There's a fine line between collecting and hoarding, and that line is usually where the value of a collection exceeds the cost of containing it. A million-dollar Magic: The Gathering collection, for example, is definitely not hoarding. It's an investment.
When a German Magic player started his collection back in 1995, it began with two Limited Edition starter decks where he pulled two dual lands–Taiga and Volcanic Island. Decades later, his collection is now worth over $1 million, according to the grading service Cardmarket.
We don't know this German collector's real name. He goes by Solkanar online (chosen for his favorite card from Legends, Sol'kanar the Swamp King) and refuses to give it out during the interview, noting that "anonymity is the best protection" from would-be thieves.
"I cherish my anonymity, even if I could probably get quite a few followers on Instagram," remarked Solkanar. "But every collector is happy when they reach their goals. I'm happy, and I enjoy others taking an interest."
Solkanar's collection includes all of Magic's greatest and most expensive cards, including Time Walk, Time Twister, Ancestral Recall, all the Moxes, every dual land, three Black Lotuses, and seven Mishra's Workshops. He actually has three sets of Power Nine cards, and at least one of every card ever printed since Limited. He buys two boxes from every set and whatever cards he's missing he just buys as singletons from Cardmarket.
While Solkanar collected for the joy of collecting, he did notice that his collection’s value truly skyrocketed around 2017. A few years later, he decided it would be a good idea to get his collection evaluated, and he discovered that it must be one of the most valuable collections in the world.
And don’t count on getting your hands on any of those Black Lotuses. "You never know what the future brings, but I don't plan to sell my collection anytime soon," Solkanar added.
In case you missed it, Wizards of the Coast has officially added the Surveil and Landfall keyword to a bunch of older cards, sometimes making their rules text clearer, and sometimes making the card outright better.
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