A Beta Black Lotus: Only $100,000!

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I know Beta cards are obviously worth a ton of money, and rightfully nothing moreso than Black Lotus, the game's most iconic card.


But this Ebay posting takes it to a whole new level. In fact, for many people this was a "trending interest" on Facebook, which is where I first saw it. Expensive collectibles always are a fun occurrence for people to look at and go "huh," so it makes some sense in this case.

And this is apparently the only Beckett-graded 10.0 Beta Black Lotus out there. There's some complicated math the owner of this card tried to use to sell the $100,00 price tag, but I seriously doubt anyone bites. Grading is cool and all, and rightfully increases the value, but not this much at all.

Which, I suppose, is why there's still the "make an offer" button. If you want your shot at owning a perfect Beta Black Lotus, now's your chance.

Corbin Hosler

Corbin Hosler is a journalist living in Norman, Oklahoma (also known as the hotbed of Magic). He started playing in Shadowmoor and chased the Pro Tour dream for a few years, culminating in a Star City Games Legacy Open finals appearance in 2011 before deciding to turn to trading and speculation full-time. He writes weekly at and biweekly for LegitMTG. He also cohosts Brainstorm Brewery, the only financial podcast on the net. He can best be reached @Chosler88 on Twitter.

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7 thoughts on “A Beta Black Lotus: Only $100,000!

  1. There has been a 100k beta black lotus for a freaking long time on ebay, maybe even 3 years.. Always was just a big joke to me but now that the Alpha pull got so much exposure it must have drawn attention to that ebay auction 🙂

  2. A card shop in my area has been selling that Lotus for years. They used to display it in the case, but eventually the owner moved his really high end stuff to Ebay. The workers at the time said that the owner got annoyed with customer offers (it didn’t have a price tag), and decided one day that he wanted $100k for the Lotus. He announced that he would leave it on Ebay until he got it.

    That was a very long time ago.

    1. Yeah, well… He got $3.2 million for Action Comics #1, so he can afford to wait presumably forever to sell this 🙂

      Personally, I think his price isn’t that far off, since it is and probably will remain unique. It just takes that one deep pocket nutter job…

  3. Article says “There’s some complicated math the owner of this card tried to use to sell the $100,00 price tag, but I seriously doubt anyone bites.”

    $100,00 looks like $100.00 for European readers as we use “,” is “.”
    Perhaps you could add the last 0? 🙂

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