Yu-Gi-Oh's become WAY bigger for collectors and investors over the last few years, and the original icons of Duel Monsters are a huge part of that.
Old, super-scarce printings of Dark Magician and Blue-Eyes White Dragon get more and more desirable every month. At the same time, Konami's been releasing new, ultra-limited cards of those characters with hyper-premium treatments. Dark Magician (Ghost Rare) Hottest card of the year. A thousand-dollar Platinum Blue-Eyes? It's coming!
And thanks to Collector's Rares, we've even seen a bunch of OG tournament cards get Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning (CR) It's just a fact: old school Yu-Gi-Oh is money. But it raises one big question.
…Where the Dark Magician Girls at?
Earlier this year, rumors that we were getting a Ghost Rare Dark Magician Girl created big hype, and even bigger controversy when it turned out it was all a hoax. We didn't get that Ghost Rare yet, but it feels like it's just a matter of time: fans want it, and we all know people would throw down some serious duel dollars to get it.
But until that happens, I wanted to know: with more than 40 different versions of Dark Magician Girl in circulation, what are the biggest, most popular Dark Magician Girl cards for collectors right now? With that in mind here they are: the Top 5 most expensive Dark Magician Girl in Yu-Gi-Oh today.
One of the first-ever printings of Dark Magician Girl in the TCG, the 2005 Collector's Tin promo is a beautiful, classic printing with variant artwork that's hardly ever been reprinted - the only other place you'll find this art is the common from Yugi's Legendary Decks, which is a far cry from the original Secret Rare.
This card's more than 15 years old, so Near Mint copies are pretty tough to find: you'll usually find them for anywhere between 40 to 60 dollars.
Speaking of unique artwork! The Lost Art version of Dark Magician Girl showcases an illustration from Kazuki Takahashi, originally created for the Japanese OCG version of the 2008 Anniversary Pack. Most of the cards from that set made their worldwide debut in our English language version, but the Dark Magician Girl didn't make the cut. It took twelve more years for it to get a stateside release.
And no, you're not seeing double: this card was released as part of the Lost Art Promotion at Official Tournament Stores in 2020 with the "LART-EN019" set code, but was re-released in 2021 again through the same program, this time as "LART-EN035". You can find either copy going for anywhere from 40 dollars to 75.
Now we're getting serious! The Legendary Collection 3: Yugi's World Mega Pack is a massive set with over 300 cards, including 59 unique Secret Rares. The most expensive card of the bunch is this one, and the 1st Edition Dark Magician Girl from this set clocks in at a whopping 300+ dollars; that's more than two to three times the next most expensive 1st Editions in the set, product-hover id="67106" and 66848.
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Most duelists probably don't even know these Dark Magician Girl exist. The Duelist League was a local level "league-style" play program that ran from 2010 to 2014, and for a few different reasons, it never really took off. That made the promo cards from the "DL09" to "DL18" sets extremely difficult to find; there weren't many stores running the program, and even if your store was, the promo sets were pretty big - there weren't a ton of Dark Magician Girls per store.
In addition, while these cards were printed as non-foil rares, each one came in four different colors… Almost a decade before we'd see that gimmick again in a regular release product, with the Colorful Ultra Rares in Legendary Duelists: Season 1. So finding a specific color you want? Not an easy job. Right now, different colors usually go from anywhere between 250 to 400+ dollars. Putting together an entire set's a major feat of collecting.
The original 1st Edition version of the First Lady of Dueling sells from anywhere between $800 to $1500, Near Mint and ungraded. Graded copies can fetch two to three times as much depending on condition. It's a gorgeous card, and it's truly one-of-a-kind in the Yu-Gi-Oh landscape. This is the card that started it all. At least for now, there's nothing else on this level.
With so much demand for Dark Magician Girl cards, it seems almost guaranteed that we'll see some sort of new premium printing in the not-so-distant future. But for now? These are the all-time greats, and the biggest chases for Dark Magician Girl collectors!