With Legendary Duelists: Season 1 in full swing, and Structure Deck: Sacred Beasts only just arriving today, the secondary market this week was dominated by the legacy of Red-Eyes Black Dragon
Toon Chaos , Duel Devastator and Season 1 all had representation in the Top 10 this week, but with so many Red-Eyes cards from the original Legendary Duelist releases shedding their crazy price tags, the Secret Rare promos from Season 1 are a bonafide hit. Joining them are a few surprise picks plus Chaos Space, which continues to sell like hotcakes despite slipping from the Number 1 spot.
Which card ate its lunch? Let's find out, as we jump into our countdown of the best-selling Yu-Gi-Oh cards of the last five days.
Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring
Kicking us off at Number 10, we saw a surprise surge of demand for Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring from the weekend on forward. Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring plays a huge role in tournament competition, but with sanctioned events still delayed and those makeup National Championships now canceled for 2020, it's a bit of a mystery as to why Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring spiked this week. With some areas recovering from COVID-19 fairly well at this point, it's possible players are gearing up for a return to locals in at least some regions.
Number 8 last week and Number 9 now, Toon Black Luster Soldier's become a highly popular pick over the last few weeks. While we saw all of the new Toon support dip a little bit in our last Market Watch, cards like Toon Black Luster Soldier and Toon Page-Flip recovered over the last few days, gaining a couple bucks of value. Last week's price drop was easily attributed to the news of the Toon Chaos reprint coming in August, but it looks like the slide was brief as values for the 1st Edition cards have re-stabilized.
Slipping about a dollar over the last week, Red-Eyes Fang with Chain was still a huge seller as one of Legendary Duelists: Season 1's marquee Secret Rare pack-ins. With seven different Secrets in the release it just makes a ton of sense to go the singles route if you're not interested in much else; cards from LDS1 are wickedly affordable, leaving the majority of the set's value tied up in the Secrets and the new Colorful Ultra Rare versions of Crystal Bond (Purple) and Red-Eyes Black Dragon (Green). Red-Eyes Fang with Chain's a bit awkward as a trap card, but its one-two punch mixing field-clearing OTK power with monster theft makes it a versatile choice in a dedicated Red-Eyes build, and it's clearly captured the imagination of duelists looking to play something different.
Gearfried the Red-Eyes Iron Knight also saw big demand due to its Secret Rare status, making it a fairly difficult pull even if you're just looking to get one copy out of a display. It doesn't really see a ton of play even in casual builds, but it has synergy with Red-Eyes Fang with Chain and anything you'd play with Isolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights, so there's enough there for the card to be interesting.
A lot of buyers were only picking up one copy though, which may be another indicator that the real drive factor was collectability: at $25+ before the reprint, many duelists who just wanted to own Red-Eyes Iron Knight because it's a cool card couldn't justify the cost. Now that it's 4 bucks it's a lot more approachable.
The Melffy theme broke the internet when it was first revealed in the OCG: Konami knows the softest corners of our hearts, and cute woodland creatures are right up there with new hand traps and waifu bait. Melffy Rabby's an incredibly easy pull in Legendary Duelists: Season 1, so it's testament to the Melffy theme's appeal that so many players were picking up copies.
The sales numbers here suggest a bit of speculation from investors, though not a ton, and I can see where they're coming from: at 50 cents a pop this card could easily go to a dollar or more once the full Melffy theme arrives. To me, Melffy Rabby felt like one of the set's biggest missed opportunities: I'm sure the preview cards had to be regular Ultra Rares for Valid Reasons We'll Never Learn™, but if this had been offered in three different versions as a Colorful Ultra Rare it could've been a much more exciting pull and brought more value to the release.
But yeah, it's basically selling like fuzzy hotcakes uwu
The Duel Links feels hit hard! Like Gearfried the Red-Eyes Iron Knight, Red-Eyes Slash Dragon is a way more affordable Secret Rare reprint of a previous marquee card that was once 30 bucks. Now that it's in the range of budget players, a lot of old school Yu-Gi-Oh fans who just couldn't get their hands on it before are snapping up copies.
It's worth noting the average buy numbers here aren't suggesting speculation, which almost seems like a mistake to me; there's definitely room for long term growth here on such a popular fan-driven card.
It's back, in nerfed form! The issue of card errata can be a sensitive topic in Yu-Gi-Oh; there's a special kind of sting Rescue Cat gets retired to the Forbidden List and then comes back Sangan like itself. But I don't think that's the case here for Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon. The Red-Eyes many of us remember from decks like Chaos Dragons, Deep Draw Dragons, Disaster Dragons and Hopeless Dragons was a different beast altogether compared to what Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon became in the wake of Guardragon Elpy, Guardragon Pisty, and Guardragon Agarpain. While the once-per-turn limitations definitely make Red-Eyes less broken in competition, the sheer nostalgia factor that can often make erratas such a flashpoint wasn't really grounded in that "version" of the card. As a result, I think almost everyone can agree that the errata's fair.
More than that, the errata's a better alternative to Forbidding Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon outright. That fact, combined with the new art and the friendly price tag, made Red-Eyes a strong hit for the week.
Again, demand for Red-Eyes Baby Dragon is largely rooted in its previous price. This thing was $33 or more before the reprint, and now that it's 7 dollars it's in a different league. The fact that you might actually want to play it, potentially in multiples, lifted it all the way to the Number 3 spot. And sure, your Red-Eyes build might be destined for the casual side of your deck gauntlet, but any card that searches your deck twice – especially with a free Special Summon – deserves at least a little respect.
Down a spot from last week, Chaos Space is still the hottest pick from Toon Chaos and an obviously competitive combo card for years to come. Not only is it awesome, it just keeps going down in price, especially now that we know Toon Chaos coming back for a second printing in August. This thing was over $6.50 a couple weeks ago, and now it's down to about $4.25. When the most competitive card in the set is a flexible generic powerhouse that keeps getting more affordable, you can't not buy in.
The Collector's Rare version took a bit of a dip, too: [Chaos Space (CR)] was $180 a week and a half ago, and sales this week were more in the $140 range. It's really interesting to see how Collector's Rares are performing.
Finally, Millennium-Eyes Restrict was the best-selling card of the week. Arguably the most competitive card in Legendary Duelist: Season 1, it's been an important option with Instant Fusion that's topped quite a few events since its release. Now we're seeing the dual demand of players wanting to pick up a niche card that had tournament applications, but was tough to justify at $40 or more; as well as the collector and fan market, most of whom couldn't drop that much dough for what would only serve as a showcase card and nothing else.
Red-Eyes Insight nearly made the Top 10, coming in at Number 11 just a few copies behind Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring. Double Evolution Pill finished at Number 12 for the week, as Dinos continue to be a fan-favorite and a viable tournament deck, and the hits from Season 1 finished with Cocoon of Ultra Evolution and Ancient Gear Fusion at Numbers 13 and 14. Pot of Desires rounded it all out at Number 15, coming off the reprint in Toon Chaos.
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