Top 10 Most Expensive Magic: The Gathering Cards
For a card game that’s protected the virginity of many and kept so many others bound to their parent’s basement, Magic: The Gathering sure does have some surprises up its sleeves. In this installment, we'll look at ten of the most expensive Magic: The Gathering cards. We’re not talking a $35 card either – can you believe there’s one worth over $20,000?
Alpha Black Lotus
Before we even get into the card itself, let’s say that the average, mildly equipped car sells for around $25,000. Now, consider adding $2,000 to that and putting it all towards a lotus plant; but not just any lotus plant; A black lotus plant. That’s printed on cardstock. The $27,000 or £17,600 Alpha Black Lotus remains to be the most expensive Magic: The Gathering card around, and with the ability to add 3 mana to any color mana of your choice, we’re sure it’s a fine investment. Just don’t bring it up at the dinner table at any point. Ever.
The Time Walk card is the ultimate card for every greedy player. When you don’t want your opponent to be able to move directly after you, throw down Time Walk. Their sighs of agony as they’re forced to watch you take another turn will certainly be worth the near $3,400 or £2,220 plus price tag that comes with this alpha edition card. This card of sorcery, if you haven’t caught it yet, allows you to take another turn immediately after your current turn.
The picture on the face seriously says it all. Over $1,000 or £650. That’s what it costs to recall your ancestors in Magic: The Gathering; and what does the Ancestral Recall provide you with? When played, 1 black mana allows you to either draw 3 cards of your own or force your opponent to draw 3 of their own. A dastardly card, indeed; but we question if it’s worth the large price tag that currently comes attached to it.
Adding to the list of Mono Artifacts that seem to be overtaking this list is the Mox Sapphire. At a modest $975-ish or £635-ish, players will be able to add one blue mana to their pool. A strategic move for when you fall short on blue mana for the perfect move; a rather hefty blunder for when you realize you spent the month’s rent on a piece of cardboard for a tabletop card game.
Something named the Imperial Seal certainly does sound like it would come at quite a cost, but we also wouldn’t expect it to be a flat piece of paper with instructions written on it. Regardless, in Magic: The Gathering, the Imperial Seal can be obtained for around $840 or £550. For the price of a nice-sized paycheck, one black mana and 2 life, you can move a card from your library to the top. In the world of deck builders, it’s all about the strategy… and spending lots of money.
What can you do with a near $800 or £520 slip of paper? In the world of Magic: The Gathering, you can add 1 black mana to your mana pool, that’s what! Additional to simply adding mana, the Mox Jet artifact card also acts as an interrupt. The concept of the interrupt card has since been converted to instant effects, unless, of course, it’s a mana ability. Then it remains the same. It’s all very enthralling in the thick of it. We promise. And if you have even more extra cash, a beta edition sells for around only $3,200 or £2,100. Chump change, right?
If you feel like you have money to burn, we think we have the perfect item for you to purchase. Time Vault, an Artifact card that comes with a cost of 2 mana, is quite similar to other cards in Magic that allow you to take 2 subsequent turns, but Vault adds a specific stipulation. During the untap phase, the card does not untap as normal. Instead, a turn must be skipped. Think that’s worth upwards of $800 or £520?
Force of Will Judge Foil
It’s a fitting title for the card, because it was only by the force of will that my eyes didn’t roll back into my head when I saw that this card was selling for around $770 or £500. What do you get for such a reasonable cost? A counter target spell card that either costs 1 life or 3 mana of any kind plus 2 blue mana. Of course, you can get the basic Force of Will card for around $100, but it won’t have that beautiful luster of pseudo-foil, and you’re not a serious gatherer of magic if your cards are glistening with nerd bling.
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale
It’s quite the attractive card, but one has to wonder if the hefty price that comes with The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale is worth it. Playing Tabernacle increases the upkeep cost of all creatures by 1. If that cost isn’t paid, then the creature is destroyed. So, what does being able to potentially destroy an opponent’s creature cost? Oh, just a modest $630 or £410. For a price like that, the creature card should actually be destroyed rather than just shuffled into a deck at the end of the game.
A good set of pearls can set you back quite a bit, but did you know that a card printed with a picture of an oblong pearl will run you approximately $600 or £391? The Mox Pearl is essential to those looking to stock up on a pile of white mana, as it grants the player 1 extra resource to add to the pool. It costs nothing to play and its rarity only adds to the value of the Mono Artifact card.