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What’s the most valuable cosmetic item you own?

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Whether it’s a CS: GO weapon skin, a set of Second Life clothing, a Hearthstone card back, a PUBG headscarf or a Team Fortress 2 hat, what fancy cosmetics in the game have you acquired? Armor effects in Path of Exile are a fair bit, but then someone once paid $ 38,000 for a pink war dog courier in Dota 2, which puts everything else in perspective.

What is the most valuable cosmetic product you own?

The Steam Tools Item Value Sorter can be helpful when you don’t know the value of items or aren’t even sure what you own. Here are our answers as well as some from our forum.

A skin for Lifeline that gives it a demonic makeover

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Alan Dexter: It turns out that there is nothing of value in my Steam account at all. This isn’t too surprising as I have no idea what my characters look like. I’m definitely not going to spend real money on things like that – although I recently started playing Red Dead Online and I want my cowboy to see the part one day, so maybe that will change. Other than that, the cosmetics I like the most (though it has no financial value) is Lifeline’s ‘From the Ashes’ skin in Apex Legends, which has a real demonic vibe to it.

Andy Kelly: I’ve sold every frivolous cosmetic product in my Steam inventory that was marked marketable a few years ago. The only things of value now are a couple of Team Fortress 2 crates that are worth so little that they won’t even sell once I put them on the market. I think they will be there forever tracking my account.

Fraser Brown: I don’t have cosmetics of any value in my Steam inventory, but I earned this ‘Perky Pug’ in World of Warcraft a very long time ago that I still appreciate over most of my fancier pets. He’s just a good dog. So it has sentimental value even if it’s worth £ 0.

A CS: GO sticker commemorating Katowice 2014

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A graph of the median retail price for a CS: GO sticker, which is $ 680.35

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Evan Lahti: In Valve’s open marketplace, CS: GO item prices can fluctuate significantly over time. For example, as a result of that article prompt, I found that sometime in 2019 the players decided that a Team Dignitas EMS One Katowice 2014 sticker should be worth $ 200 to $ 600. ¯ _ (ツ) _ / ¯

CS: GO’s special tournament items are random drops that players get while watching in-game or on Twitch, and they’re some of the rarest items because they’re assigned to specific competitions, moments in time that won’t come back. I can’t figure out why the Dignitas sticker rose the most, but other items from the Katowice 2014 tournament are listed at more than $ 1700.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive CS: GO Karambit Lore Skin Cosmetic Factory New

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Emma Matthews: My Steam inventory isn’t worth much now, but I used to own two CS: GO knives. I had a Phase 2 Flip Knife Doppler (new from the factory) and a Karambit lore (tested on site) that combined are worth over $ 750 on the current Steam market. I ended up selling both of them along with some other gun skins to buy a valve index.

A Guild Wars 2 character with the Bifrost rainbow wand

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Phil Savage: I don’t play Dota 2, but I used to follow The International. When I got Legion Commanders Inscribed Blades of Voth Domosh Arcana from a compendium drop for a year, I immediately sold it on the Steam Marketplace for £ 22. Regarding cosmetics, I didn’t act right away, it’s likely Bifrost – one of the legendary weapons of Guild Wars 2.

Legendary ones add custom visual effects to your character – weapon tracks, footprints, etc. – and require either an absurd amount of time and resources, or a lot of gold in the game. However, technically, you can use GW2’s money exchange to turn real money gems into gold, so you can spend your way to some legendary cash. Currently on the market for around 2,190 gold, Biftost would bring you back a cool £ 70. But me? I’ve only paid for it through many, many hours of my only life in this world. Bargain.

A shiny AK-47 called

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Rich Stanton: This is Brutus, my AK-47 in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The AK is probably the most iconic weapon in the game, and you will use it a lot. Brutus is case hardened by applying charcoal at high temperatures, has StatTrak technology which shows I killed around 1,600 people with it, and is worth around £ 150.

Oddly enough, I never put a lot of money into the Counter-Strike economy, I just played it for a long time. I think I bought Brutus for about £ 15, a USP for a fiver, and I’m not sure about the others. I feel a bit strange to be honest because I like the game so much and it is definitely special when my loadout is this personalized (I have a lot of other custom guns, but they’re not worth much). But it definitely feels like a waste to sit around over £ 200 worth of gun skins too.

Oblivion's horse armor

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Andy Chalk: Years ago, I bought the Knights of the Nine expansion for The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion, which included everyone’s great-grandfather: horse armor! I think I could probably get $ 20 for it on eBay. That’s it for me – according to the Steam Item Value Sorter, I don’t own any conventional cosmetics, which makes sense because I find the whole idea kind of silly.

Jody Macgregor: I bought Team Fortress 2’s Infernal Orchestrina after watching the Meet the Pyro video and trying out the Pyrovision mode, and a handful of other items like the Pyrovision glasses that are enabled on certain maps. That musical backpack cost $ 2.49 and after that I never spent any real money on cosmetics again. Not because I’m kind of a real cool dude who stands above people who like to own shiny things, but because deep down I’m an absolute tightwad.

Pifanjr: According to the Steam Tools value sorter, my most valuable item is a Europa Universalis III card worth 10 cents.

I don’t spend money on microtransactions, especially purely cosmetic ones. However, if we accept this time = money, then the Hearthstone card I just received for completing the Tombs of Terror on Heroic Difficulty is probably the most valuable purely cosmetic item I own.

Zloth: I have a foil card from X Rebirth that’s worth a whopping 75 cents !! Take care of Ted DiBiase!

bad man: The t-shirt that came with the boxed version of Terminator 2 Judgment Day 30 years ago. I think I was about 12 years old at the time. The shirt was an adult size, but I didn’t mind. It took about 10 years, then it was completely useless. Loved this item.

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