Whether it’s a storage unit full of comic books or a single Magic: The Gathering card, it’s a hard day to write about something being stolen. In this case, a super rare MTG: Black Lotus was lifted from a shop near Long Beach. And it wasn’t just that it was a Black Lotus, it was also a Beta version of the card, signed by illustrator Christopher Rush. Oh, and it was valued at nearly $40,000.
A man walked in to Finch and Sparrow Games on Friday January 7th. He asked to see the card. The owners pulled it to show him, as is typical when there is a prospective buyer. The man then grabbed the Black Lotus, ran, and jumped into a getaway car parked just down the street. So obviously the robbery was pre-meditated, and now the owners are asking for help identifying the man captured on video.
“Adds 3 mana of any single color of your choice to your mana pool, then is discarded. Tapping this artifact can be played as an interrupt.”
Valuing the card at near $40,000 is on the low-side, as the card can go for upwards of $100,000. The Black Lotus can range in value depending on how much its been played with as well as other factors. It’s purpose is to interrupt another players attack, which could prove invaluable in a MTG match.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Long Beach police. Please use your local non-emergency line if you do.