Market Watch: Links, Spellbooks, and Vendreads

Jason Grabher-Meyer

7/21/2017 11:00:00 AM
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Welcome back! Today marks the release date of Starter Deck: Link Strike, but with Code of the Duelist approaching and San Diego Comic Con bringing news about the set this week, it was some unexpected spoilers that shaped the TCGplayer Marketplace the most in our latest Monday to Friday period.

The usual recap: here in Market Watch we count down the Top 10 bestselling cards in the TCGplayer Marketplace, consisting of over 1000 active Yu-Gi-Oh! sellers. We tally the cards by sheer number sold not by rarity or price so when a non-foil card or a reprint suddenly skyrockets in popularity, we can tell you; the kind of information we can see on the back end, but can be entirely invisible to the public.

Big reprints from Battles of Legend: Light's Revenge continued to be popular this week, and the upward trend we saw from Spellbooks last weekend continued as well. But the release of Link Strike made some waves similar to those seen in the early days of Link Summoning in the OCG, and the Comic Con reveal of the new Vendread theme World Premiers from Code of the Duelist actually became the biggest factor in the last days of the week.

Let's get down to it, and show you the Top 10 bestselling cards from Monday to Friday.

#10: Galaxy Soldier

Still hanging onto a spot in the Top 10, Galaxy Soldier is one of the expensive cards that fell into casual and budget territory when it was reprinted in BLLR. There's not much to say here that we haven't already covered: Galaxy Soldier's a flexible Rank 5 enabler that fits especially well in ABC-Dragon Buster decks, and ABC's may make a comeback thanks to the new Link Summoning rules.

 Galaxy Soldier
$9.99
$5.04
$3.96
Galaxy Soldier136842
Set Battles of Legend: Light's Revenge
Number BLLR-EN053
Level 5
Type Effect Monster
Monster Machine
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 2000 / 0
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

You can send 1 other LIGHT monster from your hand to the GY; Special Summon this card from your hand in Defense Position. When this card is Special Summoned: You can add 1 "Galaxy" monster from your Deck to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Galaxy Soldier" once per turn.


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#9: Quick Booster

The new Magibullet theme from the OCG's Deck Build Pack: Spirit Warriors kicked off a flurry of interest in this card, immediately pushing it into a sellout. As an Ultra Rare that's only been printed once it had speculation written all over it, but the hype died down really quickly and despite a rising Price Trend, no big price spike has materialized.

Spirit Warriors doesn't debut in Japan until August 11th and we won't see it here for a very long time, so the crush of demand didn't seem justified to many players. Still, it was enough to make Quick Booster the Number 9 bestselling card of the week.

 Quick Booster
$8.00
$1.51
$0.81
Quick Booster67660
Set Cosmo Blazer
Number CBLZ-EN065
Type Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Target 1 Quick-Play Spell Card in your Graveyard, except "Quick Booster"; shuffle it into the Deck. When this card on the field is destroyed by your opponent's card effect and sent to the Graveyard: You can add 1 Quick-Play Spell Card from your Deck to your hand, except "Quick Booster".


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#8: Gozuki

The new Vendread theme was spoiled in what was apparently a leak or release from San Diego Comic Con this past week, and was quickly picked up by our friends at The Organization. The tl;dr summary? Vendreads look like a competitive strategy that revolves around sending Zombies to the graveyard, which means they can benefit from previous support that loads the graveyard, and Zombies that leverage effects from that position.

Gozuki fits both of those descriptions, and the instant demand for it pushed it to Number 8.

 Gozuki
$5.98
$2.83
$0.75
Gozuki129594
Set Duelist Saga
Number DUSA-EN020
Level 4
Type Effect Monster
Monster Zombie
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 1700 / 800
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

During your Main Phase: You can send 1 Zombie-Type monster from your Deck to the Graveyard. If this card is sent to the Graveyard: You can banish 1 Zombie-Type monster from your Graveyard, except "Gozuki"; Special Summon 1 Zombie-Type monster from your hand. You can only use each effect of "Gozuki" once per turn.


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#7: Anti-Spell Fragrance

With no new F&L List in sight and lots of new spell-heavy themes being released in both the OCG and TCG, demand for the once-pricy Anti-Spell Fragrance continued to be extremely high. If the next F&L List doesn't Limit it or Forbid it altogether, it's fair to assume the Fragrance will remain a must for Side Decks, and the recent plunge in price has kept sales high.

If everybody wasn't playing Anti-Spell Fragrance before, they certainly will be now as more and more players pick up their copies.

 Anti-Spell Fragrance
$7.50
$1.72
$0.90
Anti-Spell Fragrance136867
Set Battles of Legend: Light's Revenge
Number BLLR-EN078
Type Continuous Trap Card
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Both players must Set Spell Cards before activating them, and cannot activate them until their next turn after Setting them.


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The Next Level Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $1.40
Kirwan's Game Store 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.40
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#6: PSY-Framelord Omega

You can make similar statements about PSY-Framelord Omega, a previously expensive Synchro Monster that's extremely strong; every player would ideally want three copies of in their deck building arsenal.

Now that it's been reprinted it's proven incredibly popular, but Omega's starting price tag it was $6 out of the gates when BLLR was first released has risen to an average Market Price of more than $8.50. That may continue to go up as supply of Battles of Legend: Light's Revenge dwindles and players open fewer packs.

 PSY-Framelord Omega
$15.50
$7.87
$5.79
PSY-Framelord Omega136850
Set Battles of Legend: Light's Revenge
Number BLLR-EN061
Level 8
Type Synchro/Effect Monster
Monster Psychic
Attribute WATER 
A / D 2800 / 2200
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters
Once per turn, during the Main Phase (Quick Effect): You can banish both this face-up card from the field and 1 random card from your opponent's hand, face-up, until your next Standby Phase. Once per turn, during your opponent's Standby Phase: You can target 1 banished card; return it to the GY. If this card is in your GY: You can target 1 other card in the GY; shuffle both that card and this card from the GY into the Deck.


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#5: Spellbook Magician of Prophecy

Now named Spellbook of Knowledge, the card once known as Spellbook of Rudra has singlehandedly driven Spellbooks back into tournament competition in the OCG, and seems likely to do the same here when it's released in Code of the Duelist. The Comic Con reveal that it will be printed in the TCG as an Ultra Rare and not a high-value Secret Rare bolstered Spellbooks in the Marketplace this week, pushing the companion card Spellbook Magician of Prophecy to Number 5, up from Number 7 over the weekend.

 Spellbook Magician of Prophecy
$3.75
$1.13
$0.50
Spellbook Magician of Prophecy136839
Set Battles of Legend: Light's Revenge
Number BLLR-EN050
Level 2
Type Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute WATER 
A / D 500 / 400
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

If this card is Normal Summoned or flipped face-up: Add 1 "Spellbook" Spell from your Deck to your hand.


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#4: Evilswarm Exciton Knight

Up from Number 5 last week, Evilswarm Exciton Knight's still Forbidden in the TCG, but suspicions are running high that it'll be back in tournament play for the next Advanced Format. Still available for less than 50 cents, it's a hot speculative buy for players looking to get in before a potential price spike.

 Evilswarm Exciton Knight
$9.00
$1.99
$1.36
Evilswarm Exciton Knight136857
Set Battles of Legend: Light's Revenge
Number BLLR-EN068
Level 4
Type Xyz/Effect Monster
Monster Fiend
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 1900 / 0
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

2 Level 4 monsters
Once per chain, during your Main Phase or your opponent's Battle Phase, if your opponent has more total cards in their hand and field than you do (Quick Effect): You can detach 1 material from this card; destroy all other cards on the field, also your opponent takes no further damage this turn.


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#3: Spellbook of Secrets

Staying steady at Number 3, Spellbook of Secrets works with Magician and Knowledge to create a powerful draw suite tearin up tournaments overseas, and that's kept demand huge off its recent reprint. Supply is big, demand is big, and the hype is even bigger.

 Spellbook of Secrets
$24.00
$1.50
$0.90
Spellbook of Secrets136864
Set Battles of Legend: Light's Revenge
Number BLLR-EN075
Type Normal Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Add 1 "Spellbook" card from your Deck to your hand, except "Spellbook of Secrets". You can only activate 1 "Spellbook of Secrets" per turn.


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#2: Blackwing Gofu the Vague Shadow

When Link Summoning was first announced in the OCG, we saw a big spike of demand for Blackwing - Gofu the Vague Shadow, as players simply hoped Token Monsters would work for Link Summons. When it was confirmed that the mechanic actually worked that way Gofu surged even harder, before everyone stateside realized that Link Monsters were still many months away from being TCG relevant.

Now that Starter Deck: Link Strike is finally here the demand for Gofu came surging back, putting it all the way at Number 2. A common from The Dark Illusion, Gofu's now riding an upward Price Trend with an average Market Price of just under a dollar, while available copies start at fifty cents more. Expect to see lots of experimentation with this card, at least in the immediate weeks following the Link Strike release.

 Blackwing - Gofu the Vague Shadow
$3.25
$1.49
$0.99
Blackwing - Gofu the Vague Shadow121270
Set The Dark Illusion
Number TDIL-EN013
Level 5
Type Tuner/Effect Monster
Monster Winged Beast
Attribute DARK 
Rarity Common
Card Text

Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must first be Special Summoned (from your hand) while you control no monsters. When this card is Special Summoned from the hand: You can Special Summon 2 "Vague Shadow Tokens" (Winged Beast/DARK/Level 1/ATK 0/DEF 0), but they cannot be Tributed or be used as Synchro Material. You can banish this card and 1 or more face-up non-Tuners you control, then target 1 "Blackwing" Synchro Monster in your Graveyard whose Level equals the total Levels the banished monsters had on the field; Special Summon it, and if you do, it is treated as a Tuner.


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#1: Pre-Preparation of Rites

And finally, the reveal of Revendread Slayer and Revendread Origin took Pre-Preparation of Rites out of its months-long run in obscurity and rocketed it right back to the Number 1 spot!

Pre-Prep has always been viewed as an extremely powerful card just waiting for the right deck, and Vendreads may finally be it: since Revendread Origin specifically names Slayer in its effect text, Pre-Preparation of Rites can search them, and the expectation that Vendreads could become the next Burning Abyss type World Premier theme boosted Pre-Prep to a $2 price point that's still on the rise.

Will Vandreads be competitive? We'll have to wait a few weeks to find out, but the theme does seem promising. The way it draws off so much previous Zombie support and graveyard building infrastructure means a lot of options, and smacks of consistency.

 Pre-Preparation of Rites
$4.25
$1.92
$1.00
Pre-Preparation of Rites117952
Set Shining Victories
Number SHVI-EN065
Type Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Add 1 Ritual Spell Card from your Deck to your hand, and add 1 Ritual Monster from your Deck or Graveyard to your hand whose name is listed on that Ritual Spell Card. You can only activate 1 "Pre-Preparation of Rites" per turn.


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What else was big this week? Looking further down the salescharts, everything big from last week just got bumped down by the boosted interest in Vendreads and Link support: Zaphion the Time Lord almost made the Top 10 at Number 11; Artifact Sanctum clocked in at Number 12 after a lot of use at the ARGCS in Knoxville; Giant Rex finally tumbled from the Top 3 to Number 13, after weeks of Dinosaur hype; Number 11: Big Eye fell to 14 after benefiting from the same; and Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon came in at Number 15, despite Windwitches still remaining a hot prospect.

That's it for this week, but join us on Monday to see the full fallout of the SDCC weekend, and the release of Starter Deck: Link Strike.

-Jason Grabher-Meyer


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