Magic: The Gathering Black Lotus Trading Card Auctions off for Reported $166,100

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By Brian McCormick | More Articles
February 28, 2019  10:25 AM


An incredibly rare and sought after Gem Mint 9.5 rated Black Lotus from the original Magic: the Gathering set was listed on eBay by PWCC auctions and reached a final bid today for a reported $166,100. Black Lotus is the most sought after card in Magic: the Gathering and a status symbol for any player who owns one. While the card was originally intended for use in a game of MTG, this one will surely be a display piece for whoever the final buyer is. There are less than a handful of Alpha Black Lotus in 9.5 Gem Mint condition in the game. The only other listing on eBay for a similarly conditioned card is for sale at an incredible $249,999.


Unfortunately, the listing has mysteriously disappeared since the auction was completed and we are no longer able to see the details of this incredibly rare card. This leaves us to speculate what actually happened to the sale of the card. It is possible that a reserve was not met and the card did not actually sell, or the buyer or seller backed out.

PWCC also sold a 9.0 Mint Alpha Black Lotus this morning on eBay for $57,350. Here’s what they had to say about their mint condition listing:

"The holy grail of all Magic The Gathering cards. The Black Lotus is the single most important MTG card ever printed and is widely considered the most valuable card ever to be released in a regular set. In fact, former professional player Zvi Mowshowitz has declared the Black Lotus as the best artifact of all-time and makes every deck simply better with this card in it. Due to its immense power, this card has been banned/restricted in all formats and is atop the coveted 'Power Nine' list. Designed by Christopher Rush, the Black Lotus is a truly remarkable piece of artwork which could be classified in the same realm as a Picasso or Van Gogh painting. To date, there are only 7 mint Alpha Black Lotus's that have received the coveted quad + mint subgrades, and Just 4 that are graded quad ++. That means this is easily one of the nicest mint 9's in existence. This card possesses exquisite surfaces which show eloquent color and tremendous clarity. Beautifully centered with blemish free borders and MINT edges around. Displays well formed corners with fabulous print and registration. With a print run of just 1,100 of each rare card being produced, and the vast majority being played/damaged; there is no wonder the demand far out weighs the supply. Like an exceedingly rare piece of beautiful art, this card will surely yield a fantastic rate of return and could easily be a $100,000+ card in the coming years. We are proud to offer this world-class investment commodity to the Magic community, free of reserve. Comes highly recommended by PWCC. Part of an ultra impressive run of high-grade Magic The Gathering examples on the auction block this month. One of over 16,000 cards, lots and sets up for bid in our 1st Auction of 2019. Click on the link above to view the other PWCC auction lots.”

I knew a mint or better condition Black Lotus was incredibly rare, but I had no idea that there were only 7 of this quality in known existence. Congratulations to the lucky buyers of these cards! Although the price is incredibly steep, there are so few in existence that it is hard to put a price on something like this. Do you think these rare and powerful cards are worth the cost? Leave us a comment below!

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