In the game’s long history (over 15 years), Yu-Gi-Oh! has created many cards that were a ‘must have’ for collectors and top players. People have dropped hundreds, if not thousands of dollars simply to own these cards.
Some would argue this would give you an unfair advantage, simply because you could afford the card. Remember from the TV show, Kaiba and his three Blue-Eyes White Dragons? He failed to win even a single Duel against Yugi, despite his millions!
With that said, let’s crack on with a list that I hope will remind you that Yu-Gi-Oh! isn’t just a children’s card game, with eye-watering prices like these… Now where did I put my spare millions?
All of the quoted prices represent what the card has been sold for, or priced at since its release. Also we’re looking at cards that have never been banned, but may have been Limited at one stage or another. (C’mon, it’d be far too easy to have Crush Card Virus at #1 for over $500, right?)
So there we have it, a top-15 of the most expensive cards that were never banned, for a little over a decade and a half. All these shiny pieces of cardboard set us back ludicrous amounts of money, yet we were all so willing to pay these prices in order to have that competitive edge. That’s what drove the prices up in the first place!
At least a few of them have managed to retain some of their peak value, whilst others have fallen off a cliff… something that I feel like doing when I realize how much I’ve spent on Yu-Gi-Oh! over the years, really!
There will always be cards that we will spend a small fortune to own, but hopefully not on this scale ever again… Or perhaps there will be, so I’ll see you all back here for a re-write in a few years, I guess!
What cards have you owned on this list? How much did you pay for them back then and do you regret it? Or perhaps you were lucky enough to pull them from packs? Either way, I’d love to hear from your opinions on this. Let us know in the comments below!