This guide contains tips on how to spot fake Yu-Gi-Oh! cards and includes some examples of fake cards I have come across on eBay. The guide is intended to help you avoid being caught out.
I would be very grateful if you would take the time to rate the helpfulness of this guide.
There are signs that help to identify fakes, including:-
- missing copyright information (bottom left of the card). Each card should include (c) 1996 KAZUKI TAKAHASHI
- mis-translated card name eg Spell Card BUBBLE SHUFFLE mis-translated as BUBBLE MIXTURE or ELEMENTAL HERO BUBBLEMAN mis-translated as ELEMENT HERO WATER BUBBLE KNIGHT
- spelling or grammatical errors in the card wording
Be suspicious if the listing does not include a photo of the card(s) or if the photo is out of focus or shows cards other than the ones on sale. Remember that even if there is a photo, a dishonest seller could have copied a photo from somewhere else.
Many of us are tempted by those elusive Exodia pieces and some are perfectly genuine and sold by reputable sellers, but be warned they can also be a breeding ground for fakes.
For example, RIGHT LEG OF THE FORBIDDEN ONE where the text on the card under the picture reads: "A forbidden righ leg sealed away by magic. Whosoever breaks the seal will know infinite power."
Now, if (like me) you read the paragraph above for the first time and can't see what is wrong, take another look at the spelling of the word right.
Sometimes it is even easier. For example, RIGHT ARM OF THE FORBIDDEN ONE where the text on the card under the picture reads: "A forbidden righ leg sealed away by magic. Whosoever breaks the seal will know infinite power." Note the same spelling error and the fact that this should be the arm.
It gets worse: For example, LEFT ARM OF THE FORBIDDEN ONE where the text on the card under the picture reads: (you guessed it!) "A forbidden righ leg sealed away by magic. Whosoever breaks the seal will know infinite power."
FUNNIEST FAKE AWARDS
One of the best (or worst?) examples I have seen so far is a card called "FORTUNE HERO BELIAL HUMAN". The wording underneath the picture read: "The card is existing When this card attachs on the above of oneself field, in one bout it can only eliminate one monster of the opposing party of the game. The man who uses this card can return the battlefield of the opposing party with the same form when he is in the flow of prepareing next time."
Another contender is FGD (Five God Dragon) where the wording read: "This monster can only special summon by amalgamation summon. You must offered with five dragon monster for syn-crecretic fodder to special summon. This card will be absolute victory that if taking fight with the monster of terra, water, hot, wind, sound attribute."
Let me know if you can beat that!
Although I have highlighted some of the funnier examples, there is a serious point that innocent eBayers are being cheated. Help by supporting the genuine sellers (of whom there are many) and, if you do purchase fake cards, complain to eBay.
Finally, in the words of the fakers:
"Please remembe to rat this guide for its quantity of assisting you!"