Market Watch Top 10: Get Ready For Ra - Sphere Mode

Jason Grabher-Meyer

12/11/2017 11:00:00 AM
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This weekend we saw some familiar background trends press to the top of the sales charts, as well as a couple of curveballs.

The past few Market Watch columns have shown us several cards on an upward trajectory, all of which have had a ripple effect on the secondary market. Scapegoat, popularized in Trickstars, has escalated demand for several different cards by making Link Monsters more accessible. The rise of Evenly Matched and Go-Second Spyral decks have created more demand for cards that beat them, or that help secure Turn 1 fields to capitalize on a higher chance to go first. And the reveal of upcoming cards from Extreme Force combined with results from YCS Buenos Aires have in turn boosted interest in Pendulum Magicians.

Those trends have ebbed and flowed in the impression they've made on sales patterns, but in general the impact of each has been widening for weeks, encompassing more and more cards. That's created a diverse pool of decks in Regional Top Cuts, and a frankly surprisingly healthy competitive landscape.

So what happened this weekend? Let's dive right into the numbers, and examine the Top 10 bestselling cards from Friday to Monday.

#10: Link Spider

Recent weeks have seen an uptick of play in Scapegoat, as well as Link Spider and Missus Radiant to match. While Scapegoat reached its peak a week and a half ago, alongside a Top 10 showing from Missus Radiant, this is the first time in a while that Spider's made the cut.

Naturally, it was accompanied by…

 Link Spider
$3.00
$1.89
$1.00
Link Spider138067
Set Starter Deck: Link Strike
Number YS17-EN043
Type Link/Effect Monster
Monster Cyberse
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 1000 /
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

1 Normal Monster
Once per turn: You can Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower Normal Monster from your hand to your zone this card points to.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Alphabet Soup 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.00
Dark World Gaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $1.25
Game Nut 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.50
ZLinked Gaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.50
Jse comics cards 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $1.50
MemeKingsCabin 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $1.50
MajorJusticeTrades 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $1.50
realgoodeal 1st Edition - Near Mint 25 $1.52
ZF Cards 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.60
HunterTCG 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.60

#9: Missus Radiant

Reprising its Number 9 showing from a week ago, Missus Radiant rose to the Top 10 once again this past weekend. Despite the rising interest in Pendulum Magicians, it doesn't appear as if Trickstars are slowing down, and other decks are experimenting with the Scapegoat engine.

 Missus Radiant
$5.00
$1.72
$0.39
Missus Radiant139218
Set Code of the Duelist
Number COTD-EN052
Type Link/Effect Monster
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 1400 /
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

2 EARTH monsters
All EARTH monsters on the field gain 500 ATK and DEF, also all WIND monsters on the field lose 400 ATK and DEF. If this card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can target 1 EARTH monster in your GY; add it to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Missus Radiant" once per turn.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
SiliconGaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.39
FuzzyYGOCards Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.91
HoustonCard Unlimited - Near Mint 2 $0.99
Game Goblins 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $1.12
realgoodeal 1st Edition - Near Mint 23 $1.15
MajorJusticeTrades 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $1.15
ChaseRyan 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.25
Quality Gaming Unlimited - Near Mint 5 $1.25
Buds Place 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.28
Spell Bound 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $1.29

#8: Cosmic Compass

Previously a big seller to a very narrow audience of speculators, Cosmic Compass sold to a much wider base of players over the weekend, officially taking the Number 8 spot in our countdown. A relatively obscure common from Storm of Ragnarok, it's a Link Summoning powerhouse and may owe some of its momentum to the arrival of Linkuriboh, which started appearing in SHONEN JUMP subscriber mailboxes last week.

 Cosmic Compass
$4.99
$2.97
$1.25
Cosmic Compass39236
Set Storm of Ragnarok
Number STOR-EN001
Level 1
Type Effect Monster
Monster Machine
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 100 / 300
Rarity Common
Card Text

When this card is Normal Summoned, you can Special Summon a number of "Compass Tokens" (Machine-Type/EARTH/Level 1/ATK 0/DEF 0) up to the number of monsters your opponent controls.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Tim trading cards Unlimited - Lightly Played 1 $1.00
MBAcollectibles Unlimited - Moderately Played 1 $1.00
Kenthus Cards 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.25
Dolly's Toys & Games 1st Edition - Lightly Played 4 $1.61
Card Cornucopia 1st Edition - Damaged 1 $1.77
Dolly's Toys & Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $1.79
Amazing Discoveries 1st Edition - Moderately Played 2 $2.09
Amazing Discoveries 1st Edition - Lightly Played 4 $2.13
WeLitXD Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $2.20
OblivionGamesTampa 1st Edition - Near Mint 14 $2.23

#7: Gold Sarcophagus

Reprinted in Structure Deck: Cyberse Link and recently played in a wealth of banish-heavy Top Cut 60-card decks for synergy with Giant Rex, Gold Sarcophagus is now a one-card Special Summoning engine granting you nearly free Material for Xyz and Synchro plays. While some of the renewed interest in this card might be due to speculators – it's rarely been more affordable than it is now – some of that interest might demonstrate actual competitive trends, with more players gravitating toward Lightsworn Zombies and Lightsworn Infernoids.

 Gold Sarcophagus
$2.01
$0.97
$0.34
Gold Sarcophagus149332
Set Structure Deck: Cyberse Link
Number SDCL-EN027
Type Normal Spell
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Common
Card Text

Banish 1 card from your Deck, face-up. During your second Standby Phase after this card's activation, add that card to your hand.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Pastimes 1st Edition - Near Mint 103 $0.34
Main Card TCG 1st Edition - Lightly Played 2 $0.37
Enticing Name 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.50
MagnificentTCG 1st Edition - Near Mint 5 $0.55
Turtle Rock Gaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 83 $0.59
Hubbub Gaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 94 $0.59
Java Game Haus 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.71
CompetitiveCardShack 1st Edition - Near Mint 6 $0.77
WInning Collectibles 1st Edition - Near Mint 61 $0.79
SuperGamesInc 1st Edition - Near Mint 5 $0.91

#6: Solemn Strike

Still a backrow mainstay for decks that aim to go first, Solemn Strike is huge for Trickstars and sees play in all sorts of different strategies beyond it. Even while more players flock to Evenly Matched, Solemn Strike is a common Main Deck pick and sees ample Side Deck play as well.

 Solemn Strike
Price N/A
Solemn Strike145917
Set Code of the Duelist
Number COTD-ENSE2
Type Counter Trap Card
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

When a monster(s) would be Special Summoned, or a monster effect is activated: Pay 1500 LP; negate the Summon or activation, and if you do, destroy that card.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Monarchy Gaming Limited - Near Mint 2 $6.58
Zero hour games Limited - Near Mint 1 $6.76
C Four Warehouse Limited - Near Mint 1 $7.70
Bustas Limited - Near Mint 1 $8.00
Eddies Games Limited - Near Mint 1 $8.01
Lower Than Retail Limited - Near Mint 1 $8.50
rxkgaming Limited - Near Mint 1 $8.52
Advantage Camels Limited - Near Mint 2 $8.74
Perplexed Card Games Limited - Near Mint 1 $8.75
OverpoweredCardGames Limited - Near Mint 1 $8.87

#5: Wavering Eyes

Last week we saw the announcement of Heavymetalfoes Electrumite bolster interest in Pendulum Magicians, and two weeks of solid tournament performance for that strategy has continued to elevate that deck's competitive standing. That's led to a renewed interest in Wavering Eyes this week, so be on the lookout for it if you're piloting Pendulums yourself. You're going to run into more players ready to side it against you.

 Wavering Eyes
$2.75
$1.28
$0.48
Wavering Eyes102485
Set Clash of Rebellions
Number CORE-EN066
Type Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Common
Card Text

Destroy as many cards in each player's Pendulum Zones as possible, then apply these effects, in sequence, depending on the number of cards destroyed by this effect.
- 1 or more: Inflict 500 damage to your opponent.
- 2 or more: You can add 1 Pendulum Monster from your Main Deck to your hand.
- 3 or more: You can banish 1 card on the field.
- 4: You can add 1 "Wavering Eyes" from your Deck to your hand.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
RoyalMizzou 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.48
Cardmonstergamez 1st Edition - Damaged 3 $0.48
Cardshtuff Unlimited - Near Mint 3 $0.50
PrivateCardSoldier Unlimited - Near Mint 3 $0.66
Buis Card Place Unlimited - Moderately Played 1 $0.70
Card Cornucopia Unlimited - Lightly Played 1 $0.75
Cardmonstergamez 1st Edition - Lightly Played 67 $0.79
Absolve Gaming 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $0.79
Card Cornucopia 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $0.83
Poi Gaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $0.83

#4: Honest

With Trickstars a competitive mainstay this format, the reprint of Honest in Spirit Warriors has seen players snagging copies to play, and speculators stocking up by the dozens. Honest is a perennially powerful card that can become viable at the drop of a hat, and it's no surprise to see it bouncing on and off the Top 10 list when it's playable and wildly affordable.

 Honest
$1.99
$0.98
$0.15
Honest152456
Set Spirit Warriors
Number SPWA-EN047
Level 4
Type Effect Monster
Monster Fairy
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 1100 / 1900
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

During your Main Phase: You can return this face-up card from the field to the hand. During the Damage Step, when a LIGHT monster you control battles (Quick Effect): You can send this card from your hand to the GY; that monster gains ATK equal to the ATK of the opponent's monster it is battling, until the end of this turn.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Midwest Card Dealer 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.15
Top Deck TCG 1st Edition - Near Mint 12 $0.49
Tazs Games 1st Edition - Lightly Played 3 $0.50
Davis Cards & Games 1st Edition - Lightly Played 2 $0.50
Prof Bonds Emporium 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.63
Dolly's Toys & Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 6 $0.66
Absolve Gaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $0.67
Spell Bound 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $0.72
GameTimeCC 1st Edition - Near Mint 17 $0.74
Pittsburgh yugioh 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.75

#3: Proxy Dragon

Proxy Dragon's been one of the bestselling cards of the year, generally a must-run for any strategy running Link Monsters. With a solid effect, two sideways Link Arrows, and easy Link Summoning Materials, Proxy Dragon's one of the best Link Monsters in the game.

 Proxy Dragon
Price N/A
Proxy Dragon141276
Set 2017 Mega-Tins
Number CT14-EN003
Type Link/Effect Monster
Monster Cyberse
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 1400 /
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

2 monsters
If a card(s) you control would be destroyed by battle or card effect, you can destroy 1 of your monsters this card points to, instead.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Main Card TCG Limited - Lightly Played 1 $0.50
Pastimes Limited - Near Mint 1 $0.50
thechanman Limited - Near Mint 1 $0.65
Columbus Card Shop Limited - Near Mint 7 $0.69
ygosinglesallday Limited - Near Mint 2 $0.70
Johns Entertainment Limited - Near Mint 1 $0.70
ZLinked Gaming Limited - Near Mint 1 $0.70
KrakenPacksTCG Limited - Near Mint 1 $0.73
Opolentia TCG Limited - Near Mint 41 $0.73
MajorJusticeTrades Limited - Near Mint 4 $0.75

#2: Pot of Desires

Speaking of bestselling cards of the year, Pot of Desires is still headed to take that title, though this week it dropped to Number 2. That was because of a huge upswing in demand for…

 Pot of Desires
Price N/A
Pot of Desires141277
Set 2017 Mega-Tins
Number CT14-EN004
Type Normal Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Banish 10 cards from the top of your Deck, face-down; draw 2 cards. You can only activate 1 "Pot of Desires" per turn.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
MajorJusticeTrades Limited - Near Mint 5 $3.25
TeamGuyaneseGamer Limited - Near Mint 9 $3.40
GrandpaDoyleCardShop Limited - Near Mint 3 $3.50
Scards Limited - Near Mint 8 $3.50
Lucky Dice Cafe Limited - Near Mint 1 $3.92
Tactixx Limited - Near Mint 1 $4.00
Terrin Limited - Near Mint 1 $4.00
Game Goblins Limited - Lightly Played 5 $4.16
Buds Place Limited - Near Mint 1 $4.25
MachFive Limited - Near Mint 1 $4.28

#1: The Winged Dragon of Ra – Sphere Mode

Kelly wrote a great article yesterday that talked about the rising play value of cards like Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju and Lava Golem, and The Winged Dragon of Ra – Sphere Mode operates on a similar premise, but just goes wider, taking out three monsters instead of one or two.

With nothing but a high value printing inDuelist Pack: Battle City and a much more accessible reprint in Circuit Break: Special Edition, Sphere Mode nearly sold out over the course of the weekend. As of this writing only four vendors still had it in stock in the TCGplayer Marketplace, with fewer than 50 copies between them. And while that has yet to create a price spike above the current $3 mark, it's difficult to predict the impact of a total buyout.

 The Winged Dragon of Ra - Sphere Mode
$38.75
$17.07
$10.99
The Winged Dragon of Ra - Sphere Mode99961
Set Duelist Pack: Battle City
Number DPBC-EN001
Level 10
Type Effect Monster
Monster Divine-Beast
Attribute DIVINE 
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Cannot be Special Summoned. Requires 3 Tributes from either side of the field to Normal Summon to that side of the field (cannot be Normal Set), then shift control to this card's owner during the End Phase of the next turn. Cannot attack. Your opponent cannot target this card for attacks or by card effects. You can Tribute this card; Special Summon 1 "The Winged Dragon of Ra" from your hand or Deck, ignoring its Summoning conditions, and if you do, its ATK and DEF become 4000.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Krahl Cards 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $10.99
ChaseRyan 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $11.00
Four Horsemen 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $11.90
OutofWorld Gaming 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $11.90
Alter Reality Games 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $12.86
DAPs Majestic Shop 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $13.00
OverdoseGaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $13.19
Your Yugioh Cards 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $13.25
rxkgaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $13.37
Buis Card Place 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $13.50

That's it for today, but we'll return on Friday once more results from the latest Regional Qualifiers are more publicized.

Until then, keep an eye on the Deck Archive as we post more Top 8 lists and near-miss strategies from events in Phoenix, Kissimmee, Shreveport, St. Louis and more. This format continues to grow and progress, and sales data remains one of the best ways to advance your understanding of the game's trajectory.

-Jason Grabher-Meyer



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