The 19 most expensive Yugioh cards and prices


Chasing down rare Yugioh cards is a serious business. Like many TCGs, Yugioh is no longer a simple pastime enjoyed in playgrounds, but has morphed into a serious collector’s market, spanning the globe. Since releasing in 1999, some cards have taken on such a reputation they sell for tens of thousands of dollars at auction. This guide profiles the 19 most expensive Yugioh cards ever, and how much they sold for.

The most expensive Yugioh cards are a varied bunch. They aren’t necessarily simply the best Yugioh cards available; nor is this list stuffed with Yugioh Exodia cards, or ultra-powerful names from the Yugioh banlist or top Yugioh decks and Yugioh Master Duel meta decks.

Instead, many are mint condition copies of the most recognisable cards ever released, gaining their value and popularity through their place in the decks of the best Yugioh characters in the show. Others are promotional cards that were handed out to tournament winners and are valued for their scarcity. Some of them are just very well preserved copies of cards that were always scarce, as they were printed at the least common of Yugioh card rarities.

Almost all of these wildly expensive collectibles are variants of regular cards with much more sensible prices: we’ve included links to TCGPlayer and eBay if you’d like to buy a more reasonably costed version of any of these cards.

These are the most expensive Yugioh cards ever sold:

Tyler the Great Warrior

Worth $311,211

None available – there’s only one copy of this card.

Tyler the Great Warrior specifications:

Competition prize One of a kind Make A Wish card
Printed / awarded 2005
Valuable because Totally unique
Highest sale $311,211
Reasons to buy

  • Utterly unique
  • A memento of the good work of the Make A Wish foundation and a young man’s survival
Reasons to avoid

  • Feels somewhat tasteless to make it part of a private collection (though we don’t begrudge Tyler selling it)

A one-of-a-kind Yugioh card, created by Tyler Gressle in 2005 as part of a Make-a-Wish request, Tyler the Great Warrior has the honor of being the rarest Yugioh card in existence, with only one copy around. Gressle designed the card in 2005, when he was 14, and battling against a rare form of liver cancer.

18 years later, he decided to sell the card. The final auction bid racked up a whopping $311,211 (£249,793.51), meaning yes, this is officially number one. We present to you: the rarest and most expensive Yugioh card ever, full stop.

Blue-Eyes White Dragon LOB 1st Edition

Worth $85,000

Blue-Eyes White Dragon LOB 1st Edition specifications:

Competition prize No
Printed / awarded 2002
Valuable because A perfect condition copy of the first ever printing of the legendary card
Highest sale $85,000
Reasons to buy

  • The OG variant of Blue Eyes White Dragon in perfect condition
Reasons to avoid

  • If you want to summon Blue Eyes Ultimate dragon with gem mint cards, it’ll cost you another $170,000

Blue-Eyes White Dragon might be the most popular Yugioh card of all time. It’s certainly one of the most recognizable. A heavyweight both in the early days of the trading card game and the original anime series, it’s still sought after today, especially if it’s an ultra-rare mint-condition copy, like this one.

Released in the Yugioh trading card game’s first expansion set, Legend of Blue-Eyes White Dragon (LOB), this first-edition PSA 10 Gem Mint condition card sold at auction in October 2020 for an astounding $85,000 (£65,000). That’s a whole lot of dough, but you’ll need three of them to summon the chunkier Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon.

Other copies of the card don’t go cheap, either. Back in June 2021, a Chinese court suspended an auction after bidding spiralled up to a wild $13.4 million / £10.1 million, as people clambered to get their hands on an ultra-rare Blue-Eyes White Dragon with a 20th-anniversary card frame.

Dark Magician LOB 1st Edition

Worth $85,000

Dark Magician LOB 1st Edition specifications:

Competition prize No
Printed / awarded 2002
Valuable because A mint copy of the Arkana variant from the first ever Yugioh set
Highest sale $85,000
Reasons to buy

  • A legendarily rare variant of a truly iconic Yugioh card
Reasons to avoid

  • No matter how iconic the Dark Magician is, he’s not tournament relevant any longer

Another staple of the Yugioh anime and trading card game, Dark Magician is best known as the favorite card of protagonist Yugi Muto. And with that fame comes expense, as a PSA 10 gem mint condition copy of the card, printed in the Legend of Blue-Eyes White Dragon set, was auctioned in June 2021 for $85,000 (£65,000).

Notably, this was the Arkana variant of Dark Magician. Functionally, it’s exactly the same card, but includes a different artwork with a crimson hue and was introduced in the anime as a rival to Yugi Muto’s version of the card.

Crush Card Virus Shonen Jump Championship 2007

Worth $50,000

Crush Card Virus Shonen Jump Championship 2007 specifications:

Competition prize Shonen Jump Championships
Printed / awarded 2007
Valuable because Only 42 copies of this variant have ever been printed
Highest sale $49,999.99
Reasons to buy

  • A gnarly variant of a once-busted card
Reasons to avoid

  • Konami has rewritten the card since this printing, nerfing it

Awarded as a prize card in the 2007 Shonen Jump Championships (a series of Yugioh trading card game tournaments that were later replaced by the Yugioh Championship Series), there aren’t many copies of this version of Crush Card Virus around. Originally, 40 copies were produced, before a further two were made for the SJC 2008 tournaments.

It’s the scarcity of this card that makes it so valuable to collectors, more so than its functionality or popularity. In June 2020, a PSA 10 gem mint copy sold for $49,999 (£40,058.70) on eBay. Not bad for a card that’s spent most of its life sitting on the Yugioh banlist (until Konami rewrote its rules).

Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn 2015 World Championship prize

Worth $34,800

Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn 2015 World Championship prize specifications:

Competition First prize for national events World championships
Printed / awarded 2015
Valuable because The ultimate version of a very fancy card
Highest sale $34,800
Reasons to buy

  • Minerva has never looked better
Reasons to avoid

  • No longer the tournament beater she once was

An ultra-rare variant of Minerva, The Exalted Lightsworn was awarded as the first prize for national events in the 2015 Yugioh World Championship Series. The distinction between this version and the cards given out for second and third place is very subtle: the golden lettering is all that separates it from its kindred.

One such card with an excellent condition score of 9.5 sold via Heritage Auctions on November 6 2021 for $34,800, followed in Mach 2022 with a 9.0 condition card that moved for $31,200.

Cyber-Stein Shonen Jump Championship 2004

Worth $30,100

Cyber-Stein Shonen Jump Championship 2004 specifications:

Competition prize Shonen Jump Championships
Printed / awarded 2004-2005
Valuable because Only 18 copies printed for the original tournaments
Highest sale $30,100
Reasons to buy

  • The big old cyber-Frankenstein has never been fancier
Reasons to avoid

  • Despite the name and Yugioh’s love of jars, Cyber-stein is not a robotic German beer mug

This copy of Cyber-Stein was originally awarded as a prize card at the Shonen Jump Championships between 2004 and 2005. Only 18 copies were produced for the tournaments, although an extra two were printed for the tournaments in 2008, and 126 copies were made for a promotional event in 2009.

Regardless of its reprints, this is still a rare card. A PSA 10 gem mint condition copy printed in the original 2004 auctioned in October 2020 for $30,100 (£22,800).

Perfectly Ultimate Great Moth Dark Duel Stories promo

Worth $30,000

Perfectly Ultimate Great Moth Dark Duel Stories promo specifications:

Competition prize No
Printed / awarded 2002
Valuable because At the time, the only gem mint copy of a rare promo card
Highest sale $29,999.99
Reasons to buy

  • As a pristine copy of a card originally given away as a freebie to Game Boy owning kids, this is unspeakably rare
Reasons to avoid

  • Sure it’s rare, but do you really care about this little moth?

This little insect doesn’t have much renown in the Yugioh community but managed to make a name for itself in August 2021. A rare promo version of the card, released alongside the Dark Duels Stories Game Boy cartridge, that had been rated in PSA 10 gem mint condition sold on eBay for a whopping $29,999.99 (£22,700).

At the time of its listing, it was billed as the only gem mint copy of the promo card in the entire world, making it somewhat unique. Since then, however, trading card authenticator and grading company PSA has listed three other copies of the card.

The Seal of Orichalcos UDE event

Worth $26,400

The Seal of Orichalcos UDE event specifications:

Competition prize Created for UDE Duel the Master events, but not awarded as a prize
Printed / awarded 2005
Valuable because Apparently only 15 copies exist, and they were never intended to be distributed
Highest sale $26,400
Reasons to buy

  • A unique variant card with a fascinating backstory
Reasons to avoid

  • Not a tournament legal version of the card
  • May steal your opponent’s soul – do you want that responsibility?

The Seal of Orichalcos has appeared in several Yugioh sets, but that wasn’t always the case. When it made its first appearance in season four of the Yugioh anime in 2005, it had no paper counterpart. Upper Deck Entertainment decided to make their own custom version of the card. This appeared only in UDE-organised “Duel the Master” side-events at Yugioh tournaments: challenge games against a master player, usually a judge, wielding a stacked deck full of powerful cards.

The Seal of Orichalcos isn’t really a promo, since it wasn’t intended to make its way into the hands of players, and was never legal in any form of tournament play. This version of the card has an ominous final clause – if you lose against its owner, your soul is forfeit! Legend has it that only fifteen copies of the card were ever printed, suggesting it is one of the rarest cards in any TCG.

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In 2017, Yu-Gi-Oh! collector Anthony Nguyen released a YouTube video revealing he’d acquired a copy of the legendary card. Once it became apparent that it was possible for collectors to get their hands on it, there were a spate of sales – with a 7-graded copy selling via Heritage Auctions for $26,400.

Blue-Eyes White Dragon Dark Duel Stories promo

Worth $25,100

Blue-Eyes White Dragon Dark Duel Stories promo specifications:

Competition prize No
Printed / awarded 2002
Valuable because A promo packed in with a Game Boy game, few good condition copies have survived
Highest sale $25,100
Reasons to buy

  • Not just a rare copy of Blue Eyes, but a rare copy with an interesting history
Reasons to avoid

  • Blue Eyes isn’t tournament relevant any more, which will make you sad

Another entry for the pallid serpent, this was one of six Prismatic Secret Rare cards released in promotion for the Yugioh Dark Duel Stories videogame. Two sets were created – one containing ol’ Blue-Eyes, Exodia, and Dark Magician; the other packing Acid Trap Hole, Seiyaryu, and Salamandra – and were packaged inside the Gameboy game.

This PSA 10 gem mint condition copy sold at auction in February 2021 for the not-insignificant sum of $25,100 (£19,000). Although a fair few prismatic Blue-Eyes White Dragons made their way into the world as promo cards for the videogame, few have been kept in such great condition.

Chaos Emperor, the Dragon of Armageddon championship series 2018

Worth $18,000

Chaos Emperor, the Dragon of Armageddon championship series 2018 specifications:

Competition prize Yugioh Championship series
Printed / awarded 2018
Valuable because A super-scarce early printing of a powerhouse card
Highest sale $18,000
Reasons to buy

  • Wipe out your opponent’s board and their life points with unique monster effect
  • Play to either pendulum zone to retrieve another dragon from your graveyard
Reasons to avoid

  • Extreme foiling may blind you mid-match
  • So much rules text

Similar to Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn, Chaos Emperor was a prize at the 2018 Yugioh Championship series. Championship winners were the first to get their hands on the powerful dragon, two years before its first public printing in Battles of Legend Armageddon. A copy of the ultra-rare first-place winner’s card with a PSA Mint 9 rating sold via Heritage auctions for $18,000 in November 2021.

Doomcaliber Knight Shonen Jump Championship 2008

Worth $15,300

Doomcaliber Knight Shonen Jump Championship 2008 specifications:

Competition prize Shonen Jump Championship 2008
Printed / awarded 2008
Valuable because Only 68 copies ever produced
Highest sale $15,300
Reasons to buy

  • If you go after a cheaper printing, this is a good budget card for shutting down enemy monster effects
Reasons to avoid

  • Finding a PSA 10 graded copy may be impossible, and one has never been sold.

Another prize card given out at the Shonen Jump Championships, this copy of Doomcaliber Knight was handed to winners of the 2008 tournaments. Only 68 copies of the cards were ever produced, making it not only super scarce, but super coveted.

In March 2021, a PSA 7 near-mint copy of the card was auctioned for $15,300 (£12,258.21). This is one of very few cards on this list that isn’t graded PSA 10. It just goes to show how valuable it is.

Morphing Jar Tournament Pack: Season 2 promo

Worth $15,000

Morphing Jar Tournament Pack: Season 2 promo specifications:

Competition prize Found in tournament participation booster packs
Printed / awarded 2002
Valuable because The single ultra-rare card in the little printed Second Season Tournament Pack
Highest sale $15,000
Reasons to buy

  • A fine example of Yugioh’s lethal crockery
Reasons to avoid

  • If you weren’t playing tournaments in 2002, can it really mean as much to you?

Another promotional card, this copy of Morphing Jar was released in the second season Tournament Pack, a specially-compiled booster that was released at select tournament locations in late 2002. More than that, Morphing Jar was the pack’s single Ultra Rare, making it doubly golden.

In Early 2021, a PSA 10 gem mint condition copy of the card sold for just under $15,000 (£12,000). Still, we reckon the classic Pot of Greed is the best piece of crockery to ever make its way into Yugioh.

Dark Magician Girl 1st edition

Worth $13,200

Dark Magician Girl 1st edition specifications:

Competition prize No
Printed / Awarded 2003
Valuable because Only printing that uses the same card art as in the Anime
Highest sale $13,200
Reasons to buy

  • The only version with the OG Anime art
Reasons to avoid

  • Dark Magician / Dark Magician Girl is no longer a tournament viable deck archetype

Dark Magician Girl was first printed in 2003, in the North-America only set Magician’s Force. Although she’s had a wider reprint since then, this was the only printing to feature the card art used in the Anime. A gem mint first edition Dark Magician girl sold for $9,100 via eBay in November 2020, while another sold for $13,200 via PWCC marketplace in July 2022.

German Pharaoh’s Tour prize Gold Sarcophagus

Worth $12,600

German Pharaoh’s Tour prize Gold Sarcophagus specifications:

Competition prize 2007 Pharoah’s Tour national winners prize
Printed / awarded 2007
Valuable because The only German-language copy of the card on sale
Highest sale $12,600
Reasons to buy

  • A regal prize for a tournament king

Another championship prize card, Gold Sarcophagus was the prize for national winners in the 2007 Pharoah’s Tour series. The Ultra-Rare variant was awarded to first-place winners. When a PSA 8-graded German-language copy went up for auction in June 2022, it sold for $12,600 – probably because it was the only German-language copy of the card on the market at the time.

Red-Eyes Black Dragon LOB 1st Edition

Worth $10,600

Red-Eyes Black Dragon LOB 1st Edition specifications:

Competition prize No
Printed / Awarded 2002
Valuable because PSA 10 Gem mint copy of a popular dragon from the first set
Highest sale $10,600
Reasons to buy

  • It’s the originally edgy dragon!
  • One of just ten ultra-rares in the first Yugioh set
Reasons to avoid

  • Not a serious competitive contender any more

Another favorite from Yugioh’s line of vivid drakes with notable eye colors, Red-Eyes Black Dragon doesn’t have the acclaim or market value of its esteemed Blue-eyed counterpart, but can certainly hold its own. One of ten Ultra Rares included in the first Yugioh set release, Legend of Blue-Eyes White Dragon, this card was a prize to find.

Twenty years later, that prize has only gone up in value. A PSA 10 gem mint condition copy of the first-edition card cards for $10,600 (£8,000) in January 2021. Yugioh players sure do like their dragons.

Gladiator’s Assault Magic Formula

Worth $8.700

Gladiator’s Assault Magic Formula specifications:

Competition prize No
Printed / awarded 2007
Valuable because Gem mint copy of a little-printed card
Highest sale $8,700
Reasons to buy

  • A piece of competitive Yugioh history
Reasons to avoid

  • No longer relevant to Dark Magician decks

When Magic Formula was printed in the set Gladiator’s Assault 2007 , it became a key part of Dark Magician decks, offering power boosts to either Dark Magician or Dark Magician Girl, and a handy life boost should it go to the graveyard. The problem for duellists was getting their hands on it.

Gladiator’s Assault was stuffed with secret rare cards and had a legendarily bad ratio of rare cards to commons and uncommons. Magic Formula was incredibly scarce, and copies from that first printing are still highly sought after: a gem mint Gladiator’s Assault Magic Formula sold for $8,700 on PWCC marketplace in July 2022.

Exodia Legend Of Blue Eyes White Dragon 1st Edition

Worth $8,000

Exodia Legend Of Blue Eyes White Dragon 1st Edition specifications:

Competition prize? No
Printed / Awarded 2002
Valuable because First edition printing, PSA 10 mint Gem
Highest sale $8,000
Reasons to buy

  • A perfect specimen of the ultimate Yugioh monster
Reasons to avoid

  • Not Forbidden, but it is Limited in the current Yugioh banlist
  • Not a serious contender for tournament play

The notorious Exodia is just as prized on the collector’s market as it is by duelists in the Yugioh anime. It’s the ultimate monster, created by combining five Exodia cards into a single, unmatched entity: the Forbidden One. It’s so powerful, in fact, that it grants its summoner immediate victory. No wonder that sniveling Weevil Underwood threw all of Yugi’s Exodia cards off the boat in the first season.

This copy of Exodia is particularly prized, however, for being a first-edition version that was printed in the game’s original set from 2002, Legend of Blue-Eyes White Dragon. It sold for $8,000 (£6,050). As well as being graded at PSA 10 Mint Gem condition, all five cards that make up Exodia were released as Ultra Rares, making them difficult to find regardless of their age.

Attack of the Giant Card!! Cyber Dragon

Unconfirmed

Attack of the Giant Card!! Cyber Dragon specifications:

Competition prize? Attack of the Giant Card!! Speed Duel tournament at Remote Duel Extravaganza, June 2022
Printed / awarded 2022
Valuable because It’s just so big!
Highest sale Estimated around $10,000
Reasons to buy

  • Big enough to use as a wall decoration
Reasons to avoid

  • Will not fit into regular card sleeves

In addition to being one of the most expensive Yugioh cards ever sold, the Attack of the Giant Card!! Cyber Dragon is also one of the biggest. ‘Attack of the Giant Card!!’ is an official tournament that rewards its winner with a Yugioh card that’s around a meter tall.

According to an eBay listing, this giant Cyber Dragon was awarded at the Remote Duel Extravaganza in June 2022 as part of the Attack of the Giant Card!! Speed Duel tournament. Though we don’t know the official offer accepted, the seller’s OG asking price was just under $10,000 (£9,000) – so the final price is somewhere in this eye-watering ballpark.

Stainless Steel Black Luster Soldier

Unconfirmed, but rumored to be worth millions

Stainless Steel Black Luster Soldier specifications:

Competition prize? Yugioh’s first-ever national tournament in 1999
Printed 1999
Valuable because One of a kind
Highest sale No confirmed sales
Reasons to buy

  • Literally the most valuable Yugioh card ever made

Believed to have been awarded in Yugioh’s first-ever national tournament in 1999, this curious card might be the most expensive Yugioh card of all time.

Made of stainless steel, the unique one of a kind Black Luster Soldier monster works differently to every other version of the card – since it’s a Normal Monster, not a Ritual Monster.

According to Kotaku, the card was listed for sale for around $10 million back in 2013, but there’s no indication it sold for that value. Elsewhere the figure $2 million is widely circulated, but this does not seem to have a verifiable source attached.

The above image is not the metal monster, but a paper duplicate of the card. 3000 copies were released in June 2023 as a special promotion in Japan, to mark the 25th anniversary of the game.

For more costly trading cards, check out our guides to the most expensive MTG cards and the priciest rare Pokemon cards.



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