From Yugioh-card.com:

“The Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME allows kids, teenagers, and adults to relive the exciting Duels that take place in the animated Yu-Gi-Oh! series. In the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, players use the cards they’ve collected to construct Decks consisting of 40 or more cards. Then, they use their Decks to face  off against opponents in a game of strategy, luck, and skill. Click here to learn the rules of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME!

The most common way that players of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME get cards is from Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG booster packs. These booster packs contain nine randomly assorted cards. Each pack contains common cards, which are easy to get, and rarer cards, which are harder to get. There are a number of different rarities—Common, Rare, Super Rare, Ultra Rare, Ultimate Rare, Secret Rare, Ghost Rare, Starfoil Rare, and Mosaic Rare —which all feature a different look to the cards. Many of the rarer cards have foil and holographic treatments that make them look flashy and cool. Here are some of the key characteristics of the different rarities:

Common cards are the most basic rarity in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME and have no foil embellishment on them.

Rare cards have an embossed silver foil card name, but regular card art that lacks the holographic finish characteristic of cards with higher rarities.

Super Rare cards have no foil on the name of the card, but a holographic finish on the card art.

Ultra Rare cards have a gold foil on the card name, as well as a holographic finish on the card art.

Ultimate Rare cards have a gold foil on the card name, as well as embossed foil accents on the card art, card border, and other parts of the card.

Secret Rare cards have a rainbow-colored foil on the card name, and a sparkling holographic finish on the card art.

Ghost Rare cards have a rainbow-colored foil on the card name and a unique three-dimensional hologram that makes up the card art.

Starfoil Rare cards have starburst-patterned foiling scattered across the entire front of the card.

Mosaic Rare cards have several blocks of foiling scattered across the entire front of the card.

Duelist League promo cards have card names that are printed in colors that are not available in for-sale products and can only be obtained by participating in a Duelist League.

Since there are so many different cards of different rarities, wondering what’s inside the pack you’re about to open is part of the fun!

Every authentic Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card has a numerical password on the bottom left corner of the card and a security foil on the bottom right corner of the card. The security foil on First Edition (or first printing) and Limited Edition cards is gold, while the security foil on Unlimited Edition cards (when products are printed again) is silver.  The security foil has images of the “Millennium Eye” as well as the text YU-GI-OH! on it.

New types of booster packs are released every few months, adding new and interesting card effects to the card pool of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME. The constant updates to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME card pool assures that the game is constantly evolving and never gets dull for its players.”

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