How to Sell "Yu-Gi-Oh!" Trading Cards

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How to Sell "Yu-Gi-Oh!" Trading Cards
"Yu-Gi-Oh!" vendors often gather in convention centres such as the one seen here. (convention centre image by minitchii from

"Yu-Gi-Oh!", a Japanese manga art card game, is widely popular throughout the world. In addition to making an entertaining game, the cards themselves are considered collectibles by gamers and hobbyists. According to the"Beckett Unofficial Guide to Yu-Gi-Oh!" price guide, the market for "Yu-Gi-Oh!" cards is similar to the market for American baseball cards in the early 1990s. Selling "Yu-Gi-Oh!" cards requires you to identify the cards' conditions, as well as locations of potential buyers.

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Things you need

  • Protective card sleeves
  • Trading card price guide

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    Identify the condition of your cards. The scale of card condition runs from "Mint" to "Poor". Because "Mint" cards are considered completely untouched, most cards are considered "Near Mint" even if they have perfect corners and un-smudged surfaces. Elements of the card that affect condition include corners, glossiness, rigidity, picture clarity and the degree to which they were handled un-sleeved.

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    Sleeve any and all cards that you wish to sell. There are many kinds of protective sleeves for trading cards, ranging from highly-priced and prized "Yu-Gi-Oh!"-sanctioned sleeves to more generic sleeves. Sleeves also differ according to rigidity. Some sleeves are thicker, plastic casings which entirely cover the card, commonly referred to as "hardbacks." Other sleeves are simple plastic envelopes into which the card is slid, commonly referred to as "softbacks."

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    Determine the suggested selling price of your cards. Though the "Beckett Unofficial Guide to Yu-Gi-Oh!" is not associated with Konami, the producers of "Yu-Gi-Oh!" cards, it is often considered the industry standard for trading card price guides. Pricing is based on the cards' conditions, as well as other factors including rarity, speciality and unintended printing mistakes, referred to as "errors,".

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    Locate venues where you can sell your cards. Trading card price guides list card shows according to country and state. "Yu-Gi-Oh! Online" has links to various vendors, both online and physical. Online market places, such as "" and "" also support large "Yu-Gi-Oh!" markets.

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    Compile an inventory list. Include the names of your cards, their editions, their conditions, their storage conditions (type of sleeves) and your asking price. Typically, the suggested selling price is only used during card-to-card trades; cards are often sold under the suggested price. Rarer cards, however, (particularly "error cards") are often sold for much more than their estimated selling price.

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