This Day On The Street
Continue to site
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

10 Completely Worthwhile Collectibles

6. 1993 Magic: The Gathering Alpha Black Lotus card
Sale price on eBay: $27,302

This is a diamond in a card-game world with a whole lot of rough.

The downside to being a casual Magic, Pokemon, Yu Gi Oh or other card collector is that it's really tough to find one of any value. As the games became more popular, sets went into mass production and the market was flooded with just about every iteration imaginable.

But Magic creators Wizards Of The Coast planned ahead. After Magic debuted in 1993, the company began compiling a "reserve list" of cards they vowed never to reprint. The list covers a select number of cards made from 1993 through 1999, including a particularly valuable group known as the "Power Nine."

Those cards were available only in three sets printed from 1993 through 1994. They're so powerful in the context of the game that they've been either restricted in tournament play or banned from tournaments outright. The Black Lotus, in particular, is considered extremely powerful for its ability to shift a game's balance of power quickly in the early stages.

Some players absolutely love it, some loathe it, but the Black Lotus itself is so revered that enlarged versions with specialized art are handed out as tournament trophies. There were little more than 4,000 produced in total and only 1,000 produced as part of the Alpha series. Considering the amount of time passed, attics cleaned out and yard sales held since the Black Lotus' debut, many of those have been roughed up or disposed of altogether.

If you find yourself at an auction with a reasonably preserved version of this card staring you in the face, play it cool and hope it hasn't made its way online.

6 of 11

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Real Money

More than 30 investing pros with skin in the game give you actionable insight and investment ideas.

Product Features:
  • Access to Jim Cramer's daily blog
  • Intraday commentary and news
  • Real-time trading forums
Only $49.95
14-Days Free
14-Days Free
AAPL $94.19 -1.04%
FB $118.06 0.54%
GOOG $695.70 0.48%
TSLA $222.56 -4.20%
YHOO $36.00 -0.03%


Chart of I:DJI
DOW 17,651.26 -99.65 -0.56%
S&P 500 2,051.12 -12.25 -0.59%
NASDAQ 4,725.6390 -37.5850 -0.79%

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs