The Yu-Gi-Oh! manga started up in Japan all the way back in 1996 and has held its ground for more than 24 years. The manga gave birth to several different movies, anime series, and an iconic trading card game. Till today, the Yu-Gi-Oh card tournaments are being held annually with the cards being sold and collected all around the world.
New Yu-Gi-Oh! booster packs and decks are released year after year but some special ones stand out to be the rarest Yugioh cards in the world. These ultra rare Yugioh cards are often won as special tournament prizes and are useless in an actual duel. However, they are highly collectible and widely sought out for though they rarely come up for sale. But when they do, they get sold for sky-rocketing prices, some times out of the reach of a common man.
So, if you are a Yu-Gi-Oh-fan who is in search of the rarest and the most expensive Yugioh cards then you are in the right place. In this article, we have listed 10 rarest Yugioh cards to date. So, sit back and enjoy it.
10. Harpie’s Feather Duster
Max. Price: $800 USD
While the monster cards from the original Duel Monsters anime era are good for nothing, the spell and trap cards are truly awesome. The Harpie’s Feather Duster is among those rare Yugoioh cards that destroy the entire back row of your opponent’s cards.
Though there are several relatively cheaper prints of this card, the one that stands out is the one from Tournament Pack 8. That’s a super rare copy of the card and range from prices as low as $300 up to around $800. So, to pick up that version of the card, you got to be a really big Mai Valentine fan.
9. Number 106: Giant HandMax
Such a giant hand featuring creepy looking symbols on each of its fingertips could exist only in a fantasy card game. Used by Girag in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal anime, this creepy looking appendage was also given away as a prize card at the 2013 Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championships.
Initially, this card had two versions; a rare version that can go for couple of hundred bucks and its ultra-rare variant, which goes for nearly $1000. Don’t you think it’s the least you can pay for such an extraordinary hand.
8. Horakhty The Creator Of Light
Max Price: $1000 USD
The 3 Egyptian God Cards Slifer, Obelisk, and The Winged Dragon of Ra were known even by those who casually watched the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime back in the early 2000s.
But only those die-hard fans who watched until the end knows about their merged form: Horakhty The Creator of Light. It was only released in Japan as a promotional card for an art book, despite its capacity that could win you a duel as soon as you summon it.
7. Swords Of Revealing Light (Bandai)
Max. Price: $4000 USD
Fun Fact: Bandai had made their own version of the trading card game with their own cards before Konami got the exclusive license to the game. However, this game hadn’t made its way out of Japan yet.
while many cards from this Bandai version aren’t too rare, this one is. This Bandai version of one of Yugi’s most iconic spells was turned into a promotional card way back in 1998.
6. Skuna, The Leonine Rakan
Max. Price: $6000 USD
This card with its crazy name was given as a prize to the winners of the 2009 Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championships. This class of cards requires you to sacrifice three of a specific type and enables you to win the match via direct attack. These are one of those typical prize cards at World Championships but the one mentioned above is one of the most expensive Yugioh cards in that lineage.
Fun Fact: Somebody who has achieved nirvana is called a Rakan .
5. Blue-Eyes White Dragon
Max Price: $6000 USD
Kids of the early 2000s got their first exposure to the entire Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise with the Yu-Gi-Oh! Dark Duel Stories. It was released for the Game Boy Color back in 2002 which was the first game released in North America. Most of those Yu-Gi-Oh video games came with free cards and they were extensively used by the kids in the game.
As a result, most copies are in bad condition nowadays and all of them have varying degrees of value nowadays. Out of those, the mighty Blue-Eyes White Dragon is by far one of the rarest Yugioh cards.
4. Shonen Jump Championship Cyber Stein
Max Value: $7,000
Cyber Stein was given away as a prize card from the very first Shonen Jump Championship series. It’s rare and valuable. These were awarded from December 2004 to July 2005 and there were only 18 such cards initially.
However, a few more were released at other events and their number is now estimated to be 126. These Cyber Steins of Shoen Jump Championship go up for sale every now and then and those in a mint condition are typically sold for a few thousand dollars.
Fun Fact: The Cyber Stein and the Crush Card Virus, are the only two Shonen Jump Championship prize cards that were banned from tournament play. Both of them were legal at one point.
3. Armament of the Lethal Lords
Max Price: $9000 USD
Here we have another prize card on our list of the rarest Yugioh cards in the world. It was given as a prize to players who participated in the 2006 Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championships which makes it one of the rare Yugioh cards. Since then, it has been the stuff of legends.
It was funny that some sellers tried listing the card for over one million USD, but certainly, no one bought it for that price. A more accurate valuation of the card would be around 9000 USD. Isn’t it still enough to ruin your savings?
2. Tyler the Great Warrior
Price: Not For Sale since it’s one of it’s kind, Previously sold for $75000
Tyler the Great Warrior is viewed as one of the top rarest Yu-Gi-Oh cards by quite a few people. It’s truly magnificent in every sense. This card was named for Tyler Greesle in 2005, a guy diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer in 2002. At the time, Tyler’s medical prognosis wasn’t quite pleasing. So, Make-A-Wish Foundation worked to make his dream come true.
4Kids Entertainment Inc. honoured Tyler an opportunity to create his very own Yu-Gi-Oh card. Tyler the Great Warrior was finished in 2005 and Tyler was invited to tour the U.S. Yu-Gi-Oh facility in New York City along with his family.
Fun Fact: The design of Tyler the Great Warrior’s was inspired by the popular Dragon Ball Z character Trunks
1. Tournament Black Luster Soldier
Max Price: $ 2 Million
Now we have reached the very peak of our list of most expensive Yugioh cards. These cards were first introduced in 1996 and the card game had to wait for three years to witness its first tournament. Since then, the trading card game grew exponentially in its popularity.
Hundreds of people competed to gain bragging rights and a special prize: the one-of-a-kind Black Luster Soldier card, that too printed on stainless steel.
The winners of this inaugural Yu-Gi-Oh tournament remained masked with their begrudged prize for many years until the Black Luster Soldier card wad listed for sale in 2013. The seller demanded an eye-popping $10 million, but it was reported to be sold for $2 million. Considering its high value and its unique nature, the Tournament Black Luster Soldier is undoubtedly the rarest Yu-Gi-Oh card ever in the world.
Fun Fact: Although normal Black Luster Soldier cards can be used in a duel, this special and rarest version of the card is banned for use in tournament play.