We are one week into the launch of Ghosts From the Past, and it's proven to be a predictably top-heavy set. GFTP's got a handful of huge money cards, and they're worth so much money that they're subsidizing the rest of the cards in the release.
That's no surprise: everybody's looking for those big-money Ghost Rares, and it's made a situation where sealed sales continue to be way bigger than a regular set. Example? If you look at the first five days of sales when Blazing Vortex launched, the top twenty Yu-Gi-Oh products sold on TCGplayer for that period are all single cards, all from BLVO. If you look at the first five days for Maximum Gold the top twenty was also dominated by singles: nineteen cards from MAGO, and one from Phantom Rage. (Virtual World Mai-Hime - Lulu snuck in at Number 13.)
But this week, in the wake of Ghosts From the Past? The Number 1 best-seller is product-hover id="229657". Number 2 is Red Supernova Dragon, and product-hover id="228256" are Number 3. A lot of buyers are operating on the idea that instead of buying singles, they might as well throw down a few hundred bucks, see if they can score a Ghost Rare, and snag their tournament singles along the way.
That's created a pretty flat price range for most of the set's cards; pro vendors are selling almost everything from GFTP really affordably, because they're making more of their investment back on chase cards than they normally would. Meanwhile there are lots of small hobbyist sellers that are happy to flip the cards they don't need as they chase Ghosts. If the hunt for Ghost Rares isn't tempting to you personally, you're in luck, because it's a buyer's market for everything else.
With so many cards going so cheap, which ones are still standouts?
With a ton of foil upgrades and two excellent new cards, the Time Thief theme was a big hit in GFTP presales, capturing almost half the Top 10 last week. So it's no surprise that their new Swiss Army knife Xyz Monster's so popular: with a reactive ATK buff, a Change of Heart effect, and best of all a chainable negation, Time Thief Double Barrel only does… everything?
It's a perfect fit in a theme that already wanted to use Time Thief Startup and Time Thief Flyback to slap Xyz Materials on stuff anyways, and it's a steal at $3.50 a pop. Time Thief Double Barrel would've been way more expensive in any other set.
The new Dragunity cards in GFTP are getting more attention than many might have thought. And while Dragunity Glow doesn't see play in the small Dragunity engines - which may prove to be favorable in decks like Dragon Link - it's a great card that searches whatever Dragon Ravine can't, including the new Dragunity Arma Gram. With a banish effect that functions as a strong combo extender, and a search effect that would make it worth playing all on its own, Dragunity Glow may prove to be undervalued at its current price of $4.
Dragon Link's huge, and these days it's often playing not one, but two copies of Hieratic Seal of the Heavenly Spheres. Paying $4+ is way better than whatever this would've cost if it didn't get a reprint, helping to bring down the cost of the format's top deck-to-beat.
So, can we get that World Legacy Guardragon reprint next?
Dragunity Legatus didn't have the same mainstream hype as Dragunity Remus, Dragunity Arma Gram, or Dragunity Glow coming into this release, but it's quickly taken center stage as a key card alongside triple Dragunity Remus in Dragon Link. High-profile player Esala Wathuthantrige dropped a video about his Dragunity Legatus / Dragunity Remus engine a couple days ago over on the Duelist Academy Patreon, so expect Dragunity Legatus to start appearing in Dragon Link decks you're up against.
At $6 a copy, it's a fair price for a card that puts in a lot of work in the best deck of the format.
Back on the Time Thief side of things, Time Thief Adjuster a flexible card that can sort of function like as a combo starter and an extender, depending on what your hand looks like. That makes it a big boost to consistency. Both of its affects help you assemble combos and fill in for whatever you need in a given situation, and combined with the card's character value, it's landed at $8.
Loukas put this at Number 3 on his list of the 10 Cards Everybody Wants in Ghosts From the Past, and boy was he right. Fast becoming one of the top-selling singles from the set, Red Supernova Dragon a massive throwback to Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds, and it has the type of effect that's so extreme for the investment it requires, that it almost, just maybe, seems crazy enough to work. At $8 to $9 bucks a copy people are happy to buy in.
Also, demand for Junk Speeder gone nuts since the first week of April, so if you're sitting on a few of those, maybe hang onto them.
Nehshaddoll Genius isn't just a potential hit for Shaddolls, it may also be the toughest non-Ghost pull in the set, going by the numbers I've seen on several case breaks. It was our Number 1 best-selling single last week at $6 to $8 a pop, and now that it's sitting at $10 it's still hugely popular. If this card really is short printed, don't expect to see it get any cheaper as supply of sealed GFTP dries up.
Evenly Matched was an easy call as the set's most attractive non-Ghost reprint, and even with the re-release it's still sitting at $15, down from its previous $20 to $22. That seems about right for a powerhouse Side Deck pick that puts in work, but isn't always the right choice for certain metagames. At the end of the day, everybody playing in tournaments wants the option to run three copies of Evenly Matched, and $15 is a rock solid price.
Dragunity Remus has cost as much as $35 over the last two weeks, but it seems to be settling at around the $20 mark. It's possible that this card won't prove to be tournament viable, but there's also a chance that three copies becomes a standard in Dragon Link. The moment that happens, we may see it get much more expensive.
Finally, the GFTP Ghost Rares are all hot money cards, going from roughly 200 dollars to well over $700.
The value of each Ghost Rare roughly matches their relationship to the original Yu-Gi-Oh series' fandom, and since Firewall Dragon (Ghost Rare) the newest and furthest removed from the original show, it's wound up being the least valuable at $210 to $220. Of all the Ghost Rares in the set, Firewall Dragon (Ghost Rare) may prove to be undervalued in the near future.
Meanwhile Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon (Ghost Rare) the second newest card in the lineup, and it's more expensive at almost $300. The card looks awesome, it's played in tournaments now in Virtual World, and it's starting to appear in other strategies as well. Combined with its ties to past eras of Yu-Gi-Oh it's seeing more demand than you might have guessed.
And then there are the biggest hits. Black Luster Soldier - Soldier of Chaos (Ghost Rare) is a firm $380 right now, and while it's not the budget reprint most players were hoping for, it is a gorgeous premium printing of a popular tournament card that hearkens back to the original Black Luster Soldier.
It's narrowly outpaced by Blue-Eyes Alternative White Dragon (Ghost Rare), clocking in at $385 to $400. It's not the OG Blue-Eyes White Dragon, but since product-hover id="59728" in 2012's Gold Series: Haunted Mine, it's definitely the next best thing. Can you imagine playing three copies of this thing in a modern product-hover id="59728" deck? Unnf.
And finally, to the surprise of no one…
…Dark Magician (Ghost Rare) is hovering around $750 and just keeps climbing. Dark Magician (Ghost Rare) one of the most iconic cards in Yu-Gi-Oh history, and while there are Dark Magician (Dark Duel Stories), the hype and the chase surrounding the GFTP Ghost Rare may just make it the most coveted printing of Dark Magician (Ghost Rare) ever.
These numbers may change a bit depending on when you read this, but for now, these are the most expensive cards in Ghosts From the Past. With supply dwindling these cards may never get cheaper, so if you're still looking for singles this is probably the best time to grab them. We see this type of release a lot in Pokémon - big chase cards like flashy printings of Pikachu and Charizard often wind up subsidizing the cards tournament players want, keeping them cheap. It'll be interesting to see how that pans out in Yu-Gi-Oh.