Rarest and most expensive skins in CSGO
The most expensive CSGO skins are either extremely rare, in high demand or with a hefty price tag from the get go. In July of 2020, a CS:GO skin sold for more than $100.000. The weapon in question was a StatTrak M4A4 – Howl from the Huntsman collection with a wear rating of 0.003.
What was remarkable about this buy (other than the sum) was that this was a transaction that happened off of Steam, and was paid directly in cash by an unnamed Chinese collector. This kicked off a storm – people were showing off the most expensive items they’d bought or sold. Purchases exceeding $60k were brought to light – though of course, most of these claims are almost impossible to verify.
Of course, there was also that rather well-known scandal about the skins and CS:GO betting sites that ended up shut down, but even that couldn’t stop people from buying, selling and trading their favourite skins. Also, it got people wondering – which are the most expensive CS:GO skins a regular user might come across?
What affects CSGO Skin Value?
There are three factors that affect a skin’s value – the most obvious one is rarity. The rarer a skin is, the harder it is to get, and the more people will pay for it. The next is popularity – some skins are just more well-liked than others and will therefore sell quicker and for more. The third factor is the stats of the skin. In the case of CS:GO, there are only two stats that matter; whether the weapon is a stat-track skin, and how worn it is. To a minor degree, it also matters whether weapons have stickers on them, but as those are removable, this is minor.
The wear and tear on the other hand can significantly impact the value of a skin. There are several states that CS:GO skins can take: Factory New, Minimal Wear, Field-Tested, Well-Worn and Battle-Scarred – each weapon skin is assigned a value between 0 and 1 for how worn it is – and that number classes it into one of the above mentioned levels of wear. The more worn the skin is, the more it’s damaged, and the less the actual design is visible on the weapon. In other words, its value decreases, with very few exceptions.
We made a list!
1. Souvenir Dragon Lore, Factory New
Hands down the most-well known (and one of the rarest) CS:GO skin in the game, this one sells for tens of thousands of dollars in factory new conditions. The odds of receiving one from the relevant loot box is roughly 1 in 250k – in other words, it’s exceedingly rare and almost impossible to find without buying it from the shop.
2. StatTrak™ M9 Bayonet Crimson Web, Factory New
Knife skins are even rarer in CS:GO than normal gun skins – thus, they are also more expensive. It’s unusual to see any knife skin at all for less than $50 – and for pricy ones like this, you can expect to pay upwards of $8k. This one in particular is one of the most expensive skins in CS:GO as its quire rare – and old!
This was one of the knife skins released back in 2013. Quite a few have dropped already, but it still keeps its legacy status and hefty price tag.
3. StatTrak™ Karambit Crimson Web, Factory New
Similar in price and skin to the Bayonet, the Karambit Crimson Web also sells for around $9k in Factory New condition. As far as the rarest CS:GO skins go, this one is definitely up there – it’s particularly popular with those who favor less ‘standard’ blade designs, as this one is curved.
Due to rarity and lack of offerings, this skin usually goes for way more than the expected asking price. Some reports say several have sold for $50,000.
4. StatTrak™ AK-47 Fire Serpent, Factory New
AK skins in general fall on the pricier side, and this one is no exception. The Fire Serpent skin was only available in boxes from an operation almost a decade ago – therefore, it’s quite rare now. That said, it sells for around $8k, due to rarity and age – and the fact that few people bought and opened these boxes at the time since they were quite pricey too.
5. iBUYPOWER Sticker
Now it may seem odd to have a sticker on a list of the most expensive skins in CS:GO, but this particular sticker can sell for several thousand dollars – it is also one that can increase the value of another weapon skin it’s been applied to.
How the iBUYPOWER branded sticker got its notoriety is unknown. There is a debate over using it to increase skin value also ruins the original value of said skin in some scenarios. The jury is out.
6. Specialist Gloves Crimson Kimono
Added to the game much later than the customizable weapons and knives, gloves remain some of the rarest skins in CS:GO, and ones like the Crimson Kimono will sell for upwards of $600. They are the rarest type of drop you can get from a loot box (on par with or rarer than knives) and are therefore very unlikely to drop from a box.
The price would likely be higher if more people were interested in gloves, but they are mostly a vanity/giveaway item than highly sought after.
7. M4A4 Howl – Contraband, Factory New
The aforementioned Howl wouldn’t normally sell for several hundred thousand, but it can still set you back 4 digits if you are looking for a particularly low-wear one. The red skin isn’t just rare, it’s also one of the most popular skins – because it was only available for an extremely short time. The artist that created it issued a DMCA takedown notice that removed the skin from loot boxes after only a month – only those who had already opened a box and received one got to keep it. They can neither be received by opening nor by trading up now!
Now this is truly a rare skin. Owning one is like owning an NFT. And yes an iBUYPOWER sticker would decrease its value.
8. Glock-18 Fade, Factory New
This weapon was a drop tied to a specific map – Assault. When it was removed from the game, so was the chance to get the weapon as a drop. While it isn’t as expensive as some of the other items on this list, Glock 18 Fades are extremely rare since not that many of them (at least by comparison) were ever pulled as loot.
The result? A very rare CS:GO skin, and a pretty one at that!
In the end, demand is what makes the skins valuable. If something is rare it doesn’t necessarily mean it can get a good price. If you stumble upon a nice or rare skin don’t place it on a marketplace instantly. Wait for either the supply to drop or for the item to became a collectible.