Mina's Card Reference: Glossary


Amada: A major manufacturer of trading cards in Japan. Has been
active since the 80s, producing various pull pack and foil pack cards for a variety of anime titles. Also produces Disney-licensed foil pack cards in Japan, including Hercules, Winnie the Pooh, and The Nightmare Before Christmas.   Their merchandise lines include PP cards, Hero Collection cards, Trading Collection cards, Bromides, and DX Bromides.

Bandai: The toy manufacturer; also a major producer of trading cards in Japan.  Sells cards by vending machine and foil packs. Also has printed some CCGs in recent years.   Card types manufactured by Bandai include Carddass, Super Battle Carddass, Graffiti, Visual Adventure, Jumbo Carddass, Carddass Masters, and Carddass Masters G.

Banpresto: A subsidiary of Bandai that produced prize items for game
machines. Banpresto cards could be oversized (Banpresto Jumbo), PP card size, or miniature ("Character Twin" cards). Produced for Sailor Moon, Yu Yu Hakusho, Dragon Ball Z, Slam Dunk and others.  Jumbo Banpresto cards are sometimes considered a type of shitajiki (though they are made of cardboard, while shitajiki are generally plastic).

Broccoli Hybrid: A manufacturer of anime cards, emerging around 1996.  Chase/SP cards are usually metallic or clear plastic cards.  Broccoli also manufactured some all-plastic card sets (Macross Special Edition, Magic Knight Rayearth Premium). Produced cards for many series, including Slayers, Tenchi Muyo!, Daiundokai (Battle Athletes), and Di Gi Charat.

Bromide: Usually, 3 by 4 inch trading cards produced by Amada between ca. 1992 and 1995. Sold in pull packs, similar to PP cards; sets generally have 37 cards. Regular cards have white borders, and chase cards are etched foils (gold and silver). Most commonly seen for Sailor Moon, which had six Bromide sets produced for it. The only exception is the Marmalade Boy bromide set, which had plastic regular cards and double-sided chase cards (foil on one side, prism on the other).  Early Sailor Moon Bromide sets are rarer than equivalent Sailor Moon PP and Carddass sets.

Cardboard Prisms:  A term used by anime card collectors to refer to non-sticker prismatic cards, usually Hero Collection prisms and PP prisms that were sold in packaging other than 34-card PP packs.  Cardboard prisms can also be called “hard” prisms.

Carddass: Vending machine cards, produced by Bandai. Cards are slightly smaller than standard cards, and have rounded corners. Many sets double as card games, and include power levels on the card front. Sets made after 1996 are less likely to be card games. Made for a wide variety of series, notably Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Card Captor Sakura, and Pokemon. If an anime series was popular enough, Bandai would release different types of Carddass sets.

Carddass Masters: Foil pack standard size cards, produced by Bandai from 1996 onward. Chase cards are metallic foils, known as SP cards. A typical set has 90-180 regular cards, and 4-9 special cards.  Carddass Masters sets were released for anime series, video games, and live action programs.

Carddass Masters G:  Foil pack CCG cards manufactured by Bandai.  Games produced under this banner include Scramble Gather, Gundam War, and Evangelion.

Cospa:  A manufacturer of video game trading cards, including Princess Maker.

Crystal Card:  Another term for a clear plastic card.

Double Prism:  Usually, a two-layer prism card; the top layer is a prismatic sticker, with another prism beneath.  Common in Bandai vending card sets, and used as rarer chase cards in Hero Collection sets.  Later Bandai vending double prisms (1996 onward) were two-sided prisms, instead of two-layer prisms; a false paper card back covered the prism on the card’s back.

DX:  Abbreviation for "Deluxe."

DX Bromide: DX ("Deluxe") Bromides were produced by Amada between 1993 and 1995. Cards were sold out of pull packs, and measured 5 by 7 inches. Sets normally had 21 regular cards, and 12 prism cards. Amada printed five sets for Sailor Moon, and one set for Yu Yu Hakusho.

E-Graphics: Oversized trading cards (5"x7") that contained a punch-out postcard in the center. Sold out of vending machines from about 1998 onward. Produced for Gundam, Card Captor Sakura, Final Fantasy VIII, Macross, Nadesico, and other series.

Epoch:  A Japanese trading card manufacturer.  Epoch's sets include the Rumiko Takahashi, Tales of Phantasia, and Asuka Collection sets.

Etching:  A term used by Japanese card companies to describe foil cards with a fully etched or partly etched design.  Amada included etching cards in their Hero Collection, Sailor Moon Bromide, and a few PP sets between 1993-1995.  Amada also created all-etching Card Captor Sakura card sets in 2000 and 2001 (also known as Trading Collection), and included Card Captor Sakura etched gold foil cards in penny sleeve packs and the Card Captor Sakura PP3 binder.  Etching cards were also used as specials in Amada's Corrector Yui and Sakura Wars 3 sets.

EX Cards:  Non-SP chase cards included in some Carddass Masters sets.  Examples include the pearl-finish cards from Angelique Carddass Masters 2 and the rice-paper finish cards from Harukanaru Tokino Nakade Carddass Masters.

Film Collection: A line of cards produced by Amada between 1994 and 1995. Cards have a cardboard border, with a clear mini cell in the center. The only Japanese sets known are for Sailor Moon (two sets) and Dragon Ball Z (one set).  Similar to these are Film Cards, produced for the North American market by Artbox (an affiliate of Amada).  However, Film Cards only have cardboard on the card front, instead of both sides.

Gold Cards: Commemorative, limited edition gold foil trading cards. A 22k gold card was produced as a redemption item in the Sailor Moon Trading Collection set, and others were created for Fushigi Yugi and Yu Yu Hakusho by Studio Pierrot (to celebrate the studio’s anniversary).  Three-card gold/silver foil sets were produced as redemption items for Sailor Moon PP 13 and Dragon Ball Z PP 28, and are often referred to as "gold cards."  Extremely rare and usually expensive.

Graffiti Cards:  Vending sets produced by Bandai that usually have captions in English.  Also used for regular cards (especially in Carddass Masters sets) that have character portraits (instead of screen shots).

Hard Prism:  Another term for cardboard prism.

Hero Collection: A line of foil pack trading cards produced by Amada between 1993 and 1995. Cards were packaged 10 cards to a pack, 20 packs to a box. Chase cards included cardboard prisms, etched mirror board foils, and gold-colored double prisms. Produced for several anime series, including Sailor Moon, Dragonball Z, Slam Dunk, Yu Yu Hakusho, Marmalade Boy, and Magic Knight Rayearth.   Artbox (Amada's US affiliate) also reprinted Japanese Dragon Ball Z Hero Collection sets.

High Grade:   A term used for card sets in which regular cards are made of plastic or have a chromium/holochrome finish.

Hyper Sticker:  Small trading stickers manufactured by Amada, mainly for Pokemon.

Imadio: A 1990s manufacturer of trading cards, mainly for video games.

LC (Lazer Card): A cardboard prism found in some later Hero Collection sets.  LCs only exist in sets whose regular cards were used in PP sets.

Lami (Rami): Laminated, trading-card sized pictures. Licensed lami have a half-tone design on the back, the manufacturer, and the number (ie., Movic 0995E).

Metal Cards: Produced for a few sets in the late 1990s. Usually oversized, and with an etched or bas-relief design.

Metallic Card:  A non-mirror board chase card with a metallic finish.  Most frequently seen in Carddass Masters card sets, though Amada also made them for Card Captor Sakura PP and the Sakura Taisen Trading Collection 2 sets.

Marusho (Narusyo): A manufacturer of trading cards, especially mini cards. Cards released in the early and mid-90’s were sold in pull packs, while recent cards (Digimon and One Piece Super Bromaido cards) have been sold in foil packs. Produced mini cards and embossed mini stickers for Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z, and oversized cards for Marmalade Boy.

Movic: A manufacturer of trading cards, frequently called Perfect Collection sets.  Movic also creates idol cards (lami), pencil boards (shitajiki), and clear files.

Normal Cards:  The Japanese term (“normaru”) for regular trading cards.

PC (Platina): A mirror board foil card from a Hero Collection set.

Pearl Cards:  Cards with a pearlescent finish, but not printed on prismatic/holofoil stock.  A few Dragonball Z PP sets have parallel pearl or glitter finish regular cards that were inserted four per 34-card PP pack.  Angelique Carddass Masters 2 also included pearl-finish chase cards (as well as the usual metallic SP cards).

Perfect Collection: A common name for Movic-produced foil pack trading cards; examples include Macross, Slayers Next, Fushigi Yugi, and Yu Yu Hakusho.

Petite Frame: 21-card Carddass sets, produced by Bandai. Cards have heart-shaped corners. Sets were made for Sailor Moon and Cutey Honey F.

PP Bookmarks:  A term used to describe bookmark-sized stickers (“seals”) manufactured by Amada.  A typical set usually had 27 regular bookmarks and at least 6 prism bookmarks.  Series that had PP bookmark sets include Sailor Moon (5 sets), Dragonball Z (2 sets), Slam Dunk, Yu Yu Hakusho, St. Tail, and Magic Knight Rayearth.

PP Cards: A line of trading cards produced by Amada, with each card packaged individually in a printed envelope, bound together with a cord and cardboard cover. Produced since at least 1989. Chase cards can be prisms, mirror board foils, clear plastic cards, or metallic cards.

PP Special Set: All-prism card sets produced for Sailor Moon S and Dragon Ball Z by Amada in 1994.

Prism Sticker:  A term normally used by collectors to describe unlicensed/bootleg sticker card sets (since they are normally all-prism), whether they are copies of licensed cards or an original set.  “Sticker card” is also used to describe bootleg prism sticker sets.  They often can be identified by the irregular prism patterns in the sticker stock, the lack of copyright information on the sticker (in any language), or copyright information in English on the card front (on legit cards, the information would be on the bottom of the card back in small font, in either Japanese or English).

Promide:  Oversized trading cards produced by Yamakatsu for Sailor Moon and Dragonball Z.  Most Promide sets had either cardstock or plastic regular cards, and glittery or geometric prism cards.  DX Promides are all-prism oversized card sets.

Pull Pack: A booklet of individually wrapped trading cards or stickers, bound by a cord (that acts as a pack hanger). Also known as a PP pack.  Envelopes from these sets are usually printed with artwork from the series they are for, and are often saved by anime card collectors.

Seal: The Japanese term for stickers. May be sold out of pull packs or foil packs, and can be found in a variety of shapes. Manufactures include Amada (bookmark stickers), Yamakatsu, and Bandai.   

SP (Special): A chase card from a foil pack card set, generally a card type only found 2-4 per box.  A few sets have SSP (Super Special) cards that are inserted in ratios less than one per box (1:2 boxes, for example).

Soft Prism:  A term used to describe sticker-type prism cards (licensed cards only).

Super Battle:  Vending cards produced by Bandai for some shounen card series; can also be used as a card game.  Series that had Super Battle sets produced for them include Dragonball Z, Yu Yu Hakusho, and Rurouni Kenshin.

TI:  Another manufacturer of trading cards, including Legend of Basara.

Trading Collection: A line of cards produced by Amada, starting in 1995/1996. Unlike Hero Collection, Trading Collection cards are standard size, with squared corners. Chase cards can be prisms, glittery prisms, holofoils, clear plastic cards, etched foils, metallic cards, or holographic cards.  

Visual Adventure:  Vending cards produced by Bandai for some shounen manga card series (Dragonball Z, One Piece). 

WGL: Gold-colored double prisms (prismatic stickers on top of a second prism) included as chase cards in Amada Hero Collection sets. Most sets had three WGLs, and a WGL subset could usually be completed by buying an unopened box.

Yamakatsu: A manufacturer of trading cards and stickers. Have been in existence since at least the late 1970s, when they printed Gundam and Star Wars cards. Yamakatsu cards are unnumbered, and are sold out of pull packs. Their card sets from the 1990s tend to have oversized cards, but stickers are usually smaller than standard cards. Their cards often went under the names "Promide," "Jumbo Promide," "Prism Pro," or "DX Prism Pro."

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