Why These Magic: The Gathering Cards Are Worth $27,000

Business Insider spoke with Roy Raftery, card game expert and manager of Sneak Attack Games, about a set of cards called the Power Nine. The Power Nine is a set of extremely rare cards in the trading card game Magic: The Gathering. They have extremely powerful effects, giving any player who has them a huge advantage over their opponent.

Roy’s set of Power Nine cards is worth $27,000 (£20,000). The most sought-after card, the Black Lotus, can cost $27,000 (£20,000) alone if it is in perfect condition and is from the first edition. 

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Tyler Benson says:

I wonder why he hasn’t had them graded, they look in pristine condition.

Liquid Durp says:

To anyone one wondering why you wouldn’t just print these cards, they have a unique production method now unused now in magic, aswell as many ways to spot a fake.

Shendue says:

Same thing that makes everything collectible expensive: high demand + scarsity. Saved you 4 minutes.

Tyler_Plurden says:

My beta power 9 cost less than 27k think you got screwed bruh

Josh S5 says:

But the Holy Bible is free?

Beary Boy says:

Haha. Black Lotus. Good old times. Sadly I couldn’t play MTG forever because it’s too expensive

Caleb Williamson says:

Where did you find this idiot?

James Forinash says:

Would be nice to include the total print run of 1st edition (Alpha) was about 2.6 million cards, 2nd edition (Beta) was about 7.3 million cards and Unlimited edition (shown in the video) was about 40 million cards. In Alpha, only 1,100 of each of the Power 9 were printed. No one played with sleeves back then and most of those got worn or damaged or even thrown away. So the real reason they are worth so much is that there is 10-20 million Magic the Gathering players and only 1,100 Alpha, 3,100 Beta and 17,000 Unlimited copies of each of those cards ever existed. Hard to determine how many still exist, but likely a full half are in really bad condition or gone. Also, Magic players that are getting older have more and more disposable income, so prices keep going up on a lot of cards from 1993 and 1994. Look up the Reserve List sometime.

aj12 says:

The original in app purchases.

Ugandan Knuckles says:

Long term investment until the game crashes and it’s worth as much as the paper it’s printed on

awychoi says:

What security features do these have to deter fakes?

Res Art says:

Why dont nerds sell those for hookers?

Compulsive Screamer says:


Haidyn W says:

Before watching the video:
Because they are the Power 9. The “most powerful Magic cards ever printed” and for that reason they are on the reserved list. This means that they will never be reprinted for as long as they are on the list, driving their price up drastically. Simple supply and demand.

Genji Shimada says:

Eh pokemon is better

Massivespeedy says:

*Photocopy machine sound*
I’m rich

colton says:

Danm to anyone saying that black lotus is p2w theirs a little effect called infect and tbh its surprisingly less toxic and dirty than this comment section. 😀

irlrp says:

Well, like any collectible rare piece… Why some stamps are worth tens of thousands ? Same reason…
And there are more expensive cards than the Power9, there are some cards that were printed and never distributed.
And careful about magic cards, many EXCELLENT fakes out there…

Mr. WhiteCat says:

Black Lotus = Ultimate P2W

Fritz Asuro says:

Saw the title, Black Lotus as expected.

Christopher Johnson says:

I’d give a kindy for a copy of black locus

Foxtrot November says:

One thing that I hate in this and other trading cards except yugioh cards is the mana pool!

Reshiram52 says:

It would be a shame if someone *burnt* them

Ramirez J says:

Decent video. I’m an experienced MTG player and what I want to make clear is that Amazing Fantasy #1 is not Spider-Man’s first appearance. The last of that series, Amazing Fantasy #15, was his first appearance.*
*The series got picked up again with 16, 33 years later. Just trying to help correct a simple error on your part. Thanks for the vid and take care.

Khaleo Khal says:

But those are not 1st edition are 3rd edition very easy to differentiate : 1st and 2nd edition have black border and 3 rd and 4th edition have white border (this cards in specific weren’t print in 4th edition)

Also you forget to say that this cards are 24 years old an they are in the reserve list, basically they can never be reprinted

Charles Boyung says:

Guy’s an idiot from the very first sentence. “The game was designed to give you something to do while waiting at a comic con”? He completely misinterpreted the wikipedia article sentence to come up with that BS.

kelenken 21 says:

I don’t understand whether he says “three” or “free”. So confusing

Sahil 360gaming says:

I h@v€ one

Dank Buds says:

Charizard of magic what an insult this is just the Black Lotus that’s all it is it needs no other explanation

Class F says:

Nerdsss! lol jk

Kayserili38ification says:

after watching this.. full of joy, i had to look at my 17 year old magic collection i played back when i was a kid.. realising i have none of these card dropped everything in box again. feeling no joy at all atm.

Mr. Sleepy says:

First Spider-Man appearance was “Amazing Fantasy #15” not #1.:)

CrazyLegs says:

You can have all these cards and still get rekt by someone’s $20 turn 2 win lol

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