The Top 100 Most Valuable Magic the Gathering Cards in 2023

With all the controversy surrounding Hasbro’s handling of the Magic the Gathering trading card game, there are still plenty of Magic cards which hold thousands of dollars in value going into 2023. As a list of this nature isn’t currently easily available, or up to date, I’ve decided to start my own list of the most valuable Magic cards right now.

For this list of most valuable MTG cards, the prices are rounded to the nearest hundred dollars for cards over $1,000, and the nearest $5 for cards under $1,000. These market values are as of January 17, 2023. Each card’s most expensive printing is listed here, while less expensive printings are not, as several cards would show up more than twice on this list.

I decided to use TCGPlayer market price calculations because these numbers are based on actual sales on the platform. While there may be more expensive sales of Magic cards beyond those listed here, these are the cards that sell consistently enough to have sales data for an approximate market value. Simply listing the least expensive current sales price is not a true representation of value, after all.

I plan to update this list every few months to keep it relatively current, but the idea behind this list is to give a general view of what cards, and what types of cards, tend to carry the most value in the long term.

Notably, Black Lotus, which is the most expensive Magic card ever, isn’t included on this list due to minimal sales over the past several months. The least expensive copy listed on TCGPlayer as of January 17th, 2023 is $9,975 for an Unlimited Edition Black Lotus. Tournament legal Ancestral Recall, several of the Mox mana rocks, and a few other Alpha and Beta edition cards also do not appear on this list due to insufficient sales data for the TCGPlayer market price calculations.

Without further ado, here are the top 100 most valuable Magic cards in 2023 according to TCGPlayer Market Price for Near-Mint (NM) condition sales.

  1. Timetwister (Alpha Edition) (~$10,000)
  2. Mox Emerald (Unlimited Edition) (~$8,500)
  3. The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale (Legends) (~$4,400)
  4. Black Lotus (Collector’s Edition) (~$4,000) (not Tournament Legal)
  5. Mana Vault (Alpha Edition) (~$3,600)
  6. Viscera Seer (Serial Numbered Secret Lair Drop) (~$3,500)
  7. Mishra’s Workshop (Antiquities) (~$3,400)
  8. Mox Ruby (Unlimited Edition) (~$3,200)
  9. Mox Jet (Unlimited Edition) (~$2,900)
  10. Badlands (Beta Edition) (~$2,800)
  11. Time Walk (Unlimited Edition) (~$2,500)
  12. Gaea’s Cradle (Judge Promos) (~$2,200)
  13. Bazaar of Baghdad (Arabian Nights) (~$2,100)
  14. Library of Alexandria (Arabian Nights) (~$1,600)
  15. Survival of the Fittest (Judge Promos) (~$1,600)
  16. Volcanic Island (Magic 30 Retro Frame) (~$1,500) (not Tournament Legal)
  17. Underground Sea (Magic 30 Retro Frame) (~$1,500) (not Tournament Legal)
  18. Natural Selection (Alpha Edition) (~$1,500)
  19. Moat (Legends) (~$1,500)
  20. Hidetsugu, Devouring Chaos (Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty – Neon Red) (~$1,500)
  21. Wheel of Fortune (Judge Promos) (~$1,300)
  22. Guardian Beast (Arabian Nights) (~$1,300)
  23. Chains of Mephistopheles (Legends) (~$1,300)
  24. Gauntlet of Might (Unlimited Edition) (~$1,300)
  25. Candelabra of Tawnos (Antiquities) (~$1,200)
  26. Tundra (Unlimited Edition) (~$1,200)
  27. Chaos Orb (Unlimited Edition) (~$1,200)
  28. Scrubland (Magic 30 Retro Frame) (~$1,200) (not Tournament Legal)
  29. Tropical Island (Unlimited Edition) (~$1,100)
  30. Volcanic Island (Revised Foreign Black Border) (~$1,100)
  31. Ramos, Dragon Engine (Brother’s War Schematic Serial Numbered) (~$1,100)
  32. Time Vault (Unlimited Edition) (~$1,100)
  33. Nether Void (Legends) (~$1,000)
  34. Winter Orb (Beta Edition) (~$1,000)
  35. Lightning Bolt (Judge Promos) (~$925)
  36. Sol Ring (Kaladesh Inventions) (~$915)
  37. Mana Crypt (Kaladesh Inventions) (~$900)
  38. Platinum Angel (Brother’s War Schematic Serial Numbered) (~$900)
  39. Richard Garfield PhD (Unhinged Alternate Foil) (~$875)
  40. Chromatic Lantern (Brother’s War Schematic Serial Numbered) (~$875)
  41. Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God (Prerelease Japanese Alternate Art) (~$850)
  42. Liliana of the Dark Realms (SDCC 2013 Exclusive) (~$850)
  43. Hypnotic Specter (Alpha Edition) (~$850)
  44. Diamond Valley (Arabian Nights) (~$830)
  45. Will-O-the-Wisp (Alpha Edition) (~$810)
  46. The Abyss (Legends) (~$810)
  47. Drop of Honey (Arabian Nights) (~$810)
  48. Bayou (Magic 30 Retro Frame) (~$800) (not Tournament Legal)
  49. Yawgmoth’s Will (Judge Promos) (~$800)
  50. Ancestral Recall (International Edition) (~$800) (not Tournament Legal)
  51. Mox Diamond (From the Vault: Relics) (~$780)
  52. Narset, Parter of Veils (Prelease Japanese Alternate Art) (~$780)
  53. Armageddon (Beta Edition) (~$750)
  54. Intuition (Judge Promos) (~$730)
  55. Ali From Cairo (Arabian Nights) (~$730)
  56. Savannah (Revised Foreign Black Border) (~$715)
  57. Timber Wolves (Alpha Edition) (~$710)
  58. Mox Pearl (Collector’s Edition) (~$705) (not Tournament Legal)
  59. Zodiac Dragon (Portal Three Kingdoms) (~$700)
  60. Berserk (Beta Edition) (~$700)
  61. Serendib Efreet (Arabian Nights) (~$700)
  62. Royal Assassin (Beta Edition) (~$690)
  63. Taiga (Unlimited Edition) (~$680)
  64. Plateau (Unlimited Edition) (~$680)
  65. Mahamoti Djinn (Beta Edition) (~$665)
  66. Demonic Tutor (Beta Edition) (~$650)
  67. Swords to Plowshares (Beta Edition) (~$625)
  68. Mutavault (Champs Promos) (~$625)
  69. Forest (Guru Lands) (~$620)
  70. Forcefield (Unlimited Edition) (~$610)
  71. All Hallow’s Eve (Legends) (~$605)
  72. Counterspell (Beta Edition) (~$600)
  73. Perilous Vault (Brother’s War Schematic Serial Numbered) (~$595)
  74. Magical Hack (Alpha Edition) (~$595)
  75. City of Brass (Arabian Nights) (~$590)
  76. Eureka (Legends) (~$590)
  77. Altar of Dementia (Brother’s War Schematic Serial Numbered) (~$590)
  78. Mountain (Guru Lands) (~$580)
  79. Farmstead (Alpha Edition) (~$575)
  80. Ashnod’s Altar (Brother’s War Schematic Serial Numbered) (~$570)
  81. Shahrazad (Arabian Nights) (~$570)
  82. Fork (Beta Edition) (~$550)
  83. Serra Angel (Beta Edition) (~$550)
  84. Gifts Given (Special Occasion) (~$550)
  85. Swamp (Guru Lands) (~$530)
  86. Contract From Below (Beta Edition) (~$520)
  87. Black Vise (Alpha Edition) (~$520)
  88. Animate (Alpha Edition) (~$520)
  89. Mesmeric Orb (Brother’s War Schematic Serial Numbered) (~$510)
  90. Island Sanctuary (Alpha Edition) (~$500)
  91. Thorn of Amethyst (Brother’s War Schematic Serial Numbered) (~$500)
  92. Sundering Titan (Brother’s War Schematic Serial Numbered) (~$500)
  93. Savannah Lions (Magic 30 Retro Frame) (~$500) (not Tournament Legal)
  94. Shivan Dragon (Moscow 2005 Promo) (~$500)
  95. Quietus Spike ((Brother’s War Schematic Serial Numbered) (~$500)
  96. Key to the City (Brother’s War Schematic Serial Numbered) (~$500)
  97. Copper Tablet (Alpha Edition) (~$495)
  98. Mind’s Eye (Brother’s War Schematic Serial Numbered) (~$490)
  99. Skyship Weatherlight (Planeshift Alt Art Foil) (~$485)
  100. Goblin Charbelcher (Brother’s War Schematic Serial Numbered) (~$500)

Honorable Mentions

  • Mana Vault (Kaladesh Inventions) (~$480)
  • Unwinding Clock (Brother’s War Schematic Serial Numbered) (~$475)
  • Tiamat (AFR Ampersand Promos) (~$470)
  • Lotus Petal (Kaladesh Inventions) (~$465)
  • Juggernaut (Alpha Edition) (~$465)
  • Old Man of the Sea (Arabian Nights) (~$460)
  • Howling Mine (Brother’s War Schematic Serial Numbered) (~$460)
  • Lion’s Eye Diamond (Mirage) (~$455)
  • Elephant Graveyard (Arabian Nights) (~$450)
  • Force of Will (Judge Promos) (~$450)

What do you think of this list? Are there any Magic cards you’re surprised to see on this most valuable cards list?

Updated 1/17/2023

Writing words, spreading love, Amelia Desertsong primarily writes creative nonfiction articles, as well as dabbling in baseball, Pokemon, Magic the Gathering, and whatever else tickles her fancy.
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