Any duelist will tell you that many times the value of your cards is based on how you feel about those cards. Sometimes what makes a card valuable is not the price on E-bay, but rather what it means to you. That being said, each and every duelist regardless of age, experience, or level of play should be constantly aware of how much their cards are worth monetarily! This is important because too often duelist will come into possession of their cards almost like heirlooms, being passed down in the family, or from one friend to another, and you may honestly be in possession of a real gem and not even know it!
There are ways of telling what a card is worth, and ways to keep yourself from being ripped off, you just have to know how to utilize them. First and foremost never take another persons word at face value. I hate to be this way but people will lie cheat and steal to make a fast buck so you have to be careful! If a card is in question you should always check the price on E-bay to see how much it’s typically selling for. This will give you a good idea of the average price. Also if you look the card up on Strikezone.com you’ll get a good flat rate price for any card.
You need to be up to speed in the current dueling environment to know what good and what not. If you buy a pack of cards and pull out a Pot of Duality for instance and the guy standing next to you in the card shop says
“Wow! That’s a rare card, want to trade? Or how about I buy it from you for forty bucks?”
Your thinking “Forty bucks! Sure, I mean how can this piece of cardboard be worth forty dollars?”
Well let me tell you something, these little pieces of cardboard in the Yu-Gi-Oh trading card game can indeed be worth forty bucks, and more! Pot of Duality is selling on E-bay from upwards of one-hundred dollars, and other cards are the same way! You need to be aware of the environment in which you travel with Yu-Gi-Oh, so as to not get jibbed out of something. Unlike many other trading card games some of the rarest, most sought after, and valuable cards in the Yu-Gi-Oh trading card game come straight from the packs that common players buy week after week in their local gaming shops.
Be sure and know what cards you have in your possession at all times, and how old they are. Yu-Gi-Oh has been around for over ten years and some of the older cards are the most collectable and pricy. Cards that you may have come into possession of from a friend or family member may be very, very collectable. Also if you’ve been away from the game for a prolonged period of time, update yourself and check around to see what your older cards are worth.
Cards you may not see as any big deal are possibly very valuable. For instance Blue Eyes White Dragon, one of the very first Ultra rare cards, and used by the famous anime duelist Seto Kaiba is highly valuable, even though it’s a common reprint. The original set of Exodia from the first set of Yu-Gi-Oh is a fifty to seventy dollar collectable, even though there is a less valuable common re-print set in circulation!
Her are a few examples of older cards which you could easily find in your collection that fetch a decent price tag.
Exodia the Forbidden One and his Limbs – 50-70$ – The first alternate victory condition and an Ultra/Super set of cards. This collectable is extremely valuable and prized by players and collectors alike.
Mirror Force – 30-45$ This is a card that defined the Yu-Gi-Oh trading card game. Made famous by Yugi Motto from the Yu-Gi-Oh anime, the original Ultra Rare Mirror Force from the Magic Rulers expansion set and Duelist Pack Yugi are very collectable.
Bottomless Trap Hole – 3-7$ Ok so this may seem a bit of an oddity but the original Bottomless Trap Hole from Legacy of Darkness was only a rare, but it changed how monsters hit and left the field. This card has been reprinted many times in common form but the original silver lettered rare is a nice find.
Jinzo – 10-20$ A secret rare card form the Pharaoh Servant expansion Jinzo is a very prized monster. He’s never been reprinted as a common so he still fetches a decent price in the dueling world.
Monster Reborn – 20-25$ The original Ultra Rare form the first Yu-Gi-Oh set Legend of Blue Eyes fetches a decent price among players and collectors. Since it was moved off the banned list this card has just gone up in value, so it you have an old one you may want to hang onto it.
Cyber Dragon (Ultimate) – 30-40$ Cyber Dragon was at one time the most sought after card in the whole Yu-Gi-Oh world. Now that its been reprinted its not so much a rarity to find one, but collectors still go crazy for the ultimate rare version of this card from Cybernetic Revolution.
Other cards from more recent sets can easily fetch these kinds of prices, but you should be more aware of them due to the current environment, which we already discussed. However her are a few cards to be on the lookout for.
Pot of Duality, XX-Saber Emmersblade, XX-Darksoul, Forbidden Lance, Legendary Six Samurai -Shi En, Vanadis of the Nordic Ascendant, Formula Sychron, Glow Up Bulb, Archlord Kristya, and Gateway of the Six.
Just remember to be shard and observe the dueling environment around you, research your old cards and never take a single card you have for granted. Also a common mistake that many duelist make is not knowing a regular rare from an Ultimate rare of a Ghost rare. So be sure that you’re up to speed on the multitude of rarities available for specific cards. You never know what hidden valuable treasures may be hiding in you deck.