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Top 10 Most Expensive Yu-Gi-Oh Tins

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Tin Sets in Yu-Gi-Oh

Ever since 2002, Yu-Gi-Oh has released "tin" bundles that come in their trademark tinfoil boxes. Tins contain a variety of boosters alongside a few promo cards, usually selling for $20 upon release.

But the franchise's oldest tins are so scarce that they run for hundreds of dollars, and their exact values fluctuate because they're rare enough that sellers can often set their own prices. With that in mind, here are the ten rarest tin sets in Yu-Gi-Oh!

B. Skull Dragon Tin

B. Skull Dragon Tin

10. B. Skull Dragon Collector Tin

Estimated Value: $150
Promo Card: B. Skull Dragon
Boosters:

  • 2 Legend of Blue Eyes White Dragon
  • 2 Metal Raiders
  • 1 Spell Ruler

Here's the cheapest of the original six 2002 tins, likely because B. Skull Dragon hasn't seen the continued support that most of the other 2002 promo monsters have. Still, like his brethren, you get your promo card plus five boosters of three different types, a great way for early duelists to expand their deck.

2003 Blue-Eyes White Dragon Tin

2003 Blue-Eyes White Dragon Tin

9. Blue-Eyes White Dragon Collector's Tin (2003)

Estimated Value: $150
Promo Card: Blue-Eyes White Dragon
Boosters:

  • 1 Legend of Blue Eyes White Dragon
  • 1 Metal Raiders
  • 1 Spell Ruler
  • 1 Pharaoh's Servant
  • 1 Labyrinth of Nightmare

Not to be confused with its 2002 counterpart, Seto Kaiba's 2003 set features his iconic Blue-Eyes monster. In the 2003 tins, you're still getting five boosters, but this time, they're all from different pools, helping ensure you won't draw duplicates.

Jinzo Tin

Jinzo Tin

8. Jinzo Collector's Tin

Estimated Value: $175
Promo Card: Jinzo
Boosters:

  • 1 Legend of Blue Eyes White Dragon
  • 1 Metal Raiders
  • 1 Spell Ruler
  • 1 Pharaoh's Servant
  • 1 Labyrinth of Nightmare

Joey Wheeler showcases this 2003 tin, featuring one of dueling's most feared monsters at the time: Jinzo, who automatically disables trap cards while fielded. His 2400 ATK let him smash through most defenders, making him one of the era's deadliest weapons.

Dark Magician Girl Tin

Dark Magician Girl Tin

7. Dark Magician Girl Collector's Tin

Estimated Value: $180
Promo Card: Dark Magician Girl
Boosters:

  • 1 Soul of the Duelist
  • 1 Rise of Destiny
  • 1 Flaming Eternity
  • 1 Dark Beginning 1
  • 1 Dark Revelation Volume 1

Released in 2005, here's the most recent of today's sets, maintaining value due to Dark Magician Girl's ongoing popularity and support in Dark Magician themes.

This tin in particular seems to fluctuate in price; I've seen it for as little as $100 and as much as $300, but in generally falls somewhere in-between—if you can even find one.

2002 Blue-Eyes White Dragon Tin

2002 Blue-Eyes White Dragon Tin

6. Blue-Eyes White Dragon Collector's Tin (2002)

Estimated Value: $200
Promo Card: Blue-Eyes White Dragon
Boosters:

  • 2 Legend of Blue Eyes White Dragon
  • 2 Metal Raiders
  • 1 Spell Ruler

Kaiba's original collector's tin was a great way to nab an early Blue-Eyes, whose 3000 ATK points made him a brutal beatstick despite a lack of any effects. Thanks to ongoing support, he still maintains a popular archetype that includes many tuners to use for synchro summoning.

2003 Dark Magician Tin

2003 Dark Magician Tin

5. Dark Magician Collector's Tin (2003)

Estimated Value: $200
Promo Card: Dark Magician
Boosters:

  • 1 Legend of Blue Eyes White Dragon
  • 1 Metal Raiders
  • 1 Spell Ruler
  • 1 Pharaoh's Servant
  • 1 Labyrinth of Nightmare

Anything from dueling's advent that features Yugi is worth its weight in gold, with this 2003 set fetching at least a couple hundred dollars for an unopened tin.

Summoned Skull Tin

Summoned Skull Tin

4. Summoned Skull Collector's Tin

Estimated Value: $250
Promo Card: Summoned Skull
Boosters:

  • 2 Legend of Blue Eyes White Dragon
  • 2 Metal Raiders
  • 1 Spell Ruler

Summoned Skull was arguably the best normal monster of his era, bearing a fierce 2500 ATK points and (unlike Blue-Eyes and Dark Magician) only needing one tribute to normal summon. He was later errated to count as an "Archfiend" monster, mixing him in with an ongoing archetype.

Lord of D. Tin

Lord of D. Tin

3. Lord of D. Collector's Tin

Estimated Value: $290
Promo Card: B. Skull Dragon
Boosters:

  • 2 Legend of Blue Eyes White Dragon
  • 2 Metal Raiders
  • 1 Spell Ruler

Although Lord of D. is actually a spellcaster, he supports Kaiba's dragon theme, preventing both players from targeting dragon-type monsters with card effects, a potent defense against early removals like "Man-Eater Bug" and "Penguin Soldier".

Red-Eyes Black Dragon Collector's Tin

Red-Eyes Black Dragon Collector's Tin

2. Red-Eyes Black Dragon Collector's Tin

Estimated Value: $300
Promo Card: Red-Eyes B. Dragon
Boosters:

  • 2 Legend of Blue Eyes White Dragon
  • 2 Metal Raiders
  • 1 Spell Ruler

Here, Joey highlights his signature Red-Eyes Black Dragon. Honestly, Red-Eyes wasn't good even back then; he took two tributes and his 2400 ATK was outclassed by the single-tribute Summoned Skull.

Thankfully, he's become more relevant with ongoing support; where Blue-Eyes dominates with raw power and destruction, Red-Eyes emphasizes versatility, carrying several extra deck and swarming supports.

Dark Magician Tin

Dark Magician Tin

1. Dark Magician Collector's Tin (2002)

Estimated Value: $500
Promo Card: Dark Magician
Boosters:

  • 2 Legend of Blue Eyes White Dragon
  • 2 Metal Raiders
  • 1 Spell Ruler

No surprise here; Yami Yugi's initial tin reigns supreme, the first to feature Dark Magician as a promo. Luckily, like today's other cards, these promos have been reprinted several times in other expansions, so you can nab your own Dark Magician for less than two dollars! He's probably the best of today's old school classics, bearing well-supported types and attributes (dark and spellcaster) and several excellent support cards.

New Collector's Tins in Yu-Gi-Oh

Today we explored the rarest and most valuable tins in terms of money, but most of the cards within their boosters have long been outclassed by modern cards. Fortunately, recent tins are both cheaper and more competitive, featuring newer boosters and tempting promos like "Borreload Dragon". "Dragonic Diagram", and "Evenly Matched".

They generally run for $20 when first released, so nab yours while they're cheap, but for now, as we await Konami's next set of collector tins, vote for your favorite original monster and I'll see you at our next Yu-Gi-Oh countdown!

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