How to Sell YuGiOh Cards: Ultimate Guide

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It is perhaps everyone’s dream to turn a hobby into something profitable. When people think of hobbies that can turn into businesses, they often think of crafts or arts. But if you like to play YuGiOh cards, then who says you can’t make some money out of that love? Here’s all you need to know on how to sell YuGiOh cards. Who knows? You might even be the next Grandpa Muto and put up your own game shop.

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How to Sell YuGiOh Cards

If you’re new to the whole card selling game, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. This article will help you on your journey to sell YuGiOh cards. We’ll be discussing where to sell YuGiOh cards, finding out how much are YuGiOh cards worth, and some extra tips to help you sell them efficiently. But for now, here’s a quick overview of the entire process.

YuGiOh Cards Selling Strategies

When you sell YuGiOh cards, you can either sell them in person or online. If you’re going to sell them in person, you can try and locate nearby card shops, or you can also try selling them at local tournaments. When selling online, you need to create a listing for your item. Make sure to create an effective listing title that not only features the card’s name but also important details like its condition. Include other necessary information in the product description. Don’t forget to list down any key information about the card that the customer would want to know. Also, include a clear photo of the item. And lastly, package the item well so it won’t get damaged during shipment.

YuGiOh Cards Valuation

One crucial thing when it comes to selling YuGiOh cards is correctly determining the value of the card. You can compare prices online to get an idea of the typical price range for that particular card. 

There are a couple of factors that can affect a card’s value. One factor is card rarity. There are different types of rarity and ways to identify them, so be familiar with those. You should also be able to identify if a card is an original or if it is fake. Other factors that affect card value include the card’s condition and if it is on the banlist. 

A tip when selling YuGiOh cards is knowing when to sell them as singles or bundles, and decide whether to sell them online or in person. Rare cards in good condition are best sold as singles online. Another strategy is to group together commons, add some rare cards, and sell them as a bundle. Cards that don’t sell online should be sold in person instead.

Now that you have a quick overview of the whole process, let’s get into the details to really help you sell those cards. We’ll start with knowing where to sell YuGiOh cards.

 

Where to Sell YuGiOh Cards

There are two ways to set up shop and sell YuGiOh cards. You can try selling them in person, or you could take the online route. For this section, we’ll be discussing how to do business for both options.

Where to Sell YuGiOh Cards Near Me

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People often choose to sell their cards online. However, there are some cases where you’re having trouble selling online and end up needing to find customers in person. For these cases, here are your options for selling cards near you.

Your first option is finding a local card shop or hobby store. Check if they sell YuGiOh cards. And if they do, ask them if they sell secondhands and if they’re also willing to buy. 

If there doesn’t happen to have a shop nearby or if they don’t really sell or buy, then you could try finding customers at the local tournaments. The local tournament or locals is a regular meeting of YuGiOh fans and players in a particular area. This is where local players have battles with each other. And it is also where some players can trade or sell their cards. It is important to note that when selling YuGiOh cards in person, buyers will try to haggle. So it is crucial to know the lowest price you can go without losing profit.

 

How to Sell YuGiOh Cards on eBay or Amazon

Selling on e-commerce sites boils down to the following steps: setting up your account, creating your listing, and shipping your item. Now, we’ll go straight ahead to the listing since that part is crucial. Check out your preferred site’s sign-up process for more details on that.

How to Create Your Item Listing

The item listing is what potential customers will see when your item pops up in the search results. All key information regarding the item must be in the listing. It is crucial to create a clear and effective title. Don’t just state the name of the card. You should also include essential descriptors in the title (e.g. Mint Condition First Edition Blue-Eyes White Dragon). After the title, you’ll need a full description of the item you’re selling. As much as possible, be transparent. For example, if you’re selling a set, indicate how many cards are there. If there are rare cards in the mix, indicate the number and name of the cards. This will entice potential customers to purchase your item. Lastly, you’ll need to have a photo of the item you’re selling. Make sure you take a clear photo of the card so buyers will know what to expect.

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Now, that’s how listings go in general. However, there are other elements, such as pricing, that differ depending on the site. For example, eBay is known for its auction format. When listing the item, you can choose that format and input a starting price. You’ll also need to set the duration of the bidding. This is a good format to use when selling rarer cards since people would want to bid on them, meaning more money for you. Shipping standards and prices also differ depending on the site. But bottom line, you’ll need to provide shipping options for your buyers and payment methods.

How to Ship YuGiOh Cards

After you’ve sold an item, you’d need to ship it out to your buyer. Since conditioning matters a lot in collectible items, you have to ensure that you package the item securely. Do not just simply place it in an envelope and drop it off at the post office. Make sure that the card is secure and protected. Provide sufficient packaging, such as placing the card in card sleeves. Do not dismiss packaging since bad packaging could lead to damaged cards. 

When shipping an item, make sure you get the right packing slip and address label. Always double-check before sending to avoid getting your package lost in the mail. And also, make sure you’re dropping it off at the correct preferred courier or shipment method as chosen by the buyer.

 

How Much Are YuGiOh Cards Worth

One of the key details one should always have in their listings is the item price. So, you must know how much your card is worth to get the ideal price. You can check out card prices online or compare it to other listings. This way, you’ll get an idea or a range for the price of your card. There are a few factors you should note when deliberating the price of the card. These include card rarity, originality, condition, and whether the card is on the YuGiOh banlist. We’ll be tackling each one in the section below.

How to Tell the Rarity of YuGiOh Cards

As it is with any collectible, the rarer the item, the higher the price. We’ll be going through each one so you’ll be able to easily identify the rarity of your cards.

Common

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As you can guess from the name, these cards are the most common ones and are of the lowest value in terms of rarity. You will know if a card is a common card merely by looking at it since common cards will not have any foil embellishment. One popular example of commons is the Exodia cards.

Rare

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Rare cards are less prevalent than ‘Common cards’ but are also not that rare and valuable as compared to the other types of rare cards. To identify a rare card, simply look at the card name. It should be an embossed silver foil. This is how you will know that it is not a common card. To differentiate it from the other rarities, however, take a look at the card art. The card art on a rare card would not have a holographic finish, similar to a common. Joey’s famous Buster Blader is a good example of a rare card.

Super Rare

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The next level of rarity is the Super Rare. Unlike the rare cards, the super rare does not have an embossed foil name. But what makes it different from a common card? Well, it’s the art. For a super rare, the card art will have a holographic finish. An example of a Super Rare would be this Light End Dragon from Amazon.

Ultra Rare

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The Ultra Rare is somewhat like a combination of the Rare and the Super Rare. Like the Rare, it has foil name, and it also has a holographic finish on the card art like the Super Rare. But unlike the Rare, the Ultra Rare’s card name is in gold foil instead of silver. This Quintet Magician found on Amazon is an Ultra Rare and also first edition.

Ultimate Rare

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Ultimate Rare cards are similar to the Ultra Rare in that the card name has a gold foil. But what makes it different from the other rarity is that it has additional embossed foil accents on the art, borders, and buttons. Note that Ultimate Rares are generally thinner and more fragile than the other cards. When handling Ultimate Rare cards, especially for shipping, make sure to be careful and provide sufficient protection in packaging. You can check out this Ultimate Rare Metaphys Horus on Amazon if you want to get your hands on an Ultimate Rare card.

Secret Rare

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With just a look, the Secret Rare definitely stands out from the normal cards. Not only is its card name in a holographic silver, but its card art is in a sparkling holographic finish that is vibrant and pops out. Above is a Secret Rare Dark Magician of Chaos you can find on Amazon.

Ghost Rare

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As indicated by its name, the Ghost Rare has a ghostly, pale look to it (as you can see in the Stardust Dragon above), especially with its card art. It has the same holographic silver card name as the Secret Rare, but its card art is, of course, less vibrant and is in a 3D holographic look. The rest of the card is also holographic.

Starfoil Rare

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The Starfoil Rare is perhaps one of the easiest rarities to spot. From its name, you can tell that the card will have some elements of stars to its design. And the entire card is indeed covered in a starburst pattern foil, as seen on the D/D Necro Slime card above.

Mosaic Rare

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Much like the Starfoil Rare, a pattern adorns the card throughout. But for the Mosaic Rare’s case, the pattern is that of squares instead of stars, which you can see in the Mosaic Rare Winged Dragon of Ra above.

Collectors Rare

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These cards are identifiable through the rainbow reflective pattern found in the card art, borders, attributes, and levels or rankings. You can check out this Timaeus the Knight of Destiny if you want to have a Collectors Rare card in your deck.

Gold Rare

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As you can guess from the name, this rarity has gold foil all over. The gold foil covers the card name, card art, and the borders. This Marshmacaron card is an example of a Gold Rare card.

Millennium Rare

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Named after the Millennium Items, these cards have vertical hieroglyphics running through the front. A grainy finish also adorns the entire card. If you’re considering getting a Millennium Rare card, you can check out this Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon on Amazon.

Platinum Rare

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From the name itself, this rarity is identifiable through its platinum foil. The foil covers the entire card except for the text box and icons. Take this Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon as an example of a Platinum Rare.

For a quick summary of the rarities discussed, we provided a matrix that will help you remember the distinguishing characteristics of each card rarity.

  Rarity Card Name Card Arts Others
exodia Common  Regular  No holographic Finish   
buster blader Rare  Embossed Silver Foil No holographic Finish   
light end dragon Super rare  Regular  No holographic Finish   
quintet magician Ultra rare  Good foil  Holographic Finish   
metaphys horus Ultimate Rare Gold Foil Embossed Foil Accents Embossed Foil Accents in Border and Buttons
dark magician of chaos Secret Rare Holographic Silver Sparkling Holographic Finish  
stardust dragon Ghost Rare Holographic Silver 3D Holographic 
Colors Removed
Holographic (Entire Card)
necro slime Starfoil Rare Regular  Starburst Pattern Foil Starburst Pattern Foil (Entire Card)
winged dragon of ra Mosaic Rare   Square Pattern Foil Square Pattern Foil (Entire Card)
timaeus the knight of destiny Collector’s Rare   Rainbow Reflective Pattern Rainbow Reflective Pattern (Entire Card)
marshmacaron Gold Rare Gold Foil Gold Foil Gold Foil Borders
blue-eyes ultimate dragon Millennium Rare   Grainy Pattern Grainy Pattern
Vertical Hieroglyphics
Platinum Rare   Platinum Foil Platinum Foil Except in Text Box and Icons

 

Aside from the rarities, there are also other types of cards that hold values. These cards are first edition cards and misprints. We’ll briefly go through both so you will be able to distinguish them.

First Edition Cards

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These cards are the first prints of particular packs or decks. It’s fairly easy to identify a first edition card. Take a look at the bottom of the card art. The words “1st Edition” can usually be found there. It is either at the bottom left or right, depending on the card series. For the Chaofeng, Phantom of the Yang Zing card seen above, the “1st Edition” mark is found on the lower left.

Misprints

These cards are official YuGiOh cards that have errors in the printing. How come a mistake-filled card holds great monetary value?

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Well, it’s because these cards are extremely rare. A misprint occurs due to a defective plate. Production officially declares a misprint by acknowledging and subsequently destroying the defective plate to prevent further error. Usually, misprints are found and destroyed before reaching stores. Therefore, it is rare for a misprint to get by quality control and into shops. Because of the rarity of the card, supply is low, and demand is high. By the law of supply and demand, this increases the value of the card. Above you will see an example of a misprint of the Rainbow Dragon card.

You should note, though, that errors in the print do not necessarily make a card an official misprint. Sometimes, the card could very well be a fake. In the next section, we’ll be covering fake YuGiOh Cards and how to spot them.

How to Spot Fake YuGiOh Cards

Often, counterfeit or fake YuGiOh cards can be easy to spot. These cards could look funny just by a glance. But some fakes can be well made and harder to distinguish. Now, since we’ve already discussed the existence of misprints, spotting typos or spelling errors is not enough to say for sure that a card is fake. But there are other giveaways that can help you identify a fake YuGiOh card. To spot fake YuGiOh cards, we’ll need to take a look at three areas of the card: font, symbols, and design.

YuGiOh Font

When looking at the text of the card, your eyes will most likely immediately gravitate towards the card name. You will notice that the card name will be in all caps. If any part of the card name is in lowercase, that is a dead giveaway that the card is counterfeit. All text, except for the description of the card’s abilities or attributes, should be in uppercase letters.

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You should also compare the font of the card to that of a confirmed original. Deviations in the font style or size are indications that a card is fake. Another way to identify a fake card is if a different yet synonymous word replaces the original. This happens in instances where a direct translation of the text is in place. Although, you must note that if a spell card uses the term “MAGIC” instead of “SPELL,” then that would mean the card is an earlier print. Older card batches had “MAGIC” on them before it was officially changed to “SPELL.”

YuGiOh Symbols

Text and font aren’t the only things counterfeits can get wrong. Sometimes, you have to look at the symbols to see if they’re missing or if they match with the original. For example, take a look at the upper right corner of your card. You should see the attribute symbol. If it’s not there, it’s a clear fake. Otherwise, it could also be there, but some elements could be missing. A correct attribute symbol should be a Japanese character in a circle with the English translation above it.

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Other symbols to look at are the level or rank stars. These stars are only found in monster cards. If a spell or trap card has level stars on it, then it’s a fake. The level star should be a yellow star encased in a red-orange circle. One key detail of a level star is that the top, right, and bottom-right points should be faded. If the star is solid throughout, it is counterfeit. But there is also another type of star which is the rank star. Unlike the level star, the rank star is solid and is inside a black circle instead of red-orange. Rank stars only appear on Xyz monsters. A rank star on a non-Xyz monster would mean that it is fake.

YuGiOh Card Design

Finally, you should examine the overall design of the card. Check if there are any missing or incorrect elements such as the copyright (bottom right), logo (back), or the foil stamp (bottom right corner). Also, look at the general coloring of the card if it is similar to the originals that you have. Some fakes are printed in darker or lighter colors or have a different contrast. Another element to check is the card’s texture. An original card should have a glossy texture to it. 

Finally, take a look at the card’s corners and borders. The corners should be slightly rounded. Sharp corners or corners that are too rounded will indicate a fake card. The card borders should also be even on all sides. Often times, counterfeit cards would have sides that are cut too short or be in excess. 

What is YuGiOh Mint

One of the most important things that could make a big difference in how much a card is worth is its condition. You’ve probably heard of the phrase “mint condition” when people talk about collector’s items. But what does mint condition mean? Well, a mint condition YuGiOh card is one that is in pristine condition and has no visible imperfections, as if it was brand new.  

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Now, it’s no secret that mint conditions are worth a ton for any collectible item. But a card’s condition is crucial in YuGiOh. Why? Well, judges are very strict about YuGiOh card conditions during official tournaments. Marked cards or cards that are identifiable without seeing the front are not allowed in official tournaments. Markings include (but are not limited to) creases, warping, and discoloration. So aside from YuGiOh mint cards being worth a lot, cards in good or excellent condition are also worth some money. But if it has creases, the card’s value depreciates.  

For example, you could have a secret rare Black Luster Soldier, which is worth a lot. But, it has gathered a few creases already. The price for this card would then plummet by a good amount since players wouldn’t want to purchase a card they couldn’t use in tournaments. And buyers would reason that a card, although rare and valuable, could not be worth as much as you say if it’s not in good condition.

What is the YuGiOh Banlist

Lastly, one thing to note when it comes to card value and pricing is whether the card is on the YuGiOh banlist or not. But first, what is the YuGiOh banlist? So, historically, there have been cards deemed so powerful that they would end a match too soon. To remedy this and to level the playing field, judges have banned these cards from official competitions. Each year, a list is curated to determine which cards are not allowed in tournaments. This is the YuGiOh banlist. 

Now, how does the YuGiOh banlist affect the card price? Well, it has to do with the law of demand. While it is true that a lot of people purchase cards for purely collection purposes, YuGiOh players still make up a good portion of the market. And since these cards won’t be of much use in competitions, the demand is low.

So what do you do when you have a card on the banlist? Well, certainly don’t chuck it away. The YuGiOh banlist isn’t forever. Sometimes cards are removed from the banlist. And once removed, their value would definitely spike since players would want their hands on these good cards. This is why it is essential to be in the know and stay in touch with the market and the community. You’ll be able to see and maybe even predict trends this way. And you will also be able to get news regarding the banlist and other juicy info. The sooner you get word of these things, the sooner you can get a hold of good cards and sell them while they’re hot. Timing, after all, is crucial in business.

 

Extra Tips on How to Sell YuGiOh Cards

Now that you have an idea of how to sell YuGiOh cards, here are some additional tips that could help you in your business. There are two questions we’re going to ask here. Should you sell in singles or bundles? And when is it ideal to sell in-person versus online? Now, the thing about these two questions is that they are actually somewhat related. Here’s a step-by-step to help you answer these questions.

First, segregate your cards. Discard fakes and put aside extremely damaged cards. Separate the rare cards from the commons. From the rare heap, make a pile for those in mint, near-mint, and good condition, and another for those that are in okay condition. The rare cards in mint, near-mint, and good condition are best sold as singles online. Since these are rare cards with more than okay condition, you will be able to auction them on eBay. 

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Now, what do you do with the other cards? Well, you can try to sell the rare and okay cards as singles. But here’s also an idea. You can create a bundle. Put in a bunch of commons and add in a couple of rare cards in the mix to attract customers and raise the value of the set. You can also try to sell them online.

For the cards you are unable to sell online, try and sell them in person instead. Strategize how best to sell your remaining cards and also learn to do a bit of sales talk. It’s important to market your cards well so you’ll end up with good sales.

 

Final Word on How to Sell YuGiOh Cards

Before going into any business, you should know the nature of the market. It is important to know what the market wants and being able to provide it to them in the best avenue. This could include knowing where to best sell them and reach your market, and how to cater to their appeals and pique their interests. In business, you win some, and you lose some. What matters is being able to analyze those losses and fire back with better strategies and approaches. Just like our favorite protagonists, you try harder for every match you lose.

 

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