Image: Wizards of the Coast/ Illus. by Christopher Rush
Last night, a copy of an Alpha Black Lotus, the most expensive Magic: The Gathering card, was sold on eBay for a whopping $87,762 USD! The card has a 9.5 gem mint condition BGS grade, so you know that it's fresh and most likely, never played. That's more expensive than the Black Lotus that was opened in a Rochester draft in Grand Prix Chiba last week.
First printed in 1993, Black Lotus is the most valuable non-promotional Magic card and the most prominent of the Power 9, a set of nine of the most powerful Magic cards printed in Alpha, Beta, and Unlimited. The Black Lotus is also part of the Reserved List, a list of cards that Wizards of the Coast promised never to reprint to preserve their value. Illustrated by Christopher Rush, the card is considered powerful because it can provide three mana boost for any deck. It's currently restricted in Vintage format (meaning you can only use one copy in the deck) and banned in Legacy.
Last June, a Magic commentator jokingly opened a Black Lotus. You can watch it here.
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