Wizards of the Coast didn't create the first Magic: The Gathering merchandise. Rather, it was a religious-based charity in New York State. No, really.
In the early days of Magic: The Gathering, there was a curious running gag that kept popping in each year before finally becoming a reality years later.
In the pre-Alpha days of Magic: The Gathering, there was at least one card that was more powerful than the iconic Black Lotus.