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card review Charizard: Why is it #1?

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Charizard: click to enlarge

Card text:

Pokémon Power:
Energy Burn

As often as you like during your turn (before your attack), you may turn all Energy attached to Charizard into Fire Energy for the rest of the turn. This power can't be used if Charizard is Asleep, Confused, or Paralyzed.

Fire Fire Fire Fire Fire Spin 100
Discard 2 Energy cards Attached to Charizard in order to use this attack.

  • Rarity: Rare Holo
  • Type: Fire
  • Level: 76
  • Weakness: x2
  • Poke#: 006
  • Number: 4
  • Subtype: Stage 2 Pok√©mon
  • Resistance: -30
  • Hit Points: 120
  • Retreat Cost: 3
Energy Symbols:
C = Colorless = colorless energy
D = Darkness = dark energy
Fr = Fire = fire energy
Ft = Fighting = fighting energy
G = Grass = grass energy
L = Lightning = lightning energy
M = Metal = metal energy
P = Psychic = psychic energy
W = Water = water energy
Why is it #1?

written by tmanfergy
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This is one card we all love. It is the key to memories of when Pokemon was the biggest thing in the world. It also was the card we all dreamed of attaining. But why is it still the most wanted card when it's value has dropped so much?

It's not completely clear why this is so sought after as to make #1 on the most wanted card in the world when there are such rarer cards like Charizard ex and stuff. But then I look back on the days when I fought for it.

It's not particularly powerful, as it does 100 damage, but costs 2 energy every time, and compared to other cards, it lacks Hit Points. So it really doesn't excel. As for it's ability, well, it could be used with two others from Base Set 1, Blastoise and Venusaur, to bring out energies and move them, then use them for him, but you can't move them without either managing to change their type, or using Energy Switch. So it's not that great.

As for the look on it's rarity, well, it used to be rare when Pokemon first began. It started around $100-$500, the same as Charizard ex runs still to this very day. But anymore, unless graded, it only goes for $40-$60, not that high, as there are plenty of ex's and LV.X's that go for much higher. However, all Charizards seem to be the most sought after cards, and always sell for a high price.

So the question is: Is there a reason? And to be honest, I'd have to say, it relies purely on the memories of us who started with it, and the fact that everyone else wants it, so you can always find an offer for it, are the only reasons that this card is so great. But it is the soul of Pokemon, and definitely deserves a review!


Modified on June 8, 2014 06:05 am

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Avatar for blazethecat
Subject:    Posted: February 9, 2013 07:51 am Reply with quote Report content icon

It doesn't stack up today because the numbers have changed in the game since then. 120 was basically the top end HP of the day, like 180 is today. Given that, 100 damage was also at the top of the damage scale.

Some people might call this power creep, or some kind of inflation or something, but I prefer to think of it as an increase in number precision. If your highest HP card is 120, that's basically 12 different HP values, and probably less than 12 damage values. If you're up to 180, that's 6 more of each, and the cards can be differentiated more. It's a good thing.
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Subject:    Posted: September 12, 2013 03:10 pm Reply with quote Report content icon

I always thought it was just because it was really hard to find, I didn't know there was any nostalgic reasoning or anything with it. I mean i'm 20 and I had never seen one in the flesh in my life until I bought a reverse holo Charizard from the Legendary collection last week. Even with the booster packs with it in were on sale in local shops.
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Subject:    Posted: November 24, 2013 07:16 am Reply with quote Report content icon

It is absolutely a sentimentality factor for why the holofoil Base Set Charizard is apparently in high demand. I have gotten so many trade offers for my 1st edition copy so I totally get your point.
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Subject:    Posted: May 13, 2014 11:04 am Reply with quote Report content icon

This is the one of the best holo cards from all the sets the best Charizard Card by far its was my first holo card I got wish I still had now
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