The Origin of the Black Card 

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Speaking of Black Cards, the origin of the first black card is quite amusing. American Express’s Centurion Card, which has an annual fee of $2500 and requires $250,000 in purchases per year, was created after urban legends claimed it already existed.

The American Express Centurion card
The real Black Card

Snopes.com has the full scoop, including tales of how the card has purportedly been used.

  • Another cardholder wanted a handful of sand from the Dead Sea for a child’s school project on the Holy Land. Someone was dispatched by motorcycle to the shores of the Dead Sea to obtain the sand, which was couriered back to London.

When the revolution comes, whoever that guy is, he’s first against the wall.


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