Not only are stickers a visual modification to make your gun look cooler, but they’re also memorabilia from a tournament, making them potentially valuable collectibles. Anyone with a Pokemon Card can tell you nowadays, collectibles can be worth a lot of money over time.
Sticker prices can go up slowly, or skyrocket overnight (as was the case with teams that had players banned or were forced to close down shop). Not many stickers will add value to the skin, unless you sell it to someone who actually wants a skin with a sticker or they come with a souvenir gun. So unless you just want a cool looking customized skin for yourself, you’re better off not putting the sticker on a gun if you want to resell it.
Due to their limited availability, most tournament stickers are worth buying. Team stickers and stickers autographed by professional CS:GO players are available for purchase in-game during the time of the tournament with 50% of the proceedings going to the players and the organizations. You can buy the sticker or a sticker capsule in-game a couple of weeks before and during the tournament; the day of the final, the stickers for that tournament will have a discount on their price. The ones that serve as a commemoration for past tournaments hold a higher value for memorabilia’s sake.
And stickers, like all other CS:GO items, will find their way to OPSkins Marketplace to be bought and sold. Here’s an analysis of sticker prices and trends on OPSkins:
The Most Expensive CS:GO Stickers
Usually tournament stickers are the most expensive in our market. Anything from Katowice 2014 goes for no less than $30, when they initially sold for $2.04. That was over a span of two years.
Katowice 2015 stickers however sell for much less. You can get a cheap one from TSM Kinguin for as low as $1.17. This sticker started out at $1.14, and now it’s worth 3 cents more. Woohoo.
The most expensive sticker from that same tournament on our market is the Titan Foil that currently goes for $80.14, and yes there are some sellers asking for $800. At its launch, it was valued at $15.85. Compare that to the Titan Holo from 2014 priced in the lower thousands and you can start noticing the difference. Mind you, this isn’t the most expensive sticker from from 2014; that title goes to the iBUYPOWER Holo, which is currently valued at around four figures in our marketplace.
Although the price of stickers from Cologne, Dream Hack and Cluj Napoca are climbing, they are still in their infancy with price tags under $5 because these tournaments were held last year.
Sticker Prices from MLG Columbus 2016 Teams
If you look at the stickers from MLG Columbus 2016, you can clearly see a difference in price tags.
The teams that participated in this event were Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Astralis, Fnatic, Team Liquid, Counter Logic Gaming, Luminosity Gaming, Virtus.pro, FlipSid3 Tactics, mousesports, FaZe Clan, Splyce, Counter Logic Gaming, Gambit Gaming, Cloud9, G2 Esports.
Most of the stickers vary between $2 and $5 in our market, but there are some that clearly exceed that price range.
Splyce stickers would be first in this list. As a small team that probably won’t appear again in a CS:GO Major, the stickers are very few and far between, making them a desirable rarity. The suggested price for a Foil is already at $25.39, but the current asking price is higher, between $40 and $100.
Obviously winning the tournament brings value to your promotional items. Luminosity stickers have some units valued around $75 (Holo) in our market, which initially had a price tag of $2.55. The Foil version is currently over $150, when it initially sold for $6.00.
Next up, Cloud9 stickers, with prices ranging from $40 to $50 for the Foil version. These stickers went for as low as $9.00 in mid March.
Not a bad investment.
This is only the first tournament for the 2016 season and there are plenty more to come with the next one being in Cologne. All of them with promotional stickers that are worth checking out and acquiring as a future investment to be sold at the worlds largest skins marketplace, OPSkins.