Market Watch Top 10: Shakeups and Shared Rides

Jason Grabher-Meyer

4/13/2018 11:02:00 AM
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Welcome back! Last week we saw two Market Watches in the wake of the reveal of the new F.A. cards from Flames of Destruction. This week, with enthusiasm for those cards subsiding, we saw duelists getting even further ahead on future releases.

Those trends determined the Number 1 bestselling card from Monday to Friday. At the same time, we saw a spike of interest in cards for Pendulum Magicians and Trickstars, the latter beginning to Rebound a bit after some serious marginalization in recent Regionals. Add a dash of continued interest in F.A.'s and Goukis, and you've got a complete snapshot of sales patterns in the TCGplayer Marketplace this week.

With so many of the bestselling cards being current tournament staples for major themes, today's a pretty straightforward Top 10 countdown. If this is your first Market Watch, remember that we rank our bestsellers by sheer number of cards sold: there's no favoritism for cards of higher rarity or value. That paid off this week, as we got a look at a ton of tournament-level three-ofs and viable tech that didn't spike in price, but did sell by the bushel.

So which cards were the hottest movers and shakers? Let's kick it off with a look at Number 10.

#10: Eater of Millions

Was anyone else hoping this would get an Ultimate Rare upgrade? It took a surprising length of time for Eater of Millions to become de rigeur for Trickstars, but now it's tough to imagine a Trickstar deck without it. One of the best problem solvers in the game, Eater of Millions has won thousands of games this year, and always raises the question:

Why IS Neo-Spacian Grand Mole still Limited, anyways?

 Eater of Millions
$2.14
$0.99
$0.20
Eater of Millions127286
Set Raging Tempest
Number RATE-EN032
Level 1
Type Effect Monster
Monster Fiend
Attribute DARK 
Rarity Common
Card Text

Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be Special Summoned (from your hand) by banishing 5 or more cards from your hand, field and/or Extra Deck, face-down, and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. This card gains 100 ATK and DEF for each face-down banished card. This face-up card on the field cannot be Tributed, nor used as Material for a Fusion, Synchro, or Xyz Summon. Once per turn, at the start of the Damage Step, if this card battles an opponent's monster: You can banish that opponent's monster, face-down.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Kyorms 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.20
Blue Ox Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.26
MXPcollectibles 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.39
ClevelandCardResale 1st Edition - Near Mint 5 $0.49
Omega Card Games Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.50
ZLinked Gaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.50
TacoQuestGaming Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.50
Cardhype Unlimited - Near Mint 13 $0.50
Omega Card Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.50
Cardhype 1st Edition - Near Mint 66 $0.55

#9: Chronograph Sorcerer

Pendulum Magicians were likely responsible for the Top 10 status of at least two cards this week, beginning with Chronograph Sorcerer. A three-of must in Pendulum Magicians, it also sees play in a supporting role as part of a smaller Magician suite, in current decks like Metalfoes.

Turns out that Special Summoning two monsters from your hand for basically nothing is awesome pretty much anywhere, and combined with Chronograph Sorcerer's Extra Deck loading power in conjunction with Timegazer Magician, it's fantastic in almost any Pendulum strategy.

 Chronograph Sorcerer
$2.21
$0.95
$0.36
Chronograph Sorcerer134949
Set Pendulum Evolution
Number PEVO-EN002
Level 6
Type Pendulum/Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute DARK 
A / D 2000 / 1700
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Pendulum Effect : During your Main Phase: You can destroy this card, and if you do, take 1 "Timegazer Magician" from your hand or Deck, and either place it in your Pendulum Zone or Special Summon it. You can only use this effect of "Chronograph Sorcerer" once per turn.
Monster Effect : If a card(s) you control is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can Special Summon this card from your hand, then you can Special Summon 1 monster from your hand. You can banish this card you control, plus 4 monsters from your hand, field, and/or Graveyard (1 each with "Pendulum Dragon", "Xyz Dragon", "Synchro Dragon", and "Fusion Dragon" in their names); Special Summon 1 "Supreme King Z-ARC" from your Extra Deck. (This is treated as a Fusion Summon.)


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
TCGCentral FWB 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.36
Davis Cards & Games 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $0.45
ClevelandCardResale 1st Edition - Near Mint 5 $0.49
Spare Change 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.50
ZLinked Gaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.50
Top Caliber 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.60
Rolemasters Emporium 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.70
Uraby Fast Sales 1st Edition - Near Mint 4 $0.71
Cardshtuff 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.75
A+ Comics 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.75

#8: Solemn Strike

You're probably well aware that backrow trap cards have become far more common in this format than they were in the SPYRAL era, partly due to competitive rebalancing and partly due to the reintroduction of Solemn Judgment in competition. Solemn Strike may be the most played trap card of the format, and it continues to sell extremely well despite its $10 Market Price.

 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  
IndependentKauai Limited - Near Mint 22 $2.66
CardSourceGaming Limited - Near Mint 1 $8.01
TrickstarPlayer Limited - Near Mint 6 $8.50
rxkgaming Limited - Near Mint 1 $8.52
Creaky Owl Cards Limited - Lightly Played 1 $8.89
Acid Gaming Limited - Near Mint 1 $8.96
Phantom Purveyor Limited - Near Mint 4 $8.97
Snowulff Limited - Near Mint 1 $8.99
Game Nut Limited - Near Mint 1 $8.99
StormTheCastleTCG Limited - Near Mint 2 $8.99

#7: Zaphion, the Timelord

Zaphion, the Timelord saw a resurgence in play over the past two to three weeks, becoming a popular Side Deck choice in True Draco decks. A self-replacing answer to the same big back rows we just mentioned above, Zaphion's a nightmare for a wealth of strategies, and especially good against Pendulum Magicians.

The impending OCG release of Sandaion, the Timelord has the theme on more players' minds these days too, but realistically the tournament results stateside are probably more relevant.

 Zaphion, the Timelord
$4.89
$1.34
$0.01
Zaphion, the Timelord136821
Set Battles of Legend: Light's Revenge
Number BLLR-EN032
Level 10
Type Effect Monster
Monster Fairy
Attribute WATER 
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Cannot be Special Summoned from the Deck. If you control no monsters, you can Normal Summon this card without Tributing. Cannot be destroyed by battle or card effects. You take no battle damage from attacks involving this card. At the end of the Battle Phase, if this card battled: Shuffle all Spells and Traps your opponent controls into the Deck. If this card is sent from the field to the GY: You can draw 1 card. Once per turn, during your Standby Phase: Shuffle this card into the Deck.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Astoundingcards 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.01
Mystic Tree 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.50
WisCardboard 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.50
PrivateCardSoldier 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.51
Titan Production 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.60
Dinoscale Cards 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.70
Collector's Cache 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $0.75
Enticing Name 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.95
Hubbub Gaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.96
GameTimeCC 1st Edition - Near Mint 24 $0.98

#6: Underclock Taker

Underclock Taker's a wildly useful Link-2 for a variety of strategies, and it's especially favored in Pendulum Magcians, where it can save you from losing instantly to Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries. But for the first time in what feels like months, Underclock Taker was actually outsold by…

 Underclock Taker
$2.00
$0.50
$0.18
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  
SilverCrow 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.18
Kirwan's Game Store 1st Edition - Near Mint 8 $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
Pro-PlayGames 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $0.21
Mystic Tree Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.22
FSGCards Unlimited - Near Mint 6 $0.23
KrakenPacksTCG 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.23
SimplyBulk 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.24

#5: Proxy Dragon

Yes, for weeks we've seen Underclock Taker outsell its fellow Link-2 Proxy Dragon. And that makes sense: Underclock Taker's a newer card, so more players still needed it; it's a common, so while Proxy Dragon's affordable, Taker's even easier to pick up. And on top of those factors, it's become more common to see players running a second Underclock Taker instead of a second Proxy Dragon.

So how did Proxy Dragon outpace Underclock Taker this week? That's a good question, and I'm not sure there's a good answer. But the numbers were neck and neck, so it may be best not to read too much into it.

 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
Columbus Card Shop Limited - Near Mint 7 $0.69
ygosinglesallday Limited - Near Mint 2 $0.70
Johns Entertainment Limited - Near Mint 1 $0.70
BNE Card Shop Limited - Near Mint 2 $0.70
Opolentia TCG Limited - Near Mint 13 $0.73
Game Goblins Limited - Moderately Played 1 $0.74
MajorJusticeTrades Limited - Near Mint 4 $0.75
JC Theater YGO Limited - Near Mint 2 $0.75
Atlas Gaming Limited - Near Mint 3 $0.79

#4: Supreme King Dragon Darkwurm

Supreme King Dragon Darkwurm was up again, and while it's currently played almost entirely in Pendulum Magicians, the spike of interest may be linked in part to the forthcoming release of Structure Deck: Lair of Darkness. As one of the greatest Pendulum enablers of all time, Supreme King Dragon Darkwurm is free card economy leveraged immediately into some of the biggest plays going.

Pendulum Magicians are still the deck-to-beat, and with sales ramping up as we count the days to the WCQ season, we can expect to see lots of Magicians in upcoming tournaments this summer.

 Supreme King Dragon Darkwurm
$1.89
$0.98
$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
WisCardboard 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $0.25
GauntletFoodandGames 1st Edition - Near Mint 4 $0.32
FSGCards Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $0.47
Clarksons Unlimited - Near Mint 4 $0.48
TzTokTrades Unlimited - Near Mint 14 $0.49
TzTokTrades 1st Edition - Near Mint 20 $0.49
GauntletFoodandGames Unlimited - Near Mint 9 $0.49

#3: Pot of Desires

Drawing two cards? Always amazing. Pot of Desires? Pretty much always in the Top 10. The fact that Pot's still in such deep supply is an asset to competitive Yu-Gi-Oh! on the whole.

 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
GrandpaDoyleCardShop Limited - Near Mint 3 $3.50
Scards Limited - Near Mint 8 $3.50
TrickstarPlayer Limited - Near Mint 4 $3.50
Copacetic Cards Limited - Near Mint 2 $3.50
Lucky Dice Cafe Limited - Near Mint 1 $3.92
Omega Card Games Limited - Near Mint 1 $4.00
Davis Cards & Games Limited - Moderately Played 2 $4.00
Terrin Limited - Near Mint 1 $4.00
Duel Monsters Pro Limited - Near Mint 4 $4.10

#2: Called by the Grave

The former reigning champion of the Number 1 position was usurped this week, even as more players begin to appreciate it! Called by the Grave is one part Effect Veiler and one part D.D. Crow, lending effect negation, protection from hand traps, and graveyard disruption all in one. Its stock has only risen with the increasing popularity of True Dracos, and it took something truly out there to beat it this week…

 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
Woffwoffcards Limited - Near Mint 3 $4.00
ChromesShop Limited - Near Mint 1 $4.00
heroicROAR Limited - Near Mint 1 $4.00
Omega Card Games Limited - Near Mint 1 $5.00
TactiX Limited - Near Mint 7 $5.00
Central Game Den Limited - Near Mint 1 $5.02
Game Cafe Limited - Near Mint 4 $5.03
YGOAnimeGames Limited - Near Mint 2 $5.05
Fusion Gaming Limited - Near Mint 6 $5.39

#1: Shared Ride

Yes, the biggest card of the week was Shared Ride! Both Secret Rare printings of Shared Ride sold out earlier this week, starting from average Market Prices of $2 or less and – as of this writing – spiking to almost $7. That massive jump in value sent players scrabbling to get Gold Rare copies from Infinite Gold as well, which saw a sharp upwards Price Trend as of Thursday night.

The reason? Shared Ride's a pretty useful card now, but players are starting to side them in the OCG to beat the Sky Striker Ace cards – previously fanlated as “Brandish Maidens”. You can see some examples in the latest deck log over at The Organization . With Dark Saviors six weeks out, now was the perfect time to swoop in and scoop up affordable copies of Shared Ride. Once the speculators got in, a ton of other players followed suit, with a huge number of TCGplayers picking up their copies to prepare for the new theme.

 Shared Ride
$9.99
$2.61
$0.31
Shared Ride115869
Set Premium Gold: Infinite Gold
Number PGL3-EN084
Type Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Gold Rare
Card Text

After this card resolves, each time your opponent adds a card(s) from their Deck or Graveyard to their hand this turn, except by drawing them, you immediately draw 1 card for each card effect. You can only activate 1 "Shared Ride" per turn.


Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
A+ Comics 1st Edition - Lightly Played 1 $0.31
Omega Card Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 4 $0.38
Dice Addiction Pro 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.41
realgoodeal 1st Edition - Near Mint 147 $1.15
chowproductions 1st Edition - Near Mint 82 $1.43
tcglowest 1st Edition - Near Mint 191 $1.46
Absolve Gaming 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.59
Amazing Discoveries 1st Edition - Lightly Played 2 $1.80
Sun City Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $1.82
RealGudDeals 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.90

What else was big in the TCGplayer Marketplace? Qliphort Genius came in at Number 11, narrowly missing the Top 10 and demonstrating continued interest in both the F.A. and ABC-Dragon Buster themes. Instant Fusion clocked the Number 12 position, as FTK Pendulum Magicians saw increasing play this month.

Torrential Tribute was the Number 13 bestseller, so watch out for it in tournaments, while Number 14 and Number 15 were Number 41: Bagooska the Terribly Tired Tapir and Astrograph Sorcerer respectively; both testaments to the number of players migrating to Pendulum Magicians.

Beyond all that we saw heavy speculation on two cards this week, as a niche audience of buyers stocked up on Fires of Doomsday a week before the release of the new Structure Deck, as well as Gouki Re-Match. Goukis have seen some success post-FLOD in the OCG, and this isn't the first time we've seen buyers snap up copies in advance of the next booster release.

That's it for this week, but join us on Monday for another look at what's topping the TCGplayer salescharts!

-Jason Grabher-Meyer



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