Market Watch Top 10: The TCGplayer App Arrives!

Jason Grabher-Meyer

4/2/2018 11:00:00 AM
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Last week we saw a big spike in demand for True Dracos, coming off the deck's massive performance at YCS Salt Lake City. Cards like Terraforming and Amano-Iwato were huge. But those trends subsided over the weekend, as reactions to the YCS died down, and demand for Pendulum Magician cards appeared to Rebound.

Beyond that, the reveal of a new Weekly JUMP promo in the OCG created a ton of discussion, while staple Link Monsters and standby hand traps continued to be top sellers. The reprint and preview cards from Extreme Force Special Edition have barely slowed down as well, with demand for Called by the Grave once again trumping everything else in the TCGplayer Marketplace.

Speaking of the TCGplayer Marketplace, the TCGplayer App is finally Yu-Gi-Oh ready! While the app's a great portal to the TCGplayer Marketplace, it's also an incredible tool to catalogue and price your collection. You can scan your cards to build a record of your collection and instantly pull pricing. If you've ever considered a trade but weren't sure about up-to-the-minute prices on everything, one scan can get you all the facts you need.

And when I say “one scan,” I mean it. One of the coolest things about the TCGplayer App is that you can scan multiple cards all at once, even if some of them are sideways or facing different directions. You can scan an entire binder page by page, or crack a pack and scan everything you open. The App works best with direct lighting and a contrasting background – try not to scan your Synchros on a white table – but once you get the hang of it, it's ridiculously fast.

I own a ton of obscure Ultimate Rares, Secret Rares, and old promos, so I ran them through the TCGplayer App on my iPhone and found a bunch of cards I didn't realize were valuable. And with the export tool, you can create lists of your scan sessions and even include pricing info. You can open a box of cards, scan them, and then export a record of everything you just opened. That makes it really easy to put together trade lists for groups and forums, or just see how you did on your pulls.

The TCGplayer App's a game changer for traders and collectors. But on that note, let's see what changed in the game this week, in the TCGplayer Marketplace.

#10: Supreme King Dragon Darkwurm

The push for True Draco cards and Altergeists last week knocked Supreme King Dragon Darkwurm out of the Top 10, but its return to the Number 10 position might say something about the continued interest in Pendulum Magicians. Even though that deck was shut out of the Top 8 entirely, it seems as if a lot of players are continuing to migrate to the strategy, perhaps partly due to the rising success of Dark variants running Rank-Up-Magic Argent Chaose Force for Number S0: Utopic ZEXAL.

 Supreme King Dragon Darkwurm
$1.89
$0.95
$0.06
Supreme King Dragon Darkwurm131136
Set Maximum Crisis
Number MACR-EN019
Level 4
Type Pendulum/Effect Monster
Monster Dragon
Attribute DARK 
A / D 1800 / 1200
Rarity Common
Card Text

Pendulum Effect : Once per turn, if you control no monsters: You can place 1 "Supreme King Gate" Pendulum Monster from your Deck in your Pendulum Zone, also you cannot Pendulum Summon monsters for the rest of this turn, except DARK monsters.
Monster Effect : If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can add 1 "Supreme King Gate" Pendulum Monster from your Deck to your hand. If this card is in your Graveyard and you control no monsters: You can Special Summon this card. You can only use each monster effect of "Supreme King Dragon Darkwurm" once per turn.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Dragon Fist Cards 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.06
Dragonslayer Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 4 $0.16
MXPcollectibles 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.19
FSGCards Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.24
WisCardboard 1st Edition - Near Mint 4 $0.25
Clarksons 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.31
GauntletFoodandGames 1st Edition - Near Mint 8 $0.32
Rivercitygamez 1st Edition - Near Mint 6 $0.35
Hubbub Gaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 20 $0.36
Clarksons Unlimited - Near Mint 6 $0.48

#9: Proxy Dragon

Proxy Dragon was Number 9 on the countdown last Monday as well, though it fell from the Top 10 over the course of the week. There are lots of different decks playing it, but again, the rising demand for it may be another indicator of recovering interest in Pendulum Magicians, where it's tremendously common.

 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

#8: Effect Veiler

Down from Number 4 last week, Effect Veiler's proven to be one of the most popular hand traps of the format, even if that's largely a factor of accessibility: the budget alternative of choice for players who can't get their hands on Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring, Veiler's still much easier to pick up than Droll & Lock Bird, Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit, PSY-Framegear Gamma, and Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries. And as we've mentioned before, it sees play alongside those cards as well, sometimes even right along with Ash Blossom.

 Effect Veiler
$3.59
$1.75
$0.58
Effect Veiler138037
Set Starter Deck: Link Strike
Number YS17-EN020
Level 1
Type Tuner/Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute LIGHT 
Rarity Common
Card Text

During your opponent's Main Phase (Quick Effect): You can send this card from your hand to the GY, then target 1 Effect Monster your opponent controls; that face-up monster your opponent controls has its effects negated until the end of this turn.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
FSGCards 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.58
Kyorms 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.70
IDeal808 1st Edition - Near Mint 47 $1.25
Buds Place 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $1.43
Game Goblins 1st Edition - Lightly Played 3 $1.51
The Game Capital 1st Edition - Near Mint 4 $1.56
Creaky Owl Cards 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.58
Card Guru 1st Edition - Lightly Played 2 $1.60
BuckwheatsCards 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $1.62
WInning Collectibles 1st Edition - Near Mint 96 $1.62

#7: Zefra Metaltron

New to the Top 10, Zefra Metaltron's a staple in Pendulum Magicians as well as actual Zefra strategies. Zefras made a repeat Top 32 appearance at YCS Salt Lake City courtesy of Akeem Abrahim , but Zefras are still so rare in competition that you to think this is largely a sign of interest in Magicians… and maybe a dash of interest in an upcoming release we'll talk about in a moment.

 Zefra Metaltron
$2.75
$0.36
$0.10
Zefra Metaltron158158
Set Extreme Force
Number EXFO-EN097
Type Link/Effect Monster
Monster Wyrm
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 2500 /
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

2+ monsters that were Special Summoned from the Extra Deck
If a monster this card points to that was Special Summoned from the Extra Deck is destroyed by battle or an opponent's card effect: You can add to your hand, 1 monster from your GY or 1 face-up Pendulum Monster from your Extra Deck. You can target 1 other monster you control and 1 monster your opponent controls that were Special Summoned from the Extra Deck; banish both monsters until the End Phase. You can only use each effect of "Zefra Metaltron" once per turn.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Columbus Card Shop Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.09
Boomstick Trading Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.10
DRC Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.10
Canton TCG Unlimited - Near Mint 3 $0.10
LinsYugiShop 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.10
IDeal808 Unlimited - Near Mint 21 $0.12
Gamed Out Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.13
IDeal808 1st Edition - Near Mint 40 $0.15
Collector's Cache 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $0.15
Dice And Dragons Unlimited - Near Mint 7 $0.15

#6: Overtex Qoatlus

Dinosaurs have been competitive all format long thanks to this card, and a Top 4 finish at YCS Salt Lake City has definitely raised the deck's stock. Overtex Qoatlus has proven to be a versatile search card and a formidable control monster rolled into one, giving a range of Dinosaur decks the flexibility and consistency Dinosaurs needed to finally break through at the Championship level. Qoatlus is one of the most popular cards from Extreme Force, and it's no surprise to see it in the Top 10 once again.

 Overtex Qoatlus
$3.69
$1.29
$0.73
Overtex Qoatlus158101
Set Extreme Force
Number EXFO-EN036
Level 7
Type Effect Monster
Monster Dinosaur
Attribute DARK 
A / D 2700 / 2100
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be Special Summoned (from your hand) by shuffling 5 of your banished Dinosaur monsters into the Main Deck. Once per turn, when your opponent activates a Spell/Trap Card (Quick Effect): You can destroy 1 Dinosaur monster in your hand or face-up on your field, and if you do, negate that activation, and if you do that, destroy that card. If this card is sent to the GY by a card effect: You can add 1 "Evolution Pill" Spell from your Deck to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Overtex Qoatlus" once per turn.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Valueduelist Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.50
Hoffman Cards Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.69
Collector's Cache 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $0.73
Dragons Maw Cards 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.73
CerisedeCommerce 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.75
CardEyes Shop Dragon Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.75
WisCardboard 1st Edition - Near Mint 6 $0.85
The Next Level Games Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.85
Five Elements Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.85
TheCardWard Unlimited - Near Mint 2 $0.85

#5: Instant Fusion

Demand for Instant Fusion was massive over the weekend, thanks to the reveal of Relinquished Anima in the OCG. A Link-1 Monster that requires a Level 1 non-token as its Link Material, Anima sucks up a monster it points to once per turn and takes its attack points. The obvious play there is to Instant Fusion for Thousand-Eyes Restrict, suck up an opposing monster, use it to Link Summon Relinquished Anima , and then suck up another one.

The field-clearing potential combined with fan-driven hype and perpetual background demand to push Instant Fusion right to Number 5 for the weekend. That demand will likely die down, but Instant Fusion's always bouncing on and off the Top 10 list depending on how much competitive potential people see in it week to week, so I wouldn't be surprised to see it back soon. Relinquished Anima has no scheduled release date here in the TCG, but it releases April 23rd as a Weekly JUMP promo in Japan.

 Instant Fusion
$2.00
$0.79
$0.40
Instant Fusion161044
Set Legendary Duelists: Ancient Millennium
Number LED2-EN048
Type Normal Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Common
Card Text

Pay 1000 LP; Special Summon 1 Level 5 or lower Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, but it cannot attack, also is destroyed during the End Phase. (This Special Summon is treated as a Fusion Summon.) You can only activate 1 "Instant Fusion" per turn.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
ShadowTCG 1st Edition - Damaged 1 $0.05
ClevelandCardResale 1st Edition - Near Mint 10 $0.39
Scards 1st Edition - Near Mint 9 $0.40
Poi Gaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.45
Collector's Cache 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $0.48
IDeal808 1st Edition - Near Mint 25 $0.49
ShadowTCG 1st Edition - Near Mint 82 $0.49
WisCardboard 1st Edition - Near Mint 5 $0.50
RDCards 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.50
JustOneGuy 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.55

#4: Underclock Taker

Down from Number 2 on Friday, Underclock Taker remains one of the biggest selling cards of the format. There are a limited number of relevant Link-2's in competition, and Underclock Taker's an exceptionally powerful option thanks to its ATK-stealing ability and approachable price. As a humble common it's still available for less than a quarter, and it'll likely remain that way until it gets a foil promo release.

 Underclock Taker
$2.00
$0.50
$0.20
Underclock Taker158104
Set Extreme Force
Number EXFO-EN039
Type Link/Effect Monster
Monster Cyberse
Attribute DARK 
A / D 1000 /
Rarity Common
Card Text

2 Effect Monsters
Once per turn: You can target 1 face-up monster this card points to, and 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; the opponent's target loses ATK equal to the ATK of the target this monster points to, until the end of this turn.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Kirwan's Game Store 1st Edition - Near Mint 16 $0.20
Hoffman Cards Unlimited - Near Mint 5 $0.20
Columbus Card Shop Unlimited - Near Mint 2 $0.20
Boomstick Trading Unlimited - Near Mint 2 $0.20
Mystic Tree Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.22
SimplyBulk 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.24
VynilCards 1st Edition - Near Mint 4 $0.24
TGS Trades 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.24
The Game Capital Unlimited - Near Mint 3 $0.24
ET Collectibles Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.25

#3: PSY-Framegear Gamma

Up from Number 7 on Friday, PSY-Framegear Gamma continues to be the single most popular hand trap in the TCGplayer Marketplace off its reprinting in Extreme Force Special Edition. While it was hanging tight at the $3-$4 mark for ages, you're now starting to find copies listed for $2 or less and the card's downward Price Trend suggests that might become the new norm.

A lot of players are opening Special Editions just to get at Called by the Grave – at least when they can find sealed Special Editions in the first place. And while lots of players need their copies of Called, extra Gammas are getting flipped to help offset part of the cost of the endeavor. Gamma's seeing more play now thanks to its reprint, but the supply's catching up with the demand due to the sheer volume of Extreme Force Special Editions being opened.

 PSY-Framegear Gamma
Price N/A
PSY-Framegear Gamma162600
Set Extreme Force
Number EXFO-ENSE3
Level 2
Type Tuner/Effect Monster
Monster Psychic
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 1000 / 0
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be Special Summoned by a card effect, and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. During either player's turn, when your opponent activates a monster effect while you control no monsters: You can Special Summon both this card from your hand and 1 "PSY-Frame Driver" from your hand, Deck, or Graveyard, and if you do, negate that activation, and if you do that, destroy that monster. During the End Phase, banish the face-up monsters Special Summoned by this effect.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
simplyugi Limited - Near Mint 1 $2.47
TeamGuyaneseGamer Limited - Near Mint 2 $2.48
GrandpaDoyleCardShop Limited - Near Mint 1 $2.48
TMM Card Store Limited - Near Mint 2 $2.55
VT Cards Limited - Near Mint 3 $2.78
Eddies Games Limited - Near Mint 1 $2.80
Nerdz Miami Limited - Near Mint 17 $2.99
Broken Dealz Limited - Near Mint 6 $3.00
Woffwoffcards Limited - Near Mint 5 $3.00
House of Lightning Limited - Near Mint 6 $3.00

#2: Pot of Desires

Pot of Desires is sort of the high water mark for judging demand in the TCGplayer Marketplace, reliably selling to the Number 1 position when big trends aren't around to knock it off its throne. And while it beat everything else in the TCGplayer Marketplace this week, it was bested once again by a usurper spell card.

 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
MkohlGames Limited - Lightly Played 1 $3.87
Lucky Dice Cafe Limited - Near Mint 1 $3.92
Terrin Limited - Near Mint 1 $4.00
Tactixx Limited - Near Mint 1 $4.00
Game Goblins Limited - Lightly Played 5 $4.16
Buds Place Limited - Near Mint 1 $4.25

#1: Called by the Grave

Yes, demand for Called by the Grave stayed incredibly high through yet another weekend, remaining at its roughly five dollar price point. While it only featured in two of the Top 32 lists we've archived from YCS Salt Lake City, one of those decks was the winning True Draco build played by Leo Anaya , and that made Called by the Grave a must-have.

As a hybrid D.D. Crow and Effect Veiler that can chain to opposing spell and trap removal, Called by the Grave has a wealth of uses and nowhere to go but up. Deck lists from Regional Qualifiers this weekend have been slow to arrive, but it'll be really interesting to see where and if Called by the Grave made Top Cut finishes.

 Called by the Grave
Price N/A
Called by the Grave162602
Set Extreme Force
Number EXFO-ENSE2
Type Quick-Play Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

Target 1 monster in your opponent's GY; banish it, and if you do, monsters with the same original name as that banished monster have their effects negated until the end of the next turn.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Redeyescollecter Limited - Near Mint 1 $2.28
ChromesShop Limited - Near Mint 1 $4.00
Woffwoffcards Limited - Near Mint 3 $4.00
simplyugi Limited - Near Mint 1 $4.28
TeamGuyaneseGamer Limited - Near Mint 1 $4.71
ShocksGaming Limited - Heavily Played 1 $4.90
LuckyGaming Limited - Near Mint 1 $5.00
TactiX Limited - Near Mint 7 $5.00
Central Game Den Limited - Near Mint 1 $5.02
Gamers Den Limited - Near Mint 1 $5.19

Looking beyond the Top 10, there were a ton of speculative bets placed on a wealth of older cards: stuff like Barrel Dragon, Masked HERO Divine Wind, Masked HERO Koga, Rainbow Dragon, and Blast Sphere were bought up in droves by small groups of buyers. Sales of Geargiano Mk-III and Cyber Repair Plant were bolstered by anticipation for the new Cybernetic Horizon booster in July, and Dragunity fans turned their attention to Dragunity Primus Pilus as more new Dragunity cards were revealed in the OCG.

That's it for the weekend, but we'll be bringing you deck lists from Regional Qualifiers in Phoenix, Louisville, Garden City, Fargo, and Seattle as they emerge. Stay tuned to the Deck Archive this week for those deck lists , and more from around the world!

-Jason Grabher-Meyer



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