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This thread was made to help you get a good value for your packs and cards when trading. Obviously those of you who are experienced in managing their collections and trading cards/packs will not need it.

​For the others, I hope this will help you avoid bad trades and maybe make good and fair deals.

First, you will find below comparative tables showing the current value of (i) HGSS Era packs (ii) BW Era packs and (iii) Standard packs according to trading companies that are currently active (some are closed but only temporarily).

Second, I listed in what I called the "Collectors' Corner" the trade value of the most expensive FA Pokemon EXs, all FA Supporters and all SR Items.

I also added a list of those cards which I think are most used for building decks ("The Trainers' Corner"). Hopefully, if all goes according to my plan, the list will be gradually increased.

Keep in mind that those values are somehow subjective and not carved in stone. They fluctuate (one glitch and the value of XY, FUF and FLF packs drops ;)). The values depend on what people are looking for at a given point in time and how much of it is being offered. Currently everyone wants cards from the new expansion, so their value is rather high and will gradually decrease until a new expansion set is released.

 

I will strive to update the tables when these values are changed by the companies. If you spot inaccuracies please let me know.

DISCLAIMER : These tables give you first information that is compiled to the best of my knowledge: Always check the latest terms and conditions of each company before requesting trade offers from them.

Since you are here visiting, you will also find:

  • on post #6: a little text on how to manage your stock of packs.
  • on post#7: a place where I give away stuff for free while having fun and hoping that you also enjoy participating
  • on post #8: Soon, a list of tournaments organised by some of the most active members of this community.

Anyone who would like to help or contribute is welcome to get in touch with me. Your input is welcome and would be appreciated,

Acronyms:
TCTI : The Top Cut Trading Inc
VCTC : Violet City Trading Company
PKTC : Phantom Knight Trading Company (temporarily closed)
EHTC : Elemental Ho-Oh Trading Company (currently closed, listing under review)
GCTC : Guru Cave Trading Company (opening soon) 
N /a (generally) Not accepted

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TRADING GUIDELINES

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When I first started playing ptcgo I made a few trades which I now regret. I have learnt not to trade just for the sake of trading.

 

Now, I trade mainly for two reasons, each with a different objective:

 

1. Find cards which I need to build my decks in order to play. In this case, the cards I want to acquire are generally not very expensive and I want them quickly. A typical example is Weavile from Plasma Freeze which I needed to build a competitive Legacy deck, win tournaments and earn those packs that are otherwise so difficult to find.

 

2. In the second case, I am looking to acquire cards as a collector, because I like the art and I may be able to re-trade it later on with added value. In this case I can take my time to find the best opportunity to get the card at the most affordable price. Typically these are full art or secret rare Pokemon/Trainer cards. 

 

On the other hand, trading in order to make benefits on short term is risky and I try to avoid it although it may seem very tempting.

 

In order to avoid pitfalls and increase the chances to make good trades:

  • Check at what value the card is being traded. The market currency is expressed in "standard pack" which is currently best represented by 1 Roaring Skies pack (ROS). One ROS is worth more than some packs (e.g FlashFire) and less  than others (e.g a Plasma Freeze pack).
  • To do so always check and compare the value given to the card by trading companies. This will serve as a good reference point, then check if the card is being offered on the public trades section of ptcgo. This will allow you to spot scam offers (for example: 1 Mew-EX LT for 1 Shaymin-EX ROS FA!!). It will also allow you to identify which public offers are within an acceptable price range.  Also, if the card is not so commonly traded, do not hesitate to check with other players you know or on the forum what is the value generally attributed to the card.
  • Before trading any of your packs for the card, check which company suits you best (pack ratio, card price, availability, swift delivery, reward programme etc.). This will mostly depend on the type of packs you are giving away and the price of the card. Before seeking an offer from the company that is offering the best conditions, check if you can get it at a lower price simply by accepting a public offer. This may well be the case.
  • If not, consider posting a public offer yourself. If your offer is reasonable it has fair chances of being accepted (I advise to post your offer for 24 or 48 hours especially if it is not commonly traded). However, if you are keen on getting the card in a very short time and there are no public offers ready to be accepted your best bet would be to seek an offer from the trading companies.  Good companies will answer your request and try to accommodate it promptly.
  • Do not trade in a rush because you feel that otherwise you may be missing a huge opportunity.
  • Do not accept public offers without having first checked the values of what is being traded. Some cards have more value than what you may think (e.g. some cards pulled from theme decks) , and others less. Many public offers are unfair. Most of the time the following type of offers are unbalanced and should not be accepted or at the least should be very carefully considered:
    • You are giving one FA Pokemon or SR card in order to get one pack, one common pokemon and one chest or common trainer.
    • You are giving many trainers and/or energies etc. to get one pack
  • On the other hand, offers that are expressed only in one type of packs are transparent and thus more likely to be reasonable. For example: 5 ROS for a Lugia-EX FA. I also consider this  type of offers to be fair: 1 Darkrai-EX BP RA + 2 BP packs for 1 Darkrai-EX BP FA.

I hope this will be helpful to those who may need it. All comments and suggestions are welcome.

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PACK VALUES



[table][/td]TCTIVCTCPKTCGCTCEHTCFates Collide0.8 0.75 0.75 0.750.5 value for * rated cards N/a0.50.660.50.5 value for ** rated cards N/a0.5N/aN/aGenerations1.25 1.0 1.25 1.01.0 value for * rated cards ?1.01.01.01.0 value for ** rated cards 1.01.0N/a0.75BreakPoint0.66 0.5 0.66 0.50.5 value for * rated cards N/aN/a0.50.250.5BreakThrough0.66 0.75 0.66 0.650.5 value for * rated cards N/aN/a0.50.20.5Ancient Origins0.66 0.75 0.75 0.750.75 value for * rated cards N/a0.50.660.50.5 value for ** rated cards N/a0.5N/aN/aRoaring Skies 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.01.0 value for * rated cards ?1.01.01.01.0 value for ** rated cards 1.01.01.01.0Double Crisis1.0 1.0 1.0 1.01.0 value for * rated cards N/aN/a0.750.51.0Primal Clash 0.66 0.75 0.75 0.750.75 value for * rated cards N/a0.50.660.50.5 value for ** rated cards N/a0.5N/aN/aPhantom Forces 0.66 0.75 0.75 0.750.75 value for * rated cards N/a0.50.750.650.5 value for ** rated cards N/a0.66N/aN/aFurious Fists N/a 0.5 0.5 0.50.5 value for * rated cards 0.250.330.060.25 value for ** rated cards N/a0.25N/aN/aFlash Fire N/a   0.25 0.5 0.4 0.4 value for * rated cards N/a0.330.05N/aXY Base Set N/a 0.5 0.5 0.40.8[/tr] value for * rated cards 0.250.330.050.8 value for ** rated cards N/a0.25N/a0.75Legendary Treasures0.5 0.5 0.66 0.50.5 value for * rated cards N/aN/a0.50.20.5Plasma Blast1.0 1.0 1.25 1.01.0 value for * rated cards N/a1.01.00.751.0 value for ** rated cards 1.01.0N/a0.75Plasma Freeze1.5 2.5 1.5 2.52.5 value for * rated cards ?2.01.52.52.5 value for ** rated cards 2.01.02.252.0Plasma Storm1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.8 value for * rated cards N/a 0.75 1.0 0.75 0.8 value for ** rated cards N/a0.75N/aN/aBoundaries Crossed 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.01.0 value for * rated cards ? 1.0 1.0 0.51.0 value for ** rated cards 1.0 1.0N/a1.0 Dragon Vault 1.5 1.0 1.0 1.251.0 value for *rated cards ? 1.0 1.0 0.751.0 value for ** rated cards N/a0.75N/a0.75 Dragon Exalted1.0 1.0 1.0 0.751.0 value for * rated cards N/a1.0 1.0 0.51.0 value for ** rated cards 0.750.75N/a0.75Dark Explorers1.0 1.251.251.51.33 value for * rated cards ?1.01.01.01.25 value for ** rated cards 1.01.0N/a1.0Next Destinies1.0 1.0 1.25 1.01.0 value for * rated cards N/a 0.9 1.0 1.00.75 value for ** rated cards 0.750.750.750.75Noble Victories1.0 1.0 1.25 1.01.0 value for * rated cards ? 0.75 1.25 1.00.75 value for ** rated cards 0.51.00.750.75Emerging Powers 0.66 0.5 0.5 0.50.5 value for *rated cards N/a N/a 0.33 0.250.33Black & White Base set 1.01.0 0.751.00.8 value for * rated cards ? 0.75 0.750.750.8 value for ** rated cards N/a0.660.750.75Call of Legends 2.0 2.0 2.5 2.252.33 value for * rated cards ?2.02.01.252.0 value for ** rated cards 2.02.01.02.0 HS-Triumphant  2.0 2.25 2.5 2.252.33 value for * rated cards ? 2.0 2.0 1.252.0 value for ** rated cards 2.0 2.01.02.0 HS-Undaunted 2.0 2.0 2.5 2.252.33 value for * rated cards ? 2.0 2.01.252.0 value for ** rated cards 2.0 2.01.02.0 HS-Unleashed  2.0 2.0 2.5 2.252.33 value for *rated cards ?2.0 2.01.252.0 value for ** rated cards 2.02.01.02.0 HartGold & SoulSilver  2.02.0 2.5 2.252.33 value for * rated cards ? 2.02.01.252.0 value for ** rated cards [td]2.02.01.02.0[/table]
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COLLECTORS' CORNER
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COMPANYTCTIVCTCPKTCEHTC FA POKEMONS Updated Darkrai-EX DEX On req. 65^ 63* 60~~ MewTwo-EX NXD On req.30** 30* 28~~ Shaymin-EX ROS 25* 26** 25* 24~~ Keldeo-EX BC On req. 23** 25* 24~~ Virizion-EX PB On req. 19^ 17* 17~~ Ho-Oh-EX DEX On req. 18^ 18* 22~~ Landorus-EX BC On req. 16** 16* 15.5~~ Genesect-EX PB On req. 15** 15* 15~~ Rayquaza-EX DRE On req. 14^ 14* 13~~ Jirachi-EX PB On req. 14^ 10* 12~~ Entei-EX DEX 14.5* 10^ 10* 13~~ Yveltal-EX XY 11* 15** 14* 13~ Deoxys-EX PF On req. 11* 11* 10~~ Mew-EX DRE On req. 12** 11* 12~~ Seismitoad-EX9* 10** 11* 9~ Raikou-EX DEX 10* 10** 10* 10~~ New SR Alakazam-EX FC __ 9** __ __ New Alakazam-EX     __ 8* __ __ Kyogre-EX DEX 8* 8* 10* 8~ Groudon-EX DEX 7* 8* 8* 8~ Lucario-EX 8* 8* 8* 6.5~ New Umbreon-EX FC __ 7* __ __ Thundurus-EX PF On req.7* 7* 7~ Manectric-EX77*7* 6.5~ SR M Manectric-EX 7 7* 7* _ Lugia-EX PS 7* 6* 6* 6~ Sceptile-EX AO6.5 6* 6*6~ Darkrai-EX BP6 56 5~ Gardevoir-EX PC65*5*5 M Gardevoir-EX PC5.55* 5*4.5 New Genesect-EX FC __ 5.5 __ __ Gengar EX65*54 Lugia-EX AO6.5 565 New Audino-EX FC__ 4.5 __ __ Blastoise-EX XY3.5 432 Camerupt-EX PC 3.5 433

Charizard-EX FLF (Stoke) 4 443

 

   

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COMPANY TCTI VCTC PKTC EHTC FA SUPPORTERS Updated N On req. 62^ 85* 80~ Professor Juniper 26* 21^ 26* 23~ Skyla BC 21* 18** 20* 16~ Colress 13* 11* 13* 11.5~ Lysandre 10* 9* 12* 10~ Professor Birch 6.5 6* 6* 5.5~ Ghetsis 5.5 4.5 5 5~ Bianca 5.5 5* 5 4.5~ Iris 4.5 4 5* 5~ Steven 3 1.5 2 2 Teammates 4 4 4 4~ Korrina 4 4 4 3.5~ New Team Rocket’s Handiwork __ 3.5 __ __ Cheren 3.5 3.5 3 3 AZ 3.5 3.5 3 3 Archie's Ace in the Hole 3.5 3 3 3.5~ Xerosic 3 3 3 2.5 Skyla BP 3.5 3 4 2.5 Pokemon Fan Club 3 3 3 2.5 Pokemon Center Lady 3 3 3 2.5 Maxie's Hidden Ball Trick 3.5 3 3 3.5~ Lysandre Trump Card 1.5 1 2 1 Giovanni's Scheme 2.5 2 2 2 Brigette 3 2 2 2.5 Winona 2.5 2 2 2 Battle Reporter 2 1.5 1.5 1.5 Wally 3 1.5 3 1.5 Fossil Researcher 1.5 1 1 1

  

   

COMPANY TCTI VCTC PKTC EHTC SECRET RARE ITEMS Updated Ultra Ball NFT 195^ 240* 220~ Max Potion On req. 50^ 90* 65~ Rare Candy On req. 31** 31* 36~ Pokemon Catcher On req. 20^ 20* 18~ VS Seeker 11* 12* 12* 11~ Switch 10* 10* 11* 9~ Dive Ball 9 *8*9*7~ Random Receiver On req. 14^ 13* 18~ Enhanced Hammer 7 6* 6* 6~ Rocky Helmet 8* 12* 11* 6~ Trainer's mail 5.5 4 5 6~ Energy Retrieval 3 2.5 3 1.5 Weakness Policy 3 3 3 2 Energy Switch 2.5 2 2 1.5 [/table] These values do not mean that the cards in question are in stock. Check with each company if the card you are looking to acquire is available.
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TRAINERS’ CORNER  WIP
 
It is time to make a new table to check what is the best place to get all the cards for a Greninja deck when using Fates Collide packs.

The previous table (night march deck) showing the prices offered by the 2 companies that were open at that time is still available on post #69.

 

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[/td] COMPANY TCTIVCTCPKTCGCTCEHTCFCO ratio0.80.750.750.750.5ratio for *cards__0.5______ POKEMONS (15)  price per unit[/tr]4 x Froakie BKP 380.250.250.250.250.254 x Frogadier BKP 390.330.250.50.330.333 x Greninja BKP 401.00.51.00.651.0 1 x Greninja XY 41 1.51.251.51.51.5 3 x Greninja BREAK BKP 41 4.56.0*4.04.04.0 limit 2 TRAINERS (36) 2 x Sacred Ash 0.330.250.330.50.334 x Dive Ball0.330.50.330.750.54 x Trainers' Mail0.330.750.250.750.754 x VS Seeker1.01.01.01.01.01 Level Ball0.330.250.250.750.333 x Hard Charm 0.330.50.330.50.51 Professor's Letter0.330.250.250.50.331 Evosoda0.50.250.330.50.333 x Rough Seas0.331.251.00.51.0 1 Delinquent BKP 98 0.330.50.50.50.331 Xerosic0.330.50.330.50.51 Wally 0.330.50.330.50.752 x Fisherman0.330.50.250.50.333 x N NVI1.02.52.01.51.01 Lysandre0.330.750.330.50.54 x Professor Sycamore0.330.750.250.50.5 ENERGY 9 x Water Energy Grand Total    37.0652 (18*)39.5443.0241.71 Price in FCO packs  [td]46.32581.3352.7257.3683.42[/table]


(I am not advising you on how to build the deck.
This is just an example to check values)
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MANAGING STOCK

Using your packs to trade for stuff is only one aspect of managing your stock. There is so much more you can do with it, the aim being to increase your stock and trade to get more stuff :D

So basically you can:

  • Get more packs
  • Open packs
  • Store packs

Lets talk about each of these.

You increase your packs by

  • redeeming codes - which usually costs money;
  • participating in tournaments - which is mostly for free,
  • redeeming locked packs from the shop for 200 token each;
  • and simply by logging in and completing challenges on ptcgo (trainer and daily challenges).

Unlike redeem codes and tourney rewards, the shop and challenges will give you locked packs that are not tradable. Mystery boxes obtained by winning versus matches used to also give unlocked packs at times but this does not seem to be the case anymore. Frankly, this was quite nice, but some players were still dissatisfied. Hmmm… GG, what now?


Opening packs:

It is so nice to open packs,so tempting and exciting… right?

Well don’t, at least not tradable ones. Because you know what you lose, i.e. 1 pack, but not what you will get. Otherwise you may end having cards you don’t want with loads of the same common card. It is better to trade them for the stuff you do need or want.

If you have plenty of the same packs, go ahead and open some, maybe 2 or 3 but not more. You may well get lucky but you should know that this is purely random. otherwise, generally speaking, only open your locked packs.


Storing:

If you don’t open your packs, you have to store them until traded away. Be careful however not to store for too long those packs that will most likely decrease in value.

Typically, packs from newly released sets will have high value on the first days because many players want them but will gradually decrease in value until eventually they are worth less than a standard pack.

On the other hand, some other packs can be stored for longer when they are expected to remain stable or even gain value. Currently, Roaring Skies is the reference "standard pack" and is thus expected to remain stable.

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TOURNAMENTS


 

Here is a list of tournaments organised by the community of trainers:

 

  • BULBASAUR's TEAM:
    • MEGA TOURNAMENT (running) 
    • LEAGUE TOURNAMENT - last winner Bulbsaur32277
    • LIVE TOURNAMENT (registration open) - FREE entry (donation optional) 
  • TYPE TOURNAMENT once per year (running) organised by Seeker33 FREE entry 
  • SURVIVAL SHOWDOWN once per year (cancelled) organised by AbslolutlyEevee FREE entry
  • PHANTOM KNIGHT TRADING COMPANY tournaments

If you are aware of other tournaments, please let me know

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Looks cool! I think EHTC may reboot our prices soon (if we even reopen, we only have 3 unbanned members at the moment).

 

A pack for pack trade in center would be a nice thing to have, as the only ones that existed previously closed pretty quickly.

 

Good luck!

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Looks cool! I think EHTC may reboot our prices soon (if we even reopen, we only have 3 unbanned members at the moment).

 

A pack for pack trade in center would be a nice thing to have, as the only ones that existed previously closed pretty quickly.

 

Good luck!

Thanks, let's hope for the best outcome regarding this regrettable episode.

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Good luck man, I wish you the best of luck. If ya need any assistance let me know, I'd love to help out man.

 

Thank you. I will most certainly get in touch to see how we can get this thing going a bit further

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Thank you. I will most certainly get in touch to see how we can get this thing going a bit further

Looking forward to it man :)

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Good Job on creating such a thing, a lot of players needed something like this. Thanks for the creative thought and the effort! 

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Hey iyado166 :), just to let you know I've changed a number of the Full Art/Secret Rare trainer values, since I hadn't had time to update them in a while (especially FA Skyla BCR lol).

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Good Job on creating such a thing, a lot of players needed something like this. Thanks for the creative thought and the effort! 

Thanks

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Hey iyado166 :), just to let you know I've changed a number of the Full Art/Secret Rare trainer values, since I hadn't had time to update them in a while (especially FA Skyla BCR lol).

Good to know ;)

I am glad this thread can also be helpful to you guys

I will update thanks.

 

EDIT: Don't change too often though... it is a heck of a pain to change these tables :P

 

Time to play :D

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Great thread  :)  two things:

 

1) You have a blank bullet point  :o

 

2) Your thread should clarify some things about the companies. When players see that some companies sell cards cheaper based on this thread, it gives them the false impression that that company is "better". While price is a major factor in deciding on which company to use, you should at least make a quick mention to the various other factors such as rewards programs, speed and credibility. 

 

Good luck  :)

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Great thread  :)  two things:

 

1) You have a blank bullet point  :o

 

2) Your thread should clarify some things about the companies. When players see that some companies sell cards cheaper based on this thread, it gives them the false impression that that company is "better". While price is a major factor in deciding on which company to use, you should at least make a quick mention to the various other factors such as rewards programs, speed and credibility. 

 

Good luck  :)

 

 

Thank you for your feedback.

 

1) There are many bullet points, it is the only way I found to skip lines.

 

2) This is assuming the companies are open, right? because currently half of them are not lol.  More seriously, the first aim of this is not to tell players which companies to chose but to be aware of card values and how to check them.

 

Even though price is a factor for choosing which company to deal with, if at all ;), you are right it is not the only one. But it already took me some time to compile these tables and I need to complete them further> i will do my best later on to check their reward programs and drop a line about that

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Thank you for your feedback.

 

1) There are many bullet points, it is the only way I found to skip lines.

 

2) This is assuming the companies are open, right? because currently half of them are not lol.  More seriously, the first aim of this is not to tell players which companies to chose but to be aware of card values and ho two check them.

 

Even though price is a factor for choosing which company to deal with, if at all ;), you are right it is not the only one. But it already took me some time to compile these tables and I need to complete them further> i will do my best later one to check their I will drop a word about their reward programs

Pressing Enter twice will remove the bullet point in the middle. Then you can add another one through formatting options for your next point.

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Pressing Enter twice will remove the bullet point in the middle. Then you can add another one through formatting options for your next point.

thanks

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