Although the DBS CG only began in 2017, some cards from the older sets have risen to legendary status, achieving eye-watering values in a very short period of time. Among these are the Signature Cards that have made their way onto the wish list of most collectors for their rarity, art style and their connection to the Dragon Ball Super anime series.
The Signatures –
One of the biggest appeals of the SPR/SPR_S Signature Cards is that they have the printed signature of popular DBZ and DBS English voice actors on them. These are highlighted by a holographic outlining, which allows them to fit in with the aesthetic of the card. These types of cards are incredibly limited, with four releasing in the ‘The tournament of Power’ themed booster and four in the ‘Assault of the Saiyans’ set. The first cards were released relatively early in the DBS CG, during a time where the TCG benefited from the popularity of the Dragon Ball Super anime series. This is why the Signature Cards were a fantastic idea, as they sparked nostalgia in Dragon Ball fans and encouraged more collectors to enter the game.
The tournament of Power Signature Cards –
The Tournament of Power booster was the first themed deck to focus on a specific Dragon Ball Super story arch, while the previous three sets were general themes that included a combination of character from the entire franchise. The 176-card set was released on May 25th, 2018 and had a very limited print run, as is the case with the DBS CG theme sets. Due to there being a lower population, the SCR and SPRs of this set have become some of the most valuable and sought after cards in the entire game. Among these are the first DBS CG Signature Cards to be introduced into the game – ‘Son Goku, Hope of Universe 7’, ‘Beerus, Universe 7 Divine Vanquisher’, ‘Universe 7 Saiyan Prince Vegeta’ and ‘Frieza, Emperor of Universe 7’. Sealed Tournament of Power booster boxes have recently sold for over £5000 due to the incredible values of the cards included in this set, especially those that have achieved a PSA 10 grade.
The Tournament of Power theme almost acted as promotional material for the DBS CG when it was in its infancy, as that was the current story arch of the Dragon Ball Super anime series at the time. This undoubtedly helped fuel the game’s popularity with old and new fans.
The Cards –
When it comes to the first four Signature Cards that came in the Tournament of Power booster set, obtaining PSA 10 quality cards is somewhat difficult, as the cards not only have a low pull rate but also belong to a limited print set. To make things even harder, Signature Cards often have white specking on the back of them, which can affect the grade they achieve.
Son Goku, Hope of Universe 7
It’s no surprise that the most sought after DBS CG Signature Card is ‘Son Goku, Hope of Universe 7’. This is mostly down to the popularity of the main character, as well as his English voice actor Sean Schemmel.
The last PSA 10 sold on May 1st of this year for $3400 (£2396), with three others selling in April for an average of $3500 ($2479) each. There are currently 319 copies of this card graded with PSA, 199 of which have achieved a PSA 10.
Beerus, Universe 7 Divine Vanquisher
Beerus quickly became a fan favourite within the DBS anime, which earned the God of Destruction his very own Signature Card. ‘Beerus, Universe 7 Divine Vanquisher’ has the signature of Jason Douglas, an acclaimed actor who has appeared in the Sin City and Parkland movies, the Breaking Bad and Nashville tv shows and the My Hero Academia and Attack on Titan anime series.
There have been 197 ‘Beerus, Universe 7 Divine Vanquisher’ cards that have been graded with PSA – 100 of which have achieved a PSA 10. The most recent one sold through PWCC Marketplace for $2,426 (£1709).
Universe 7 Saiyan Prince Vegeta
‘Universe 7 Saiyan Prince Vegeta’ is the second most popular Tournament of Power Signature Card to be sent to PSA, which has graded 120 PSA 10s out of its 218 population.
With Vegeta being one of the most popular characters in the entire Dragon Ball franchise, the interest in this card shouldn’t really come as a huge surprise. The card is signed by Dragon Ball’s legendary voice actor Christopher Sabat, who also does the voice for Piccolo, Yamcha, Shenron. Only three PSA 10 ‘Universe 7 Saiyan Prince Vegeta’ have sold this year, each selling for $3000 (£2114).
Frieza, Emperor of Universe 7
The tyrannical Frieza is arguably the best villain Goku has ever come up against, with his dark humour and cruel nature making him a character everyone loves to hate. In the DBS series, he was voiced by Chris Ayres, who had won the 2012 Staff Choice Award for his portrayal of Frieza in Dragon Ball Z Kai.
There are currently 214 ‘Frieza, Emperor of Universe 7’ cards in the PSA population, with 133 being PSA 10s. In April, four PSA 10 graded cards sold for prices ranging between $1,613 (£1136) and $1,925 (£1356).
There are also SR versions of the Signature Cards that came with the Tournament of Power booster set, which are also highly sought after by collectors. The Assault of the Saiyans Signature Cards have not only SR versions but also alternate art SPR versions too. To learn about the other four DBS CG Signature Cards belonging to the Assault of the Saiyans theme set, keep an eye out for part 2 of this article.
Mathew Parkes – Ludkins Media
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