I can imagine after reading this story that former nerds everywhere will relapse and pull out their shoeboxes filled with 90’s-era Magic cards and rake through them frantically, their mind tricking them that they definitely had one of the “Power 9” back in the day and it was mint, or near mint for sure. All but the lucky few will be deluding themselves.
As anyone with even a passing interest in Magic knows, cards can fetch incredible prices. In fact only a few months ago I sold a Thundermaw Hellkite card in near-mint condition to a collector friend of mine. Sold is an overstatement actually, he traded me the card for a hot dog stuffed crust Meat Feast Pizza from Dominos. A fair trade if you ask me. Still, this is nothing compared to the record price of $27,302 for a 1993 Black Lotus card.
Now, the price isn’t just an indication of the card’s rarity. Card value is also influenced by things like print and construction quality, as well as the version of card and the artwork. This record breaking card has a quality graded at 9.5 which means not only is it mint condition but is very near flawless in every respect. It’s hard to explain how good this thing is. Maybe likening it to a pre-Weidman Anderson Silva gives you a good idea although if you can come up with a better analogy then feel free. While you’re thinking of a better analogy, watch the video below where Daniel Chang from gradedmagiccards.com shows us the card and explains why it sold for the price of a decent mid-range car.