Kicking off the list is the First Edition Blue-Eyes White Dragon Yu-Gi-Oh! It was officially released on March 6, 1999, and was among the very first cards issued in Japan.
On top of that, Blue-Eyes White Dragon made notable appearances in Manga and the original anime. But, it could easily fetch more than that in the future, as demand continues to outweigh supply.
The two-headed monster card is thought to be one of only six in existence, thus carrying a hefty price tag to match. It’s rumored that a couple of Sauna cards have sold for around $6,000 in the past.
So, if you do manage to find yourself in possession of one of these, it might be worthwhile snapping it up! The card drew inspiration from Frankenstein’s monster and was awarded to the winners of the Shnen Jump Championship.
The ultra-rare card gathered attention from fans when a seller asked for more than $1 million for it on eBay. After the initial hype blew over, the card’s actual value appeared to settle around $8,000.
The card is scarce, as prize winners would rather hold on to them to memorialize all their hard work. So, it’s likely that the Iron Knight of Revolutions estimated value will continue to increase as time goes on.
And, like the previous card on the list, it’s illegal to use in battles and tournaments, so you’d be buying it for collector’s purposes only. Although not quite as rare as some other tournament prize cards, when one was listed for sale, it reportedly went for $18,800.
It was specially made for Tyler Grease’s Make-A-Wish Foundation wish. Tyler was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer in 2002.
But, due to its sentimental value and the fact that it was custom-made for him, it’s unlikely it’ll be up for sale any time soon. The signed Japanese Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon was awarded to the winner of the 2001 Asian Championships tournament.
After its owner jokingly offered the card for sale on Twitter for around $934 million, a shop in Akihabara, Tokyo legitimately offered it for sale for $421,000! Card on the planet is the Tournament Black Luster Soldier.
First came out all the way back in Japan in the year 1997, nobody could have ever predicted that it would go on to spawn one of the largest trading card games in the world right up there with Pokémon and Magic: The Gathering. I know I personally went through my collection at one time hoping that I would be able to buy something by selling my old cards, but they amounted to nothing more than a hill of beans.
If you were a hardcore player who attended the highest tournaments, then you might have some cards on this list. Some cards on this list are literal ones of a kind and you better believe they cost vast fortunes.
While the monster cards from the original Duel Monsters anime era are trash, the spell and trap cards are actually amazing, and they don't get much better than Harpies's Feather Duster. You simply play and destroy their entire back row of cards.
There are several prints of this card that are relatively cheap, but the one worthy of attention is the one from Tournament Pack 8. You've got to be a pretty big Mai Valentine fan to want to pick that version up.
Thankfully the card was reprinted in a Gold Series pack a little over a year later bringing his price way down. The game only existed in Japan as it hadn't made its way out of there yet and while many of the cards aren't too rare, this one is.
The Banzai version of one of Yuri's most iconic spells The Swords Of Revealing Light was made into a promotional card way back in 1998 and if you search for it online, it can go as low as a few hundred dollars all the way up to around $4000 USD! Dark Duel Stories released for the Game Boy Color back in 2002.
They're all varying degrees of value nowadays, but by far the priciest is the mighty Blue-Eyes White Dragon. Most kids in those days who got the game wanted to use the card and thus most copies are in bad condition nowadays.
If you go for the prettiest version of the card, you're going to have to pony up around 1500 USD to get this synchronized fiend. But hey, he actually has a decent effect and is easy to summon for a synchro.
This card was given to cancer victim Tyler Grease as a result of the Make-A-Wish foundation asking INAMI make this kid's dream come true. Seeing as how this card is the only one of its kind in the world, it's pretty impossible to put a price on it.
Anime back in the early 2000s will know about the three Egyptian God Cards Slider, Obelisk, and The Winged Dragon of Ra. But only those who watched until the end of the series now about their merged form; Morality The Creator of Light.
Despite its awesome condition of having you win the duel as soon as you summon it, it was only ever released in Japan as a promotional card for an art book. While trap cards have fallen out of favor in the modern meta game of Yu-Gi-Oh, they used to make up for their slowness in the old days with immensely powerful effects.
Anime fans will remember that this card was used by Kaaba to completely cripple Yuri and Isuzu's decks. You kinda have to be Kaaba to justify spending this much money on a trading card.
If you want to get your hands on this card nowadays, you would first have to find somebody who went to the Shnen Jump 2007 championships and then pay around $2000 USD for the virus. The version of Yuri's most powerful card in Duelist Kingdom in question is a literal one of a kind.
Unlike other versions of the card, it is a normal monster instead of a ritual and oh yeah, it's printed on stainless steel. Only in fantasy card games could a giant hand with creepy looking symbols on each of its fingertips exist.
This He-Man villain disguised as a Yu-Gi-Oh fiend effect monster might have some of the coolest artwork on this entire list. Nowadays it has been released in several booster packs but if you want an ultra-rare variant of the card, you have to part with $1500 USD.
Just when you thought that Noah Kaaba's Aura Priest was the only monster to have more than two swords, here comes Armament of the Lethal Lords to ruin its parade. Given its extremely limited run, it's no surprise that a copy of the card once sold for $9000 USD.
We have a case here where both super rare and ultra-rare versions of the card exist, but back in 2014 on eBay a super rare version of the card sold for $1400 USD. It also was released as a prize card for the Shnen Jump Championships back in 2007.
Prices for the card vary, but I've seen it for as low as $1000 but also as high as $2500 USD. That has remained a meta relevant deck well past its original lifespan.
An extremely easy to summon XYZ monster, this lady's original printing was only as a prize card to the winners of the 2015 Yu-Gi-Oh! Available in both super rare and ultra-rare versions, the card got a reprint in a booster pack after 2015 but if you needed an ultra-rare of it before then, be prepared to pay around $2300 USD.
Here we have it, folks, the very first Shnen Jump Championships prize card from all the way back in 2004... it's Cyber Stein! Video games from that time period, you'll know just how good of a card this can be.
Well in real life, you might not know that the original version of the card is ungodly expensive. For a mere $3000 USD on Amazon, you too can have the card that was part of Yu-Gi-Oh's simplest Otis.
Simply play Cyber Stein, summon Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon, equip him with Mega morph and Fairy Meteor Crush just in case and steamroll your opponent in one attack. One of the signature spell cards of everybody's favorite rich douche Set Kaaba, Shrink is a quick play spell that doesn't see much use but back in the early days of the game was a decent card to lower your opponents' strongest monsters.
If I go on eBay, you can see a listing right now for a copy of this Ultra Rare card valued at an astounding $2188.75 USD. Or, you can ditch the shiny sheen and go for a common version of this card that only costs a few cents.
For those who can't Mandarin, this version of the card was released only in China as part of a Shnen Jump giveaway. Only 100 copies of the card were printed which justifies its high cost of about $1000 USD.
You know a card is complicated in effect when you need six full lines to explain what the heck it does. This psychic XYZ monster hasn't been around for long, but its cost has floated in this short time span.
Just like his rival the Dark Magician, the Blue Eyes White Dragon was released in China as a promotional card as part of the Weekly Shnen Jump giveaway. The mightiest monster in Set Kaaba's deck, it took years for the card to be printed into English.
If you wanted the card, though, you were going to have taken a massive bank loan or have a few hundred thousand dollars lying around. Nowadays as reported by kotaku.com, there is a version of the Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon that was given to the winner of the Asian Championships 2001.
Creator Karachi Takanashi himself and is on sale in a Japanese card shop for 450 $000 USD. Dark Magician Girl is one of the most beloved monsters by the Yu-Gi-Oh fandom for her umm... well let's just say not for its stats or effect.
The original print of this card was a Japan exclusive as part of the... are you ready for this name? The secret rare version of the card won via lottery has only 100 copies and due to her beloved status will set you back around $50 000 USD on eBay.
This is one of those times; a dragon with a rainbow and a creepy grinning smiley face on his chest. The final Shnen Jump Championships prize card.