The only autographed Alpha Black lotus with a professionally graded
condition of 10. This is the holy grail and exact specimen that has
been discussed, sought after, and unequivocally known as
World's Most Valuable Magic: The Gathering Card
Tastefully signed with a fineline black pen, which is greatly preferred
over the commonly used sharpie (a fat magic marker). Christopher Rush's
autograph was inscribed to perfection as it does not obstruct the
Lotus, the card's text, nor his initials printed on the artwork of the
card. This encapsulated treasure has remained carefully stored within a
resealable ultra-pro sleeve, placed within a non-abrasive case, and
kept away from light of any kind (never left on display since fading incurred from lighting is irreversible).
Considering the exclusivity and high value, this is not an item that
can be ordered through the shopping cart; arrangements must be made
before the transaction can take place. Serious offers will be
considered but there is no hurry to sell. This is an exclusive showpiece for
the NeoStore and will only be sold for an offer that can be considered
as exceptional as the item in this listing.
Autographed vs. non-autographed magic cards:
When artists autograph their own artwork, does that ruin the value of their painting? In the realm of art, an autograph from the original artist is not just a desirable and personal christening performed by the creator, their autograph substantiates the validity/authenticity of their work, and this same premise applies to magic cards.
Magic cards are ALL created by artists through their artwork, ergo, magic cards are literally works of art in the form of art prints. Autographed cards signed by the original artist or the creator
of magic, Richard Garfield, virtually ALWAYS sell for a substantial premium over their non-autographed counterpart (assuming all other factors being equal, such as condition & edition). Another variable: Artists aren't immortal, at least not physically, and so it will eventually be impossible to track them down for a signing. Fact: > 99.99% of magic cards in existence are non-autographed, which makes the autographed card exceptionally rare in the macroscopic perspective.
12/12/2013 news update:
An Alpha Black Lotus with a grading of 9.5 sold at auction for $27,302 + $20 shipping on November 17th, 2013. The winning bidder had an eBay rating of 991 at the time and there were 38 bids placed by 14 unique bidders. This auction could have ended differently, but there was a retracted high bid in the amount of US $54,700.00 (Retracted: Nov-13-13 07:21:15 PS, refer to bottom of screenshot below).
Fact: There are at least three non-autographed BGS graded 9.5 Alpha Black Lotus listed publicly at this very moment (one currently held by Daniel Chang, another held by ABU Games, and the third sold in this auction). That does NOT mean that the population of BGS graded 9.5 Alpha Black Lotus are limited to just three, it's likely > 3 but within a single digit pop...makes you wonder what the only autographed Alpha Black Lotus with a grading of 10 could fetch at auction!
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