How to Collect: What Are Parallel Cards?

Most trading card products have a base set, made up of common cards, and then a smaller number of more-limited parallel cards. These cards essentially “run parallel” to the base set – they have a similar look and design, but are distinguished by a unique physical quality. This distinguishing quality can be in the form of border color, texture, pattern, card material, image variation, or the printing technology employed.


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