Revealed! The 11 rarest FIFA 18 Ultimate Team cards: do you have any of these stashed in your club?
CM: Mike Jones (Carlisle United)
Incredibly, FIFA 18’s most sought-after bronze card is a 63-rated Carlisle journeyman who’s also had spells with Bury, Crawley and Shrewsbury Town.
The reason is a simple combination of speed and flexibility. Jones’s 86 Pace rating is an outlier for bronze central midfielders, particularly when you factor in additional RM and LM eligibility. He’s the perfect engine-room super-sub, and hence fetches up to 15K.
LM: Ante Rebic (Eintracht Frankfurt)
FIFA 18’s Frankfurt SBC is the work of the devil: you need at least one wide midfielder to complete it, but they only have three in their squad – rendering silver cards for Rebic, Aymen Barkok and Marius Wolf extinct.
Find any of the above cards in your club and you’ll immediately be able to sell them on the market for 17,000 coins. Just don’t get overly excited if you pack Rebic’s upgraded gold card – a position change to ST has effectively rendered it useless in the SBC. Cheeky EA.
RW: Anwar El Ghazi (Lille)
Seventy. Five. Thousand. Coins. If you thought those three Eintracht Frankfurt wingers sounded expensive, then try clubbing together the cash required for Lille’s 74-rated Dutchman.
It’s not because fans are keen to deploy his 79 Pace or 75 Shooting attributes. Rather, a devious SBC once more provides the explanation; Lille’s challenge requires one winger, meaning club-mates Pepe (30K) and Luiz Araujo (27K) also bring in substantial returns if you have them to shop.
ST: Cristiano (Kashiwa Reysol)
Ronaldo may be this year’s cover star, but on release Kashiwa Reysol’s Brazilian forward earned almost as much hype as his Portuguese namesake. YouTubers insisted Cristiano’s silver card was vastly overpowered, and as a result it quickly became extinct.
EA fixed that to an extent by making a special 83-rated Cristiano the prize for completing the full set of Meiji Yasuda J1 SBCs, but that silver card remains tough to snare. You’re looking at a tidy 50-60K return if you find it in your club.
ST: Lucas Alario (River Plate)
Leverkusen’s Argentine striker signed from River Plate on the same day that FIFA 18’s web app launched back in September – meaning that for a very brief time, he was available in packs with an affiliation to his former side.
As a result, his River Plate card has bordered on extinct all season, and continues to rise in value. On 1 January 2018 it was worth 10,000 coins; by mid-March that number had climbed to 22K. Given that his identical Leverkusen alternate can be nabbed for 500 coins, this is surely one for los Millonarios devotees alone.