Lynbrook, NY, USA, November 20, 2022 — A complete Magic: The Gathering “Beta” card set from 1993, just the second set for “MTG” with a print run of only 3,200 rare cards, sold for a staggering $120,000 in an online-only Comics, Comic Art, MTG Booster Boxes & More auction held October 19th by Weiss Auctions, based in Lynbrook. Three other Magic: The Gathering lots cracked the top 20.
Magic: The Gathering (also known simply as “Magic” or “MTG”) is a tabletop and digital collectible card game created by Richard Garfield and released in 1993 by Wizards of the Coast (now a subsidiary of Hasbro). “MTG” was the first trading card game (TCG) and over 20 billion of the cards were produced between 2008-2016. “MTG” remains hugely popular with collectors.
The 1993 “Beta” set was complete, with 302 black bordered cards. Six of the cards were graded by Beckett, including rare and powerful cards such as Black Lotus (graded BGS 8 NM/MT), Mox Ruby (BGS 8.5 NM/MT+), Mox Sapphire (BGS 8.5 NM/MT+), Mox Emerald (BGS 8 NM/MT), Mox Jet (BGS 8 NM/MT) and Mox Pearl (BGS 8 NM/MT); 299 cards were ungraded.
The other sets in the top 20 included a sealed Magic: The Gathering “Legends” Expansion Set Booster Box, released in 1994, including 36 packs, with 15 cards per pack ($31,200); and two Magic: The Gathering “Revised” 3rd Edition” Expansion Set Booster Boxes, released in 1994, including 36 packs, with 15 cards per pack. The Booster Boxes each changed hands for $8,400.
Overall, more than 500 lots came up for bid, to include collections of Golden, Silver and Bronze Age comics; original comic art, including more offerings from the Joe Kubert estate; original Peanuts comic strip art by Charles Schulz; and, of course, the collection of unopened “MTG” Booster Boxes and Starter Decks, including Legends, Tempest, Mirage, Homelands and more.
For more information about Weiss Auctions and the firm’s calendar of upcoming auction events, visit www.WeissAuctions.com. Updates posted often