11 April 2017 - 14:32

The best CS:GO skins on the market

You'll want these skins.
CS:GO Writer
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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's cosmetic weapon skins are one of its best features. But there are only a few of many that are really worth commending.

Whether they be flashy, minimalist, or even sensual, many of them wield enormous price-tags that the common CS:GO layman may not be able to afford. Some range in the lower tens. Others skyrocket in the thousands.

Skins were only recently a driving force behind a huge gray-market gambling economy—until government lawmakers and, in turn, Valve, started to take notice. While that's a period of history some would like to forget, it’s important to note that these skins have laid the economic foundation for what the Counter-Strike esport is today.

In giving the proceeds of sales back to organizations, players, and content creators who make the skins, Valve is giving life to an esport by funding several million-dollar tournaments every year. Paying homage to skins isn’t materialistic idolatry; it’s a way of expressing appreciation for what was once an influential factor in the growth of Counter-Strike.

The skins featured below are organized in no particular order of extrinsic or intrinsic value. The rarities, the methods of unboxing, and the estimated prices are also listed for each weapon. Price estimation is based on sales numbers found on both the Steam Community Market, opskins.com, and bitskins.com. Outlying skin sales were not accounted for on the basis of additional rare stickers or conditions (such as the $88,8888.88 M4A4 Howl on opskins).




AWP | Dragon Lore

The Cobblestone Collection – Covert Sniper Rifle

Estimated Price Range: $600-$30,000



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“It has been custom painted with a knotwork dragon. 200 keys could never unlock its secrets.

AWP | Medusa

The Gods and Monsters Collection – Covert Sniper Rifle

Estimated Price Range: $400-$1,500



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“It has been custom painted with the image of a gorgon. If you can see me, you're already dead.

M4A4 | Howl

Formerly The Huntsman Collection – Contraband Rifle

Estimated Price Range: $600-$6,000



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“It has been custom painted with the image of a snarling wolf.”

M4A4 | Poseidon

The Gods and Monsters Collection – Classified Rifle

Estimated Price Range: $150-$600



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“It has been custom painted with a depiction of a battle between Pisces and Poseidon. Three can keep a secret if two of them are dead.

M4A1-S | Decimator

The Spectrum Collection – Classified Rifle

Estimated Price Range: $20-$160



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M4A1-S | Chantico’s Fire

The Chroma 3 Collection – Covert Rifle

Estimated Price Range: $20-$1,500



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“It has been hand painted in vibrant colors and accentuated by a smiley face on the stock. Protect what is yours.”

AK-47 | Fire Serpent

The Bravo Collection – Covert Rifle

Estimated Price Range: $100-$7,000



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AK-47 | Bloodsport

The Spectrum Collection – Covert Rifle

Estimated Price Range: $60-$450



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AUG | Akihabara Accept

The Rising Sun Collection – Covert Rifle

Estimated Price Range: $40-600



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“It has been decorated with a heat transfer vinyl of an anime magazine cover. Yatta!

UMP-45 | Primal Saber

The Chroma 3 Collection – Classified SMG

Estimated Price Range: $3-$70



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P90 | Emerald Dragon

The Bravo Collection – Classified SMG

Estimated Price Range: $20-$1,500



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“This memento from Chinatown has been painted with a dragon motif. Tradition can be dangerous.

PP-Bizon | Judgement of Anubis

The Chroma 3 Collection – Covert SMG

Estimated Price: $3.00-$37.00



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“It has been custom painted in an Egyptian theme. Its trigger weighs lighter than a feather.”

USP-S | Neo-Noir

The Spectrum Collection – Covert Pistol

Estimated Price: $20-$350



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USP-S | Kill-Confirmed

The Shadow Collection – Covert Pistol

Estimated Price: $20-$1,300



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“It has been custom painted with the image of a bullet shattering a skull. 2 in the chest, 1 in the head.




The Asiimov Loadout

“It has been custom painted with a sci-fi design. Anyone can predict the future... a visionary shapes it.

AWP | Asiimov

The Phoenix Collection – Covert Sniper Rifle

Estimated Price: $20-$500



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M4A4 | Asiimov

The Winter Offensive Collection – Covert Rifle

Estimated Price: $15-$300



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P90 | Asiimov

The Breakout Collection – Covert SMG

Estimated Price: $2-$160



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P250 | Asiimov

The Chroma 3 Collection – Classified Pistol

Estimated Price: $2-$100



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The Hyper Beast Loadout

“It has been custom painted with a beastly creature in psychedelic colours. You really want to impress me, Booth? Make this black light sensitive - Rona Sabri, Rising Star

AWP | Hyper Beast

The Falchion Collection – Covert Sniper Rifle

Estimated Price: $10-$300



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M4A1-S | Hyper Beast

The Chroma 2 Colection – Covert Rifle

Estimated Price: $8-$300



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Nova | Hyper Beast

The Wildfire Collection – Classified Shotgun

Estimated Price $2-$20



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The Fade Loadout

“It has been painted by airbrushing transparent paints that fade together over a chrome base coat. This isn't just a weapon, it's a conversation piece - Imogen, Arms Dealer In Training

Glock-18 | Fade

The Assault Collection – Restricted Pistol

Estimated Price: $300-$700



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R8 Revolver | Fade

The Revolver Case – Covert Pistol

Estimated Price: $3-$250



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Mac-10 | Fade

The Chop Shop Collection – Mil-Spec SMG

Estimated Price: $2-$30



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The Blaze Loadout

“It has been painted by airbrushing transparent paints over a chrome base coat.”

Desert Eagle | Blaze

The Dust Collection – Restricted Pistol

Estimated Price: $50-$200



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UMP-45 | Blaze

The Mirage Collection – Mil-Spec SMG

Estimated Price: $10-$130



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