MAGIC: THE GATHERING

Alpha Black Lotus

MTG-ABL90

Market value

$90,000

Shares sold

2,000

Investors

124

The greatest Magic card of all time

Growth Rate35.88%
Age26 years, 1993
Rarity1 of 1,100 ever printed
GradeBGS 9 (MINT)
SourcePrivate collector, Copenhagen

SOLD OUT

What you get
  • SEC-qualified interests in an LLC series that owns this asset — like shares in a company that owns and benefits from a single asset. (To make fractional ownership possible, each asset on Mythic Markets is set up as its own series of a master LLC.)
  • Ability to sell and buy interests during periodic trading days
  • Earning potential from trading or sale of the asset
  • Option to participate in the future of your investment through polls
  • Invitations to see the asset in person at select events
As a Founding Member, you’ll also receive:
  • Personalized stock certificate
  • Exclusive collectible pin
  • VIP viewing hours and photo ops at select events

Value trend of similar items

Current market price

$90,000

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The world’s rarest, most powerful flower

When Wizards of the Coast released Magic: The Gathering in 1993, they printed only 1,100 Black Lotuses for their first-edition (Alpha) card set.

It was the world’s first trading card game, where players become dueling wizards who unleash fantastical creatures and spells on each other.

Middle school kids everywhere ate it up

The cards quickly sold out. So did the next set (Beta), and the set after that (Unlimited).

In those early days, the designers were still tweaking the game mechanics. It didn’t take long for them to realize that the Black Lotus gave whoever wielded one an unfair advantage, making it way too easy to squish opponents (and all the fun).

So they stopped printing it...

Fast forward 25 years (and over 20 billion cards printed)

Today, an estimated 20 million people play Magic worldwide.

Most of them started playing after the Black Lotus went out of print. Many have never seen one in person.

But it has become so iconic that even people who’ve never played have heard of it.

You might still be wondering, why the heck is this piece of paper worth so much?!

The short answer is, it’s extremely rare, extremely powerful, and therefore extremely desirable to an engaged and growing fanbase. This video from Rhystic Studies explains it pretty well if you want to dig in.

The landscape looks green

Magic is one of Hasbro’s most profitable brands, with sustained year-over-year growth in popularity and revenue. Wizards of the Coast recently released an open beta of their digital game, Magic: The Gathering Arena, in September 2018. In 2014, 20th Century Fox acquired rights to a Magic movie franchise. The first film is currently in development.

The asset

Source

Mythic Markets purchased this Black Lotus from A.J., a private collector in Copenhagen, Denmark.

For A.J., the funnest part of collecting is the process of piecing together badass sets. He initially bought this card from another collector, and we’re stoked to be the next in line.

“[Black Lotuses] are probably the most legendary cards in Magic. Still today nothing gets anything near the same level of interest.”- A.J., Previous owner

Grading

The authenticity and quality of this asset were verified by Beckett Grading Services. (BGS), the industry standard.

9.0

Mint condition

1 of 55

BGS 9 Alpha Black Lotuses

  • Serial number
    0010606601
  • Date graded
    June 19, 2018
  • Centering
    9.5
  • Corners
    8.5
  • Edges
    9.0
  • Surface
    9.0
  • Final grade
    9.0

Storage

Once a card has been graded, it’s carefully placed in a clear inner sleeve to prevent damage from movement, and then gets “slabbed” in a tamper-proof, protective cardholder with a unique label and serial number.

It’s stored in a temperature and humidity controlled vault with 24-hour security.

History

Legal

Offering circular

Questions? We got you.

So Mythic Markets bought this card and is selling pieces of it?

Yep, you got it. Mythic Markets also stores and maintains it, to make sure it retains its value.

How much does it cost to invest?

It’s free during beta -- no transaction or administration fees. Thanks for being an early investor!

What if I want to sell my shares? How would it work?

We’re developing a secondary market where you can sell your shares during monthly trading days, which are typically available a couple months after an asset’s initial offering. The share price will change depending on bid/ask activity on Mythic Markets. Check out the offering circular for more information.

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