Welcome back to another Market Watch!
Last week we saw the arrival of Structure Deck: Spirit Charmers, and over the last few days we've seen the new, collectible alternate arts from that release see surprising demand! Loukas wrote about an innovated Charmer deck last week, but it took a little time for the market to catch up to the release of the new structure. Now, in a surprising turn, half of this week's best-selling cards on TCGplayer were Charmers.
Big hits from Maximum Gold continued to fill the rest of the slots in our Top 10, but that could all change because today is Black Friday! I'll be pawing through the fallout of the weekend's festivities in time for next week's column, but for today, here are the Top 10 best-selling cards on TCGplayer.
This one was probably just a matter of time. Solemn Judgment doesn't always see competitive play, but it's always a big fan-favorite because of its competitive history and competitive potential, and historically speaking we always see huge interest anytime a new, high rarity printing gets released at an affordable price point.
Right now the Premium Gold Rare Solemn's the cheapest copy available, more affordable than far less flashy prints like the Secret Slayers Super Rare, the Relentless Revenge Ultra Rare, and the Lost Sanctuary common. There's a really big supply of the Premium Gold version on TCGplayer right now, so we may see the big numbers continue for a couple of weeks.
Konami's worked overtime the past year to try and add more value to Structure Decks: Shaddol Showdown had those variant arts for El Shaddoll Construct and El Shaddoll Winda, and Sacred Beasts came with a Phantasm Token and a Phantasmal Martyr Token. That approach levelled up for the Spirit Charmers structure. This time around there are four Ultra Rare variant cards, one for each Familiar-Possessed, and five Super Rare token cards, and every structure deck comes with just one of each, making them much more collectible.
The four Familiar-Possessed alternate arts are small potatoes at a Market Price of about $1.50 each, but they've quickly become the most prized cards in the release along with the reprint of Dark Ruler No More; Charmer fans want at least one of each, and that created big demand in the secondary market all month long. That demand spiked in the past week now that the structure's arrived, and it was enough to catapult all four alternate arts into the Top 10.
Speaking of alternate arts, the churn of demand for Maximum Gold continues to mow through a list of tournament-viable reprints that returned as Premium Gold Rares, with the new version of Borrelsword Dragon still near the top of the heap. Borrelsword Dragon (Alternate Art) is down from Number 3 last week as the surge of interest in Charmers pushed it down the charts, but it still managed to hang in for a back-to-back showing.
Also down a few spots due to the Charmer cards, Nibiru, the Primal Being slipped from Number 5 to Number 7, still "rock" solid at 8 bucks a pop. Like we said last week, Nibiru's currently drawing even more attention than usual as an answer to Virtual World as that deck keeps gaining momentum, and that - combined with the big price drop from the original version - has made it a top pick for anyone who's playing with a competitive mind-set right now.
The Familiar-Possessed alternate arts are all here largely for their sentimental value to fans, so it's no surprise that all four cards are relatively similar in price and demand. There doesn't appear to be one variant that's any more rare than the rest, and depending on what day you looked at the best-selling cards on TCGplayer this week, any one of the four could've been a few copies ahead of the rest.
That said, the one Familiar-Possessed that ended up on top was the one with the character that's spent vastly more time in tournament Top Cuts than the rest.
…Nope, not this one. Aussa's pretty cool, and Awakening of the Possessed - Nefariouser Archfiend is a definite highlight of the new Structure. But the queen of the Familiar-Possessed alternate arts was the literal hottest of the bunch.
Yes, Familiar-Possessed - Hiita (Alternate Art) outsold all the rest of her Ultra Rare sisters, likely for her sheer recognizability. Hiita the Fire Charmer, Ablaze was a huge part of tournament play for much of 2019, and that appears to've made Hiita the number one best girl for Charmer fans.
Finally, Eria the Water Charmer, Gentle was huge this week, as the most recent of the Charmer Link monsters. Arriving in Eternity Code earlier this year, Eria the Water Charmer, Gentle the one Charmer Link lots of collectors are playing catch-up on, and many buyers were clearly looking to make up that lost ground now that the Spirit Charmer structure is here.
Note that we saw a big run on Aussa the Earth Charmer, Immovable this week, briefly driving Aussa past $5 in Market Price! Supply surged to meet that demand, driving Aussa back down, but she's still hovering above $3 shipped.
It's been 13 weeks since the release of the 2020 Tin of Lost Memories, and in one form or another, Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess (Alternate Art) been in the weekly Top 10 for 12 of them. The only thing that briefly knocked it off of the best-seller's list was the release of Phantom Rage, and even that could only hold Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess (Alternate Art) back for a week. More stats? Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess (Alternate Art) been in a Top 5 position or better for 11 of its 12 weeks at the top of the charts, and the new Premium Gold reprint's been Number 1 since Maximum Gold dropped.
So today represents a bit of a slip, as Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess dropped to Number 2.
Yes, Harpie's Feather Duster and Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess (Alternate Art) traded places from last week, with the formerly-banned removal card classic back at Number 1! Despite many players relegating Harpie's Feather Duster to the Side Deck, it's gained huge traction ever since it was brought back into the Advanced Format, and the price drop of the Maximum Gold reprint's proven to be a welcome factor. It may not be the most coveted version of the card, as Dan Parker showed us earlier this week when he covered that $2000+ version, but the Premium Gold Rare's a gorgeous printing and players have shown zero hesitation at 5 bucks a copy.
What else was big this week? Now that so many more players have their copies of Eldlich the Golden Lord, Conquistador of the Golden Land came in at Number 11 and Eldlixir of Scarlet Sanguine took Number 15. Hand traps continued to be consistently valued with Droll & Lock Bird at Number 12 and Fantastical Dragon Phantazmay at Number 13, while Charmers batted cleanup with Wynn the Wind Charmer, Verdant at Number 14.
That's it for this week, but stick with us tomorrow for a look at last weekend's Remote Duel Extravaganza with Hanko Chow tomorrow, and a disgusting PSY-Frame deck from Loukas on Sunday.