Friday, March 31, 2006
I was at my daughters house, having supper, the other night, and we were listening to her son Sam go on about a Yu-Gi-Oh dual he had just had with the boy next door. The dual came out to be a draw and Sam was really pleased with that. He was explaining to us how he won: who played what card; what those cards were worth; where he had gotten the cards he won with and so forth. Ellen left and did dishes so my son-in-law and I took the brunt of the attack. When Sam finally left, Mike and I just looked at each other and shrugged out shoulders. “Mike do you even have a clue about what he is talking about” I inquired? “Not a clue” Mike responded. I told Mike that I am way to old to learn about another fad like this one. My plan was to basically ignore Sam when he got all carried away with his explanations, nod where applicable and try and change the subject. Perhaps I would have to throw some money his way so he could buy a card or two. Basically I would ignore the problem, waiting for Sam to outgrow this Yu-Gi-Oh thing and then I could continue on with my life, not knowing a thing about Yu-Gi-Oh and all the better for it. Michael had the same sort of plan in mind.
Sam stayed overnight with us last night and I had a change of heart, it appears. All I wanted to do was take a picture of him with his dueling, launcher thing. He is wearing Yu-Gi-Oh shirt, Yu-Gi-Oh pants, Yu-Gi-Oh Dueling Disk [blue thing on his left wrist] and the Yu-Gi-Oh Dueling Disk is pre-loaded with a pack of Yu-Gi-Oh cards. Off-hand I would say he is really into this Yu-Gi-Oh thing.
I asked him to explain a few things to me before he was off to school and the following is what I heard: Yamiyugi is a pharoh and he is a spirit in the millennium puzzle; Setta Kiba, Joey Wheeler, Mie Valentine are some of the duelists; Yu-Gi has the millennium puzzle; Pegasus Maxamillion has the Millenium eye. Time for school so I went online.
The Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game is a collectible card game based on Duel Monsters (Magic and Wizards or M&W in the original Japanese manga), a game which appears in the popular Japanese manga Yu-Gi-Oh!, and the two Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series, which are Toei's Yu-Gi-Oh! series and Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters (internationally known as Yu-Gi-Oh!), where it serves as a main plot device. The card game is known as Yu-Gi-Oh! ... according to Wikipedia
I searched e-bay and I found this following entry among 85,161 other Yu-Gi-Oh items for sale. The present bid on this item was $900.
This is the real English (SJC-EN002) DES VOLSTGALPH. This is a highly sought after Yu-Gi-Oh card! This card was first prize at the Shonen Jump Championship in Durham, North Carolina. It was won by Christopher Flores. This card has never been taken out of it's cases. This card is valued at over $3,000.00.The only way to get this card is by coming in first place at a Shonen Jump Championship tournament...NOW IT CAN BE YOURS!This card is mint, never played with, and less than 15 made in the entire world. It's the most valuable card in the Yu-Gi-Oh Trading Card Game. Any collector would be proud to have this show piece.
This might not be the “Flash-in-the-pan fad I thought it was.