The Top 5 Most Valuable ‘Magic: The Gathering’ Cards
‘Magic: The Gathering,’ the highly acclaimed and massively popular adventure card game, has produced certain cards that collectors will pay a fortune to acquire. While some cards may only cost a small amount, others fetch astronomical prices based on their worth in the game, or scarcity in real life. Here are the top five most valuable ‘Magic’ cards:
1. Black Lotus
Widely known as the most valuable ‘Magic: The Gathering’ card available today, the Black Lotus has seen numerous iterations with the same function appear in a different edition to entice true fans and players. This card, one that allows players to gain an increase in Mana, or energy, is the rarest card of all, and has an average cost anywhere from $2,700 to $15,000 per single unit.
2. Time Walk
For anyone who has played ‘Magic: The Gathering,’ it is obvious why this card makes the list. The Time Walk card, one that costs virtually no Mana, allows the player in control to take an additional turn after their current one ends. Of course, obtaining this card will cost much more than just a few energy points, with some price lists valuing it at well over $1,200.
3. Tropical Island
In a heated game of ‘Magic: The Gathering,’ it’s a blessing to any player who finds a card in the deck that increases Mana and has a dual structure, acting as two different environments at once. Tropical Island, one of the rarest cards available, does exactly that by adding one of two different kinds of Mana to a person’s supply, as well as acting as either a forest or an island. Naturally, with such phenomenal capabilities, the Tropical Island card has been known to sell for over $1,000.
4. Ancestral Recall
One of the most functional and effective ways to play a game of ‘Magic: The Gathering’ is by utilizing cards that force other players to perform actions entirely against their will. In this style of play, Ancestral Recall is one of the best options available, allowing the player to draw three cards, or force another to draw a similar amount. Those looking to get their hands on this rare card will need at least $1,000 to acquire it.
5. Time Vault
Although this card comes with beautiful illustrations on the front, its power comes from its ability to give users an extra turn after their current one finishes, so long as they do so according to the guidelines stated. This card isn’t quite as effective as Time Walk though, and it isn’t quite as expensive (though it still costs nearly $1,000).
Most Expensive Cards in the Game
When most people think of expensive trading cards, they begin to conjure up images of baseball, basketball, or other sports cards of star players. But while those may remain popular, the phenomenal prices of these rare ‘Magic: The Gathering’ cards show that some people are willing to pay a fortune to have the best deck possible.
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