Here are the Top 10 most expensive Magic the Gathering cards sold on eBay
As all MTG collectors know, the most expensive Magic the Gathering cards come from the elusive Alpha set with black borders released back in 1993 (read more about it here).
The card known as the Holy Grail to MTG collectors is Alpha set Black Lotus which, as you'll see in the list below, would hold the top 15 spots for the most expensive MTG cards sold on eBay, but that wouldn't make this list fun at all.
So thanks to the research database provided by PWCC Marketplace, I was able to find the Top 10 Most Expensive Cards sold on eBay since 2004.
1. $166,100.00 - 1993 Magic The Gathering MTG Alpha Black Lotus R A BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
The top 10 sales of the Alpha Black Lotus MTG card ranged from $75,101.00 to $166,100.00 with the majority of the sales happening during 2019.
2. $65,100.00 - 1993 Magic The Gathering MTG Alpha Mox Jet R A BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
Another gem from the 1993 Alpha Set, the Mox Jet sold back on July 26, 2018 for over $65,000.
3. $65,100.00 - 1993 Magic The Gathering MTG Beta Black Lotus R A BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
We moved the Beta set Black Lotus to the third spot mainly because it sold a year after the Alpha Mox Jet card, but technically this should be tied for the 2nd most expensive MTG card sold on eBay.
4. $37,877.00 - 1993 Magic The Gathering MTG Alpha Birds Of Paradise R G BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
Another Alpha Set card, this Birds of Paradise is very unique as it is the highest graded version of the card sold on eBay (BGS 9.5). The BGS 9.0 graded versions were selling for around $6,000 so that half-point grade really made this card valuable.
5. $37,600.00 - 1993 Magic The Gathering MTG Alpha Mox Sapphire R A BGS 9 MINT
Since I don't know enough about the grading differences between BGS and PSA, which stood out to me about this sale was about 9 months later (March of 2020), a PSA 9 graded version of this card sold for $15,655.00.
6. $36,100.00 - 1993 Magic The Gathering MTG Alpha Dual Land Underground Sea R L BGS 9.5
Two months after this sale was reported, another BGS 9.5 sold on eBay for only $20k.
7. $35,100.00 - 1993 Magic The Gathering MTG Unlimited Black Lotus R A BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
Going back to the whole BGS vs PSA question, one month after this BGS 9.5 sold for $35k, a PSA 10 GEM MINT version of the same card sold for $33,099.00. Does this mean BGS is more strict with their grading which in turn makes BGS graded cards more valuable?
8. $30,841.00 - 1993 Magic The Gathering MTG Alpha Ancestral Recall R B BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
This card sold in January of 2020 for this price with the previous record for the BGS 9.5 version of this card was $28,922.00 sold back in July of 2018.
9. $26,889.00 - 1993 Magic The Gathering MTG Alpha Mox Emerald R A BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
Not sure if you consider this card losing its value or not, but earlier this year (April 2020) another BGS 9.5 sold for $17,877.77.
If you thought the MTG sales were slowing down well you would be wrong.
During Thanksgiving week this year (2020), a 1993 Magic The Gathering MTG Alpha Time Walk R B BGS 9.5 GEM MINT sold for $25,100.00 and had 31 bids!
I also wanted to give another shoutout to the team over at PWCC Marketplace for their amazing eBay sales database. It has helped me out TONS in researching various cards to invest in.