Specialty Yu-Gi-Oh! cards can be expensive and run in the thousands of dollars, like Doomcaliber Knight, worth about $700, and the first Japanese promo version of Dark Magician Girl, which could set you back about $1,100, but they don’t come close to the price of one particular card currently on the market. Card Shop Spiral specialty store of Tokyo is selling a card called Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon for a whopping 45 million yen ($406,800).
The card is a one of a kind, which is why it’s being offered up at such a staggering price. It was a prize for an Asian Championship Series, and also comes with a signboard that has a signature from Kazuki Takahashi, the original creator of Yu-Gi-Oh! As pointed out on Reddit, exclusive cards as prizes for these tournaments have been in place since they started in 1999. The cards act as a trophy for tournament winners and other high-scoring players, come in special packaging, and can be illegal to actually use in future tournaments because of their scarcity, making it near impossible for other players to procure them. The previous owner of the card originally attempted to sell (apparently as a joke) for 99.9 billion yen ($894,960,000) but shockingly, there were no bidders. So, now it can be had for around $400,000 — a steep discount!
Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon is not even the most expensive Yu-Gi-Oh! card ever listed. In 1999, the winner of the very first Yu-Gi-Oh tournament held in Japan was given a one-of-a-kind Black Luster Soldier card made of stainless steel. It was listed online for a whopping 998,000,000 yen (around $10 million), but it reportedly sold for closer to $2 million, making it one of the most valuable trading cards of all time. The highest documented sale for a single Yu-Gi-Oh! card falls quite short of all these numbers — $9,000 for Armament of the Lethal Lords, given to the winners of the World Championship Series in 2006.