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MTG’s most expensive collectible priced at $2.5 million

MTG, may, at its heart, be a collectible card game, however, there is no doubt that it is seriously collectible. For better or worse, unique and rare Magic: the Gathering cards can have great value. Recently released Retro Serialized Artifacts, for example, have sold for over $1,000. Even the heavily bogged down, purely collectible 30th Anniversary Edition MTG cards sold for over $5,000 to interested collectors. While obviously not small amounts of money, these price tags pale in comparison to the price of Magic’s oldest cards.

With only one Black Lotus Selling over $800,000 to the right buyer, there’s no doubt that older MTG cards can be very expensive. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the original limited-edition Alpha cards are some of MTG’s most prized. On their own, even mundane cards like Llanowar Elves can sell for more than $500. Together, however, a full collection of limited-edition Alpha cards can fetch a truly exorbitant price. If these cards are of impeccable quality, the price can reach more obscene levels. As we see now, the right assortment of Alpha cards could even cost two and a half million dollars.

The best of the best

Black Lotus

Naturally, not just any old collection of battered Alpha cards could command this immense valuation. Instead, grabbing that insane price is PSA’s #1 rated complete Alpha set. Receiving numerous accolades from the legendary grading company, this superb collectible MTG collection boasts an average rating of 9.9, meaning these cards are almost as pristine as they can get. While more than impressive enough, this already high score jumps to a staggering 10.98 when factoring in “Bonus Pops”. These bonuses are applied when a card is tied for being the highest ranked example in the market. Even more impressive than just tying first place, however, this #1 ranked collection includes several cards that are the highest rated example on the market.

Owned by user dumb_mother, this nearly pristine collectible is understandably one of the most prized collectibles in all of MTG. Subsequently, this complete collection of limited edition Alpha cards costs a hell of a price. As a general rule, evaluating a collectible MTG collection like this is next to impossible. That said, looking to move on this full set seems even rarer. Dumb_mother did just that. Writing on their collection’s PSA page, dumb_mother simply states that they’re “looking to move this set for 2.5 million”. Obviously, this price is by no means cheap, however, remarkably, this collection may actually be worth the asking price.

A surprising good deal?

Balance | 30th anniversary edition

After being posted on Reddit by user u/4theWlN, many MTG players have given their thoughts on this collection. Naturally, players, such as u/MaximoEstrellado, were simply in awe of how difficult it was to build a collection like this. “I don’t want this thing, but it would be cool to hear how this set was built. That’s some dedication considering how hard it is to get a 10.” Similarly, u/SomeWriter13 said that “regardless of your stance on RL and collectibles pricing, this is a pretty neat slice of MTG history (and as pristine a quality as it gets, to boot.)”

Alongside many users admiring the collection, some made the rather bold assessment that the dumb_mother set was actually underrated. “Honestly, this set will probably be worth a lot more than 2.5 million. A complete PSA 10 Alpha set is… the pinnacle of Magic collecting,” claimed Reddit user u/snackies. “ANY TIME in the future, if anyone needed to do a magic show. A full PSA 10 Alpha set would be the ultimate display. That’s why I actually think this purchase would appreciate over time. Even if MTG dies because of the way Wizards/Hasbro takes it…it would still objectively be the most amazing collectible ever.

While this complete Alpha collection would no doubt be a pristine museum piece, Reddit users were quick to joke that a familiar face would pick up this set. “RIP Post Malone’s Wallet,” u/RayWencube joked, followed by u/sugitime with the same sentiment. “Cool. So when is Post Malone going to buy this?” Given that Post Malone already owns the most expensive single MTG card in the world, these suggestions might not be completely outlandish.

Too good to be true

Ancestral reminder
Ancestral Reminder | 30th anniversary edition

As you’d expect, many MTG players were understandably excited about the release of this incredible collection. However, not all players thought this full Alpha set was worth getting excited about. Reddit user u/ChristmasMetal, for example, pointed out that they “don’t know how some of them got the Gem Mint 10 ratings. birds of paradise is shifted to the right. The Aspect of the Wolf is quite offbeat. Just two that I saw at the start of the set. While u/AssCakesMcGee would agree with this damning assessment, other users, such as u/cinefun, pointed out that these misprints aren’t dealbreakers. “Alpha wasn’t exactly known for its printing process. It’s in the context.

Ultimately, while dumb_mother has priced the surprisingly compelling $2.5 million, there’s no telling how much this set can sell for. For the right collector, this set may be worth much more, however, others may not want to pay the price. $2.5 million is no small sum after all. Unfortunately for curious players, if this set did sell out privately, we may never know the final sale price. Whatever happens, however, this complete limited-edition Alpha collection is truly a masterpiece.

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