SPECIAL CARD TRADING GUIDE
RECOMMENDED BUDGET FOR SPECIAL CARD TRADING: 200K (EACH CARD BOUGHT BEING 10% OF BUDGET MAXIMUM)
Special card is considered one of the most "confusing" trading methods on Ultimate Team however that's far from correct.
Simple Key to what we mean by "Peak" and "Non-Peak" Hours:
- Peak Hours: When the most users are online playing Ultimate Team.
The Peak Hours are typically between 4pm - 8pm UK Time.
- Non-Peak Hours: When the least users are online playing Ultimate Team.
The Non-Peak Hours usually start after 8pm and continue into the late evening UK Time.
The Most Active Days for Ultimate Team are normally Wednesday - Sunday, with Friday & Saturday being the most active days. Remember this when deciding which days to allocate more of your trading time to!
HOW TO UNDERSTAND & ANALYZE A FLUCTUATION WITH SPECIAL CARDS
There are 2 main methods for how you can do this:
Method 1: Refer to FUTBIN / FUTWIZ Daily and Hourly Graphs. This method requires a lot of regular checks and is a much slower process.
Method 2: Use our Multi-Platform Website prices which can be found inside of our Tier 1 area. This is the easiest and most time-efficient method.
Using Method 1 is a lot more time-consuming and provides you with data that can be seen by all FIFA users who visit these public websites for pricing history. This means you are competing with every other player/trader on Ultimate Team who is using the same source to gain their knowledge with Pricing History for that Special card.
If you use Method 2 you will be viewing regularly updated data that is monitored and filtered out to identify the data you need to know in that current moment rather than spending minutes analyzing a player's graph etc... It is as simple as typing a name into the search box and the data you need to know is right in front of you!
However, for the players that cannot afford to use the Tier 1 areas, we will show you an example to analyze directly from FUTBIN / FUTWIZ
METHOD 1 - USING FUTBIN / FUTWIZ PLAYER PRICE GRAPHS
For this example, we will be analyzing the fluctuation for Bukayo Saka - 86 rated inform using FUTWIZ.
We will be looking to determine the "Low Point", "High Point", "Good Buy Price" and the "Good Sell Price"
To do this we will need to search the player on Futwiz.com and find the card we are looking to gather Pricing Data for.
From the Graph image provided, you can filter it by Platform and sort it to either "Daily Graph" or "Hourly Graph".
This information is very helpful to note down or memorize for a player's price fluctuation because you can see how the card has adjusted in value over a 24-48 hour period.
This is beneficial for many reasons:
‣ You can determine if the card fluctuates more compared to other Special cards which means you are open to more profit potential.
‣ Easily identify a "Good Buy Price" & "Good Sell Price" from the past 24 hours pricing history on the market.
‣ Gather a large understanding of how Special cards naturally behave on a day-to-day basis.
You also can view the market sales history for each player! (FUTWIZ website)
Take a look at the graph below where we've highlighted the "Low Point" and "High Point" – these represent the lowest and highest values on the graph.
Highest Values: For your selling target, focus on prices between the "High Point" and the next three highest values from the Hourly graph.
Lowest Values: To target your buying price, aim between the "Low Point" and the next two lowest values from the Hourly graph.
(Don't forget to consider EA Tax when calculating the selling price.)
Did you notice a recurring pattern in this example? The "Low Point" occurred around 7:00 PM UK Time, while the "High Point" was at 7:00 AM UK Time and also in the late evening.
For the best opportunities to buy Special cards at good prices, keep a lookout between 6:00 PM and 10:00 PM. (UK Time)
(Remember: 6PM content releases can impact card values.)
Remember to select the "Sold Prices" button beneath the price box on Futwiz.com that applies to your platform to access accurate market sales history data. This step is crucial.
In the image below, you'll notice the "Market Sales History" feature within most player pages on FUTWIZ. This empowers you to review recent sales on Ultimate Team (though only a selection of sales is provided).
This feature helps you observe whether the card indeed sold at the "High Points" as identified in our graph analysis.
Take a look at the example below. Within a 24-hour period, this card was sold at a "Low Point" for 23,500 coins and at its "High Point" for 40,000 coins. After tax, you would receive 38,000 coins. In the second image, even selling for the average price of 27,500 coins after buying at 23,500 coins would generate a profit of 2,625 coins, considering EA Tax – all from just one special card trade. Imagine multiplying this process with 10, 20, 30, or more Specials simultaneously. As your coin balance grows, so does your profit potential!
Keep in mind that these sales are just a small sample. Selling prices can go higher, especially when factoring in the card's chemistry style, which we'll explain next!
METHOD 2 - USING OUR MULTI-PLATFORM TIER 1 BUYING / SELLING PRICES FOR SPECIAL CARDS
With this method, all the challenging work is taken care of for you!
We manage all the time-consuming tasks that demand a speedy internet connection for loading player pages, quick reaction times, and more... Then we streamline the process!
All you need to do is head to our Tier 1 Special Card Chemistry Style Prices section for your platform. Just hover over the Tier 1 Dropdown menu, find your desired player within that page, and voilà! All the crucial data is instantly available to you within milliseconds. You'll immediately recognize a good deal when you're exploring the Ultimate Team market!
We offer various dedicated sections to help you with Special Card Buy & Sell prices:
Tier 1 Special Card Area & Platform: This section is color-coded (blue or orange) for easy navigation and platform selection.
Tier 2 Fluctuation Area: Keep track of daily card changes across Ultimate Team.
Tier 3 Discord Bots (Extreme Bot) Section: Discover real-time profitable deals across a range of cards in Ultimate Team.
Here are two notable benefits of this method, making Special Card trading remarkably easy for you:
‣ Automatic Updates: Stay informed with regular Twitter announcements and a "Last Updated" menu in each section, ensuring you're always up-to-date with live data.
‣ Effortless Sorting and Filtering: You can sort/filter documents from Low to High and alphabetically. This helps group Special cards and their variations. Plus, you can use the current market price updates and cross-reference them with the (Target Buy Price) for potential deals.
(Please Note: The Buy Prices shown in images are examples and not actual)
THINGS YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF WHEN TRADING WITH SPECIAL CARDS
There are many small factors you will need to take into consideration to understand Trading with Special cards entirely:
UNDERSTANDING HOW THE CHEMISTRY STYLE ON A SPECIAL CARD CAN INCREASE ITS VALUE
Something to consider when purchasing special cards that have the "Hunter" or "Shadow" chemistry style is how this can add extra value to your card. These two chemistry styles are usually the most expensive ones in the game, ranging between 2-5k coins each. Many Ultimate Team users prefer to buy players with these chemistry styles pre-applied to avoid the additional cost or effort of applying the chemistry style themselves. The logical idea here is that the demand for special cards with these chemistry styles has increased due to limited supply. As a result, the value of special cards with these chemistry styles can be sold for a slight increase, considering the chemistry style would have cost them 2-5k as mentioned earlier. Also, remember that many people are willing to pay a little extra for convenience, even if it's more than what they would pay for the card and chemistry style separately.
When determining your sell price, consider the supply of special cards with the chemistry style already applied that you purchased. For instance, let's say Bukayo Saka - 84 Rated has around 5 listings on the market with a buy now price between 21.5k-23.5k. You would then look at the lowest buy now price for one with a "Shadow" or "Hunter" chemistry style. Typically, this will be closer to the higher end of that range or slightly above. This allows you to optimize your sale price by an extra 3-5k in many cases, with no extra effort, just patience. This is because when a user wants a Bukayo Saka - 84 Rated with a "Hunter" chemistry style, your card will be the cheapest on the market with that specification, making it the ideal choice for buyers looking to save on the extra work or cost of applying the chemistry style, as mentioned earlier.
Please note: This strategy generally works with chemistry styles valued above 2k, typically Shadow and Hunter only. Also, keep in mind that you're not applying these chemistry styles yourself. You're selling at a premium based on purchases you made with the seller having already applied the chemistry style to their card! This approach requires patience, allowing the cards to fluctuate. To optimize your sales, we recommend using 1-hour duration listings regularly and 12-hour duration listings when offline to achieve the best results. The 1-hour duration listings are likely to attract lazy buyers who make quick purchases without extensive searching.
BIDDING / SNIPING FILTERS THAT CAN BE USED FOR SPECIAL CARD CHEM STYLE TRADING
Below, we've provided some basic filters to help you get started with trading special chemistry style cards!
Please keep in mind that there are numerous ways to identify deals on special cards, and it's not just about using a single method to find good deals. Some people may think that after spending just 5 minutes on their first attempt, they should have already found multiple deals, but that's not typically the case. As we mentioned earlier, improving your menu navigation skills takes practice and time.
It can be as straightforward as manually searching for each special card from the document one by one or adding your personal favorite special cards to the watch list when they approach the "Good Buy Price" range, and then waiting for the next price undercut. The filters we're providing below are just a few examples of the many methods used, often with small adjustments throughout each Ultimate Team game cycle. Remember: If you find that there are too many or too few pages of results as you approach the 59th minute, you can fine-tune the values in the pricing tab for "Max. Price" and "Min. Buy Now" to better match your preferences at that moment of search!
We hope this Trading Guide has been helpful. We have even more features within our service that make building your coin balances even easier.
Best of luck with your trading during FC 24!