Black Friday's over, and we saw some immediate reactions in the secondary market!
Some of the biggest cards in the game right now were trending up over the last week, as players who were waiting for Black Friday discounts cashed in on competitive cards. Results from the November Yu-Gi-Oh! Extravaganza Remote Duel event pushed at least one card into the Top 10, and with Yu-Gi-Oh! Day tournaments being held remotely this weekend, it's a great time to take a look at what people were picking up.
These were the Top 10 best-selling cards in the TCGplayer Marketplace this week by unique purchases, and the cards you may see more of this weekend.
Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS - Sky Thunder an extremely powerful, splashable Extra Deck monster with a game-winning effect and a proven track record in the OCG, but lots of players are still sleeping on it. This is the first time it's broken through into the Top 10.
In presales this card was $75 or more. By launch day the price had dropped to $55, and from there it slowly slid to where it is now, around 46 to 47 dollars. The new price point made Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS - Sky Thunder a big buy for Black Friday shoppers; it was one of the best cards to pick up with that huge 10% Bonus Bucks deal, and buyers reacted accordingly.
It's interesting to compare the pricing trends for this card, to the ones we saw for Accesscode Talker earlier in the year back in April. Accesscode Talker started off undervalued in presales at $40, then spiked to $70, fell to $57 just before the North American release, then spiked back up to $65 on release day. It's largely floated between $65 to $75 ever since. That's a card you only run one of, while many decks want to run two copies of Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS - Sky Thunder.
So what happened? I think the early price of $75+ scared some buyers off, and at the same time there were no new Yu-Gi-Oh products for over a month by the time Phantom Rage dropped. That may have placed more sellers in a position where they were more willing to compete on price. The card's positioning may have been a bit confusing too, with Alpha, the Master of Beasts debuting at a similar price with similar demand, despite being a far more narrow card (which can now be found for well under $40).
Personally I wouldn't be surprised if Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS - Sky Thunder turns out to be undervalued at its current price point, though it may take the return of in-person Yu-Gi-Oh sometime next year for it to realize its potential.
Zoodiacs were back in competition at the November Remote Duel Extravaganza, and we saw decorated players like Esala Wathuthantrige and Ryan Levine running Aussa the Earth Charmer, Immovable largelly for the Zoo mirror match.
Wathuthantrige did a post-event interview where he explained: "The value of Aussa the Earth Charmer, Immovable is - in any version of Zoo mirror - that it's a Zoo monster in your Extra Deck, because you'll just be able to summon your opponent's Zoo monster." The impact was huge. "Because we played this card, every Zoo matchup we had was incredibly free. It was the easiest matchup we played all day, because they had to immediately answer Aussa the Earth Charmer, Immovable." And if they do, you search a free Zoodiac anyways. "This is how we access our Zoo engine when we only have Eldlich cards," Wathuthantrige continued. "Either we use our opponent's Zoo cards, or we crash in this Aussa the Earth Charmer, Immovable, and then just search a Zoodiac Thoroughblade or a Zoodiac Whiptail."
Last week we saw big demand for Charmer cards, largely driven by collectors and fans of the theme in the wake of the Structure Deck release. But this is different; this is a hugely competitive card for one of the best decks in the format, and it makes a massive difference there.
The Super Polymerization reprint's been pretty popular since it arrived, driving down the price of less flashy alternatives and offering a premium rarity version for the lowest cost of any available copy. Super Polymerization hasn't been big this format, but with a possible banlist coming in December, it remains a perennially powerful card that's always one shift away from returning to big competition.
Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring (Alternate Art)
Not much was really short printed in Maximum Gold apart from the oldschool icons, but in the case of cards that come in two different artworks - like Tour Guide From the Underworld (Alternate Art), Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit (Alternate Art), and Cyber Dragon Infinity (Alternate Art) - both versions of the card combined seem to occupy roughly as many spaces on the printing sheet as the cards that came in just one version.
We saw that kind of collation in European case ratios, and the pulls that I've seen from dozens of cases in the American printing seem similar. That means while Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring as a whole is just as easy to pull as any other card in Maximum Gold, only half of those Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring (Alternate Art) will be this version, the Alternate Art.
And despite that scarcity, the feetgang's clearly spoken, sending this specific version of Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring (Alternate Art) to the Top 10. The regular Premium Gold Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring came in at Number 15, and if we combined the sales of both cards, they'd collectively be the most-purchased card of the week by nearly a 30% margin. Lots of players still needed their Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring (Alternate Art) and many more are upgrading to the Premium Gold printings, making Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring (Alternate Art) arguably the most popular card in the set.
Infinite Impermanence: still amazing, and still holding tight at 20 bucks. That the second highest-priced card in the set can sell this many copies is testament to Infinite Impermanence competitive appeal, even with Called by the Grave no longer a three-of concern.
Up from Number 8 last week, the first printing of this alternate art version of the now-classic Link 4 is proving to be a huge deal week over week, taking what was a $10 card and slamming it down to about $2.50. At that price Borrelsword Dragon (Alternative Art) accessible to anyone, and while it's no longer the be-all end-all it once was there's just no reason to pass on it for 2 bones.
Down from Number 2 last week, Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess (Alternate Art) is still one of the best-selling cards of the year, and even after the massive demand for the 2020 Tin of Forbidden Memories reprint, the new bear-free alternate art is killing it. We're starting to see collectors and speculators picking up multiple copies now, which is a big shift since this is virtually never played at more than 1-per-deck.
Meanwhile players are picking up trios of Nibiru, the Primal Being by the fistful, as it continues to be an incredibly important tournament card still commanding less than half of its prior value. We said this last week and the week before, but the card's play value is higher in the more dispersed metagames we're now seeing; its performance in a field with a range of different decks is tremendous, and it's especially good against some of the newer strategies we saw at the November Remote Duel Extravaganza.
Eldlich the Golden Lord was nowhere near the Top 10 last week, but again, Black Friday got lots of players shopping who probably weren't buying cards much in the previous weeks. Eldlich the Golden Lord hit Number 9 two weeks ago. But the combination of Black Friday Bonus Bucks and the knowledge that Eldlich Zoo builds area doing so well lately led to far higher demand in the past few days.
Again, with the Eldlich Fusion coming early next year in Blazing Vortex, it's very likely Eldlich will only become more competitive moving forward. The deck is no longer the meta-wrecking concern it was earlier this year, and that, combined with more incoming support, is making players feel pretty safe about Eldlich the Golden Lord as an investment through December.
Finally, a mix of one-copy players and multi-purchase speculators drove Harpie's Feather Duster to the Number 1 spot in the TCGplayer Marketplace this week. It's no secret, Harpie's Feather Duster been huge ever since it came off the banlist in September, and lots of players were waiting for the reprint to pick up a minty Premium Gold Rare copy, instead of shelling out 2 to 3 times the price for an older print that might be less than near mint.
Beyond the Top 10 proper, we saw Droll & Lock Bird (Alternate Art) fall just a few copies short of the Top 10 at Number 11. Premium Gold Red-Eyes Black Dragon was still strong at Number 12, and the 2020 Tin reprint of Borreload Savage Dragon followed at Number 13. Dark Ruler No More, from the Charmer Structure finished the week at Number 14, and as mentioned before, that original artwork of Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring wound up at Number 15.
So yeah, Black Friday definitely saw some buyers playing catch-up on some of the latest cards, and some key reprints. That might have an impact on Yu-Gi-Oh Day! tournaments this weekend, so be ready for competition.