Over the weekend, Reddit user LATIN0 posted some pictures on the internet of something neat they saw while at the junkyard. They had seen a pile of boxes, all in perfect condition, which were full of Magic the Gathering card.
They had simply found it interesting and wanted to share their curiosity. “Someone dumped 6 pallets of Magic TG cards at my local municipal landfill”, they wrote. But not long after, all hell broke loose. The post received tens of thousands of upvotes. Websites started posting news about it despite knowing next to nothing about what was actually in them. YouTube conspiracy videos started popping up, spending hours poring over the footage to try and figure out the truth behind it all. WHY WOULD THIS HAPPEN, they thought, WHAT COULD IT MEAN.
“Why?” questions were a bit pointless. Stuff gets dumped in landfills all the time by shipping companies if it’s not signed for/paid for, can’t be held and can’t be returned. “What was in them?” the questions were more interesting, and could actually be answered because LATIN0 was able to catch some and open them.
It turned out that they were boxes full of things like Infinity and Modern horizons II the kits:
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The next questions people started asking were how many cards were there and how much were they worth? Going by the retail price of the cards, and multiplying by the volume of the boxes and how many boxes it looked like in the picture, estimates ranged anywhere from $100,000 all the way up to $250,000 (and potentially even moredepending on which valuable cards were inside).
Part of the reason there was so much speculation surrounding the cards was the fact that LATIN0 – who say they are not fans of the game, and only know about it at all “because of Reddit posts I’ve seen over the years” – originally only posted the one photo of the landfill, located somewhere in Texas. The main reason, however, is the fact that we are going to reach never know, because after receiving 24 hours of frantic messages from Magic collectors and fans, they drove back to the dump a day later only to find the boxes completely destroyed.
“The cards are all under layers of rubbish, every day 2-4 layers are added”, they said earlier today. “Don’t try to come and look for anyone. They are all injured.”
LATIN0 expresses some regret that they didn’t know how much the cards were worth when they posted the photos, and wants to keep the few they managed to save “to remind myself of a moment in my life that I would be able to be”.
“I’m not going to kill myself over this post or these cards. I’m going back to work like everyone else.”
If you can handle more of the horror of seeing these cards in such a state, there are videos here shows the extent of the destruction.