75 most expensive MTG cards

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I was looking at a recent MTG card price guide and I sorted it by most expensive first.
I thought this was interesting:


One of each of the 75 most expensive magic cards is worth $27,974.64 ($373.00 each)
One of each of the remaining 15,213 magic cards are worth $27,783.61 ($1.83 each)

Undecided

Um... Yeah?
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You clearly overestimate my cognitive skills by assuming that I could have accumulated that knowledge independently.
Okay, I'll be sure not to make that kind of assumption in the future. Now, if you'd like to go back to the main Magic General 'forum' page (that's the one that lists all the different 'discussion threads' that people have 'posted') from this page, just press the up-arrow key on your keyboard until you reach the top of the page, then click the link that says "Magic General"--it should be in fairly small font, just above the buttons labeled "Post Reply" and "Subscribe" and the box labeled "Jump Menu", but below the blue link labeled "Preferences". It'll be in a line with a number of other small-font links with different names. From the 'forum' page you will be able to select another 'thread' to view; 'threads' that people have 'posted' to since you last looked at them will have their names listed in bold font and have the number of unread replies listed just to the right of the name. If you click that unread replies number, it will take you right to the last reply you viewed in the 'thread' so that you can continue reading all the new replies from there. To get back to the main Magic General 'forum' page, just repeat the process from the previous paragraph--don't worry if you're on a different page, all 'thread' pages will have the same basic layout, so it should work exactly the same on any page in the Magic General 'forum'.\ And remember, if you accidentally click on the wrong link and find yourself on a page you're not familiar with, there's no need to panic; you can always press the 'back' button in your browser to go back to whatever you were looking at before. It should be on the left-hand side near the top of the screen, just below the menu bar, and will probably have a picture of some kind of arrow pointing to the left on it. Hope that helps!
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The explanation given was that since land cards represent mystical bonds to far-off places rather than actual tangible things like creatures and other permanents, a person might have more than one memory of an area, or different mages could forge a bond to different parts of a place, etc. and that simply being a unique location doesn't necessarily mean that a land card has to be legendary.
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Allow me to extrapolate—regular game play, as defined by WotC, is tournament play. As such, Casual, EDH, Planechase, and all that other stuff is irregular Magic; if Magic at all. So the next time someone says Competitive Constructed decks are not the only decks that count in Constructed (Casual Constructed), then I can gleefully point to the definition set forth by WotC and say that Competitive Constructed is in deed the only ones that count, and that they are playing some irregular form of Magic.
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Dragon, just don't argue with Hovercraft. He's his own Legacy metagame.
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One with Nothing is the third iteration in an attempt to make Black Lotus fair: Black Lotus: That's too good, we need to tone it down. Lion's Eye Diamond: Dammit, players are still using it in a very broken manner! One with Nothing: Alright! We got it now.
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What happened to the really fun cards? Well you see a long long time ago the earth was ruled by dinosaurs. They were big so not a lot of people went around hassling them. Then a giant meteorite struck the earth, good bye dinosaurs. But what if the dinosaurs weren't all destroyed? What if the impact of that meteorite created a parallel dimension where the dinosaurs continue to thrive and evolve into intelligent vicious aggressive beings? What if they found a way back? ....wait that's not what happened to the fun cards that's the intro to the mario brothers movie. Get those two confused all the time, my bad.
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It's a folllow-up on the Priceless Treasures, Deadly Perils idea. See, what happened was, you got the packs that the Eldrazi had already gotten to--the had annihilated everything but the land itself. In fall, expect to open some packs and find cards covered in goopy, black oil. It's all about the marketing angle, people.
Is this counting cards like the blue Hurricane?

I was looking at a recent MTG card price guide and I sorted it by most expensive first.
I thought this was interesting:


One of each of the 75 most expensive magic cards is worth $27,974.64 ($373.00 each)




What about #s 1-9 vs 10-75?
What about Miscuts, Test Prints/Proofs, etc?

I know those can also have a lot of value.
Which price guide were you using?

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If this were an exhaustive list, even ignoring cards like Proposal or the 1996 World Champion, it would be pretty boring. It'd be dominated by summer magic and test prints, primarily the latter. I think a lot of people sometimes underestimate how valuable test prints (not proofs) are, and just how many test prints there are that are 1k and up. The only normal card to get on might very well be black lotus, and the average value would be 4 figures.
To answer some questions:

I used www.magictraders.com/pricelists/ 's price list for non-foil cards. It does not include miscuts, test prints, or anything like that.  Just one of each basic MTG card.

Top 10 vs remaining 65:

top 10 value =  $8,612.14
11 through 65 value = $18,074.58

top 75:























































































































































Black Lotus (B)$1,788.22
Black Lotus (A)$1,430.50
Mox Sapphire (B)$876.00
Mox Jet (A)$793.00
Mox Pearl (B)$785.46
Underground Sea (B)$780.73
Ancestral Recall (B)$735.81
Mox Ruby (B)$711.92
Underground Sea (A)$710.50
Tundra (B)$705.33
Black Lotus (U)$694.27
Mox Jet (B)$649.99
Ancestral Recall (A)$600.00
Mox Sapphire (A)$600.00
Volcanic Island (B)$592.50
Timetwister (A)$577.09
Mox Ruby (A)$560.01
Mox Pearl (A)$560.00
Time Walk (A)$554.99
Time Walk (B)$525.40
Mox Emerald (A)$515.12
Mox Sapphire (U)$428.99
Ancestral Recall (U)$415.36
Time Vault (A)$413.73
Time Vault (B)$408.25
Mox Emerald (B)$408.10
Mox Jet (U)$405.24
Timetwister (B)$383.19
Tundra (A)$355.00
Mox Emerald (U)$354.02
Time Walk (U)$336.89
Imperial Seal$330.45
Tropical Island (B)$324.25
Mox Ruby (U)$322.58
Mox Pearl (U)$319.17
Savannah (A)$313.03
Bayou (B)$303.51
Scrubland (A)$240.35
Taiga (B)$240.00
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale$239.09
Scrubland (B)$235.16
Mishra's Workshop$234.80
Time Vault (U)$228.66
Tropical Island (A)$221.78
Badlands (B)$217.31
Birds of Paradise (A)$213.04
Bazaar of Baghdad$211.84
Bayou (A)$209.99
Savannah (B)$206.50
Taiga (A)$206.50
Mana Vault (A)$190.23
Timetwister (U)$180.67
Illusionary Mask (A)$167.43
Moat$162.15
Vesuvan Doppelganger (A)$160.73
Plateau (A)$157.82
Plateau (B)$155.83
Library of Alexandria$155.63
Birds of Paradise (B)$155.20
Juzam Djinn (AN)$148.25
Mind Twist (A)$146.15
Shivan Dragon (A)$144.80
Mana Vault (B)$144.14
Illusionary Mask (B)$144.07
Fork (B)$142.85
Fastbond (A)$142.32
Balance (A)$136.45
Gauntlet of Might (B)$131.62
Loyal Retainers$131.52
Wheel of Fortune (B)$129.50
Wrath of God (B)$126.63
Cyclopean Tomb (A)$119.85
Ravages of War$114.97
Chaos Orb (B)$112.21
Zodiac Dragon$112.02
Only one of those I have is a beta wheel of fortune.

I have a beta balance, too, but I don't see that on there. 
Playing with that price list, here's some additional tidbits: Remember the 80-20 rule? 80% of the wealth is held by the top 20% of the population? Well here it's more like 80-6--the top 1016 cards (just over 6%) command just over 80% of the total price of the list. The top half command 95% of the value.

It's not all that surprising, really, when you think about it, but it is kind of interesting to see it in action.

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O_O there is serious lack of grim tutor in there, i've seem alot of those go for 200, i'm so glad i traded for a playset of both grim tutor and imperial seal before portal became legal in legacy XD

*grim tutor is the 1999 starter set, and is really awesome :P 3 mana for a hard tutor with no drawbacks and able to be played anywhere is awesome XD
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You do realize that you counted alot of cards multiple times in that 75, right? Lotus, the moxen, etc. were counted multiple times based on how many times they were reprinted. Most people would exlude Alpha and Beta when considering the cards.
eyah... but this assumes youd get an alpha, a beta, and an unlimited set of p9 all in mint condition...

your also getting alpha and beta dual lands which again these are collectors items... there is nothing a revised underground sea cant do that a beta does despite the beta costing about $700 more... well looks cooler but thats about it.

by the way: imperial seal is banned in legacy

Also, loyal retainers and imperial recruiter are missing from the list
You do realize that you counted alot of cards multiple times in that 75, right?



yes

O_O there is serious lack of grim tutor in there, i've seem alot of those go for 200, i'm so glad i traded for a playset of both grim tutor and imperial seal before portal became legal in legacy XD

*grim tutor is the 1999 starter set, and is really awesome :P 3 mana for a hard tutor with no drawbacks and able to be played anywhere is awesome XD



#79 on the list



Grim Tutor$107.13

loyal retainers and imperial recruiter are missing from the list



loyal retainers is on there at #69, i think you just missed it

#80


Imperial Recruiter$106.83
Cyclopean Tomb has certainly increased in value, especially compared to other mtg card prices. http://www.mtgprice.com/sets/Alpha/Cyclopean_Tomb
Those prices are a little strange. Most of those Prices seam a little under what I see most things go for. Where can I get a Library of Alexandria for that price? I thought I got mine at a steal.
The prices might seem strange because they are 3 years old.

Like this thread.

This is a 3 year old thread. 
Wow, nice necro!

These days, we thankfully have the Black Lotus Project.
For those interested, here's the current list of every card known to man, sorted by value.

For those who can't be stuffed clicking the link...
... here's the top 100 as of today

















































































1


Black Lotus - Limited Edition Beta
1 volume

$2480.88 (0.00%)


2


Underground Sea - Limited Edition Alpha
1 volume

$2125.00 (0.00%)


3


Black Lotus - Limited Edition Alpha
1 volume

$1999.99 (0.00%)


4


Ancestral Recall - Limited Edition Alpha
1 volume

$1526.00 (0.00%)


5


Mox Sapphire - Limited Edition Alpha
1 volume

$1512.09 (0.00%)


6


Mox Jet - Limited Edition Alpha
1 volume

$1150.07 (24.33%)


7


Tropical Island - Limited Edition Alpha
1 volume

$1136.11 (0.00%)


8


Time Walk - Limited Edition Alpha
1 volume

$1100.00 (0.00%)


9


Tundra - Limited Edition Alpha
1 volume

$1045.00 (0.00%)


10


Mox Jet - Limited Edition Beta
1 volume

$999.95 (0.00%)


11


Mox Emerald - Limited Edition Alpha
1 volume

$921.00 (0.00%)


12


Mox Pearl - Limited Edition Alpha
1 volume

$911.00 (0.00%)


13


Underground Sea - Limited Edition Beta
1 volume

$861.83 (0.00%)


14


Black Lotus - Unlimited Edition
1 volume

$849.89 (5.75%)


15


Mox Ruby - Limited Edition Alpha
1 volume

$825.00 (0.00%)



































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































16Mox Pearl - Limited Edition Beta821.00 (0.00%)1 volume
17Ancestral Recall - Limited Edition Beta780.00 (1.96%)1
18Time Walk - Limited Edition Beta750.00 (0.00%)1
19Imperial Seal - Portal Three Kingdoms749.00 (66.63%)1
20Volcanic Island - Limited Edition Beta711.00 (0.00%)1
21Time Vault - Limited Edition Alpha710.00 (0.00%)1
22Mox Sapphire - Limited Edition Beta697.79 (0.00%)1
23Mox Emerald - Limited Edition Beta650.00 (0.00%)1
24Timetwister - Limited Edition Alpha610.00 (0.00%)1
25Tropical Island - Limited Edition Beta610.00 (0.00%)1
26Mox Ruby - Limited Edition Beta600.00 (0.00%)1
27Scrubland - Limited Edition Alpha535.00 (0.00%)1
28Taiga - Limited Edition Alpha533.00 (0.00%)1
29Tundra - Limited Edition Beta500.00 (0.00%)1
30Savannah - Limited Edition Alpha499.99 (0.00%)1
31Plateau - Limited Edition Alpha454.95 (0.00%)1
32Ancestral Recall - Unlimited Edition450.00 (0.00%)1
33Badlands - Limited Edition Alpha450.00 (0.00%)1
34Mox Sapphire - Unlimited Edition440.00 (0.00%)1
35Time Walk - Unlimited Edition432.11 (19.83%)1
36Mox Ruby - Unlimited Edition406.01 (0.00%)1
37Mox Emerald - Unlimited Edition395.00 (0.00%)1
38Timetwister - Limited Edition Beta379.99 (0.00%)1
39Bayou - Limited Edition Beta375.00 (0.00%)2
40Mox Jet - Unlimited Edition370.00 (0.00%)1
41Maro - Seventh Edition350.00 (0.00%)1
42Plateau - Limited Edition Beta345.00 (0.00%)1
43Taiga - Limited Edition Beta331.00 (0.00%)1
44Wrath of God - Limited Edition Alpha306.00 (0.00%)1
45Mox Pearl - Unlimited Edition299.99 (0.00%)1
46Badlands - Limited Edition Beta286.00 (0.00%)1
47Yare - Mirage285.00 (0.00%)1
48Mana Vault - Limited Edition Beta277.99 (0.00%)2
49The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale - Legends270.25 (12.48%)1
50Tundra - Unlimited Edition251.00 (0.00%)1
51Moat - Legends250.00 (0.00%)1
52Forcefield - Limited Edition Beta232.50 (0.00%)1
53Mishra's Workshop - Antiquities226.22 (0.00%)1
54Imperial Recruiter - Portal Three Kingdoms222.50 (0.00%)1
55Mind Twist - Limited Edition Alpha222.00 (0.00%)1
56Capture of Jingzhou - Portal Three Kingdoms220.00 (0.00%)1
57Scrubland - Limited Edition Beta219.85 (0.00%)1
58Zombie Master - Limited Edition Alpha212.50 (0.00%)1
59Time Vault - Unlimited Edition202.50 (0.00%)1
60Forcefield - Limited Edition Alpha200.54 (0.00%)1
61Library of Alexandria - Arabian Nights200.00 (0.00%)1
62Candelabra of Tawnos - Antiquities199.99 (0.00%)1
63Gauntlet of Might - Limited Edition Alpha192.55 (0.00%)1
64Chaos Orb - Limited Edition Alpha187.04 (0.00%)1
65Timetwister - Unlimited Edition186.25 (0.00%)2
66Grim Tutor - Starter 1999174.95 (0.00%)1
67Fork - Limited Edition Beta167.98 (0.00%)1
68Chaos Orb - Limited Edition Beta167.06 (0.00%)1
69Underground Sea - Unlimited Edition159.61 (0.00%)1
70Deathlace - Limited Edition Alpha158.00 (0.00%)1
71Illusionary Mask - Limited Edition Beta155.84 (0.00%)2
72Savannah - Limited Edition Beta153.22 (0.00%)1
73Word of Command - Limited Edition Alpha152.50 (0.00%)1
74Illusionary Mask - Limited Edition Alpha150.00 (0.00%)1
75Zodiac Dragon - Portal Three Kingdoms149.99 (0.00%)1
76Balance - Limited Edition Beta144.88 (0.00%)1
77Elvish Archers - Limited Edition Alpha143.50 (0.00%)1
78Nevinyrral's Disk - Limited Edition Alpha143.50 (0.00%)1
79Armageddon - Limited Edition Alpha143.05 (0.00%)1
80Wrath of God - Limited Edition Beta139.99 (0.00%)1
81Contract from Below - Limited Edition Alpha139.16 (0.00%)1
82Birds of Paradise - Limited Edition Alpha133.83 (0.00%)1
83Berserk - Limited Edition Beta130.00 (0.00%)1
84Lifelace - Limited Edition Alpha128.38 (0.00%)1
85Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed - Portal Three Kingdoms127.64 (0.00%)1
86Aspect of Wolf - Limited Edition Alpha127.50 (0.00%)1
87Rolling Earthquake - Portal Three Kingdoms125.00 (0.00%)1
88Juzam Djinn - Arabian Nights122.99 (0.00%)2
89Diamond Valley - Arabian Nights122.83 (0.00%)1
90Bazaar of Baghdad - Arabian Nights120.00 (0.00%)1
91Loyal Retainers - Portal Three Kingdoms120.00 (0.00%)1
92Nevinyrral's Disk - Limited Edition Beta119.99 (0.00%)1
93Demonic Hordes - Limited Edition Alpha118.50 (0.00%)1
94Mana Vault - Limited Edition Alpha118.50 (0.00%)1
95Birds of Paradise - Limited Edition Beta116.50 (0.00%)1
96Howling Mine - Limited Edition Alpha116.50 (0.00%)1
97Copy Artifact - Limited Edition Alpha115.50 (0.00%)1
98Animate Wall - Limited Edition Alpha112.50 (0.00%)1
99Fork - Limited Edition Alpha111.00 (0.00%)1
100Swords to Plowshares - Limited Edition Alpha108.50 (0.00%)1

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Yare is just there to trap people who copy and paste the list, right? As far as I can make out it costs about 30 pence.
Yare is just there to trap people who copy and paste the list, right? As far as I can make out it costs about 30 pence.



Nah, it's been in there for a while, as has been 7th Ed Maro.
These guys take their data from auctions and store prices, and seem to hang onto the data for a fair few months.
All it takes is for one card to sell once in six months, and to have its price on that sale lose its decimal point as it's being entered (or mistyped, or whatever).
So yeah, it's an outlier, but it's probably in the list because there's a problem with the data they're using, rather than there being a problem with the site itself (if you go and look at the MOTL price list, I suspect Yare and Maro will be through the roof as well... it's likely been propagated from there).
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Verhexterring (Jinxed Ring / Grave Pact)
Flourishing Blowflies ( -1/-1 Counters)
i have Bayou!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Money MouthLaughing 
That's... Great?

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Judge's promo mutavault needs to be in that price list somewhere, as it fetches about $600.
It's not a Judge promo. It was a promo given out to the top 4 players in some event thingie. That's why it costs so much.