The hype surrounding the latest Legendary Collection releasereached a fevered pitch early last week, when pre-sales pushed the actualsealed Box Set over the $40 mark. While a lot of players reasonably assumedthat price would come down once the LCKC actually hit retail on Friday, theactual launch did nothing to create a balance between supply and demand.
Four days after the street date, the average Market Price and currentavailable price for a sealed Legendary Collection Kaiba is up to aconsistent $48, as many vendors choose to open their product for big moneysingles like Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring, Card of Demise, and Raigeki.Meanwhile online retailers and big box brick and mortars have been ravagedby regular players, looking to score the reprints they need, or to plus offtheir purchase.
While many predicted a crash in the price of Ash Blossom & JoyousSpring, that simply didn't happen, with the much-debatedmaybe-short-printed card still well over $60. As of this writing, a totalof seven singles from the set are in the double digits range, with manymore in the $3+ range, making Legendary Collection purchases exceedinglyconsistent when you're looking for a worthwhile return.
Simply put, we haven't seen a release like this in Yu-Gi-Oh! sinceThe Dark Side of Dimensions Movie Pack; a set that likeLegendary Collection Kaiba, managed to appeal to both tournamentplayers and nostalgia-driven casuals, generating a consistent ROI thatdrove stores to open sealed product rather than sell it. With news aboutits key reprints delayed until relatively soon before its release, LCKC'sbecome the surprise hit of the year, and the interest in tournament-levalcards from the set suggests we might see a massive WCQ season this summer.
And that's all surprising. But not as surprising as the Number 1 bestsellerthis week. If you're an honorable individual that enjoys delayedgratification try and keep yourself in suspense. But if you want to seesomething mindblowing, just go ahead and skip down to Number 1 for asecond, then come back and read the rest.
#10: C-Crush Wyvern
The spread of Secret Rare upgrades is one of the great things aboutLegendary Collection Kaiba. R&D clearly saw an opportunity togo all-out here, and delivered a set where basically everytournament-worthy card gets pushed to Secret Rare, because there's just noreason to not.
People are using Dragon Shrine with Darkwurm, right? Bam. Secret Rare.Dragon Ravine's relevant thanks to Destrudo? Cool. Secret Rare. Billy Brakeplayed Ancient Rules that one time a couple years back? Sure Secret Rare.Go crazy. The powers that be loaded the set with value every way theycould, because why not, and the result is a sellout product.
And Secret Rare C-Crush Wyvern as the Number 10 bestselling card of theweek.
#9: Goddess of Sweet Revenge
Since Legendary Collection Kaiba is literally impossible to buy ina lot of stores right now, ordering Goddess of Sweet Revenge off theinternet is the only option for lots of players who want a few copies.Factor in an enticing against-all-odds comeback effect that no one wouldprobably ever rely on, but man wouldn't it be sweet to pull off just once,and you've got very strong sales for a card that was basically intended tobe free.
Also it's a big contender for the coolest name of the year for a Yu-Gi-Oh!card. "Goddess of Sweet Revenge" really cuts to the point, illuminating onhow good this thing would feel to actually drop on some poor sucker.
#8: Master with Eyes of Blue
Printed three times in the past, and never at a rarity higher than common,Master with Eyes of Blue did see some legitimate tournament-topping playback when Blue-Eyes White Dragon was a leading strategy. At this point it'slargely selling on nostalgia and the "Finally It's A Foil" factor, but at50 cents a pop it was an easy add to a lot of orders.
People love Blue-Eyes, and some of those people love foiling out a wholedeck. LCKC lets them do that, and it pushed Master with Eyes of Blue toNumber 8 on the Top 10.
#7: Pot of Desires
Order amongst the insanity! One of the biggest surprises this weeked wasthe fact that even amongst the chaos of Legendary Collection Kaiba, Pot of Desires still managed to make the Top 10. At this point we allknow it's a must-own, but the fact that it's still selling in such nutsonumbers is another indicator that more players are entering the competitivearena and ramping up toward WCQ's.
#6: The Melody of Awakening Dragon
A huge pick for any Blue-Eyes White Dragon deck, competitive or casual, TheMelody of Awakening Dragon's been printed as a foil before, but never aSecret Rare. With the LCKC version a dollar cheaper than theLegendary Decks II Ultra Rare, it's the obvious choice for anyonelooking to foil out their BEWD build.
That said, the average Market Price is still nearly $3. That kind of pricepoint for so many smaller cards is a big factor in the set's selloutappeal.
#5: The White Stone of Ancients
The White Stone of Ancients is selling on a similar basis, another casewhere the new Secret Rare is more affordable than its previous Ultra Rareand lower printings. White Stone's another lynchpin for virtually anyBlue-Eyes White Dragon deck, and that gave it legs enough to get to anaverage Market Price of $3.
#4: B-Buster Drake
Beating out C-Crush Wyvern by a whopping six spots, B-Buster Drake remainsthe one ABC-Dragon Buster material least likely to be run at fewer thanthree copies. The fact that it outsold the other materials so handilysuggests there's definitely a competitive edge to this market pattern,
#3: Dragon Revival Rhapsody
A massive +1, albeit with very specific requirements, Dragon RevivalRhapsody proved desirable in both its Ultra Rare and Secret Rare forms withthe Secret Rare going for nearly five bucks. That average Market Price isstarting to dip down to $4 in available listings, but it's still a hugeshowing for a card that isn't particularly competitive.
The appeal of powerful new Blue-Eyes support can never be overstated, asevidenced by our Number 2 card as well…
#2: The King of D.
Yes, while the Secret Rare printing wasn't as popular as Dragon RevivalRhapsody's, The King of D. still outsold it by a healthy margin across bothprintings combined, searching enabling cards that have always beentantalizing to BEWD duelists. Synergy with Rhapsody is a nice bonus, moreconsistent access to The Melody of Awakening Dragon is actually quite goodfor sake of viability, and the name is the best thing since Nekogal #1'sflavor text.
So with all that fan interestin Blue-Eyes White Dragon, what card sold themost copies over the weekend?
#1: Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring
Seriously, this happened.
As of this writing, the average Market Price and current available price ofAsh Blossom & Joyous Spring is hugging the $60 mark. On Friday when theset launched, it was 55 dollars. And yet, it outsold every card in theTCGplayer Marketplace this week, moving an insane number of copies. Flatout, we've never seen such a big money card occupy the Number 1 spot likethis, let alone a reprint.
It's an unprecedented situation that suggests a ton of players are rampingup for a serious run at premier events, and it shows that after a few weeksof waffling back and forth, Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring is once againregarded as a staple by at least a significant portion of the playerbase.If you'd hoped against hope that Ash Blossom was just going to fade away intournament play, you're going to want to adapt your expectations reallyfast.
More duelists than ever before are going to be packing three copies, somake your plays accordingly.
Beyond the core top 10, the next five bestselling cards in the TCGplayerMarketplace were all from Legendary Collection Kaiba. Sage withEyes of Blue, Trade-In, and Return of the Dragon Lords took Number 11,Number 14, and Number 15 respectively, demonstrating the undeniable powerof casual fandom in the Yu-Gi-Oh! secondary market.
Blue-Eyes isn't winning anything now, and it's deeply unlikely thatsituation will change. But three big cards for the strategy sold likehotcakes anyways; a nice nod to the varied appeal of our game and the loresurrounding it, as well as a reminder of our roots.
Meanwhile the ABC-Dragon Buster loved continued, with A-Assault Coreclocking in at Number 12, and Terraforming coming in at Number 13. That'skind of awesome, since ABC's sit at the intersection of competitive resultsand casual appeal, and Terraforming features in a number of differentstrategies. The Secret Rare's up to twelve dollars for the moment,suggesting ABC's, Trickstars, Invoked, True Dracos, and Dinosaurs are allalive and well.
Will the explosive enthusiasm for Legendary Collection Kaibacontinue? Check back on Friday for another Market Watch, where we'll answerthat question and more.