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Strip by: David Morgan-Mar

T-Rex: Mountain. Channel.
T-Rex: FIREBALL!
T-Rex: I win!!
Dromiceiomimus: Uh, no.
Utahraptor: You need a Back Lotus for that combo.
T-Rex: What's that?
Utahraptor: A card that costs $4000.
T-Rex: That's stupid! Get me some caviar.

The author writes:

Eh... It's a Magic: The Gathering gag. Either you get it, or you don't care.

Suffice to say that Black Lotus is a card which was originally sold (in 1993) shuffled into random packs of cards for $2 or so. It's so overpowered that it was removed from print and subsequently quickly became the most expensively traded card in the game. By 1994, an individual Black Lotus card was selling for somewhere around $20.

Enter a friend of mine, who was just getting into the game at the time. One of his friends said, "I'm going to buy a Black Lotus. Do you want one?"

My friend said, "How much?"

His friend replied, "$20."

My friend said, "Are you out of your freaking mind! $20 for a piece of cardboard! No way!"

The trading price for a Black Lotus last time I checked was around $4000.