Mother In Japan Tries To Sell Son's Magic: The Gathering Card Collection, Unaware of $5,000 Card

April 12, 2017


After her son moved out, a mother in Japan recently tried selling his Magic: The Gathering card collection on Yahoo Auctions without realizing (and why would she?) the collection included a white border Black Lotus card (middle row, far right) worth between $4,000 and $6,000. *shaking head* I used to have one too before I put it between the spokes of my bicycle.

"No claim, no return," she wrote, seeming to want to offload the old cards with bidding starting only at 1,000 yen (US$9).

With five days still left to go, the auction had reached 601,000 yen ($5,475) on April 11 when the mom posted an update. "I apologize to those who placed bids," she wrote on the auction page, "but I put these up without knowing they had this much value."

The mom added that her son had called and yelled at her. "With my family on the brink of collapse, I'm calling off this auction." She continued that she felt terrible for letting everyone down and causing trouble.

"Today," she added, "my son said he's coming to pick up his cards."

First of all, this is the son's fault for not taking his card collection with him when he moved out, especially if he knew he had a $5,000 card (which I'm not convinced he did). Things you want to keep you don't just leave in a shoebox in the closet of your old bedroom. Your parents' house is not a storage unit. Except mine, my parents have tons of extra space and are way more understanding. Isn't that right, dad? "I got $22 for your Beanie Baby collection." But I had six Princess Dianas!

Thanks to Bri, who agrees she should have just let the auction run and split the proceeds with her son 80/20 because she birthed him and he owes her.

  • Bling Nye

    Friend of mine sold his lotus for $75, and even at the time it was worth $300. We still bring it up sometimes to rub it in his face. But to be fair, who would've thought those cards would've ever been worth this much? We used to tear Chaos Orbs into little pieces when we played with them...

  • da1nonlysage

    My mom did this with my PS1 and N64 games. Had over 200 PS1 games with quite a few gems

  • Meh

    That listing too! Fucking hell, black lotus time warp the shit must've hit the fan fast once that got listed for 10 bucks.

  • Jon

    Ancestral Recall and Timetwister as well.

  • Meh

    Lel! that's insane. My mother also throws or gives all my stuff away - not my cards though - my brother sold our my valuable cards years ago:( Double lands, misprints just horrible. I still have the 4 Mishra's Factory lands, Sol Ring and Ivory Tower though:)

  • Siobhan Sands

    Geek rage initiated. Shame he couldn't have cut his mum a little more slack. Wasn't out of spite obviously.

  • GeneralDisorder

    +1 for her not just saying "what's this shit? Looks like trash". I dare say she's a good mom for that.

    And... she was able to stop the auction. I imagine her saying "With my family on the brink of collapse, I'm calling off this auction." she may have embellished that to quell anyone complaining about stopping the auction.

    As for the son... Dumbass has a Black Lotus. Why is that left at home? Unless he lives in some hostel or dorm he should have them with him. If he's away at college then WTF mom! Wait until he has his own house at least.

  • asdfadfs

    why would you sell or trash someone's stuff without contacting them first to come pick through and make sure it's not being kept for a reason?

  • Jenness

    Because she probably bought it for the little bastard even after he blew out her cooch.

  • reave

    Risky click.....

  • TheQiwiMan

    Mommas gunna mom.

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