We're still three weeks out from the release of Phantom Rage, but tournament results from the European Remote Duel Invitational and the New York Comic Con "Metaverse" virtual event fueled demand all week long.
While there were no new retail releases, OTS Tournament Pack 14 made a splash on secondary placing two reprints into the Top 10. And with the crescendo of the Create-A-Card contest crowning Inzektors the winner, demand instantly spiked for Insect support. Now, the dueling world waits to see what exactly Inzektors will get, and just how far speculators will go to gamble on the next two rounds of voting.
With no further ado, these were the Top 10 best-selling Yu-Gi-Oh cards on TCGplayer this week.
Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring
Kelly talked about Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring in his smash-hit article on Monday, and Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring continues to be a competitive staple in any and all tournament play. While it's a bit more precarious in this format with PSY-Framegear Gamma everywhere that hasn't slowed Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring popularity, and almost every deck running hand traps plays it. Here's hoping the rumor of a Maximum Gold reprint is true.
Reprinted in OTS Pack 14, Super Quantum Red Layer is a big pick for Infernoble Knights, being a Special Summoned Warrior clocking in at Level 5, that hits the field for free as long as you control no monsters. If you want a recent deck list you can see how Pak Pamornsut ran three copies in his winning build from the Sunday ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!! tournament at NYCC this weekend. Apart from Infernobles, the runner-up deck from the latest European Remote Duel Invitational mained two copies as well, in a Domain Monarch build.
A Common in OTS Pack 10, Super Quantum Red Layer back as a Super Rare for roughly the same price, and while it bounced between $5 and $10 before its latest reprint Super Quantum Red Layer now down to about four bucks. A combination of investors, rarity upgraders and players trying out Infernobles for the first time all helped drive it to the Number 9 spot this week.
Another big card for Infernobles and another reprint from OTS Pack 14, Smoke Grenade of the Thief went from a 10 dollar common to a 5 dollar Super Rare, starring in the deck's hand control combos to pluck cards out of your opponent's fingers. It's Smoke Grenade of the Thief first foil printing, its second reprint in a whopping 17 years, and it's been a decade and a half since the last reprint in Dark Beginnings 2.
It's unclear if Smoke Grenade of the Thief will get another reprint anytime soon, but for now it seems like a lot of players are betting that it won't, and that's driving demand.
Inzektors won the first stage of the Create-A-Card Project, so we now know we'll be seeing more Inzektor support sometime in the future. The result was a crush of buys for Cocoon of Ultra Evolution, a card that specifically supports Insects that use Equip cards.
…Which I'm pretty sure only describes Inzektors. Ever. At all. Don't @ me.
The Ultra Rare from Legendary Duelists: Ancient Millennium was a pretty big money card for years, but the new Season 1 reprint's a little over a buck, and that's after the flurry of buying that kicked off this week. As a Secret Rare, there may be an investment opportunity here give or take a couple of buyouts.
It's still amazing, still a DUOV exclusive, and still under 9 bucks. Union Carrier seems like a great buy right now. It's seen lots of play since it was released, used to graft Dragon Buster Destruction Sword onto a compatible monster to lock your opponent's Extra Deck, and it just keeps getting better as players find more ways to run it.
There's a lot of strong speculation that Infinite Impermanence is getting a reprint in Maximum Gold, but even with that strong possibility, Effect Veiler trending way up in demand. The Selene, Queen of the Master Magicians combo that recycles Effect Veiler to go into Accesscode Talker popping up more and more in competition, and that may be what's creating such high demand for what's normally seen as a second pick hand trap.
The Market Price of Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess is still $9 as of this writing, but if you're patient it can be found for significantly less than that: right now I'm looking at the TCGplayer Marketplace and seeing a Near Mint copy for less than 7 bucks.
Again, more players are starting to get back into cardboard Yu-Gi-Oh now thanks to Remote Duel tournaments, and that's keeping up demand for powerful staples even if they're only singletons. The falling price point just makes Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess more attractive.
After sinking beneath the $20 mark last week, Pot of Extravagance spiked back up to an average price of $24 on Tuesday, then dropped a couple of bucks toward the end of the week. It really doesn't seem like Pot of Extravagance is going to get another reprint anytime soon, nor is its price likely to drop any further. Buyers are acting accordingly.
Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon keeps slipping a couple bucks every week, and demand's still quite strong, especially now that we're into slower weeks with no new releases to hog the spotlight. While the imaginary title of "Card Of The Year" still probably goes to Crystron Halqifibrax, Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon definitely the runner-up and one of the biggest new cards of 2020. With no reprint in sight there's mounting pressure for returning players to find one.
Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon spent most of the week around the $40 mark, though it did dip yesterday to less than $37 for the first time since the day of its release. It'll be interesting to see where it goes.
PSY-Framegear Gamma continues to be a staple of the format, and an absolute rollercoaster of value: in the past week and a half it's sunk as low as a daily average of $1.90, and spiked as high as $4.25. The PSY-Framegear Gamma (CR) was largely $125 to $150 in July and August, but just a week ago it hit the $200 mark and it's come to rest around $175.
Looking just past the Top 10 we can see more picks from OTS Pack 14: the reprint of Parallel eXceed came in at Number 11, the Super Rare Madolche Messengelato took Number 12, and the new print of Appointer of the Red Lotus finished at Number 15. Meanwhile the original version of Nibiru, the Primal Being came in at Number 13, and Predaplant Verte Anaconda wound up at Number 14.
That's it for this week, but join us over the weekend for more videos from some of our favorite TCGplayer affiliates, and we'll be back on Monday with more articles!