Bodnar’s to Sell Extensive Collection of Magic the Gathering Card Collection on February 18, 2021 Online Only!

Back in June of 2020 Bodnar’s auction received a phone call about an estate collection of Magic the Gathering cards. A collection had been left to a gentleman from a friend who had recently passed away. At that time Joe Bodnar, owner of Bodnar’s auction had no idea how many cards were there, what condition they were in, or whether they were new or old cards. After some research it was clear that this collection had value, but how much value? After a few phone calls to several expects in the field and a visit from one of the experts to do an overview of the collection, it was clear they were sitting on a small fortune. Research on the Black Lotus card showed a value from $1000.00 to $100,000.00, depending on the grade!


They quickly learned that a grade makes all the difference to value when it comes to cards like this. Bodnar’s Auction quickly contacted Beckett grading and sent over 300 cards out to be graded, mostly Alpha & Beta cards. The one problem they had was how to ship it to Texas and insure its safe arrival. An armored car picked up the collection from New Jersey and took it to Texas. “This was the most effective way to send it. In the 28 years I have conducted auctions this was a first where we had an armed guard pick up the collection! It was exciting!” said Joe Bodnar. 4 months later, the email came in that the cards were ready. They were extremely excited to get the cards back with mostly 7-9 grades! This was fantastic news. This collection spans from 1993-2006.


The highlight of the Alpha collection are 3 rare Black Lotus cards. Only 1100 of these cards were printed, which makes this an extremely rare and sought-after card. The first Black lotus came in a 7.5 grade and has an estimate at at $20,000.00-$40,000.00, as well as another Black Lotus card with a grade of 6 estimated at $20,000.00-$40,000.00 and a 3.5 estimated at $10,000.00-$20,000.00. Other rare cards in the Alpha set include Timetwister graded at 8.5 estimate at $5000.00-$10,000.00, Mox Emerald graded at 7.5 estmated at $5000.00-$10,000.00, a Mox Ruby graded at 8.0 estimated at $5000.00-$10,000.00, and a Mox Jet graded at 8.0 estimated at $5000.00-$10,000.00. There are many more from the first set ever made. This collection features almost a complete collection of the first 3 years made for Magic the Gathering as well as many rare complete sets spanning the first 10 years of production. This sale is called the History of Magic the Gathering and it lives up to it’s name. Other highlights in this collection include a Timewalk, Ancestral Recall and Mox Ruby from the Beta Set, another Black Lotus from the Unlimited Deck, a Timetwister, several Mox Jets, several Mox Sapphires, several Mox Pearls, Mox Ruby Mox Emerald, Ancestral Recall, and Time Walk from the Unlimited Deck. Also included are great cards from the Arabian Nights Set, Antiquities Set, Legends, Revised and Pretty Much every deck made until 2006. Most of the sets that we have are all complete and we have most of the foil sets complete as well!!!


The sale has over 400+ lots with many compete sets. The entire collection is estimated at $200,000.00-$400,000.00. Bidding is currently ongoing at Liveauctioneers, Invaluable, Auction Zip and on Bodnar’s Web-site. The auction will be broadcasted live on Liveauctioneers with a live broadcast feed of the auctioneer describing and selling all lots in the sale. Auction is February 18, 2021 and begins at 11:00am. In-House preview by appointment only in South Brunswick, NJ is Tuesday February 16, 2021 10:00am-4:00pm Please contact us to set up your appointment. Full details at www.bodnarsauction.com or call 866-349-7378

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I’m happy with everything Joe and Janet did, you were both informative and were very helpful with the questions I had being that I was never in that position before. Janet’s response time was also positive for me. It was interesting to watch the auction live. I thought you did an amazing job and had a nice banter back and forth. You seem to be a good team! Thank you for all your hard work and making this difficult time of letting  my deceased father’s collectibles go an easy experience.

Kim F.

I would like to thank you for including me in your online sale.
Everything from none contact drop off, to none contact pick up, was handled with the outmost professionalism.
I appreciated your clear communication after the sale with a printout and an explanation of when I’ll receive my check.
Overall I was very please with the prices my jewelry achieved, some lot  went for less then I expected, others went for more, it’s all in the average.

Thank you very much

Michal F.

I come to your auctions often. You and your staff are great. Your change to an online auction on 4/9 is just another testament to your fine character and being thoughtful of others. The items are great no doubt, but a big reason I keep coming back is due to the culture you have created. Thank you. Art

Art F.

Thank You Joe! We Had a Very Good Experience With Your Team! 8/15/19

Carry G.

Sold in July 18, 2019 sale and Overall Pleased!

Frank D.

I received the proceeds from the Auction and wanted to again thank you and your team.  Everything went so smoothly and you all did such a great job from start to finish.This was an overwhelming experience for me and you made everything so easy.  I have been recommending you to everyone!

Thank you again for helping me; your kindness was very much appreciated.

Debbie B

Five Stars!

Samuel P.

Great deals and great company

Armand P.

Love this service! Great deals if you know what to look for!

Anthony D.

As I said once before, Wonderful People Work here. Thanks too all for your constant help. One Huge Look Auction!

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