Halloween's coming early this year! Ghosts From the Past launches Friday with five new Ghost Rares: Dark Magician (Ghost Rare), Blue-Eyes Alternative White Dragon (Ghost Rare), Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon (Ghost Rare), Firewall Dragon (Ghost Rare), and Black Luster Soldier - Soldier of Chaos (Ghost Rare).
Apart from the surprise appearance of the Ghost The Winged Dragon of Ra (Ghost Rare) in Rage of Ra last year, we haven't seen Ghost Rares since Dimension of Chaos. That was 2015! It's been over half a decade since Ghost Rares were a regular part of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, but they weren't always so exclusive.
In the past, every core set from 2007's Tactical Evolution to 2016's Dimension of Chaos included exactly one Ghost Rare card. Like today's Starlight Rares, Ghost Rares were the rarest cards in each set and often among the most expensive. That said, Ghosts weren't always as valuable as they are today. Ghost Rare versions of key Synchros like Stardust Dragon (Ghost) and product-hover id="28432" were pricier than their Ultra, Ultimate, or promo Secret Rare printings, but even in 2012 you could pick up a 1st Edition Stardust Dragon (Ghost) for around $50.
Today that same card could cost as much as ten times its 2012 price. That's totally unlike Starlight Rares; nearly all Starlights debut as the most valuable cards in their set.
Ghosts became instant collector's items when they fell out of mass circulation post Dimension of Chaos. Since 2016 the value of every Ghost Rare in the game has risen massively, and upcoming cards in Ghosts from the Past are also being targeted by speculators, investors, and collectors. If you had the foresight to hold on to your Ghosts from 2015 on back, or if you just happened to collect Ghosts for whatever reason, you might be surprised to learn just how much these cards are worth today.
Just a quick note about how I'm ordering each card for the Top 10: the limited supply of Ghost Rares makes finding a consistent price for any condition a bit of a challenge. In each case I'm using a rough estimate based on TCGplayer listings and sales history of Unlimited Near Mint copies. There are too many outliers to try to use Market Prices in this case, but this guide should give you a strong idea overall.
That said, let's dive in and count down the ten most valuable Ghost Rares in Yu-Gi-Oh today.
Remember the Assault Mode gimmick from 2009? It was the first in a long line of mechanics that 'upgraded' the 5Ds era's signature monsters, Red Dragon Archfiend and Stardust Dragon.
Unfortunately for Red Dragon Archfiend, Stardust Dragon/Assault Mode was a vastly superior card that nearly saw play in TeleDAD decks before the Forbidden & Limited List crushed that strategy in March of 2009. Crimson Crisis didn't become the launchpad for Assault Mode monsters that Konami might have been hoping for–instead it debuted the instantly-competitive Blackwing theme–but /Assault Modes were revisited over ten years later in Dark Neostorm.
As you might expect, /Assault Mode cards just aren't worth playing, so product-hover id="29068" remained a relatively cheap Ghost Rare for many years. Today an Unlimited Near Mint copy will run you around $130.
product-hover id="27476" was the third Ghost Rare released in the TCG, but it was largely overlooked because it launched in one of the most stacked booster packs in Yu-Gi-Oh history. The Phantom Darkness debuted format-defining cards like Allure of Darkness, Dark Grepher, Armageddon Knight, and Dark Armed Dragon. Ghost Rares might be cool, but they're not a 2800 ATK monster that's Special Summoned from your hand destroying at least three cards.
Rainbow Neos is probably more playable today than it's ever been, thanks to Predaplant Verte Anaconda, but it's still mostly collectors that are picking up the Ghost Rare at $135 each.
At $150 a Ghost Rare copy of product-hover id="31944" will run you about three times as much as its Ultimate Rare printing from its debut set, Raging Battle.
Power Tool Dragon surprised me numerous times over the years by suddenly becoming the go-to solution for a modern strategy that uses Equip Spells. Last year Infernobles played it to find their themed Equip Spells, plus the now-Forbidden Smoke Grenade of the Thief. As a result, even common copies of Power Tool Dragon are sitting at about $8 online.