'Magic' card sells for $129,000

Magic: The Gathering has been around since 1993.
Magic: The Gathering has been around since 1993. Photo credit: Getty

If you've got an old set of Magic: The Gathering cards sitting in a box in the shed, it might be time to dig it out.

A single card from an original set published in 1993 has just sold for NZ$129,000 online.

There were only ever 1100 copies of the card - a Black Lotus from the original Alpha set - ever published, gaming site Kotaku reports. Early adopters of the wizard combat game quickly realised it was overpowered, so it wasn't printed again.

The card, which sold on auction site eBay, was in almost perfect condition.

An original Black Lotus.
An original Black Lotus. Photo credit: Beckett/eBay

If you have money to burn, a more Black Lotus cards have been put up for sale on eBay - one  for NZ$147,000 and the other, NZ$294,000.

If you can afford that, the NZ$736 shipping fees are unlikely to be an obstacle.