People who grew up in the 90s or in the 2000’s know very well that Yu-Gi-Oh was one of the most iconic anime or cartoons in general that generation got to experience and enjoy. Most people who enjoyed the anime also loved the card game. There were also those who did not watch the anime but enjoyed the card game, nonetheless. It was one of the most fun card games to play.
As a matter of fact, it still is one of the most entertaining card games in the market. That has to be the truth, otherwise, it would make no sense for people to pay the amount of cash they pay to acquire some of the rarest Yu-Gi-Oh cards in the world.
10 Chinese Dark Magician ($1,000)
Every fan of the Yu-Gi-Oh anime and manga has their favorite cards. Some people choose their favorite cards while playing the game and experiencing which card fits best with their playing style. Others, however, choose their favorite card based on their favorite cards from the anime.
The Dark Magician is without a doubt one of the biggest fan-favorites in the history of the franchise. Yugi's favorite card is a lot of fans' favorite card as well. Needless to say, several versions of this card have been printed to bank on that popularity. One of those versions is the Chinese Dark Magician Mint Condition Super Rare that can go for around $1000.
9 Ascension Sky Dragon ($1,299)
Although not as legendary as our previous entry, this Ascension Sky Dragon PSA 9 Super Rare - Mint is a card to be feared by many in their duels for a few facts. First, not only does it have 3000 defense points, if summoned the right way this card can gain 800 attack points for each card currently in your hand. Yeah, it is a bit overpowered.
Power, however, is not the only reason you should fear this card. That is because if you end up playing someone who has this on their deck, it means you are playing someone who shelled out a lot of cash just to play Yu-Gi-Oh since this card goes for around $1,299.
8 Chaos Emperor, the Dragon of Armageddon ($1399)
One thing is for sure. Since the cards on this list are extremely expensive, they are either going to have unbelievable stats that make them a card worthy of being so expensive, or they are going to have some sort of collector’s value. Most of the time, they will have both.
Chaos Emperor, the Dragon of Armageddon YCSW-EN011 Super Rare Prize Card is an example of both. This super rare card has some crazy stats that explain why some people would be willing to spend more than $1300 to get their hands on it. Not only that, effects aside it already has a starting attack power of 3000 and a respectable 2500 defensive points.
7 Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn ($1,400)
Just like our previous entry, Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn Limited YCSW-EN008 EX is a super rare card that made its way to the very top when it comes to the marketability of Yu-Gi-Oh cards. The main fact here is that this is one of the most useful cards you will find in the game of Yu-Gi-Oh.
If you were someone trying to build a deck around Lightsworn cards, Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn is a must-have if you want to be on top of your game. It completely unlocks the potential of those decks as it can help you draw cards as well as destroy your opponent cards if Minerva gets taken out.
6 Crush Card Virus ($2,400)
Now, this is about as classic as Yu-Gi-Oh cards get. Of course, it is not at the level of the Blue-Eyes White Dragon, but Crush Card Virus is a card that most, if not all, Yu-Gi-Oh enthusiasts will be familiar with. It was a staple in the anime as well as one of the cards you were always looking forward to getting when you were playing the Yu-Gi-Oh games since this card has been present in almost every single one of them.
However, while it is a rather common card in the games, the really expensive version of this card is the Ultra Rare Limited Edition Near Mint Crush Card Virus awarded to the winners of the Shonen Jump Championship. Those go from about $2400 to almost $5000.
5 Necroface ($5,000)
This card might not be as widely known as a few of the others. Nevertheless, fans of the Yu-Gi-Oh manga certainly have memories of this card being played by Dark Bakura against Yugi when they dueled. Pop culture aside, this card is incredibly valuable in the Yu-Gi-Oh market these days. They can go for almost $5000 online and there is a good reason for it. First, the Necroface Secret Rare PSA 10 Gem Mint is a very rare card that a lot of collectors would like to get their hands on when we are talking about the near mint first edition.
It is also a solid card for the game as its effects can considerably increase its attack depending on the conditions of the duel.
4 Cyber-Stein ($5,500)
Unlike most of the other cards on this list, Cyber-Stein is not exactly the kind of card that will win you a duel because of its original stats. Much on the contrary, the card has some surprisingly low stats for a card that is worth the amount of money people are tagging this at.
The card's effect, however, is part of why Cyber-Stein can be so valuable. It is a low-level monster that can literally turn the tables in a duel for its owner. It was also a staple of the anime, which is why it was a prize card given out to the winners of the Shonen Jump Championship. A PSA 10 Gem Mint Shonen Jump prize version of this card can go for about $5,500.
3 Armament of the Lethal Lords ($8,000)
There was a rumor back in 2007 that a particular Armament of the Lethal Lords card had been sold for more than $1 million. Fortunately for the Yu-Gi-Oh market, which would have been inflated to unprecedented proportions, that turned out to be a lie. Nevertheless, Armament of the Lethal Lords is still one of the most valuable Yu-Gi-Oh cards in the world.
It is incredibly rare as it was given to the 2006 World Championship Series winners. But it is also an almost overpowered card as it has the unconscionable effect of winning the game for its player if he or she attacks the opponent’s life points directly.
2 Tournament Black Luster Soldier (Priceless)
Now we are going into the range of cards that people cannot even put a price tag on. The first one should be known to every single Yu-Gi-Oh fan out there. Not only was this a monumental card for Yugi to win some of the most important duels he ever faced, but it was also one of the coolest cards that ever came out of the game.
However, this specific Tournament Black Luster Soldier cannot even be used in a duel because it is the only card of its sort in the world. Yes, this Black Luster Soldier was awarded during the 1999 Yu-Gi-Oh Championship in Japan and it is the only of its kind, which means its owner can name any price he or she wants for it.
1 Tyler The Great Warrior (Priceless)
While the unique Tournament Black Luster Soldier is a priceless card that its owner can tag at any price he or she sees fit, it is still not the most valuable Yu-Gi-Oh card in the world. It doesn’t matter how much money that person asks for, or how much they eventually get paid if they sell the card at any point. The most valuable Yu-Gi-Oh card in the history of this planet has to be Tyler The Great Warrior.
While the other card can give you money, this card meant so much more as it was created in a partnership between the Make-A-Wish Foundation and 4Kids Entertainment Inc. who created this card to honor young Tyler Gressle. Tyler was a Yu-Gi-Oh fan who suffered from undifferentiated embryonal sarcoma and got to design his own Yu-Gi-Oh card.