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!