This guide will help you to identify all the different types of cards available in the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game.
Common cards are the most common type of Yu-Gi-Oh cards.
Common cards have no rarity symbol and are the most common type of Yu-Gi-Oh cards.
Normal Common Cards
Normal Common Cards are the most common type of card in the game. They have a white star on their bottom right corner, and are easy to find at your local card shop or online retailer.
Rare cards are more common than common cards, but less common than holofoil rare cards and ultra rare cards. The best way to tell if you have a rare card is by the color of its border. If it has silver letters, then it's likely that your card is a rare one.
Super Rare Cards
Super Rare cards are the rarest of all Yu-Gi-Oh cards, and they're more powerful than other Rares (and most Commons). The Super Rares have a holofoil shine of the picture of the card, which makes them easy to spot in your collection.
Super Rare cards have been around since the beginning of the game, so there's no shortage of them for you to collect. Even so, if you want to get your hands on one of these beauties, it may be difficult. If you see someone selling their Super Rare card collection online or at a convention—specifically one with a silver border on its edge—it's worth paying attention!
Like all other Yu-Gi-Oh products mentioned in this guide (except Ultra Rares), we recommend buying secondhand Super Rares from reputable sellers rather than buying new ones directly from Konami themselves (they sell new cards only occasionally). This means that if you want to buy new Super Rares right now (or even soon), we strongly suggest waiting until next year before purchasing any; they'll be much cheaper then due to supply/demand factors arising from increased demand around Christmas time each year."
Holofoil Rare Cards
Holofoil Rare Cards are not as rare as Secret Rare Cards.
Holofoil Rare Cards are not as rare as Ultra Secret Rare Cards.
Holofoil Rare Cards are not as rare as Secret Ultra Rare Cards.
Ultra Rare Cards
Ultra Rare cards are rarer than Secret Rare cards and Ultimate Rare cards, both of which are rarer than Super Rare cards. Ultra Rare cards have golden letters and holofoil picture and symbol.
Ultra Rare cards are also more common than Super and Ultra Rares, but less common than Normal Commons.
Ultimate Rare Cards
Ultimate Rare cards are the rarest cards in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG. They are only available as a promo card or tournament prize, and they have a red border instead of yellow. While they're often worth more than their SR counterparts, Ultimate Rares can also be easily counterfeited, so it's important to buy from reputable sources when purchasing this type of card.
Secret Rare Cards
Secret Rare cards are the rarest of all Yu-Gi-Oh! cards. The Secret Rare cards in the OCG are printed in the same quantities as Ultra Rare cards, but their foil pattern is different from that of Ultra Rares. It has a rainbow like shine to the letters, picture and symbol In addition, only certain "Duel Terminal" booster packs contain a Secret Rare card.
Secret Rares are not limited to any particular set or era; they may be found in any English edition Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG product and were first introduced with Starter Deck Yugi & Kaiba (2002) and Starter Deck Joey & Pegasus (2003).
Ultra Secret Rare Cards
Ultra Secret Rare cards are a special rarity that is only available in the Japanese version of the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game. They are similar to Secret Rare cards, except that they are printed on a special rainbow glossy card stock and have a gold foil border.
Secret Ultra Rare Cards
Secret Ultra Rare cards are the rarest cards in the game. They are usually only available in booster packs, and are usually limited editions. Secret Ultra Rare cards are usually only available in the latest booster set.
Prismatic Secret Rare Cards
Prismatic Secret Rare Cards are the rarest Yu-Gi-Oh! cards. They are Secret Rare cards that have a rainbow-colored foil instead of a golden one.
They were only released in Gold Series 1 (in Japan), and some Legendary Collection sets (in North America). Prismatic Secret Rare Cards should not be confused with Rainbow Rare cards; although both are found in the same sets, they're different rarities.
Parallel Rare Cards
Parallel Rare Cards are the second rarest type of card in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game. They are printed with a silver foil border and a black and silver foil background, making them very easy to identify from other cards. Parallel Rare Cards were first printed in Soul of the Duelist in 2004 and have been included in every set since then except for Maximum Crisis, which did not include any Parallel Rares. Because their rarity is similar to that of Ultimate Rares and they have not appeared in more recent sets, Parallel Rares are not as sought after by collectors as they once were.
Parallel Common Cards
Parallel common cards are the same as the normal version except they have a different colored border. These are more rare than their counterparts and usually carry a higher price tag.
Super Parallel Rare
Super Parallel Rare cards are extremely rare, and are only available in special products. They're legal for play at Official Tournaments, but they're not tournament legal (anyone can use them). These cards have a value of $12 or more!
Ultra Parallel Rare
Ultra Parallel Rare cards are a special rarity in Yu-Gi-Oh! They are more rare than the Ultra Rare cards, and they're even more rare than the Secret Rare cards.
The Ultra Parallel Rare is a slightly different color than its counterpart: the Secret Ultra Rare. An Ultra Parallel will have a white back, while their Secret counterparts will have a pink back instead of white.
Starfoil Rare is a rarity in Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game. Starfoil Rares are the highest rarity for a card in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game, and there's only one copy of each printed at that level of rarity. This means there are no fakes or counterfeits available; if you have one, then congrats, it's real and it's yours!
Ghost Rare is a special card rarity introduced in the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL era. It's not as rare as Ultra Rare cards, but it is more difficult to find than Common and Uncommon cards.
Ghost Rare cards are usually a full ghosted picture foil version of a normal Secret Rare card. They can be purchased from Konami's online store or from your local hobby shop (where they're probably very overpriced).
Gold Ultra Rare
Gold Ultra Rare cards are the rarest cards in Yu-Gi-Oh! Most Gold Ultra Rares are also the most valuable cards. Gold Ultra Rares are sought after by collectors, and they can be expensive to acquire. They're so popular because they have a high value and they look really cool.
All cards are not created equal, and their rarity level is a good indicator of their value.
Each rarity level has its own name: Common, Uncommon, Rare, Mythic Rare (the highest), Ultra Rare, Super Rare and Secret Rare.
The most common card is the Common card; this type might be available in packs but also comes with booster boxes as well.
The next-most-common type of Yu-Gi-Oh! card is the Uncommon type; this can also be found in booster packs and booster boxes but isn't as widely distributed as Commons or Rares.
Next up on our list of Yu-Gi-Oh! rarities are Rares—these are much rarer than Uncommons yet still widely available at most retailers that stock Yu-Gi-Oh! products such as booster packs and booster boxes.
So, that's it! We've covered all the different rarity levels of Yu-Gi-Oh cards and their corresponding rarities. I hope this guide has helped you understand the different grades and how to identify them in order to make your collection more complete.