The 10 Most Valuable Useless Cards
Somehow, many Z cards have retained their value over the years. Some attribute this to the strength of the license, while others speculate the effort of two dedicated superfans with a popular website
have triggered a resurgence in value for original cards. Either way, both back then and now, some pretty terrible and mediocre cards have hit values in the hundreds of dollars, sometimes even in the thousands. We know folks aren't buying these to play with, so for whatever reason these ten cards have (or had) huge values for collectors, since very few players would get much out of them.
10. Majin Vegeta, the Dark Prince
A fairly mediocre character that can really only be effective used as a Main Personality. It debuted in an environment where the only way this card could even be used is if you were running Majin Spopovitch
as a Main Personality in a set the inexplicably HATED Majin personalities with numerous tech cards (again only usable against Majin Spopovitch). That didn't stop this guy from going from crazy amounts on the secondary market, particularly the foil version. As with many sought after Base Set cards, rumors started spreading of this rare somehow being rarer than other rares (usually untrue due to the way cards are printed on sheets). Eventually prices died down after Majins became a thing in the game, but a foil version can still command a bit more than most other rares (especially those from World Games Saga).
9. Gotenks, Super Saiyan
This card annoyed players to no end. Not because it was decent in any way but because it had the "Uber Rare" rating, something that was previously only found on Championship
and Judge/Volunteer Rewards
cards. Now it seemed like everyone had an "Uber", even though this card (as well as the other Uber Gotenks
) was pretty darn common. That didn't stop people from trying to assign ridiculous values to the card, just because of the Uber Rare stamp. At it's best, you were able to get $50+ for this card if you found the right buyer (re: sucker), but that kind of collector has long been extinct and now you'd need to be able to make change for a five dollar bill to sell this card.
8. Kami's Idea
Here's a situational card that either does nothing or next to nothing, depending on game state. The reason for its value was understandable: it was one of the very first volunteer exclusive cards ever released. The problem was Score was using a point system to value their volunteer redemption promos, and this card was one of their higher tiered prizes. Meanwhile there were slightly more useful cards on the rewards list, like the previously difficult to find Confrontation
(before the Trunks Reforged re-release) available for much less points. Obviously people weren't spending time and money running events and going to tournaments just for Kami's Idea
, especially since even when this card was valuable it never brought in Ultra Rare money after the first few were sold.
7. Champion's Aura
Here's an Uber Rare that actually deserves to be valuable. Too bad the card has such limited uses, and there's virtually no way to run this card with any kind of consistency. Some have theorized that was Score's intent, so that the World Champion that year (and the National Champion
the following year) would have no qualms selling it for some additional prize money. I personally think it's just par for the course at Score.
6. Line Up
This card (as well as Team Work Kamehameha
and Warrior's Preparation
) were three random cards that ended up in Limited Edition Androids Saga packs (plus some Championship cards, what a great set). The card was garbage, but that didn't stop this and the other error cards from fetching $100+ at auction. It was so ridiculous that Score Employees started using these cards as cash. I remember working as a volunteer at one convention and asking if I could get parking reimbursed. Instead they just agreed to give me a Line Up
for that, and threw in a Team Work Kamehameha
to get them Starbucks. Basically they just gave me $200 for $25 of out-of-pocket expenses (and I still got my volunteer swag too). Ah, the decadent age of Score!
5. Goku the Unbeatable
Probably the worst Ultra Rare Goku. I hear about more people using the Frieza Saga Super Saiyan Goku
or even Goku on Namek
(who's not actually on Namek) over this guy. He's got exactly one thing going for him: he's an Ultra Rare Goku. Even terrible cards will have value if they have high printed rarity (see Gotenks
) and feature popular characters (something we relied on for the Bleach TCG
more than I would've liked). Regardless of this card, a decent Lv. 4 is something Goku has always seemed to lack. Perhaps it's because Goku's adventure was always about the journey rather than the ending? I personally think it's just par for the course at Score.
4. Regeneration Drill
Believe it or not, this dumb card still sells for a stupid amount of money. It's so rare, the only pic we have of it on this site is from ebay. It was one of several cards that came in VHS tapes of Dragon Ball Z. Just put that in perspective for how old this game is: promo cards for it once came in VHS tapes. Of course, even at this time VHS was rapidly on the decline and just take it from me and Garrett
that anime never really sells many copies of anything on home media. So long story short, the method of distribution for this card was extremely limited. Oh, and did I mention that there were three different foiling patterns for this card? Yeah, that was a thing for the VHS promos, they came in non-foil, foil (sometimes called silver foil) and gold foil. Ironically I think the non-foil version commands the most money these days, but any would be a decent payday if you caught the attention of a few collectors.
3. Android 18 ???? Insert
WTF, this isn't even a real card! It's just a piece of marketing inserted into Trunks Saga Packs. It didn't even really offer you anything in terms of spoilers. It was just Android 18 and a bunch of question marks. Again, this is another card I heard the old "It's a rarer insert than the other inserts" line, which for some reason made it valuable. This wasn't even a card in the game, had no actual value or even a power chart on the back, yet still sold for $20-50 until the release of Androids Saga. The image was eventually recycled onto a rare (by occurrence standards) alt art card in Androids Saga
and the whole "Change the Future" line would not only be reused as a marketing tag line but also as the basis for a personality power that dominated the game
for a time.
2. Excessive Aggression
Another rare Judge Card that become valuable for many of the same reasons as Kami's Idea
. Except this one was much harder to come by and featured more popular characters. It's hard to believe that even with this crappy power, this card once brought in upwards of $300 per pop. Their price started to decline during GT after an unknown Score employee
released several hundred into the market. You can own one for about $10 these days.
1. Ultimate Champion
Did you win the 2003 DBZ World Championships? Then this card is useless to you.
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