We are one week out from the release of the 2020 Tin of Lost Memories, jam-packed with explosive reprints and set to unleash Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon.
The reveal of the 249 cards in the new tin demolished the secondary prices of big singles from 2019 this week, but another factor has players placing bets on singles: tomorrow's officially sanctioned Remote Duel Invitational, featuring 16 of North America's greatest tournament players and Yugitubers.
The Top 10 this week looks drastically different from our recent Market Watches, so let's jump straight into the countdown. These were the best-selling cards on TCGplayer from Saturday to Friday morning.
Martial Metal Marcher's still hugely affordable at less than two bucks, and it's still a must-own if you have any interest in playing Crystron Halqifibrax. The advent of a possible banlist in September is keeping Crystron Halqifibrax affordable, but demand for Martial Metal Marcher way up all the same, with Mecha Phantom Beast O-Lion still mega cheap after its reprint in Battles of Legend: Armageddon.
PSY-Framegear Gamma's fantastic in a hand trap heavy period like this one, and it's still cheap as dirt thanks to the Toon Chaos reprint. It's been bouncing between $1.25 and $2.50 since early June and it's never been that affordable before.
As a sort of second tier hand trap that isn't always on the level of Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring or even Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit, a lot of players were sleeping on this card for years due to the cost. Now, with PSY-Framegear Gamma going cheap and PSY-Framelord Omega also in the $2 range, it's an amazing time to pick up the full engine.
Infernoble Arms - Durendal's a must-run 3-of for one of the most affordable top strategies right now. You only have to look as far as Dogmatika Ecclesia, the Virtuous and her 20 dollar price tag to know what the upper end is for Rise of the Duelist Ultra Rares, so Infernoble Arms - Durendal at 5 bucks seems like a steal. We're not seeing speculative volumes of buys just yet, but some bigger independent vendors are starting to pick these up en masse at 4 bucks a pop and it's easy to see why. Infernobles could gain a lot of steam as the weeks roll on, and if that happens $5 Durendals won't be around for long.
Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon coming, buy up all the Predaplant Verte Anaconda!
This card was 20 dollars at the end of June, and it's slowly been creeping up toward the $30 mark as Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon gets closer and closer. By now you probably know the deal; control two effect monsters, turn them into Predaplant Verte Anaconda and use its effect to pay 2000 Life Points to send Red-Eyes Fusion to the graveyard for Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon. It's the perfect way to end a big combo, leveraging extra extenders into a powerful negation body in almost any deck.
Ever since Duel Overload dropped, we've said that the DUOV-exclusive Link Monsters had nowhere to go but up. Predaplant Verte Anaconda's quickly becoming the biggest example of that, and it's probably not done at $30.
Demand for Dogmatika was way down this week with Dogmatika Fleurdelis, the Knighted, Dogmatika Maximus and Titaniklad the Ash Dragon disappearing from the Top 10. It seems like most players who wanted to give Dogmatika a shot have bought in by now, while others are holding onto their Eldlich and Adamancipator decks, betting on Infernobles and Dragon Link instead, or simply taking a wait-and-see approach.
That said, Dogmatika Ecclesia, the Virtuous was still a huge mover this week, as one of the deck's few true 3-ofs. Last week we noted that there's no consensus yet on whether Dogmatika Fleurdelis, the Knighted or Dogmatika Maximus should be played at 1, 2 or 3 copies, but the defacto staple status of triple Ecclesia kept her a hot pick at Number 6.
Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon coming, buy up all the Red-Eyes Fusions!
Seriously though, look at the crazy price history for this thing.
The price trend here's really nuts. Follow the graph and you can see Red-Eyes Fusion spike from 2 dollars to 8 dollars overnight when Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon gets announced on April 8th, highlighted by the red column. It eventually peaks at $12.50. Then you can just see the price going absolutely insane up and down for months, until the reprint arrives in Legendary Duelists: Season 1 on July 7th, the purple column. From there it's still erratic, but it bounces between 1 and 4 dollars. Now it's sitting at about 2 bucks.
Konami reprinted Red-Eyes Fusion in a release with a pretty flat rarity scheme because they wanted people to have access to it, and they accomplished their goal. Even huge demand this week couldn't spike the price on Red-Eyes Fusion.
Down from Number 1 last week, Shaddoll Schism at Number 4 is a remnant of the early adoption of Dogmatika. There's still interest here, but it's probably from a mix of buyers who are looking to flesh out their options, and more tentative players that are picking up pieces of the deck on a slower basis.
The same goes for Elder Entity N'tss, a card re-popularized strictly for its potential with Dogmatika Maximus. Supply's catching up with this one: while Elder Entity N'tss was up to an all-time high of $6.50 two weeks ago, it's back down to $4.50 as of today. It only had one printing, sure, but as a promo card in the 2017 Mega Tin there's a huge number of them out there.
Holding a steady value of 8 to 9 bucks, Chaos Ruler, the Chaotic Magical Dragon was huge this week and… it's unclear why? It's not seeing any play in big mainstream decks as far as I'm aware, and asking around I can only see it played in offbeat decks like Lightsworn Chaos variants, Dogmatika Eldlich, and… other weird stuff?
At 8 dollars it's definitely undervalued as a core set Secret Rare, and maybe that's enough to get people buying it. Don't get me wrong, Chaos Ruler, the Chaotic Magical Dragon has all the hallmarks of a good card: super generic Synchro Materials, free revival effect, and an on-field ability that mimics the best part of Painful Choice. It just doesn't seem to have a role yet in competition, and while everyone seems to think it could see play in Dragon Link, it doesn't appear to actually be seeing play there yet.
Though speaking of…
Starliege Seyfert is down from $40 six weeks ago to $20 and lower now, off the reveal of its 2020 Tin reprint. Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess fell from $88 to $42 almost overnight, and Borreload Savage Dragon's in the same boat plunging $70 to $32 this week. Even Striker Dragon's gone from $17 to less than $7 in about a month, all because of the tin reprints.
And that's all good news for anybody who wants to play Dragon Link, driving huge demand for Chaos Space. Meanwhile the second printing of Toon Chaos has made Chaos Space even more affordable, sending it from a high of $5 to about $3.50. It's very possible that Dragon Link is the sleeper hit of the format, and as we count down the hours to the Remote Duel Invitational tomorrow, a lot of players in the know are probably looking to get ahead of a potentially big showing from Shunping Xu, should he play Dragon Link again. That all made Chaos Space the handsdown best-selling card of the week.
The Remote Duel Invitational is the first big, sanctioned Yu-Gi-Oh event in North America since COVID kicked off, so all eyes will be on that event this weekend. Join us again next week to see the fallout in the secondary market, as well as the impact of the 2020 Tin of Lost Memories release.