To preface, the format of this product review is very typical of me, and very my style. Instead of a “Let’s Play”, it’s like a “Let’s Experience This New Product Together”. In this case it’s Yu-Gi-Oh! product! I personally feel it’s more engaging to go through the process step by step, rather than just reading a block of text.
I’ll skip the part where I explain what Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game is because I’m fairly confident most everybody has, at the very least, a general knowledge of what it is. It has probably made some form of appearance in your professional or academic career because I maintain that it exists to feed your procrastination tendencies. I guess it was something I never grew out, among other things. But a post about Yu-Gi-Oh! is a post about Yu-Gi-Oh! and that will be covered in a future post. Tragic, I know.
I decided to go to Wayne’s Sports Cards, which is a small hobby shop just outside the giant shopping mall in the west side of the city where I reside. Wayne’s is my favorite place to go on the rare occasion I decide to treat myself to booster packs. It’s a family run business, and I don’t know if it’s a stereotype, but they are incredibly friendly and helpful there. Like you’re their friend instead of a customer. The kicker is that they don’t overcharge on their product. Their markup is not so crippling that you have to spend your entire week’s allowance to have a pack feast. I feel qualified to propose this anecdote because I’ve been around, and I am more than familiar with how pricing works. I studied business for five years :^)
I was able to purchase this whole box for $99 CAD, or $76 USD, coming out to about $15 USD per sub box. That’s after tax. That’s pretty good considering most of the suppliers for Yu-Gi-Oh! product are American-based, and considering how hard it is for a Canadian company to buy from them. American retailers have them for $15 USD before shipping so you would think it would cost more for the end consumer if the Canadian retailer wanted to turn a profit. Again, very fair pricing strategy at Wayne’s.
They also only allow one box per customer, at least for the time being because it was literally released yesterday. It make sense though. It’s better to allow many customers to have access to a new product while it’s still hyped up, and cater to the masses of consumers, rather than satisfy a small handful of greedy vendors. It keeps more customers coming back because more people got what they came for. Basic business sense.
The reason I bother keeping packs (or at least a few) in their original form like this is because I also collect them. I have a good majority of the core set booster packs which I’ll likely talk about in the future. I’m sure you’ve seen collections of beer cans on the internet, magazine clippings in scrap books, or empty rainbows of Sour Puss on some dude’s pitiful bookshelf. In essence it’s the same thing for me. They may not have much intrinsic value, but eventually everything will cease production and become like it is in WALL-E.
Everything we take for granted today will become some incredible artifact for a future civilization! Who was this short, spiky-haired pharaoh guy that played card games all day? Was he like the Napoleon of tabletops? It’s like how people will discover the ancient ruins of Disneyland, and infer that it was some sort of mouse uprising where the humans were ruled by a mouse overlord who had an actual castle.
I digress. Something like booster packs can be compacted and stored in a small container, and I found a way to neatly display them in binders, which looks like a chronological gallery!
So should I get the new Yu-Gi-Oh! Premium Gold: Infinite Gold Set?
The Yu-Gi-Oh! Premium Gold: Infinite Gold product is a great set to purchase as it has a whole bunch of very playable cards in it. It’s got nearly all of the cards you need for meta Burning Abyss, Kozmo, and some of the previously expensive cards to get for Dracopals. It reprinted Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit, Archfiend Eccentrick, Giant Hand, Emergency Teleport, Chimeratech Fortress Dragon, and several other desirable cards that were previously out of most people’s budget. It offers new Monarch support, a few Xyz monsters that were never available in the first place, and more access to staples like Maxx “C”, Galaxy Cyclone, Mistake, Breakthrough Skill, etc. Konami did an excellent job making the game easier to get into straight away as a result of this product. However, there are still some absolute trash cards as filler that you have to put up with and be disappointed by, but not many.
Content   -   9 / 10
Value wise, it’s unlikely you will “profit” from this set I will say quite frankly. The most valuable card in the set is Number 106: Giant Hand floating at around 25-30, which isn’t amazing, especially considering it isn’t even that great of a card. The only reason it’s that price is because of how difficult it is to pull (apparently it was short printed) and I suppose everyone wants to try it out in their Rank4.dek. Also as per usual, the values of everything are inflated because people scramble to get the new stuff and demand pushes up the price, and even then most cards in this set aren’t worth more than 2-3. Prices will start to stabilize heading into the coming weeks, but it’s more likely they will be on the decline as more sets are opened and more copies of every card are in circulation. This rating holds a lot of weight because I believe people want to know what they get for spending their money over anything else.
Value   -   6.5 / 10
This rating is pretty minor when it comes to something like Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards since they are basically just mass produced and won’t dip in quality from batch to batch, thus quality won’t hold a ton of weight in the final score. This is mainly to make a passive comment on aesthetics. The foils and packaging looked pretty ( ◞･౪･) but the gold rarity in general doesn’t do the card any favors; you don’t look at a gold card and think “wow! that looks very valuable, rare, and expensive!”
Quality   -   7.5 / 10
Maybe this wasn’t the greatest box I’ve ever opened, but I definitely pulled a handful of cards I was hoping to get and more. If you’re looking to get some general trade value if trading is what you’re into, this is, in my opinion, the best product currently on the market for your money simply because it has movable cards that aren’t particularly difficult to pull. But if you’re looking just to make bread off of this, I would definitely not recommend.