Recently, my son traded three common Yu-Gi-Oh cards for the coveted Slifer god card. He was very excited, thinking he worked the deal of a lifetime. Indeed, Slifer cards sell for around $35.00 apiece, depending on the dealer. Nonetheless, trading three worthless cards for a Slifer god card seemed like a phenomenal deal..
What we discovered next nearly dropped us to the floor — the Slifer card was a counterfeit! Within moments of checking it out, Mom immediately recognized the unusual coloring, odd syntax, and heavy gloss on the card. Upon closer examination, many errors were discovered — spelling mistakes, missing graphics, and misaligned text — all pointing to one inescapable reality: an illegitimate Slifer card!
Amazed by the idea that someone would actually produce a fake Slifer card, I quickly confiscated the card and began scrutinizing the details. After studying the card, carefully comparing it to other Yu-Gi-Oh cards and several legitimate Slifer cards (via dealer sites, etc.), the extremely poor quality of the counterfeit became laughably obvious. This is sad for at least two reasons. First, it is sad that there are scumbags who steal from children. Second, it is sad that a counterfeiter would perform such an absolutely pathetic rendition of the very popular Slifer Yu-Gi-Oh god card.
Nonetheless, discovering and studying the counterfeit card provided such a thrill that we thought others might benefit from a critical online analysis. Hopefully, this article will serve as a reference for others to compare against in order to avoid the purchase or trade of other fake Yu-Gi-Oh cards. If nothing else, we hope that you will enjoy a hearty laugh upon discovering the amateur nature of this particular counterfeit.
Authentic Slifer Card
Counterfeit Slifer Card
Click here for a close-up, side-by-side comparison of the authentic vs. counterfeit Slifer cards.
Summary of the obvious errors on the fake Slifer card:
[a]Card title is in lowercase text; "sky dragon" is not capitalized
[b]The text, "GOD", has replaced the original symbol and text
[c]Incorrect number of stars: ten stars on the real card, eleven on the fake.
[d]Missing serial number below the image of Slifer, on the right-hand side
[e]"[DIBINE .BEAST]" is misspelled, contains a period, and is typographically incorrect
[f]Description contains numerous errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, and typography
[g]Misaligned text for "ATK" and "DEF" characters
[h]Missing japanese characters in the lower-left corner of the card
[i]Missing copyright and japanese name in lower-right corner of card
[j]Missing reflective authenticity decal in lower-right corner of card
[k]Image resolution/quality is poor — out of focus, grainy, pixelated
[l]Overall coloring of the card is too pale, or otherwise inaccurate
[m]Placement of the description text is misaligned, too low
[n]The card itself is overly glossy — way too much gloss
Flaws present on the back of the card
The brand name, "KONAMI" and registered symbol (R) missing from upper-left corner( apparently, authentic god cards display neither brand name nor registered symbol on the back of the card. ) Trademark signature (TM) missing from Yu-Gi-Oh logo in lower-right corner( apparently, authentic god cards do not display a trademark signature on the back of the card. )
- Front of card lacks proper card gloss — surface similar to paper
- Colorization is too pale, or otherwise inaccurate
We hope this article is helpful to someone. If you have other examples of counterfeit Yu-Gi-Oh cards, we would love to hear about them. Update: new article posted highlighting Deana’s experience with a counterfeit Slifer card she had purchased on eBay (Originally posted on: 03/05/2008).