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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. It was 1 card

  2. coll thatz a good prize. witch one is it is it abelisk, ra, or slither.
    obelisk is my favorite one

  3. Obliesk:)

  4. Lol it is easy to create fakee cards yugiohcardmaker.net lol easy then just taske a screenshot and resize then lol print it out and stick it on old card easy to make but alot easy to buy.

  5. Jeff Starr

    Yes, that sounds easy, but as anyone with even an iota of experience within the scrutinizingly articulate and detail-oriented world of desktop publishing will tell you, it’s a little more complicated than that, especially if you intend to convince retailers and dealers to buy your spoofed turds. For example, decent printing requires a decent color-laser printer and card-matte paper. Then, cropping the prints to fit the card base requires great precision. If you are planning on faking more than one or two hundred cards, this process needs to be automated to make the whole operation worthwhile. Even then, you aren’t done yet, because you also need to reproduce the reverse side of the card. Your site may work well for hobbyist purposes, but would almost seem counterproductive to a serious counterfeiter, especially if they are serious enough to automate the process with their own gear.

  6. I’m the creator of the Yugioh Card Maker website, and I just wanted to let everyone know that it was never intended to be used to create counterfeit cards, and as Perishable said before, it would probably be counterintuitive to a real counterfeiter. While I tried to make the cards look as real as possible, the resolution is small enough (and because the text isn’t printed separately from the image) that if one tried to print it out, it would look just like that – a card that had been printed out from the internet.

  7. Jeff Starr

    Hello YCMaker, thanks for clarifying that your site is not intended for Yugioh counterfeiting. Excellent point about the screen-resolution images — that fact alone should eliminate any confusion about the purpose of your site.

    By the way, I like your site and think it would be very keen to be able to browse a gallery of successfully generated cards. There may already be something like that, but I didn’t happen to see it during my visit..

  8. The site rocks but its not meant to be making fakes like you two said

  9. haha i once found a TRAP card with STARS and ATK and DEF values! counterfeiters are stupid, and even stupider

    (unless of course you’re a kid and get tricked by some sunnuva)

  10. Jeff Starr

    Insanity reigns! Fortunately, professional counterfeiters tend to focus on mediums other than trading cards.. :)

  11. Yeah, I just got a counterfeit FMR-001 Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon in the mail. When I contacted the seller about it, she swore up and down that it was a legit card because her grandson said so. But the way the card looks, I mean, how could you NOT notice? D=

  12. Jeff Starr

    That’s hilarious, Koneko! You should send me a scan so I can post it online! ;)

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