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MTG Fast Finance: Episode 17

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by Travis Allen (@wizardbumpin) & James Chillcott (@mtgcritic)

MTG Fast Finance is a weekly podcast that tries to break down the flurry of financial activity in the world of Magic: The Gathering into a fast, fun and useful thirty minute format. Follow along with our seasoned hosts as they walk you through this week’s big price movements, their picks of the week, metagame analysis and a rotating weekly topic.

Show Notes: Feb 26th

Segment 1: Top Movers of the Week

Mesmeric Orb">Mesmeric Orb (Mirrodin)
Start: $7.00
Finish: $11.50
Gain: +$4.50 (+65%)

Golgari Grave-Troll">Golgari Grave-Troll (Ravnica)
Start: $5.00
Finish: $9.00
Gain: +$4.00 (+80%)

Champion of the Parish">Champion of the Parish Foil (Innistrad)
Start: $5.00
Finish: $10.00
Gain: +$5.00 (+100%)

Elvish Champion Foil (7th Edition)
Start: $15.00
Finish: $30.00
Gain: +$15.00 (+100%)

Grafdigger’s Cage">Grafdigger’s Cage (Dark Ascension)
Start: $4.50
Finish: $10.00
Gain: +$5.50 (+125%)

Thousand-Year Elixir">Thousand-Year Elixir Foil (Lorwyn)
Start: $22.00
Finish: $15.00
Gain: +$12.00 (+400%)

Shelldock Isle">Shelldock Isle (Lorwyn)
Start: $3.00
Finish: $9.00
Gain: +$6.00 (+200%)

Dreadbore">Dreadbore (Return to Ravnica)
Start: $4.00
Finish: $14.00
Gain: +$10.00 (+250%)

Steamflogger Boss Foil (Future Sight)
Start: $.75
Finish: $5.00
Gain: +$4.25 (+566%)

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Belbe’s Portal Foil (Nemesis)
Start: $4.00
Finish: $30.00
Gain: +$26.00 (+650%)

Segment 2: Cards to Watch

James Picks:

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  1. Dragon Arch">Dragon ArchApocalypse, Confidence Level 7: $1.75 to $6+ (+250%, 0-6 months)
  2. Oath of Nissa, Foil, Oath of the Gatewatch, Confidence Level 7: $6 to $12+ (+100%, 6-12 months)
  3. Master of Waves">Master of WavesTheros, Confidence Level 8: $4 to $10 (150%, 6-12 months)

Travis Picks:

  1. Gavony Township">Gavony Township, Innistrad, Confidence Level 6: $5 to $12 (+140%, 3-6 months)
  2. Void Winnower">Void Winnower, Battle for Zendikar, Confidence Level 7: $2 to $8 (+300%, 6-12+ months)
  3. Chord of Calling">Chord of Calling, Magic 2015, Confidence Level 8: $10 to $20 (+100%, 12+ months)

Disclosure: Travis and James may own speculative copies of the above cards.

Segment 3: Metagame Week in Review

Last weekend, players jammed thousands of games of Modern across two simultaneous GPs in Charlotte and Los Angeles. What showed up and what didn’t? Are there financial opportunities to be found?

Segment 4: Topic of the Week – Eternal Masters Spoilers

Eternal Masters spoilers wrapped up Friday morning, and Magic players worldwide are excited for cards that have been reprinted for the first time in over a decade. What didn’t show up is just as important as what did though. Travis and James talk sealed boxes, singles, what we’re missing, future reprints, and more.

James Chillcott is the CEO of ShelfLife.net, The Future of Collecting, Senior Partner at Advoca, a designer, adventurer, toy fanatic and an avid Magic player and collector since 1994.

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MTG Fast Finance Episode 16

by Travis Allen (@wizardbumpin) & James Chillcott (@mtgcritic)

MTG Fast Finance is a weekly podcast that tries to break down the flurry of financial activity in the world of Magic: The Gathering into a fast, fun and useful thirty minute format. Follow along with our seasoned hosts as they walk you through this week’s big price movements, their picks of the week, metagame analysis and a rotating weekly topic.

Show Notes: April 15th

Segment 1: Top Movers of the Week

City of Brass">City of Brass  (Arabian Nights)
Start: $74.00
Finish: $107.00
Gain: +$33.00 (+45%)

Lake of the Dead">Lake of the Dead (Alliances)
Start: $5.50
Finish: $8.00
Gain: +$2.50 (+45%)

Quicksilver Amulet">Quicksilver Amulet Foil (Magic 2012)
Start: $13.00
Finish: $25.00
Gain: +$12.00 (+92%)

Nahiri, the Harbinger">Nahiri, the Harbinger (Shadows Over Innistrad)
Start: $11.00
Finish: $20.00
Gain: +$9.00 (+80%)

Part the Waterveil">Part the Waterveil (Battle for Zendikar)
Start: $2.00
Finish: $5.50
Gain: +$3.50 (+175%)

Brain in a Jar (Shadows Over Innistrad)
Start: $1.00
Finish: $3.00
Gain: +$2.00 (+200%)

 

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Segment 2: Cards to Watch

James’ Picks:

  1. Zada, Hedron Grinder">Zada, Hedron Grinder, Battle for Zendikar, Confidence Level 7: $.5 to $5 (+900%, 12+ months)
  2. Smothering Abomination Battle for Zendikar, Confidence Level 6: $.25 to $2 (+700%, 12+ months)
  3. Sire of Stagnation Battle for Zendikar, Confidence Level 6: $1 to $4 (+300%, 12+ months)
  4. Dragonmaster Outcast Battle for Zendikar, Confidence Level 7: $3 to $7 (+133%, 12+ months
  5. Chord of Calling Foil Magic 2015, Confidence Level 8: $20 to $40 (+100%, 6-12+ months)

Travis’ Picks:

  1. Cryptic Command Modern Masters 2, Confidence Level 6: $20 to $35 (+75%, 6-12+ months
  2. Reveillark Foil Modern Masters, Confidence Level 8: $17 to $30 (+75%, 6-12+ months)

Disclosure: Travis and James may own speculative copies of the above cards.

Segment 3: Grand Prix Toronto and Grand Prix Tokyo

Between last weekend’s Standard GP in Toronto and the Standard GP running in Tokyo while this episode is recorded, there’s plenty of decks and cards to discuss.

James Chillcott is the CEO of ShelfLife.net, The Future of Collecting, Senior Partner at Advoca, a designer, adventurer, toy fanatic and an avid Magic player and collector since 1994.

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MTG Fast Finance Episode 15

by Travis Allen (@wizardbumpin) & James Chillcott (@mtgcritic)

MTG Fast Finance is a weekly podcast that tries to break down the flurry of financial activity in the world of Magic: The Gathering into a fast, fun and useful thirty minute format. Follow along with our seasoned hosts as they walk you through this week’s big price movements, their picks of the week, metagame analysis and a rotating weekly topic.

Show Notes: April 15th

Segment 1: Top Movers of the Week

Cryptolith Rite  (Shadows Over Innistrad)
Start: $3.75
Finish: $7.50
Gain: +$3.75 (+100%)

Languish (Magic Origins)
Start: $4.00
Finish: $8.25
Gain: +$4.25 (+105%)

Reshape Foil (Darksteel)
Start: $6.00
Finish: $15.00
Gain: +$9.00 (+150%)

Deadbridge Chant Foil (Dragon’s Maze)
Start: $6.00
Finish: $18.00
Gain: +$12.00 (+200%)

Hissing Quagmire (Oath of the Gatewatch)
Start: $2.00
Finish: $6.00
Gain: +$4.00 (+200%)

Muddle the Mixture (Ravnica)
Start: $2.50
Finish: $7.50
Gain: +$5.00 (+200%)

Puca’s Mischief (Shadowmoor)
Start: $1.75
Finish: $7.00
Gain: +$5.25 (+300%)

Wheel of Sun and Moon (Shadowmoor)
Start: $5.00
Finish: $20.00
Gain: +$15.00 (+300%)

Koth of the Hammer Foil (Scars of Mirrodin)
Start: $12.00
Finish: $50.00
Gain: +$38.00 (+315%)

Season’s Past Foil (Shadows Over Innistrad)
Start: $2.00
Finish: $9.00
Gain: +$7.00 (+350%)

Dark Petition  (Magic Origins)
Start: $1.50
Finish: $7.00
Gain: +$5.50 (+366%)

Segment 2: Cards to Watch

James’ Picks:

  1. Nahiri, the Harbinger, Shadows Over Innistrad, Confidence Level 6: $10 to $20 (+100%, 0-6 months)
  2. Sylvan Advocate Oath of the Gatewatch, Confidence Level 6: $6 to $10 (+66%, 0-6 months)
  3. Eye of Ugin Expeditions, Confidence Level 8: $60 to $100 (+66%, 12+ months)
  4. Thought-Knot Seer Oath of the Gatewatch, Confidence Level 8: $6 to $12 (+100%, 6-12 months)

Travis’ Picks:

  1. Theros Gods, Theros, Born of the Gods, Journey Into Nyx, Confidence Level 7  (12+ months)

Disclosure: Travis and James may own speculative copies of the above cards.

Segment 3: Pro Tour Shadows Over Innistrad

With one of the most diverse and star-studded top eights at a Pro Tour in years, there’s no shortage of decks and cards to discuss.

Segment 4: Organized Play and the Modern Pro Tour

Wizards of the Coast announced (and 48 hours later rescinded) major changes to platinum level benefits. They also announced the end of the Modern Pro Tour. What’s going on behind the scenes to drive these decisions, and what bearing will it have on the secondary market?

James Chillcott is the CEO of ShelfLife.net, The Future of Collecting, Senior Partner at Advoca, a designer, adventurer, toy fanatic and an avid Magic player and collector since 1994.

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MTG Fast Finance Episode 13

by Travis Allen (@wizardbumpin) & James Chillcott (@mtgcritic)

MTG Fast Finance is a weekly podcast that tries to break down the flurry of financial activity in the world of Magic: The Gathering into a fast, fun and useful thirty minute format. Follow along with our seasoned hosts as they walk you through this week’s big price movements, their picks of the week, metagame analysis and a rotating weekly topic.

Show Notes: April 15th

Segment 1: Top Movers of the Week

Secure the Wastes  (Dragons of Tarkir)
Start: $5.50
Finish: $10.00
Gain: +$4.50 (+80%)

Gifts Ungiven (Modern Masters)
Start: $12.00
Finish: $24.00
Gain: +$12.00 (+100%)

Undiscovered Paradise (Visions)
Start: $4.50
Finish: $10.50
Gain: +$6.00 (+133%)

Knight of the White Orchid  (Magic Origins)
Start: $2.00
Finish: $5.00
Gain: +$3.00 (+150%)

Kytheon, Hero of Akros (Magic Origins)
Start: $5.50
Finish: $14.00
Gain: +$8.50 (+155%)

Tireless Tracker (Shadows Over Innistrad)
Start: $2.00
Finish: $7.00
Gain: +$5.00 (+250%)

Pyromancer’s Goggles (Magic Origins)
Start: $2.00
Finish: $8.00
Gain: +$6.00 (+300%)

 

Segment 2: Cards to Watch

James’ Picks:

  1. Masterwork of Ingenuity Commander 2014, Confidence Level 7: $1 to $5 (+400%, 0-6 months)
  2. Erayo, Soratami Ascendant Saviors of kamigawa, Confidence Level 6: $5 to $10 (+100%, 0-12 months)
  3. Oath of the Gatewatch Booster Crate, $100

Travis’ Picks:

  1. Languish, Magic Origins, Confidence Level 6: $3 to $7 (+133%, 0-6 months)
  2. Radiant Flames Battle for Zendikar, Confidence Level 5: $.25 to $1.50 (+500%, 0-6 months)
  3. Alhammarret’s Archive Magic Origins, Confidence Level 7: $4 to $10 (+150%, 0-12+ months)

Disclosure: Travis and James may own speculative copies of the above cards.

Segment 3: SCG Baltimore Standard Open and Modern Classic

Starcitygames was in Baltimore this weekend, and it brought our first look at  both Shadows Over Innistrad Standard and Post-Eldrazi, Post-Ancestral Vision, Post-Thopter Foundry Modern. What showed up? What didn’t? What can we learn from these results?

James Chillcott is the CEO of ShelfLife.net, The Future of Collecting, Senior Partner at Advoca, a designer, adventurer, toy fanatic and an avid Magic player and collector since 1994.

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