front.  Slifer should have a red tinted back.  Obelisk will have blue.  Ra will have yellow.  There WILL BE NO "Konami" on the top left of the card or the "Yu-Gi-Oh!"/Trading Card Games on the bottom right corner.

Front of the God Cards:  Like all authentic Yu-Gi-Oh! cards, there should be a square foil on the bottom right of the card.  If you tilt it against the light, it will show you the millennium eye and part of the words yu-gi-oh!.  Next to the square foil will be the copyright symbol and "1996 KAZUKI TAKAHASHI".  Check the spelling, some god cards has spelling mistakes in the copyright line. 

On the bottom left corner, there should a japanese characters for the card series G4 and GBI series (see next section).  If you have one of the other promos (YMA, DOD, JUMP), the card on the bottom left corner will say "This card cannot be used in a Duel." 

The new god cards from JUMP (37 & 45) will have "Limited Edition" right underneath the picture and there will no "This card cannot be used in a Duel" on the lower left corner.  These two cards are the only god cards you can use in a US Duel only.  See official information with this link (you must add http:// and .html at the end) - "www.yugioh-card.com/en/gameplay/cardlegality".

The new god cards from the Legendary Collection (LC01) will also have "Limited Edition" right underneath the picture and there WILL be "This card cannot be used in a Duel" on the lower left corner.

If you have a card that says "1st edition", it's a fake period.  If your entire front of the card is glossy, it is a fake.  All god cards will follow all your other rare cards.  That means the picture and the text are the only shinny parts on the card.  In addition, the fake glossy card will seem to weigh heavier and feel more rigid.  Of course this is tough if you don't have a original one to compare to.  The are some glossy cards in the Yugioh series and they are the parallel series of card.  Don't let a seller tell you that these god cares are parallel series.  As of this date 04/2008, there are NO god cards in parallel print which means that no god cards will have the entire front of the card to be glossy and be rigid.

Another give away is the font that is used on the fake cards.  The word "DIVINE-BEAST" and the "ATK/..." don't match.  Meaning the fonts seem bigger and thicker in "Divine-Beasat" and the "ATK/..." seems skinner.

Check your dragon of Ra, if the card has "ATK/ ????  DEF/ ????", it is a fake.  What you might ask is fake with that?  If there is a space between "/" and the "?", it is a fake.  The real dragon of RA, there is no space. 

EXCEPTION:  With the new Legendary collection LC01-EN003.  The Winged Dragon of Ra will have a space after / symbol.

If it is an ultra rare card, the name should match correspondingly to the picture (see rarity guide below).  I came across of ones where the name of the card is silver but the foil picture was like an ultra foil or vice versa.  Gold text and the foil picture was like a secret rare foil.

Check the stars on the card level:

Look at any of your Yugioh Cards and look closely at the stars.  You will notice that the points on the stars are not well defined.  Most fake cards will have the points on the stars clearly defined.

Card Series:  (see rarity guide below for explanation of ultra, secret rare)

Slifer the Sky Dragon

G4-01 (Japanese version - all writings in Japanese), this card was packaged with the Gameboy Duel Monsters Promo Series 4, this card is Secret Rare.
GBI-001 - This card is packaged with the Gameboy Worldwide Editions Promo.  This card can be Secret Rare or Ultra Rare
YMA-EN001 - This card is part of the Yugioh The Movie Ani-Manga Promo.  This card is Secret Rare.
LC01-EN002 - This card is from the Legendary Collection box.  This card is an Ultra Rare

Obelisk the Tormentor 

G4-02 (Japanese version - all writings in Japanese), this card was packaged with the Gameboy Duel Monsters Promo Series 4, this card is Secret Rare.
GBI-002 - This card is packaged with the Gameboy Worldwide Editions Promo.  This card can be Secret Rare or Ultra Rare
JUMP-EN004 - This card is a SHONEN Jump magazine promo card.  This card is Secret Rare
JUMP-EN037 - This card is a Shonen Jump Magazine promo and it is legal to use in a tournament.  This card is Ultra Rare
LC01-EN001 - This card is from the Legendary Collection box.  This card is an Ultra Rare

The Winged Dragon of Ra

G4-03 (Japanese version - all writings in Japanese), this card was packaged with the Gameboy Duel Monsters Promo Series 4, this card is Secret Rare.
GBI-003 - This card was packaged with the Gameboy Worldwide Editions Promo.  This card can be Secret Rare or Ultra Rare
DOD-001 - This card is came from the XBOX Dawn of the Destiny Game promo card.  This card is Secret Rare.
JUMP-EN045 - This card is a Shonen Jump Magaine promo and it is legal to use in a tournament.  This card is Ultra Rare
LC01-EN003 - This card is from the Legendary Collection box.  This card is an Ultra Rare

Here's some links that has a picture of the real god cards (make sure you put http://, ebay guide will let me link directly)

web address: "yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Card_Gallery:Slifer_the_Sky_Dragon"
web address: "yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Card_Gallery:Obelisk_the_Tormentor"
web address: "yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Card_Gallery:The_Winged_Dragon_of_Ra"

I hope this helps you a little in determining if your cards are real or not.  If you are thinking of buying one from an ebay auction, ask the seller to take a close up picture of the card.  If you still can't tell, take it to your local collectible card shop and they'll be able to assist you.

Good luck and if you are a card player, remember to play hard but play fair!

Rarity Guide:

Common - White/Black text, normal picture
Rare - Silver Text, normal picture
Super Rare - White/Black text, holofoil picture
Ultra Rare - Gold text, holofoil picture
Secret Rare - Silver text, holofoil picture, when you hold it at an angle, there will be vertical dotted lines in the foil picture
Ultimate Rare - Gold text, holofoil picture, attributes (star, monster type is also holofoil

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