Iconic CGC Trading Cards-certified Black Lotus and Charizard Cards Ready to Win at Auction

Posted on 2/28/2022

These cards represent the most recognizable and sought-after trading cards in the hobby.

An upcoming Heritage Auctions sale features several iconic Magic: The Gathering and Pokémon cards certified by CGC Trading Cards™. Among the most sought after in the hobby, these rare cards helped fuel the boom in trading card collecting. Bidding is currently underway and closes March 4-5.

CGC Trading Cards certified this Magic: The Gathering Black Lotus Rare Alpha Edition a CGC 4.5, with sub-grades of 9 for Centering, 4 for Surface, 5 for Corners and 5 for Edges. The popularity of the card is based around its ability to give the player a significant advantage early in the game. The card was eventually banned from standard competitive play by Wizards of the Coast, the games creator. It is estimated that only 1,100 copies of the Alpha edition card were ever printed.

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CGC Trading Cards certified this Pokémon Charizard 1st Edition Holo a CGC 9, with sub-grades of 10 for Centering, 9 for Surface, 9 for Corners and 9 for Edges. Charizard is one of the most famous Pokémon cards of all time, with even newer versions commanding a premium. Charizard’s unique ability — Energy Burn — helps it deal damage quickly when different energy types are used in place of Fire.

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As part of the same auction, Heritage is also offering several other CGC Trading Cards-certified rarities:

  • a Pokémon Tropical Mega Battle Lucky Stadium Trainer Promo graded CGC 8
  • a Magic: The Gathering Black Lotus Rare Beta Edition graded CGC 7.5
  • a Magic: The Gathering Ancestral Recall Rare Beta Edition graded CGC 8
  • a Magic: The Gathering Mox Sapphire Rare Alpha Edition graded CGC 4.5
  • a Pokémon Charizard 1st Edition Holo graded CGC 8.5
  • a Magic: The Gathering Tropical Island Rare Alpha Edition graded CGC 5
  • a Magic: The Gathering Wheel of Fortune Rare Alpha Edition graded CGC 5
  • a Magic: The Gathering Mox Ruby Rare Alpha Edition graded CGC 4.5
  • a Pokémon First Edition Team Rocket Complete Set in various grades

Impressive sale prices at auction combined with a strong presence online, such as Youtube, have continued to fuel the interest and demand for these cards. One can only hope that shoebox of cards in an attic or closet might hold the next record-breaking trading card find.


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