It's no wonder that it's one of the most expensive cards in the whole franchise based on the card game and anime. The English 1st Edition print is rare and expensive, costing more than most automobiles. A 2002 1st Edition edition was sold for a whopping $32,000 at public auction. Original Japanese print versions go for even more.
First released in Japan in February 1994, the Blue-Eyed White Dragon card game series is part of the popular Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game universe created by Kazuki Takahashi. In this series, players use monsters from different genres such as demons, dragons, and animals to battle each other or computer-controlled opponents.
The first card in the series is the Blue-Eyed White Dragon itself which has a maximum attack value of 30. It is named after its pure white body covered in blue spots. Each spot represents a monster trapped inside the card when it is used in battle. When all its spots are removed, the card becomes human-usable again. Cards in this series are usually very large, ranging from 4" to 6".
In Japan, cards from various franchises can be combined together to make new products. For example, there are Green-Eyes Black Dragon cards that can be used with the Green-Eyes Duelist Anime to create a new character. This series combines cards from two different games to create a new entity.
Blue Eyes White Dragon comes in a number distinct variants, but first copies in immaculate condition are the most precious and are worth thousands of dollars. Even a highly worn Blue Eyes White Dragon may fetch a few hundred dollars. The most valuable version is the 1972 edition with the red cover and gold lettering; it is estimated to be worth about $150,000-$200,000.
At the end of World War II, Japan's emperor lost his throne and with it his divine status. The war had also destroyed much of its economy, leaving many people hungry. Emperor Hirohito was seen by many as responsible for the war and did not deserve his former title. This feeling led to the creation of a new cult called "Sonno Jizoku" or "Nightly Gods". Its leaders claimed that they were receiving messages directly from Emperor Hirohito telling them to worship their idols.
In 1969, one of these priests, Ichiro Kono, started making offerings on behalf of the emperor at a Tokyo restaurant. One night, while performing the ritual, he was attacked by five men who beat him and then stole his statue. They were probably unaware of the value of their theft because, even though Emperor Hirohito had no power anymore, his image was still revered. A week later, another attack occurred when another Blue-Eyed White Dragon was stolen from a temple.
A Beckett (BGS) 4.5 of the 1st Edition "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" from the 2002 Legend of Blue Eyes set, for example, sold in May 2021 for $5500.
The most valuable dragon card in the set is the Black Rabbit Dragon (also known as the Black Rabbit Deck), which first appeared in Japan in 1969 and was first released in America in 1974. It contains 44 cards, all but one of which are rare or unique. The only common card is the rabbit, which appears on almost every card. Each other card has a value between $10,000 and $100,000.
The world's most expensive card game is Magic: The Gathering. Played by millions of people around the globe, it features hundreds of cards that change shape and color when exposed to different elements. The Magic: The Gathering TCG consists of three separate games called Commander, Dueling, and Legacy. A complete set of 70 cards from any era of Magic can be valued at many thousands of dollars.
In 2020, the most valuable card game tournament was the Mythic Championship V in Columbus, Ohio. Fourteen players competed over five days with their customized decks to be named the winner of $250,000. The Mythic Championship is designed by Wizards of the Coast to determine a single player's place in the competitive card game scene.
A card named Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon can be purchased for a stunning 45 million yen ($406,800) at Tokyo's Card Shop Spiral speciality store. The card is one-of-a-kind, which explains why it's being sold for such a high price. It was manufactured using premium materials and comes with a hand-written note from the artist.
The story behind this card starts back in 2004 when Yuu Kamiya decided to create his own manga series called "Blue Eyes". He assigned himself as the character designer and artist of the series and asked two of his friends to help him out with some part-time work. One of these friends was Tatsuya Kumagai who designed the main characters of the series: Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Black Rose Dragon.
In 2005, after finishing the first chapter of the series, Kumagai wanted to leave the project but Kamiya refused because he believed that Black Rose would make an excellent companion card to Blue-Eyes. So they agreed to make two more cards based on the characters: a normal version and a golden version like the first one.
In 2006, Card Shop Spiral released the first issue of a new manga series called "Garurumos!". They decided to use this opportunity to promote the Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon card so they made a special page in this issue showing how much money it would take to buy this card.
A 'Blue-Eyes White Dragon' Yu-Gi-Oh! card nearly earned $13.4 million in a Chinese auction because buyers thought it was a limited-edition 2019 version. A card said to be worth roughly $46,000 was featured in a judicial auction of a criminal's goods. The mystery buyer outbid everyone else with a winning bid of 3.14 million yuan (about $490,000).
China has many rich people who love collecting cards. Because there are so many collectors in China, the price of cards goes up. Also, some cards take years to make so they can only make a few copies per card. This makes them more expensive too.
Card games have been popular in China for many years. In fact, they were originally called "Chinese chess" because each player had a set of tiles that would combine to form a picture like what we call "chess." People started calling it "chou-yu" which means "game of skill" in Chinese. Later on, the word "chess" was adopted instead.
In Japan, China, Korea, and other Asian countries, card games are very popular. Many families play them together at home. Children often want their own toys, so parents give them money to buy cards from dealers. This practice continues today in Asia where card games are still popular among adults and children alike.
$421,000. The winner of the 2001 Asian Championships event received an autographed Japanese Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon. It was given to players in a hand-signed package by Yu-Gi-Oh! inventor Kazuki Takahashi. The card has a value of about $10,000 alone.
The price of cards has increased dramatically since then. With the current market price of $100 for a used card, a signed Ultimate Dragon would be worth over $110,000.
A regular Blue-Eyes Duelist Club Edition card is currently worth around $40-50, making the ultimate dragon worth almost half a million dollars.
This number does not include the other items included with the prize, such as the tournament ticket or hotel room. Also, this figure does not account for inflation. In 2001, the card was worth about $120 at most major retailers. Now it would be worth far more.
Even if you did not win the tournament, or even if you lost, the card is still worth way more than what you paid for it. If you were to sell it on eBay, you could make some money off of it.
Selling cards on eBay can be a great way to make some extra cash. However, please keep in mind that these cards are based on popularity and demand.