Like the Black Lotus of Magic, the Base Set Shadowless Charizard of Pokemon and A-002 in Final Fantasy, every game has that one holy grail card that has reached legendary status among collectors. For the DBS CG, that card is ‘Son Goku, The Awakened Power’.
‘Son Goku, The Awakened Power’ was an SCR that came with the first themed booster in the DBS CG, Tournament of Power. As this booster launched when the DBS CG was still in its infancy, the set had an incredibly low print run. This, of course, meant that after they stopped creating new stock, the price steadily rose along with the value of the most sought after cards from that set. These include the four Signature Cards sporting the printed signatures of the English voice actors.
The 176-card set was released on May 25th and followed the events of the latest Dragon Ball Super series, which saw fighters from all 12 Universes go head to head for the survival of their entire existence. The previous three sets that released before the Tournament of Power didn’t focus on any particular theme, which made this one very special. The set released around the same time the series aired, which did a great job of promoting the DBS CG. For many people, the Tournament of Power became the entry point for many new players and collectors. This may have played a role in the legacy of the set and the popularity of ‘Son Goku, The Awakened Power’, as it would have been the first chase card for many players and collectors. Another reason why this card is so sought after is that it focuses on the main character of the series, which always piques the interest of fans.
When played, the ‘Son Goku, The Awakened Power’ Victory Strike keyword wins the game instantly if an attack goes through. With his Permanent skill being that his attacks cannot be negated, this card is the Exodia of the DBS CG. Bandai decided to make it so rare and powerful so that those who owned it would feel like they owned something special. As many of these cards were played with during the early days, it does mean that the quality of a lot of them are not pristine. With that being said, due to its rise in popularity and reputation, there is currently a PSA population of 480, 315 of which have achieved PSA 10 grades.
Going off the most recent sales, the last ‘Son Goku, The Awakened Power’ sold for $5,900 in June, with the three before that selling for over $6000. Because of this cards incredible value, along with the four Signature Cards that are worth between $1000 and $3000 graded 10s, the current value of a sealed booster box is around $5,000. As time goes on, the price of the booster box is likely to rise unless the price of ‘Son Goku, The Awakened Power’ crashes. This seems like an unlikely outcome, however, as it is being referred to as the Pokemon Base Set Shadowless Charizard by many collectors.
The pull rate for ‘Son Goku, The Awakened Power’ is believed to be a 0.34% chance from a booster pack and an 8.3% chance from a booster box, meaning there’s a 100% pull chance from a case of 12 booster boxes.
Recently, a BGS pristine 10 Black Label ‘Son Goku, The Awakened Power’ sold for a staggering $90,000 through the PWCC Marketplace. The fact that there are only 2 Black Label copies of this card in the Beckett population merits its incredible price. A card will achieve a Black Label with BGS when all of its subcategories are graded 10s. These categories are centring, edges, surface and corner quality. To learn more about this record-breaking moment for the DBS CG, head over to our article here.
‘Son Goku, The Awakened Power’ is by far the rarest and most sought after card that can be pulled from a booster pack in the DBS CG. With that being said, there are a number of other cards that are even harder to obtain, including the Metal Cards awarded at the Championships. To learn more about these cards, head over to our article here. If you would like to take a look at some of the other rarer cards, check out our article – The rarest cards in the DBS CG.
Mathew Parkes – Ludkins Media
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