M:tG Singles Andy has sold on eBay
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As described on September 23, 2004, I've been clearing out a bunch of M:tG cards I stuck in the attic after inventing Fluxx.


Ancestral Recall, Beta, Magic: the Gathering single

We got into Magic: The Gathering back in 1993, when it was brand new. For the first year or so, we were really into it: we traded like crazy, collecting complete sets of each new expansion, we ran a few sealed deck tournaments... we even made costumes based on our favorite cards. But we lost interest in all that when we decided to start Looney Labs, our own game company.

Over the years we've sold off most of our Magic cards, in some cases at a significant profit. In 1998, we funded the first print run of Aquarius using money we made selling some of our Magic cards. But we kept a bunch of stuff back... we still have our original Alpha/Beta notebook, which includes a complete set of Arabian Nights and Antiquities, plus a bunch of different decks we used to actually play with.

In particular, there's my big best-of-everything deck. As described in an article I wrote called "Playing Magic Without a Full Two Decks" (which was published in Pyramid magazine and can now be found at my website), I developed my own preferred way of playing the game, in which the 2 players draw cards from a single, shared deck. Of course, this deck should include lots of really cool cards, and mine had some of the best: a set of all 10 dual lands, lots of powerful creatures, and a full set of the infamous "Power 9."

I haven't played the game in years and considering how valuable some of these cards have become, I've decided I can live without them.

This week I'm putting up the Ancestral Recall. This is the last of my original Power 9 cards. I really love this card... it's probably my favorite of the Power 9, since I love drawing more cards (think Fluxx) and look, it also features a pyramid! (Think Icehouse.) But cool though it is, I'd rather sell it than play with it.

Obviously it's seen some use, but I think it's still in pretty good shape. The images here are scans of the actual card you will receive.

Hi-rez scans are available. Send me email if you're interested and I'll email them to you.


  • This item sold on 7/29/5 for $510.00.


Time Walk, Beta, Magic: the Gathering single

We got into Magic: The Gathering back in 1993, when it was brand new. For the first year or so, we were really into it: we traded like crazy, collecting complete sets of each new expansion, we ran a few sealed deck tournaments... we even made costumes based on our favorite cards. But we lost interest in all that when we decided to start Looney Labs, our own game company.

Over the years we've sold off most of our Magic cards, in some cases at a significant profit. In 1998, we funded the first print run of Aquarius using money we made selling some of our Magic cards. But we kept a bunch of stuff back... we still have our original Alpha/Beta notebook, which includes a complete set of Arabian Nights and Antiquities, plus a bunch of different decks we used to actually play with.

In particular, there's my big best-of-everything deck. As described in an article I wrote called "Playing Magic Without a Full Two Decks" (which was published in Pyramid magazine and can now be found at my website), I developed my own preferred way of playing the game, in which the 2 players draw cards from a single, shared deck. Of course, this deck should include lots of really cool cards, and mine had some of the best: a set of all 10 dual lands, lots of powerful creatures, and a full set of the infamous "Power 9."

I haven't played the game in years and considering how valuable some of these cards have become, I've decided I can live without them.

This week I'm putting up the Time Walk, the last of my Power 9. I really love this card... but I'd rather sell it than play with it.

Obviously it's seen some use, but I think it's still in pretty good shape. The images here are scans of the actual card you will receive.

Hi-rez scans are available. Send me email if you're interested and I'll email them to you.


  • This item sold on 6/8/5 for $576.77.


TimeTwister, Alpha, Magic: the Gathering single

We got into Magic: The Gathering back in 1993, when it was brand new. For the first year or so, we were really into it: we traded like crazy, collecting complete sets of each new expansion, we ran a few sealed deck tournaments... we even made costumes based on our favorite cards. But we lost interest in all that when we decided to start Looney Labs, our own game company.

Over the years we've sold off most of our Magic cards, in some cases at a significant profit. In 1998, we funded the first print run of Aquarius using money we made selling some of our Magic cards. But we kept a bunch of stuff back... we still have our original Alpha/Beta notebook, which includes a complete set of Arabian Nights and Antiquities, plus a bunch of different decks we used to actually play with.

In particular, there's my big best-of-everything deck. As described in an article I wrote called "Playing Magic Without a Full Two Decks" (which was published in Pyramid magazine and can now be found at my website), I developed my own preferred way of playing the game, in which the 2 players draw cards from a single, shared deck. Of course, this deck should include lots of really cool cards, and mine had some of the best: a set of all 10 dual lands, lots of powerful creatures, and a full set of the infamous "Power 9."

I haven't played the game in years and considering how valuable some of these cards have become, I've decided I can live without them.

This week I'm putting up the TimeTwister. I really love this card... its function is a lot like the card "What Were We Just Doing?" from my own game Stoner Fluxx. Plus it's about Time Travel, a subject very dear to my heart. But I'd rather sell it than play with it.

Obviously it's seen some use, but I think it's still in pretty good shape. The images here are scans of the actual card you will receive.


  • This item sold on 4/21/5 for $375.00


Mox Pearl, Beta, Magic: the Gathering single

This is the last of the Moxes that once powered Kristin's famous all-artifact Magic deck.

Way back when, in the earliest of M:TG days, when no one had anything other than original Alpha and Beta cards, people often felt gypped when they opened up a new booster pack and discovered that their Rare card was just a dumb old Mox. In those earliest of days, Moxes were seen as kind of pointless... what you wanted for your Rare was a big powerful monster, not something that was basically just a piece of land. So, in those days, it was possible to make trades for Moxes that would be outlandish today... and Kristin cornered the market. She got together enough Moxes to power a zero-land, nothing-but-Artifacts deck. (She had a Black Lotus or two in there as well, but they were much harder to get -- everyone knew the value of those right away.)

Kristin's All-Artifact Deck quickly developed a reputation in our community as a true "killer" deck... everyone wanted to play against it, and *everyone* lost when they did. It was ridiculously powerful, and Kristin had a great time playing with it. Then Arabian Nights came out, and she got several cool new cards to spice up her All-Artifact deck (including pyramids, which were especially fun for us).

And then Antiquities came out, and suddenly there were all these new cards that specifically beat up on Artifacts, and suddenly her unbeatable deck was very easy to beat. Everyone who had previously been demolished by Kristin's All-Artifact Deck wanted a re-match, and even though now she usually lost, she had great fun getting crushed again and again.

And then WotC brought out yet more expansions, and yet more, and eventually we lost interest in Magic and decided to start our own game company, and we just stuck all our old Magic cards on the shelf.

We sold off most of her Moxes long ago, but I kept a set of all 5 in my big all-purpose Best-of-Everything deck. (There's an essay at my website about how I prefer to play with both players using a single, shared deck.) But I never play the game anymore, and haven't in years, and the deck will still be plenty cool without the Moxes (and the Lotus) so I'm selling them off, one by one.

This Mox Pearl is from the Beta printing. Obviously it's seen some use, but I think it's still in pretty good shape. The image here is a scan of the actual card; please send me email if you're interested and I'll email you back with a high-rez version of this scan.

Our other Moxes sold as follows:

Click on the low-rez image below to download the hi-rez version...


BLACK LOTUS, Beta, Magic: the Gathering M:TG TCG

This is a beta Black Lotus which I traded for in 1993 and which I had in my original primary Magic deck back in the days when I was still playing the game.

Obviously it's seen some use, but I think it's still in pretty good shape. The image here is a scan of the actual card you will receive.

I'm starting the bidding on my Black Lotus at $700, as this is the amount I was offered for it by a professional Magic card vendor at Gen-Con last month.


After putting this up for auction, I got a request for high rez scans of the front and back. Unfortunately my scanner broke last week and I hadn't ever scanned the back, so I had to resort to using my camera instead. Anyway, here are 3 detailed images you can download (Warning, they're big!):


  • My Black Lotus sold on 9/29/4 for $970.00!


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