CRANSTON, R.I. – Anyone who doubts the soaring popularity of Magic: The Gathering (MTG) trading cards should look no further than Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ Winter Comic, TCG (Trading Card Games) & Toy auction slated for Saturday, February 26, starting at 10 am Eastern. The top five lots – all MTG cards – have a combined high estimate of $135,000. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
All five of the aforementioned MTG cards come from a single-owner Virginia collection, and all are from 1993. Foremost among them is a Magic: The Gathering Beta Black Lotus card, graded CGC 9 Mint, a Holy Grail item for MTG collectors. It carries an estimate of $40,000-$60,000. It’s idolized for its fast mana acceleration during play and is famous for its elegant artwork by Christopher Rush.
Second among the five is a Magic: The Gathering Alpha Ancestral Recall card, graded CGC 9.5 Gem Mint and estimated at $20,000-$30,000. Another MTG Holy Grail card, the Power Nine is on most every collector’s wish list to complete, with the Alpha print being the most coveted.
A Magic: The Gathering Beta Mox Sapphire trading card, graded CGC 9.5 Gem Mint, has an estimate of $10,000-$20,000. The Mox gem artifact cards are an incredibly powerful set, rightfully earning their place in the Power Nine.
A Magic: The Gathering Alpha Timetwister trading card, graded BGS 8.5 NM-MT+, is expected to change hands for $10,000-$15,000. When played with the other cards of the Power Nine, Timetwister becomes a very powerful tool.
A Magic: The Gathering Beta Time Walk trading card, graded CGC 9 Mint, earns its place in the Power Nine for the incredibly powerful advantage of taking an extra turn in play. It, too, is a serious investment for an MTG portfolio. It is estimated at $7,000-$10,000.
“It’s amazing to see how many different things come into the gallery,” said Kevin Bruneau, Bruneau & Co’s president and an auctioneer. “While the Magic: The Gathering collection is very exciting, I’m still eager to see our gallery wall of comics with all that color. The copy of Wonder Woman #7 is a great wartime cover that’s sure to attract interest. It’ll be a fun sale.”
The DC Comics copy of Wonder Woman issue #7, which appeared in Winter 1943, features a “Wonder Woman for President” story and cover with art by H.G. Peter. Per the CGC census 5 in 3.5, only 44 examples are higher. This is a scarce and iconic wartime Golden Age DC cover, offered in a CDC case and estimated at $4,000-$6,000.
A copy of Marvel Comics’s Amazing Spider-Man Annual issue #1 from 1964 has a pre-sale estimate of $3,000-$4,000. The 72-page comic book features the first appearance of the Sinister Six, with appearances by Thor, Giant-Man, Wasp, Dr. Strange and the Fantastic Four. It’s graded CGC 6.0, with off-white pages.
A copy of DC Comics’s Detective Comics #359, released in January, 1967 and graded CGC 8.0 with white pages, features the origin and first appearance of Batgirl and has a Killer Moth appearance. Per the CGC census 104 in 8.0, 180 are higher. This copy is estimated at $3,000-$4,000.
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