The market in CS:GO is based on supply and demand. When players want something rare, the price goes up. If the item becomes available, there is often a bidding war. Some of the rarest skins in CS:GO are nearly impossible to come by. Take a look at some of the rarest skins.
1. Souvenir SSG 08 Detour
This skin was dropped during the DreamHack Winter 2014 Quarter Finals Fnatic. A few lucky spectators received the skin, which is different from the original because it has unique stickers. It is considered to be a souvenir from an iconic game, and people dream of getting their hands on one. Many people question whether it was fair or legal to do, but anyone who gets one is very lucky.
2. StatTrak M4A4 Howl
This skin has an interesting backstory. Valve received this skin as a submission in the community workshop, and the creator said he was inspired to make the design by his dog. However, the creator found out that Valve was selling his art in Counter-Strike, and he filed a copyright notice that told them to remove the skin or redesign it. They did, and people want to get a hold of this rare skin that can only be obtained by trading. It has been known to bring thousands because it is so rare.
3. Souvenir AWP Dragon Lore
This skin rivals the M4A4 Howl in its rareness. It’s not contraband, but it is no longer available. When it was, you could only get one from the case it is unboxed from, which is the Cobblestone case. They were dropped to the spectators at pro games on Cobblestone, and when you open a Cobblestone case, you will be lucky to get one. Since Cobblestone was taken off the Active Map Pool, it is even rarer, and it will cost you if you find one.
4. How to Get Skins
Once you finish a CS:GO match, you will receive drops, and this can include skins for your weapons. It is unlikely that any of these will be rare at the time you receive it. However, it can become rare, as the ones above have. There is no cost directly attached to each skin; it really is dependent on how many there are and how many people want it.
Different color skins have different levels of rarity. For instance, white skins are consumer-grade, and they are common. Blue military spec skins are rare, but you can get them through cases. Classified skins are pink, and they are very expensive and very rare. Restricted skins are even more expensive and rare, and you can sell them for a lot of money. Another type of skin is Contraband skins, and they are skins that you can’t get through weapon crates or drops. They might have been banned, but if you have one, it’s still yours. They have a high resale value if you have one.
Another aspect is the weapon quality. They have specific names, including Factory New, which is both valuable and uncommon, and Minimal wear, which is uncommon and valuable, but less valuable than Factory New. Field-Tested, Well Worn, and Battle-Scarred are more common.
Many pro players are interested in playing with rare skins. One of the greatest players of all time, Pasha Biceps, who is now playing for Liquid Biceps, opened a case during the 2015 IEM and received a knife. You can check out esports betting to place a bet on many different sports, virtual or live. People love to watch them play and see what kind of skin they might get.