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Counterfeit Slifer Yu-Gi-Oh Card

Authentic Slifer card
Authentic Slifer Card
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!

Absolutely pathetic

Counterfeit Slifer Card
Counterfeit Slifer Card
Amazed by the idea that someone would actually produce a fake Slifer card, I quickly confiscated the card and began scrutinizing the various details and differences.

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.

Real vs. Fake

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.

Side-by-side comparison of the authentic vs. counterfeit Slifer cards »

Summary of errors

Here is a summary of the obvious errors on the front of 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 fake
  • [d] Missing serial number below image of Slifer, on right-hand side
  • [e] DIBINE .BEAST is misspelled 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

And here is a summary of the flaws present on the back of the fake Slifer 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.

Jeff Starr
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86 responses
  1. Jeff, nothing has comeback so I can assume that UD is doing somthing but I gather is does take time and money to do so. Re. super spam filter, my question, why set this up for your customer service email? Good way to avoid compliants. Feel free to try

    Contactus@siamparagon.co.th

  2. Jeff Starr

    Yeah, that email address is bogus. My test emails didn’t even make it to their front door. Do they have it publicly listed somewhere (online)? I haven’t checked for a website yet.. Either way, I think the UD situation is far more relevant. Even though it may take centuries for them to respond, I am looking forward to hearing more about the case as it unfolds..

  3. Hmm…. if you one to check sometimes you can see on the lower right corner of the card which there is square thing on it but the false one won’t have , to see if it is real the square should be silver and there must be no 1st edition on the picture below or you also can know if it is real by seeing the square is gold but have 1st edition then is real

  4. Dear Jeff,

    I did another followup with UD with no response. I gather this is a small case not pursuing.

    Having come back from China recently, I can see where “copies” can have a positive purpose. This is where local kids get to engage in intersting games at local prices. From what I saw virtually everything is copied which then brings a demand among the more affluent for the real stuff. It doesn’t explain or justify the copies in a high end dept store at Siam Paragon.

    I will be going to Thailand shortly, be interesting if the same goods are on sales.

    HKdaddy

  5. Jeff Starr

    Thanks for the tip, Jonathan!

  6. Jeff Starr

    HKdaddy,

    So are you going to drop the case or continue pursuing? Sounds like Upper Deck is ignoring their customers (again). I think you should send another copy of your letter to UD, and then another, and another, and… Then again, perhaps it’s just not worth the time, effort, and money to do so. I would not be surprised if a majority of big business completely disregarded customer service (complaints, tech help, etc.) as a way of increasing profits. Anyway, sorry for the rant..

    I totally understand your point about the potential usefulness of counterfeit cards. Unfortunately, I would imagine that the entire process is a bit of a vicious circle: high-priced originals lure the counterfeiters into business, counterfeit cards then reduce legitimate sales, so the original manufacturers must then elevate prices to accommodate for the loss.. lather, rinse, repeat..

    The whole thing is just a mess, really. But it is what it is, in either case. Nonetheless, I think it is great that “local kids” also receive opportunities to share in the fun, whether it be cards, games, software, music – whatever! Very neat, indeed.

    Have a great trip to Thailand – let us know how it goes..

    Regards,
    Jeff

  7. yu gi oh cards are always facked all my mates have fakes and i want somneone 2 get rid of them as they are anoying as all my friends have them . so i say get rid of them for good.

  8. Jeff Starr

    Amen to that, kk123254!

  9. Im afraid this is nothing in comparison to some of the counterfeit cards produced…

    This one is obviously fake.
    But some out there are really well done, including everything the original has, such as the holo symbol at the bottom right corner.

    If you find a genuine god card with a spelling error, that’s 100% official, it’s worth quite a lot of money believe it or not.

    So don’t always discard a card as fake right away (except when it’s as obvious as with this one).

  10. thanks!this helped cause i couldnt know if my god card which i got on ebay for 8 bucks was real or not and it turned out it was real!

  11. Jeff Starr

    Sounds like you got a sweet deal there, Alec! Glad you found the article useful. Thanks for the feedback!

  12. Yeah it was a good deal and currently my mom is winning me 440+ yugioh cards on ebay for me!it also comes with a tin i hope she wins em i already have 480

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