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This Trading Card Was Just Sold For $87,000

This Trading Card Was Just Sold For $87,000

One of the rarest cards from the game Magic: The Gathering just sold on eBay for $87,000

Magic: The Gathering is a card-collection game that rolled out back in 1993 and is similar to what Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh used to be. If you know anyone who plays Dungeons and Dragons, then there’s a good chance that they also play Magic: The Gathering.

While the whole point of the card game is to collect cards so you can have a better chance of beating opponents at the game, we never imagined one would sell for $87,000. While not as much as the world record holding T206 Honus Wagner baseball card that sold for $3.12 million, it’s still a lot to pay for a card.

 T206 Honus Wagner baseball card. Photo courtesy of Beckett

T206 Honus Wagner baseball card. Photo courtesy of Beckett

The card in question is the Black Lotus card from Magic: The Gathering’s original launch, which went for $87,672 on eBay after bidding closed this week. The Black Lotus card “adds 3 mana of any single color of your choice to your mana pool,” just for those of you wondering what this prized card does.

 Black Lotus card. Photo courtesy of  Magic: The Gathering

Black Lotus card. Photo courtesy of Magic: The Gathering

So what makes the card so valuable? It was only printed 1,000 times for MTG’s alpha set from 1993. And its 9.5 grading (out of 10) from card collection evaluator Beckett didn’t hurt it’s value, either. After doing a quick search, there’s another one on eBay with only a 9.0 grading that someone’s trying to get rid of for $100,000. Guess these things really are that rare.

It’s pretty amazing to see how a single card could possibly be sold for nearly six figures. Let us know what you think about the prized Black Lotus card in the comments section below and be sure to follow The Sitch for more interesting rare card finds and other entertaining reads.

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