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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 Starr

    Good for you, Alec! Let us know if you stumble upon anything that looks fishy as you grow your collection. Cheers!

  2. i have i just went on ebay and i found this person selling exodia and it was all fake so i hope no one buys from him:) and i just created a deck its awesome!

  3. yes it is fake and i would find it hard to beleive that it would be that easy to get a god card. I have all 3 of the real god cards and i worked very hard to get them so anyone that does that does not know the work people go through to get real rare cards. I thank you for your consern on helping us yugioh fans out on fake cards. if you want anything else to say email me at ssj4bankai@yahoo.com

  4. Jeff Starr

    Thank you for the feedback, KAKz. I agree with you completely. Especially with all of the counterfeit cards, it is extremely difficult to obtain a complete set of the god cards. Nevertheless, I am glad that Yu-Gi-Oh fans continue to find this article useful.

  5. yes it is true to get a set of the god cards. and it gets harder caz now there are fake god cards that can appear to be real to many people. they look almost real exepted for the fackt that
    1. they say first edtition, god cards are not first edition
    2. the atribute says gold, a real god card says divine.
    3. on the botton of a real god card it says this card cannot be used in a duel.
    4. it is fake because people sail a set for 15 dollars.
    5. the most important a set of real god cards comes in a silver package and if there not in a package or a shownin jump then they are fake.

    i paid 100 dollars for my set from a real shop that sells them.

  6. Jeff Starr

    Excellent tips — thank you for sharing them with us!

  7. sure thing anything to help out yugioh fans

  8. Mine is real except the part that says it cant be used in duel i think and also…im not using my yu-gi-oh cards for a while cause im using my skyrail rollercoaster set

  9. the god card must say this card cannot be used in a duel.
    how much did u pay for the cards

  10. Actcually i just found it on the god card i payed 8 bucks

  11. wow thats really interesting. who would sail a god card for 8 bucks. unless it was a used one. how many did u get 1 or the hole set.

  12. Jeff Starr

    Help! My site has been hijacked by Yu-Gi-Oh fans!! :)

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