For overseas players, the idea of spending money on Japanese Yugioh cards may never cross your mind; but if you stick with the game long enough there will come a time when you switch from casual gamer to hardcore collector and when that happens, you’ll have to wipe away the drool as you begin seeking out all the cool ultra-rare cards available only in Japan. Want to know what makes a Japanese card coveted by collectors? Read on!
Getting Your Hands on Rare Japanese Yugioh CardsThe Yugioh card game has been a mainstay CCG in Japan since the manga debuted in back in 1996, and its legacy within the country can now be summed up in one word, “Duel!” which has become synonymous across playgrounds and hobby stores as the invitation to battle it out Yugioh style. This popularity has spawned collector’s both in Japan and overseas looking to build their library of ultra-rare cards. But what is considered rare? For Japanese collectors, what makes a card rare can be categorized into three groups: 1) Unbelievably low print runs; 2) Promotional cards, and 3) Misprints. For overseas collectors there is also the added bonus of collecting censored cards deemed inappropriate for the developing minds of our youth.
The Rarest Yugioh Card: Chaos Soldier
The one on the left—shockingly expensive. The one on the right—meh.The fabled unicorn of the Japanese Yugioh CCG market is the unbelievably rare Japanese edition of the Black Luster Soldier, which is known in Japan as Chaos Soldier (カオス・ソルジャー). Unplayable in tournaments, this Holy Grail for collectors comes in a limited run of 1 and was initially given as the winning prize in Japan’s first nationwide tournament in 1999. If you happen to find this card on a Japanese auction site and would like to mortgage your home or use your college funds, we say go for it. You’ll definitely have better luck finding the normal edition of the Japanese Black Luster Soldier though. But how do you know if the card you’re bidding on is authentic or an imposter? You’ve got to look for the Post-It note. In the picture above, the note clearly states in Japanese (本物) that this card is the real deal, genuine, authentic. While a Post-It note doesn’t necessarily guarantee authenticity, it at least makes you pause and wonder. Since Chaos Soldier’s or the Black Luster Soldier’s release, it has been sold at a super high price. The most expensive price tag so far? A whopping 2,480,000 yen! Ka-ching!