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Fake Slifer Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards on Ebay

Believe it or not, one of my most popular posts here at Perishable Press is an article I wrote about a counterfeit Slifer Yu-Gi-Oh! card. Since its publication, I have received some very interesting information regarding the apparently extensive market for fake Yu-Gi-Oh! cards. Recently, reader Deana wrote to share her experience with an eBay purchase of a “very good counterfeit” Slifer card on eBay.

As a savvy Yu-Gi-Oh! collector, Deana has purchased “some really great cards” on eBay. For example, she once scored an authentic, 70-dollar DDS-001 Blue-Eyes White Dragon card for about 35 bucks. She says that obtaining legitimate high-value cards through eBay is “really and truly a luck of the draw.” Even worse, many eBay shoppers may have purchased counterfeit Yu-Gi-Oh! cards without even realizing it. As Deana explains, the subtle differences between “real” and “fake” cards are not “something you would notice unless you are a collector.”

Fortunately, after receiving a Yu-Gi-Oh! Slifer card that she had purchased on eBay, Deana’s experience as a collector paid off: the Slifer card was a fake! After being contacted from Deana about the fake Slifer card, the vendor acted surprised, responding that, upon closer investigation, he had realized that another one of his cards — Obelisk the Tormentor — was also a counterfeit. On another occasion, Deana received a refund for a $21 “counterfeit Red-Eyes Black Dragon card” that she had also purchased on eBay.

As for the fake Slifer, the vendor allowed Deana to keep the card, which she dutifully scanned and posted for this article. Here are the front and back scans of the counterfeit Slifer card, followed by a list of carefully observed “flaws” in the cards design.

[ Front/back scans of counterfeit Slifer Yu-Gi-Oh! card ]

Observed counterfeit mistakes

  • Displays the word “GOLD” (in both English and Kanji) instead of “DIVINE”
  • Foil logo in bottom-right corner reads “top-to-bottom” instead of “right-to-left”
  • Totally missing the Kanji characters at the bottom-left corner on the front of the card
  • Totally missing the trademark Konami and Yu-Gi-Oh! logos on the back of the card ( apparently, authentic god cards display neither trademark nor logos on the back of the card. )
  • Artificial holographic properties resulting from waxy gloss finish
  • Displays “© 1996 KAZUKI TAKAHASHI” on the bottom-right corner
    ( Thanks to George Hazard for the correction. )

Also worth mentioning is that the vendor shipped this supposedly “rare” Slifer card in a “simple white letter envelope.” Further, “the card itself was in one of those flimsy card protectors, even though [the vendor] promised in the auction that it was going to be in a ‘rigid plastic sleeve.’” If you have purchased valuable Yu-Gi-Oh! cards through eBay (or anywhere else, for that matter), you should take a few moments and investigate the authenticity of your cards.

Hopefully, this article will help others understand the subtle differences between counterfeit Yu-Gi-Oh cards and those that are legitimate. Yes, it’s pretty sad that there are subhuman garbage bags out there that feel the need to rip off kids (and adults) with fake collector cards. I guess that’s what happens when you lack the skills needed to counterfeit the Benjamins. Thanks to amateur trash like yourselves, I enjoy the distinct pleasure of exposing and mocking your feeble skillz! Maybe if the Yu-Gi-Oh! market takes a dive, you pathetic losers can counterfeit Garbage Pail Kids instead! :) </rant>

Many thanks to Deanna for bringing this story to my attention. It does help! ;) If you have an interesting “counterfeit Yu-Gi-Oh” experience to share, please drop me a line or leave a comment on this post. Thanks!

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72 responses
  1. @Perishable & diaz

    Check these out please, just getting into collecting and not sure if these are real or fake. I think they are fake but if they are real its a bargain for them. Please go to the following web address and email me ac04634@aol.com with your input.

  2. Jeff Starr

    @Adam: keep in mind that even if the cards in the image are authentic, it’s no guarantee that the seller is going to send you the same thing. Just a head’s up..

  3. I realize that this thread is likely old, but in the hopes of a reply, I shall post a question here.

    I would like to know more about the small holo square found in the bottom right corner of the egyptian god cards. My fiancee has a secret rare version of the Winged Dragon of Ra that measures up to the descriptions of a legitimate Ra in every way except for that holo square. It is silver with the word “Yu-Gi-Oh!” printed horizantally.

    It is my conlusion that it should look like the silver holo found on our other cards and have the eqyptian eye pattern. Am I correct?

    Any reply is much appreciated.

  4. Jayce Turbo March 30, 2010 @ 1:01 pm

    I have a question about the Obelisk the Tormentor card. I think mine is a fake, but wanted your review. nothing on back and all the other details seem good. but underneath the picture on middle left side, First Edition is written. I don’t think this is an authentic card.

  5. the man May 3, 2010 @ 3:31 pm

    Hay guys i bought a yu-gi-oh shonen jump obelisk the tormentor which is a new tournament legal card which i bought off a web site called yu-gi-oh land which i always buy my cards from. I was wondering if it was real because i know that it having the same back as other cards is correct for this one because that was the whole point of this new card. But what concerns me is that for a lot of cards on that site it said offical uper deck card and i hear from my aunt and on yu-gi-oh the abridged series about somthing like that konomi either hates them or they make fake cards

  6. the man May 3, 2010 @ 3:37 pm

    And one other thing, i also bought a serpent knight dragon from yu-gi-oh land and everything was good except one thing, it didnt have the numbers in the bottom left corner. And i payed like 8 or 7 dollers for it!

  7. the man May 3, 2010 @ 3:47 pm

    One more thing, i looked through some of my cards and there were some that didnt have seriel numbers i believe there called in the bottom left corner such as, 3 dian keto the cure masters, black magic ritual, black luster ritual, black luster soilder, magician of black chaos. and for one of my cards which i got from my cusin ( dark palidin) hade everything but a name?! somone tell me if these cards are fake or real please.

  8. the man May 4, 2010 @ 2:16 pm

    And what do you mean by waxy gloss finish?

  9. Dunno if this has been said, but you also cannot get a first edition god card. Apparently it is ABSOLUTELY FAKE if it says first edition.

  10. The Man: The only tournament legal god cards I know of are: Uria, Lord of Searing Flames; Hamon, Lord of Striking Thunder; and Raviel, Lord of Phantasms. As far as I know, the other god cards are not tournament legal.

  11. a thing i noticed on it is it says “1st edition”. There hasnt been any released “1st edition” god cards. only limited editions

  12. Holy cow, people! Read the previous comments before you post. The “1st Edition” comment is getting old.
    Here’s a new question:
    Are cards from the movie decks (ex. MOV-EN002) tournament legal? Beyond that, if they say Limited Edition, are they likely fake? Thanks.

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