How do I find Pokémon cards?
- if you are looking for Pokémon cards to play with in a tournament, the best place to start is with the Pokémon cards page. You can click on the Pokémon logo to go directly to this page. The top section of this page lists all the Pokémon sets that are legal for tournament play. You can click on the link to each set and browse for cards.
- If you know the name of the Pokémon you are looking for, you can type the name into the search box and a list of all Pokémon cards with that name will be shown to you. (see also, searching, below.)
Advanced Search Features.
How do I sell you my cards?
Start with this button: Sell Your Pokémon Cards
What condition are the cards in?
Cards from Professor-Oak are mint. That is, I only buy and sell cards that look like they were fresh from a booster pack. This is what I mean by "Share my Passion". If you receive a card from me that you do not consider mint, I will replace it or refund the purchase.
How to use this site (general instructions):
- You can search for items by name or partial name.
Search results are in alphabetical order, limited to the first 500 matches.
- Example: You can find a Pikachu card by searching for pika - pikachu or even achu.
- For Pokémon cards, you can use the collection number as your search criteria - 12/123 for example.
- You can refine your search by language, game, and rarity by selecting options above the search results.
- Words separated by a space are treated as separate search words with an implied "and" between. This is the most powerful way to search. See the Search Help for more details.
- Drop Down List
- There is a drop down lists that shows all the expansion sets available for the Pokémon Card Game.
- This is what the button looks like: (not active)
- Shopping Carts
- Your shopping cart is active while you are browsing the Professor Oak site. When you close your browser, the shopping cart is cleared.
- Items with inventory available have an "Add to Cart" button.
- View the contents of your shopping cart to remove items, adjust counts, save the cart or to make payment.
- You can remove an item from your cart by setting the quantity to zero.
- You can remove an item from your cart by clicking on the cart item and clicking the "Remove from Cart" button.
- Adding an item to your shopping cart does not reserve or hold that item for you.
- Saving/retrieving your Shopping Cart
- When viewing the contents of your shopping cart, you have the option of saving the cart for later purchase.
- Shopping carts are saved and retrieved based on your email address.
- You may save multiple shopping carts, each cart can be given its own name.
- Saved shopping carts do not expire, but items in them are not reserved or held for you, and may become unavailable.
- Saving a Cart:
- View the contents of the cart.
- Click on the "Save this cart..." button.
- Fill in the form with a name for the cart, and your email address. You will have to type your email address twice.
- The contents of the cart will be saved.
- Your "current" shopping cart will be cleared when you save.
- Loading a Cart:
- Your current shopping cart must be empty to load a saved cart. You can clear your cart by removing all items or by saving the cart.
- Click on the "Load Cart..." button. You will asked for your email.
- All saved carts under your email will be displayed.
- Click on the green "View" button for cart you want to load, the contents of the cart will be displayed for you to review.
- You can click on the blue "Load" button to load this cart, or click on the pink "Return" button to view your other carts.
- Once the cart is loaded you can add items, and/or pay for the contents of the cart.
- If you add items to the cart but are not ready to make payment, be sure to save the updated cart.
- When you make payment on a saved cart it is removed from storage.
- Making Payment
- Payment is made through Paypal or with a credit card.
- View the contents of your cart to make payment.
- Select your shipping option.
- Choose your payment method
- Follow the screens, the final screen will ask you to click the "Pay Now" button. Your purchase is not complete until this button is clicked.
- You will see a thank you screen when payment is accepted.
- Selling cards to Professor Oak
- It's easy to sell cards to Professor Oak. The process is detailed with clear instructions, to begin, click on the large $'s on the main page.
- You must have an account, if you do not, you will be prompted to create on.
- Specific cards I will purchase and how much I will pay is determined by algorithms in this web, based on the frequency of purchase of each card.
- It is the sellers responsibility to properly ship and protect the cards from damage (you, and me both!)
- Payment can be in the form of Check, credit, or PayPal transfer.
- Our needs are constantly changing as cards are sold, so check back frequently. Hot cards are always needed!
- Base Set Pokémon - the basics
- Base set, the first set of Pokémon came in eight different printings. Each are worth different amounts. Only the Base Set english has these variations.
- The first printing "1st Edition", have a black circle with a white 1 in it, surrounded by the word "Edition". The Artwork on these cards has no shadow on the border.
- The second printing had an error and is known as "Shadowless" - the border around the picture of the Pokémon will not have a shadow. These cards can also be identified by the copyright. Shadowless cards have © 1995, 96, 98, 99 Nintendo, Creatures, GAMEFREAK
- The third through eighth printing are called "Unlimited" (the most common) and have a shadow on the right and lower border of the artwork. The copyright at the bottom reads. © 1995, 96, 98 Nintendo, Creatures, GAMEFREAK - note the lack of "99" in the copyright.
- In the first through seventh printings, there were errors on many of the cards. In the eighth printing, the Vulpix card had it's "HP 50" error fixed.
- Cards printed by Wizards of the Coast came out in 1st and Unlimited print editions. Cards from Pokémon International do not.