MAGIC: THE GATHERING
Alpha Black Lotus
The greatest Magic card of all time
Current market price
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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
The authenticity and quality of this asset were verified by Beckett Grading Services. (BGS), the industry standard.
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BGS 9 Alpha Black Lotuses
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.
Yep, you got it. Mythic Markets also stores and maintains it, to make sure it retains its value.
It’s free during beta -- no transaction or administration fees. Thanks for being an early investor!
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