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FF TCG: A closer look at Lightning – 13-081H

Opus XIII: Crystal Radiance was released on March 26th 2021 and included several premium full art cards that boasted some seriously impressive artwork. The most valuable and sought after of all these cards is the full art Lightning – 13-081H, which also happens to hold one of the highest FF TCG raw card values on the current market. 

In June, this card was selling between $275 and $300 on eBay. This value seemed to drop during August, when the price dropped to around $220, with the lowest going for $150. With that being said, cards sold through TCG Player have been selling throughout June and August for between $290 and $344. 

Although there have been very few graded copies on this card on the market, there is currently a huge bundle up for $50,000, which includes 26 copies of Lightning – 13-081H. Two of the cards are BGS 10 grades, two are PSA 10 and PSA 9s and two more are BGS 9.5 and a BGS 9 grades. 

Lightning 13-081H was illustrated by Akira Oguro, who first began working with Square Enix and the Final Fantasy franchise on their first movie, The Spirits Within.  On that project, he worked on the storyboard and later moved on to the episodic Final Fantasy IV: The After Years mobile game, which was released in 2008. He also illustrated the artwork for the novel adaptations of The After Years, as well as some wallpapers on the official Japanese website for the DS version of Final Fantasy IV. Not only has Akira Oguro’s work been showcased in the FF TCG, but he has also worked on illustrations for Lord of Vermilion II and has worked on the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime series. 

Lightning - 13-081H

Lightning 13-081H was illustrated by Akira Oguro, who first began working with Square Enix and the Final Fantasy franchise on their first movie, The Spirits Within.  On that project, he worked on the storyboard and later moved on to the episodic Final Fantasy IV: The After Years mobile game, which was released in 2008. He also illustrated the artwork for the novel adaptations of The After Years, as well as some wallpapers on the official Japanese website for the DS version of Final Fantasy IV. Not only has Akira Oguro’s work been showcased in the FF TCG, but he has also worked on illustrations for Lord of Vermilion II and has worked on the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime series. 

Lightning - 13-081H

What makes this card most striking is the black background, which perfectly highlights Oguro’s instantly recognisable art style of the heroine. In an interview with the artist, he was asked about the inspiration behind his style. He answered that he took inspiration from old fashion magazines, where the dresses and those wearing them were sketched out in a particular style. Lightning 13-081H isn’t the only illustration done by Oguro that focuses on the outfit of the character, with cards like Ursula 11-064L, Luca 11-084R and Dusk 7-115R being just a few. 

If you would like to see more from other FFTCG artists, check out our article – OPUS XIII: Premium Full Art Cards. To check out the game’s other big chase cards, head over to Anthos – the ultimate Final Fantasy TCG database. If you would like to get a closer look at some of the other valuable and rare cards in the FF TCG, click on one of the articles below – 

FF TCG: A closer look at Zack – PR071/10-007H

Market Analysis: Tifa 11-07L Full Art

Opus XIV Early Analysis – Cloud Full Art

A-002: The Rarest Final Fantasy TCG Card Of All Time

A look at the rarest cards in FF TCG

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Mathew Parkes – Ludkins Media

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