The 15 Most Valuable 'Dragon Ball' Cards

You won't believe how much money some of these cards are worth!

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Before I introduce the most valuable Dragon Ball cards ever sold, let's discuss the franchise. Since 1984, Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball has captivated both readers and audiences on its path to becoming one of the most recognizable franchises in pop culture. Our generation has grown up alongside Son Goku and company, so it’s no surprise he is one of the most recognizable faces in all of fiction. Toriyama’s original manga has spawned multiple anime series, feature films, video games, and of course, trading cards. 

Dragon Ball trading cards, much like Pokémon, Magic: The Gathering, and Yu-Gi-Oh, are heavily revolved around tournament play and strategy. The official Dragon Ball Super website even shows upcoming tournaments and ways to get involved in regional events. However, there is a collector’s aspect to these cards as well, and the glorious artistry is evident in all the cards you see today.

Dragon Ball debuted its first card game in 2008 with its inaugural set, Warriors Return. Since then, the TCG has seen a complete revamp in the last few years with dozens of new releases. With many high-dollar sales in the last year, it will be interesting to see if DBZ/DBS becomes a mainstay in the trading card world. So today, we are going to break down the most valuable Dragon Ball cards from those sets and give a little background on the card. Let’s jump right in!

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15. 2018 'Dragon Ball' Tournament Of Power Universe 7 Saiyan Prince Vegeta - $3,000


To kick this list off , we have an aesthetically-pleasing glimpse of Goku’s eventual ally, Vegeta. This PSA 10 copy also can be found in the "Tournament of Power" booster boxes, which have become quite popular in their own right.

This card boasts a bold facsimile autograph and a crisp teal background to match Saiyan Prince Vegeta.  It sold for $3,000 last year and currently sits as a POP 165.

14. 2017 'Dragon Ball Super' Union Force Vegito “Ultimate Force SSB” - $3050

PSA 10 Dragon Ball Super Ultimate Force SSB Vegito

At #14, we find the first appearance from Vegito, another immensely powerful being in the Dragon Ball universe. This card is one of the chasers from the Union Force set, which is the 2nd released set for Dragon Ball Super. A POP 155, this colorful and radiant gem sold for $3,050 in July 2021.

13. 2000 Score 'Dragon Ball Z' Frieza Saga Super Saiyan Goku Limited - $3090

Super Saiyan Goku Frieza Saga 125 UR

Score produced DBZ cards in the early 2000s, years before Bandai launched its collectible card game in 2008. This one is slabbed with a Beckett 8.5 grade.  The black borders of this piece make it inherently difficult to grade; so difficult, in fact, that there are no current PSA 9s or 10s in the registry. For a big DBZ collector, this is a rare and unique copy to own, and it’s just not one you will see being auctioned off very often.

12. 2001 Score 'Dragon Ball Z' Son Goku Champion Drill - $3,350

2001 Score Dragon Ball Z Son Goku Champion Drill

Following the same trend, we have another early Score TCG Super Saiyan Goku These sets have a very familiar feel: the defined borders and formatting are quite similar to other TCGs. However, a low print run makes these earlier copies hard to come by.  There haven’t been many graded sales recently either, so $3,350 for this raw Super Saiyan Goku is quite a pretty penny.

11. 2018 'Dragon Ball Super' Tournament Of Power Son Goku “Hope Of Universe 7” - $3500


Continuing on to the 11th card on our list, and it is another one from the sought-after "Tournament of Power" set. While not as popular or liquid as the "Awakened Power" card, this artwork of Son Goku is still very impressive to the eye. There are only 389 PSA 10s in circulation, and you can shop for them in all grades here.

T-9. 2022 'Dragon Ball Super' Vegeta God Rare SSB Unbridled Power - $4500

2022 Dragon Ball Super God Rare SSB Vegeta Unbridled Power BT16 147

Our other #9 spot is the first one on the list to feature Vegeta by himself.  And we think it does justice to one of anime’s most well-known characters.  This “God Rare” short print hit the shelves in the new "Realm of the Gods" set, which is the 16th series from Dragon Ball Super.  

Also useful for gameplay, the card possesses a whopping 40,000 power and can be very advantageous in tourneys. This gem sits as a POP 95, and it sold for as high as $4,500 back in April 2022.  

T-9. 2021 'Super Dragon Ball Heroes' Son Goku “Big Bang Mission” Alt Art - $4500

Super Dragon Ball Heroes Son Goku BM11 ASEC Bandai Japanese
  • Date of Sale: 6/4/22 via eBay
  • Card Grade: BGS 10 Black Label
  • Sale Price: $4,500

Tied for #9 on this list is the first alternative art card, and it makes use of every inch of the surface. Here we see Goku mounted atop a glimmering dragon, and a rainbow foil across the front makes it pop out to the viewer.  This flawless BGS 10 Black Label can be found in the Big Bang Mission set. Boosters can be hard to come by online, but you can find a sealed box for this release here.

This, much like others on the list, sports an extremely low pop. The superb copy you see above recently sold for $4,500, and it will be hard to come by a Black Label 10 anytime soon.

8. 2000 Score 'Dragon Ball Z' Frieza Saga Super Saiyan 3 Goku Limited “Level 5” - $5200

Dragon Ball Z Super Saiyan 3 Goku Score Card Level 5

This is one of two ungraded cards on the list, and they both stem from the early Score sets. This Goku is a Level 5 parallel, and it features a vivid holographic pattern all over. With little to no graded copies in circulation, it is hard to imagine what these cards would be worth in a Gem Mint 10 grade. Regardless, this $5,200 sale only bolsters the market for early DBZ sets.

7. 2022 'Super Dragon Ball Heroes' Ultra God Son Goku “Mission 1” - $5600

2022 Super Dragon Ball Heroes Ultra God Mission 1 Son Goku Secret

Date of Sale: 5/24/22 via eBay

Card Grade: BGS 10

Sale Price: $5,600

Here we have another feature including our main man Goku from the 2022 Ultra God set.  The rainbow foil and unrivaled artwork of this piece really make it stand out from other TCG cards.  It’s also a very recent release, so seeing this in a pristine BGS 10 copy really makes it the whole package.For reference, there are currently only 18 registered PSA 10s, making this Pristine 10 even rarer.  This beauty sold for $5,600 in May 2022, and we are eager to see how it and other brand-new sets fare on the market in the coming months.

6. 2023 ‘Dragon Ball Super’ SS3 Son Goku, Universe at Stake “Power Absorbed” Ghost Rare - $6000

SS3 Son Goku Universe at Stake BT20 095 Ghost Rare Dragon Ball Super DBS

Our most recent sale on this list comes from 2023’s Power Absorbed set. The booster boxes can still be picked up for around $60, and it looks like you may end up pulling a $6,000 gem like this ghost rare Son Goku. However, finding one in a box with conditioning as flawless as this one will be a tall task. This one closed during an eBay BIN in February 2024.

5. 2023 ‘Dragon Ball Super’ SS Gogeta, Fusion Reborn “Critical Blow” - $9040

SS Gogeta Fusion Reborn GOD RARE BT22 140 GDR Dragon Ball

Put simply, that BGS 10 Black Label is going to give your eBay listing a lot of love. This is especially the case when a card from a new release immediately gets that prestigious grade. That is exactly what happened here, as this SS Gogeta copy from 2023’s Critical Blow popped for over $9,000 during a recent auction.

T-3. 2019 ‘Dragon Ball Super’ Explosive Power Vegeta 3rd Place National Championship Finals - $10,313

Dragon Ball Super Explosive Power Vegeta EX0307 3rd Place National Championship Finals
Heritage Auctions

This card actually sold as part of the 2019 Six Trophy card set, which is the only Dragon Ball auction to end at over $100,000. The 3rd place promo card is shown above, an awesome action shot of Vegeta. With a POP of only five, this is a PSA 10 that you won’t see for sale too often. This one ties at third all-time with a final sale price of $10,313.

T-3. 2019 ‘Dragon Ball Super’ Super Broly “The Awakened Threat” 2nd Place National Championship Finals - $10,313

Dragon Ball Super Broly the Awakened Threat P092 2nd Place National Championship Finals
Heritage Auctions

Another member of the 2019 Six Trophy card set, this is the only card of Broly on the list. This one, in addition to the immaculate artwork, boasts a 2nd place promo emblem on the left side. In late 2023, this PSA 10 copy ended just north of $10,000 via Heritage Auctions.

2. 2020 'Dragon Ball Super' Universal Onslaught Son Goku & Vegeta “Apex of Power” - $10,600

2020 Dragon Ball Super Universal Onslaught Son Goku Vegeta Apex of Power

Next, we have a team-up of Goku and Vegeta, a powerful duo that has 45,000 power and a ton of perks if used in tournament-style play.  And as collectors, how could we not notice the coveted BGS 10 Black Label that this card received?  We were unable to locate a high quality scan of a Black Label, so the copy shown above is the same card in a PSA 10 grade.

This card is a part of the "Universal Onslaught" set, which is the 9th set stemming from Dragon Ball Super.  It only sells now for around $1,800 as a PSA 10, but the esteemed Black Label brings an exponential premium in the trading card community.  This is one of the most useful and collectible cards to have for the DB Game, so it is a no-brainer to have it very high on our list.

1. 2018 'Dragon Ball Super' Tournament Of Power Son Goku “The Awakened Power” - $12,100


To round the list of the most valuable Dragon Ball cards off, we have a card of Dragon Ball’s heroic protagonist, Son Goku. This card in particular features Goku using the "Ultra Instinct" technique in battle. We see the same display of intricate and striking artwork that is shown in the series. "The Tournament of Power," which is the set where you can find this stunner, was released in 2018. It is the first known themed set from the Dragon Ball universe, as it is based on a tournament of the same name from the Dragon Ball Super universe.

This slab shows the premium a Beckett Pristine 10 can bring. There is also one known Beckett Black Label sale in 2020, but it has yet to resurface.  It sold for over $12,000 last year, and there isn’t even a BGS 10 listed on eBay currently. We have seen a decline in recent auctions, however, and one reached a price of only $4,950 back in June 2022. Regardless, this is undoubtedly one of the premier DBZ cards a collector can have.

Who is your favorite Dragon Ball Z character? Which card do you think will crack our list of most valuable Dragon Ball cards in the future? Let us know @CardTalkPod on Twitter and Instagram!

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