7 Most Expensive Magic: The Gathering Cards in 2022

7 Most Expensive Magic: The Gathering Cards in 2022

From buying booster packs of cards to playing at local tournaments, Magic: The Gathering offers something for everyone. For some, if you allow it to be, Magic can become quite the expensive hobby. To affirm just how much a high-powered deck can run you, we have identified the 7 most expensive cards in Magic: The Gathering. 

1. Black Lotus (>$100,000)

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Black Lotus is one of the most iconic and powerful cards in the history of Magic: The Gathering. Between this and the limited number of them that still exist, Black Lotus is easily the most expensive card in all of Magic: The Gathering. If you want to learn more about this card and why it’s so much more expensive, read our article about it here (link to Black Lotus article).

2. The Moxen (>$22,000)

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The second card on our list is actually a cycle of cards, the “Moxen.” They are five artifacts that have a mana value of 0 and tap for one mana, one for each of the five colors. To name them specifically, they are: Mox Sapphire (blue), Mox Ruby (red), Mox Pearl (white), Mox Emerald (green), and Mox Jet (Black). The reason for these cards being so expensive is due to how important it is to have more mana than your opponent. Artifacts you can play for free on the first turn that in turn give you more mana end up being very powerful and command a high price as a result.

3. Timetwister (>$20,000)

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Our first card that doesn’t generate mana on the list, Timetwister is an interesting card. It forces both players to shuffle their hands and graveyards into their libraries and draw seven cards. This can mean you force your opponent to shuffle away cards they wanted to keep while getting a new hand of cards yourself. No other card in Magic: The Gathering allows you to draw seven cards for three mana this easily, positioning Timetwister as one of the most powerful cards ever printed and, therefore, one of the most expensive.

4. Ancestral Recall (>$19,000)

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Ancestral Recall is a very straightforward card. You spend one blue mana and immediately draw three cards. Winning a game of Magic: The Gathering is all about maximizing your resources over your opponent and Ancestral Recall, without a doubt, will help you do that.

5. Time Walk ( >$18,000)

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Time Walk seems like a very simple card, maybe not even a very powerful one to an inexperienced player. However, taking an extra turn has repeatedly proven to be one of the most powerful things you can do in a game of Magic: The Gathering. Often requiring cards to be banned and gradually being printed on higher and higher mana value cards, only to have players find a new way to make it competitively viable, extra turns have a long history in the game. That history starts with Time Walk.

6. Chaos Orb (~$15,000)

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A card emblematic of the strange card designs that could be found in the early days of Magic: The Gathering, when the designers of the game were still learning what they wanted it to be. Chaos Orb can be sacrificed, then flipped like a coin down onto the battlefield to destroy anything it touches. The strange way this card encourages you to practice flipping it outside of an actual game has led to it being one of the few cards banned in all formats. However, as one of the cards printed in Magic: The Gathering’s first set, and a card many players find charming for its amusing effect, it still commands a high price.

7. The Dual Lands ($5000-10,000)

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The final card on our list is also best talked about as a group of cards. The “Dual Lands” are ten lands that are actually quite straightforward. Printed in the first Magic: The Gathering set like all the other cards on this list, they each have two basic land types and can be tapped for both of those colors. They also come into play untapped without a player having to jump through any hoops like those attached to later functional updates to these cards. The Dual Lands range in price based on their color pairing, with the Blue/Black Underground Sea at the high end and the Black/White Scrubland at the low end. Fun Fact: one of the Dual Lands, Volcanic Island, was left out of Alpha by mistake and was added back in for Beta.

Final Thoughts

The cards listed above are definitively the most expensive cards in Magic: The Gathering. The black-bordered versions of these cards, printed in the Alpha and Beta printings of Limited Edition, are extremely rare. In good condition, they are expensive. All of these cards were reprinted in greater quantities in the first white-bordered set Unlimited Edition, with those versions being much cheaper. That doesn’t mean that these cards have any less value, and certainly aren’t any less powerful. Hopefully, this goes to show why it is that Magic: The Gathering is considered such an expensive hobby, but don’t let that scare you. While few Magic: The Gathering cards can compare to the raw power (and price) offered by the cards on this list there is plenty of powerful Magic: The Gathering cards that you can afford on a slimmer budget. 

Author: Oliver CopelandOliver has been collecting Pokémon cards for a long time. He had a crush on Misty when he was 10.