The latest tin has been released in the world of trading card games, this time with the release of Yu-Gi-Oh. The 2021 Tin of Ancient Battles has recently been released into the wild so why not do a review focused purely on a tin?
Now, I’ve only just got back into Yu-Gi-Oh as a whole so these cards are new to me, I’m old school with the cards. Going into this I didn’t know what to expect from the packs.
Over the past week or so I’ve seen this tin promoted, posted, and unboxed across all of my social media, this is exactly why I debated if I should buy the tin or not. After a long discussion with myself, I decided to head to my local shop, Geek Retreat to pick up a tin.
This is an absolute steal for any beginner or returning player to the game of Yu-Gi-Oh. I paid £20 for this tin and the amount of cards on it’s own is absolutely worth it, especially if you are adding to decks to play the game. You have some fantastic cards that come with this tin.
If you know how to play or beginning these cards are worth it. You get enough cards to not overwhelm yourself, but more that you get enough to satisfy your purchase of the tin, which is always a plus.
I see myself more as a collector than a player so I fit perfectly into this category for this review. I have to say that buying this tin for a collector’s item or to add to a collection is 50/50. I’ll explain why it’s a 50/50 issue. Firstly, if you are buying this tin to add cards to a collector or to get graded, there aren’t many expensive cards worth protecting, unless you are a fan of that said card.
Secondly, this is a positive reason. The tin, if unopened is worth more in terms of money, so if the price keeps rising, this is a perfect item to add to a collection. Another thing to add to this point is that the design of the tin looks amazing, even better in person. This tin would look perfect as a display item on a shelf somewhere.
Purely for Profit
I can say if you buy this tin purely for profit from the cards inside the tin, good luck. Inside this tin is 3 packs of cards, quite large packs. Even with the large three packs inside the tin, it’s not guaranteed profit by any means. Inside this tin is only a handful (if that) which is worth profit, around 2 or 3 cards, the rest are below $1.
I worked my tin out in profit while I reviewed the cards, I only got 2 cards which were over $1. I get that there is a “mystery factor” to the tin and packs but I was hoping for a little bit more. I bought the tin for £20, and in return, the cards inside the tin were worth £14.45 altogether. So in this case, I lost £5.
Now, the cards inside the tin are not even worth paying the price to be graded because I’d lose out on more money. To give this tin a fair review I had to look at it with these three categories in mind, which I did.
Is It Worth It?
A good question. As a collector and player, this box is definitely worth it. For people who are just in it for profit? Unless you are selling the tin as a sealed product on eBay or places like that, you will make a profit, not a lot yet but profit nonetheless.
A decent product that is a helpful addition to any player’s decks, any collector’s collections, and for any player who missed the original releases of the cards that were inside this tin. The quality of the cards is fantastic. The artwork on some cards is very standout-ish and amazing to see, especially the prismatic secret rare cards.
Photo: Yu-Gi-Oh “2021 Tin of Ancient Battles”.