Rarest trading card
1996 World Champion, Shichifukujin Dragon
Australia (Query)
The title of ‘world’s rarest trading card’ is split between two quite distinct cards: the 1996 World Champion and the Shichifukujin Dragon. Only one specimen of each card exists anywhere in the world. The 1996 World Champion was given to Tom Chanpheng (Australia) in 1996 and all other copies of it, along with the printing plates, were ceremoniously destroyed at the end of that year’s World tournament. The Shichifukujin Dragon, created to celebrate the opening of the DCI Tournament Center in Tokyo, Japan, is also the only one of its kind in existence. In Japanese mythology, ‘Shichifukujin’ is the name given to the Seven Deities of Good Fortune.