Anyone who knows Magic the Gathering likely knows of the famed Black Lotus. It’s one of the Power 9, the most powerful cards ever printed. They also happen to be the most expensive cards ever printed, with the exception of some extreme rarities out there.
Even knowing of these cards, it still may be a surprise to you that some of them have sold for upwards of $20,000. For one card, mind you. That’s a pretty hefty sum for a rare piece of cardboard, but Magic the Gathering is much more than a game to some players out there. Many people find a strong sense of community with fellow players and collectors. Some people have a bit of a tick and strive to get a single copy of every card ever printed (I may or may not be one of these people). And then there are some people who go after the oddities and rarities. I’m talking about misprinted cards, cards that were never meant to be released to the public, signed cards, or cards that have been played in some of Magic’s exciting tournaments.
It is this last type of Magic player who dropped near $15000 on one foil Tarmogoyf. A card that isn’t even all that rare, in fact, it’s been reprinted a few times now and is in one of the newest sets.
So why drop all the money on a card that you can buy for $350? It all comes down to a little stamp.
During what is called a Grand Prix (essentially a large tournament), the best of the best in Magic show up and draft the newest set. During this most recent Grand Prix, one of the top eight players, Pascal Maynard, drafted the highly sought after card.
When a card is drafted in these high level tournaments, they get a stamp on them, to assure that no one sneaks their own cards into play. These stamps have been known to increase the value of certain cards, but never in this scale.
Today, the Tarmogoyf sold on eBay for $14900. This is an unprecedented markup for a card based on it’s play in a tournament. It is also just a tiny bit insane. But then again, I don’t have $15000 to drop on a hobby. If I did, this post would be me showing off my shiny new ‘Goyf.
Congrats to the buyer, and, more appropriately, congrats to the seller! (Enjoy your new car, or whatever it is you use this money on).
In other news. I have a non-foil Tarmogoyf that I will be treating to a nice dinner and movie date to Jurassic World tomorrow evening. Keep your eyes on eBay for the listing, and don’t go cheap on me people. Does anybody have $14901? Do I hear $14901?
Didn’t think so.