ALPHA Personal Incarnation BGS Graded 9.0 MTG (rarest card in all of Alpha)

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ALPHA Personal Incarnation BGS Graded 9.0 MTG (rarest card in all of Alpha)
ALPHA Personal Incarnation BGS Graded 9.0 MTG (rarest card in all of Alpha)
ALPHA Personal Incarnation BGS Graded 9.0 MTG (rarest card in all of Alpha)
ALPHA Personal Incarnation BGS Graded 9.0 MTG (rarest card in all of Alpha)
ALPHA Personal Incarnation BGS Graded 9.0 MTG (rarest card in all of Alpha)
ALPHA Personal Incarnation BGS Graded 9.0 MTG (rarest card in all of Alpha)

ALPHA Personal Incarnation BGS Graded 9.0 MTG (rarest card in all of Alpha)
Officially the rarest card in the entire Alpha set (see image of Beckett’s population chart in the photos attached), here in MINT condition. Possibly the only mint copy in existence, and a must-own for anyone trying to assemble a mint set of Alpha. This listing receives an average of 200 views each day, so I decided to share some of the questions Ive received in the following format. Q: Why is this card so rare? A: Of the 1,100 limited copies of each Alpha rare that were produced, some cards experienced printing and/or alignment problems. The Personal Incarnation experienced the worst of the printing problems with most copies exhibiting white ink smears all over the card. As a result, seemingly every copy (other than this listing) has a maximum surface grade of 8.0. This severely impacts the overall grade, prohibiting it from be classified as MINT. Q: How many copies have been graded in mint condition? A: Beckett’s population report shows that 5 copies have been graded in 9.0 condition, however, it’s very likely that fewer physical copies exist. Graded cards are often removed from their case and resubmitted with the hope of getting a higher grade. Since the grading authority doesn’t know that they’ve graded the same card multiple times, their population report can be wildly inflated and inaccurate. Its quite possible that this is the only mint copy. Q: Surely, more copies will be graded in mint condition, right? A: Many players that were around during the very first years of MTGs production will remember that large creatures were what everyone wanted to play with. The Power 9 were much less desirable than big creatures. The Personal Incarnation is the largest white creature in the inaugural set, with a special ability that coupled well with cards like Reverse Damage, Circle of Protection, and the color Wards. Personal Incarnation was played very often in the early years, resulting in very few remaining copies in good condition today. Q: This card isnt one of the iconic Power 9, why would someone pay so much for it? The CE and ICE sets are both now legal in unsanctioned tournaments by Channel Fireball, so the market has plenty of supply for those seeking Power 9 cards. This listing contains such an extremely rare card that it would be suitable for display at the Wizards of the Coast headquarters. Only the most ardent collector or investor would seek this particular item. Q: How is the price for an item like this determined? A: On the subject of extremely rare collectibles, only the market can determine an items value. Q: Ok, but comparing vintage comic books to MTG is comparing apples to oranges. What does the MTG market have to say? A: Well, Beckett reports that there are currently 63 copies of the 9.0 Black Lotus, with an additional 41 copies available in 9.5 condition. As mentioned above, these numbers could be artificially high, with fewer physical copies in circulation. As of 2019, market demand is currently at an all-time high for vintage MTG items. If we compare the population numbers for these two cards, we quickly see exactly how rare the Alpha Personal Incarnation is in mint condition. Q: Maybe Ill get lucky and another copy will hit the market with a 9.0 grade, thats possible right? A: Keep in mind, graded and ungraded cards are often lost, burned or destroyed as time passes and people experience hardships. This particular card was saved from two massive wildfires in California in just the past couple of years alone, as an example of such events. A: Well, Beckett keeps excellent records of known production problems with various collectibles, as well as images for the best items that they have graded. Since Beckett has now seen and graded a copy with a flawless surface, great corners, edges, top-to-bottom centering and left-to-right centering, the bar has been set very high for future ungraded copies that pass through their hands. Q: Where did you get the card? A: I spent 2016, 2017 and 2018 assembling a BGS 9.0 set of Alpha. This particular card was acquired in one of PWCCs auctions. I have only a handful of cards left which are extremely difficult to find, this one being the crown jewel. If you have any question, please feel free to ask and I will share those discussions here. Power 9 come and go, but this beauty has always been the pride of my Alpha collection. I have never seen another copy in comparable condition in 5 years of searching, but Ive seen several copies of every other card pass through various platforms. This is an opportunity to acquire an irreplaceable piece of gaming history, in mint condition, from the inaugural set of the world’s best game, before it becomes forever unattainable. Thanks for viewing and reading. The item “ALPHA Personal Incarnation BGS Graded 9.0 MTG (rarest card in all of Alpha)” is in sale since Wednesday, March 18, 2020. This item is in the category “Toys & Hobbies\Collectible Card Games\Magic\ The Gathering\MTG Individual Cards”. The seller is “john-southcali” and is located in Thousand Oaks, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.
  • Year: 1993
  • Set: Limited Edition Alpha
  • Character Family: Magic the Gathering
  • Card Condition: Near Mint or better
  • Edition: Alpha
  • Grade: 9
  • Color: White
  • Card Type: Creature
  • Professional Grader: BGS
  • Brand: WOTC
  • Rarity: Rare

ALPHA Personal Incarnation BGS Graded 9.0 MTG (rarest card in all of Alpha)