Black Lotus Alpha
12, May, 21

Tokyo Store is Selling Ultra-rare Magic: The Gathering card for $290,000

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$290,000 Alpha-edition Black Lotus is now available at Hareruya

The Tokyo-based collectible trading card shop Hareruya recently announced that it’s selling one of the rarest and most highly sought-after cards in Magic: The Gathering, the Black Lotus! The card is printed only for the first two of the 28 years MTG has been around, and it’s coveted not only for its scarcity, but also for the powerful advantage it can give in competitive play. The card is available for ¥40,000,000 ($290,000).


Hareruya tweeted: “We’re not sure how many years it’ll be until we get another in stock, so don’t miss this chance!”

The shop owned by former MTG professional player Tomoharu Saito shared some photos of the expensive Black Lotus on Twitter:

The condition of the card available is SP or “slightly played”, which is one rank below “near mint”, the highest tier of non-new quality, so this card might have some slight scratches, rubbing marks, or discoloration on the card surface or edges. The card is a rare Alpha-edition version of the Black Lotus, commanding a higher value than the more common (but still extremely rare) Beta and Unlimited versions of the card.

If you have $290,000 burning a hole in your pocket, you can find the card’s listing at Hareruya’s online shop here.


Someone Opened A Beta Pack And Lucked Out With A Black Lotus

Last March, Peter D. Adkison, the founder and first CEO of Wizards of the Coast, shared the definitive print run information about the Alpha and Beta MTG sets, and revealed that the Alpha Black Lotus is 10% rarer than initially thought. Earlier this year, a single copy of Alpha Black Lotus with a case signed by the artist Christopher Rush smashed records when it was sold in an eBay auction for $511,100 USD.

If you’re interested in purchasing a less expensive version of Black Lotus, you can also purchase them at TCGPlayer.

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