Ultimately, though, the person who initially unpacked the card (who was recently identified as Brook Trafton) revealed via TikTok that they decided to sell it to one of MTG‘s most famous fans: rapper Post Malone. In a statement, Trafton said that he actually thought of Malone when he unpacked the card and is ultimately happy that he was able to sell it to “someone who would appreciate it as much as I do.” He also mentioned that even getting to meet Malone was a “moment straight out of a fairytale.”
While a very loose report suggests that Malone ultimately spent $2.6 million to acquire the card, that number has not been verified at this time. Of course, it’s hard to imagine that Trafton would have taken less than $2 million for the card, unless he gave Malone a massive fan discount (or received non-cash benefits that helped sweeten the overall deal).
In any case, it’s reasonable to suspect that the value of the card will only go up from here. Again, this card was manufactured to be one of the most valuable collector’s items in the history of the CCG genre. It’s a card that appeals to hardcore MTG fans, hardcore Lord of the Rings fans, and will now also likely appeal even more to fans of Post Malone. Given what we’ve seen with MTG and Pokémon card prices over the years, it’s hard to imagine that a card like this will suffer a serious drop in overall value anytime soon.
Having said that, it’s worth noting that the most anyone has paid for an MTG up until this point was $800,000 for an ultra-rare Black Lotus card (which has long been the poster child for rare collectible cards in this genre). That card was also purchased by Post Malone. So while history tells us that nobody is willing to spend more money on an MTG card than Post Malone, the nature of this particular card’s release, design, and history makes it easy to suspect it will remain valuable for as long as anyone with a ton of disposable cash wants to own one of the most notable pieces of MTG‘s history.