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Yu-Gi-Oh Booster Packs and Card Lots
Before we delve into our card lots, let's examine your main alternative: booster packs. With booster packs, it's usually a bit easier to predict what cards you'll receive (since you'll know what set they're coming from), but you're usually paying around three dollars for ten cards. Thirty cents per card isn't awful, but it's still a randomized and more expensive way to collect them, and bulk lots lets you amass cards at much lower CPCs (cost per card).
That said, not all lots are created equal. Sometimes sellers will cram their lot with duplicate, foreign, or damaged cards; since most of these aren't sold by Yu-Gi-Oh creator Konami, they're not always up to standards. That said, some vendors provide truly amazing lots that offer a huge assortment of cards for fantastic prices.
5 Card Lots to Consider
To help you unearth the diamonds in the rough, here are five lots I've personally bought and an honest assessment of the triumphs and failings of each.
- Variety Bundle (Commons, Rares, Booster, Deck Box)
- 1000 Commons Card Lot
- 200 Mint Card Lot
- 55 Card Beginner Bundle
- 100 Holos/Rares Lot
1. Variety Bundle (Commons, Rares, Booster, Deck Box)
Pros: Value ($15), Bonus accessories
Notable cards I've received: Supreme King Dragon Odd-Eyes, World Legacy's Heart, Creature Swap
Seller Golden Groundhog admittedly leans towards an especially high duplicate count and occasional shipping mistakes, so be sure to reach out to them if something goes amiss. However, my purchase arrived without any issues, and this really is a great variety pack with a little bit of everything. You're getting 90 cards of the common rarity, 10 ultra/super rares, a booster pack with ten more randomized units, and a Golden Groundhog deck box to help store and transport your cards.
As long as you know to expect duplicates, this is a steal for $15 bucks, which includes shipping. If you're ever running short on deck boxes, Golden Groundhog offers a free container with most of their offers, so be sure to check out their page (they also sell Pokemon and Magic: The Gathering cards)!
2. 1000 Commons Card Lot
Pros: Value ($30), Token included
Cons: Duplicates, Commons only
Notable cards I've received: Performapal Seashell Crab, Blast Sphere, F.A. Sonic Meister
In this lot, you sadly won't see any ultra or super rares, but in terms of sheer value, this is the cream of the crop: 1000 cards for $30, plus an exclusive token (useful to represent token monsters). This makes a great stocking-stuffer, and if you have multiple kids, you could split one purchase several ways and still give each child several hundred cards.
Bear in mind, with a lot this vast, your chances of duplicates increase, so you might only see 300–400 unique cards. Still, the cards arrive in mint condition, and remember that the extra units can be sold or traded. Multiple vendors sometimes offer this item; I'd buy from Phantasm Gaming for that nifty bonus token card.
3. 200 Mint Card Lot
Pros: Variety, Value ($13), Official Konami product
Cons: Duplicates, Many commons
Notable cards I've received: Spyral Sleeper, Phoenix Wing Wind Blast, Traptrix Mantis
While most of these units are commons, you'll be getting about 20 rares mixed in. In total, you're seizing 200 cards for less than $13. Now, like almost every lot, many of those 200 cards will be duplicates. However, even duplicates are handy, as you'll often want more than one copy of a card in a deck. Alternatively, you could resell or trade extras.
The four booster packs you could buy with this amount of money only net you 40 cards; here, you're getting much more bang for your buck. While you should expect several duplicates and commons, my lot came with both old and new cards, so I was happy to see units from across several dueling expansions. As a bonus, this bundle is sold by Konami, so you can count on strong customer support in case something goes wrong in transit.
4. 55 Card Beginner Bundle
Pros:, Value ($5), No duplicates, Official Konami product
Cons: Mostly commons
Notable cards I've received: Superheavy Samurai Big Benkei, Zefraath, Windwitch—Winter Bell
Here's the cheapest of today's lots that I'd recommend for anyone looking to test the waters of bulk card purchases. For just under five bucks, you get forty commons, ten rares, and five holos. 55 total cards, some of them rare, is great for that price. Best of all, this is one of precious few lots without duplicates! That claim has held true for the three purchases I've made, and since it's an official Konami product, I'm confident it'll hold weight for other buys.
Heck, even if I had received duplicates, its hard to complain about the value here. Two boosters would cost more and get you just twenty cards; for about 2/3 that price, you can nab over 50.
5. 100 Holos/Rares Lot
Pros: Value (under $8), Rare cards
Notable cards I've received: Chaos Ancient Gear Giant, Supreme King Clear Wing, Shiranui Sunsaga
Here's my go-to YGO card lot for both its value and its rarity. This awesome package gives 100 holographic and rare cards—no commons! Now, 1/3 to 1/2 will probably be duplicates, but honestly sometimes I actually want more of a certain card. For instance, I wouldn't have minded discovering a few more of the Chaos Ancient Gear Giant I nabbed, or useful cards like True King of All Calamities and Supreme King Clear Wing.
With so many rare units, your odds of finding good, competitive monsters, spells, and traps improve tremendously. I've purchased this bundle multiple times, and while there are always some duplicates, I've never experienced foreign or damaged cards. We've seen plenty of tempting deals, but this remains my favorite card bundle yet.
What to Look for When Buying Card Lots
We've examined several awesome bundles to get you started, but keep these tips in mind when buying bulk lots from any trading card game:
- Pay attention to the Amazon star reviews; I'd stick to products rated three stars or higher.
- Carefully observe the wording in the actual product description. For instance, "100 Super Mega Card Lot" might just be a fancy decoration describing 100 common cards.
- Use the free Honey app to compare prices and possibly find the same item at lower costs.
- If you enjoy a particular card lot, you should wait at least a few days (if not longer) before buying again to increase your odds of finding new cards.
- Some bundles ship with deck boxes, but few come with sleeves. If you're looking to store and protect your cards, you'll definitely want to invest in these (go for matte, not the flimsy plastic ones).
- Pay attention to shipping costs. Thankfully, card lots are generally upfront about this, noting the full cost with free shipping, but occasionally you'll encounter someone trying to sneak in that added transportation price.
- Count the cards you get. Lots typically don't shortchange you (and sometimes they even throw in a few extras), but if you're getting swindled out of a few units, you might want to switch vendors.
- Many lots claim not to contain duplicates, but sadly, this isn't always true. Again, consult the ratings to see just how accurate this advertisement is.
Future Card Lots
Hopefully you're now armed with enough knowledge to help you begin shopping. Purchasing singles is the way to go if you're only interested in a specific theme, but these bulk lots offer the best values and can jump-start new deck ideas you hadn't even imagined.
If you have your eyes on a particular set, try waiting until the next expansion is released, then buy a card lot; leftovers from the previous release will likely seep into your bundle. But for now, as we eagerly await more incredible card deals, let us know whether you've ever tried your luck with a bundle and I'll see you at our next Yu-Gi-Oh review!
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