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MTG Fast Finance Podcast: Episode 97 (Dec 9/17)

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MTG Fast Finance is our weekly podcast covering the flurry of weekly financial activity in the world of Magic: The Gathering. MFF provides a fast, fun and useful sixty 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: Dec 9th, 2017

Segment 1: Top Movers of the Week

 

Card Set Old Price New Price Increase
Call to the Netherworld (foil) TSP $2.00 $15.00 +$13.00 (+650%)
Nevermaker (Foil) MOR $0.75 $3.00 +$2.25 (+300%)
Storage Matrix (Foil) 9th $4.75 $9.00 +$4.25 (+89%)
Custodi Squire (Foil) CSP  $1.50 $2.75 +$1.25 (+83%)
Mesmeric Orb (Foil) MRD $15.00 $21.00 +$6.00 (+40%)

 

Segment 2:  Picks of the Week

James’s Picks:

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Card Set Confidence (1-10) Timeline Current Price Target Price
As Foretold (Foil) AMK 8 6-12+ months $12.00 $25.00 (+108%)
Whir of Invention (Foil) KLD 7 6-12+ months $4.00 $10.00 (+150%)
Paradox Engine (Foil) AER 8 3-12+ months $13.00 $25.00 (+92%)

 

Travis’s Picks:

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Card Set Confidence (1-10) Timeline Current Price Target Price
Detention Sphere (Foil) RTR 7 6-12+ months $6.00 $15.00 (+150%)
Thassa, God of the Sea (Foil) ROE 7 6-12+ months $17.00 $40.00 (+135%)

Segment 3: Metagame Review

James and Travis went over the Modern portion of the results from the SCG Invitational, noting Whir of Invention being used as a four-of in the new version of Lantern Control, and Search for Azcanta showing up in more and more decks.

Segment 4: Topics of the Week

The guys talked over when to get out of failed specs, and reviewed a grab bag of other topics.

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MTG Fast Finance Podcast: Episode 96 (Dec 2/17)

MTG Fast Finance is our weekly podcast covering the flurry of weekly financial activity in the world of Magic: The Gathering. MFF provides a fast, fun and useful sixty 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: December 2nd, 2017

Segment 1: Top Movers of the Week

Card Set Old Price New Price Increase
Ashen-Skin Zubera (Foil) COK $0.40 $3.50 +$3.10 (+775%)
Pattern of Rebirth (Foil) Urza’s Destiny $28.00 $64.00 +$36.00 (+129%)
Rakdos Charm (Foil) RTR $4.50 $9.50 +$5.00 (+111%)
Tinker (Foil) Urza’s Legacy $18.00 $35.00 +$17.00 (+94%)
Condemn (Foil) DIS $7.00 $12.00 +$5.00 (+71%)
Pongify (Foil) PLC $9.00 $15.00 +$6.00 (+67%)
Blind Obedience GTC $7.00 $12.00 +$5.00 (+71%)

 

Segment 2:  Picks of the Week

James’s Picks:

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Card Set Confidence (1-10) Timeline Current Price Target Price
Cyclonic Rift (Foil) MM17 9 3-6+ months $15.00 $30.00 (+100%)
Liliana of the Veil (Foil) MM17 8 6-12+ months $140.00 $200.00 (+43%)
Garruk,Apex Predator (Foil) M15 7 3-12+ months $20.00 $35.00 (+75%)

 

Travis’s Picks:

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Card Set Confidence (1-10) Timeline Current Price Target Price
Cheatyface UNH 8 3-12+ months $3.00 $6.00 (+100%)
Return to the Ranks (Foil) M15 7 3-12+ months $2.50 $10.00 (+300%)

 

 

Segment 3: Topic of the Week

The guys went over the temporary approval of silver bordered cards for EDH as well as some forward looking comments on Modern Masters 25.

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MTG Fast Finance Podcast: Episode 95 (Nov. 27/17)

MTG Fast Finance is our weekly podcast covering the flurry of weekly financial activity in the world of Magic: The Gathering. MFF provides a fast, fun and useful sixty 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: November 24th, 2017

Segment 1: Top Movers of the Week

Card Set Old Price New Price Increase
Arena of the Ancients Legends $8.00 $48.00 +$40.00 (+500%)
Urza’s Mine (Foil) 9th $30.00 $70.00 +$40.00 (+133%)
Crop Rotation (Foil) Urza’s Legacy $100.00 $180.00 +$80.00 (+80%)
Bazaar of Baghdad Arabian Nights $875.00 $1200.00 +$325.00 (+37%)
Bloodbraid Elf (Foil) EMA $8.00 $14.00 +$6.00 (+75%)
Custodi Squire (Foil) Conflux $1.50 $2.50 +$1.00 (+67%)
Ring of Gix Urza’s Destiny $95.00 $115.00 +$20.00 (+21%)

 

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Segment 2:  Picks of the Week

James’s Picks:

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Card Set Confidence (1-10) Timeline Current Price Target Price
Walking Ballista (Foil) Aether Revolt 8 6-12+ months $20.00 $35.00 (+75%)
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger (Foil) BFZ 7 6-12+ months $40.00 $70.00 (+75%)
Snapcaster Mage (Foil) MM17 8 3-12+ months $100.00 $140.00 (+40%)

 

Travis’s Picks:

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Card Set Confidence (1-10) Timeline Current Price Target Price
Gaea’s Cradle Judge Promo Foil 8 3-12+ months $900 $1500.00 (+67%)
World at War (Foil) ROE 7 3-12+ months $7.00 $15.00 (+114%)

Segment 3: Metagame Review

James and Travis took a look at the results from the SCG Modern Classic event in Baltimore, USA, noting several key cards.

Segment 4: Unstable Previews and MTG Finance

The guys had a chat about the glut of Iconic Masters product, what it could mean for the future of the Masters product line, and discussed the Christine Sprankle harassment debacle.

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MTG Fast Finance Podcast: Episode 89 (Oct 12th/17)

MTG Fast Finance is our weekly podcast covering the flurry of weekly financial activity in the world of Magic: The Gathering. MFF provides a fast, fun and useful sixty 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: Oct 12th, 2017

Segment 1: Top Card Spikes of the Week

Charmed Griffin

Charmed Griffin (MM, Foil Uncommon)
Start: $.75
Finish: $5.00
Gain: +$4.25 (+567%)

Quicksilver Fountain (MRD, Rare)
Start: $1.00
Finish: $5.00
Gain: +$4.00 (+400%)

Longtusk Cub (KLD, Foil Uncommon)
Start: $2.25
Finish: $7.50
Gain: +5.25 (+233%)

Hunting Grounds (CMA, Foil Rare)
Start: $9.00
Finish: $25.00
Gain: +16.00 (+178%)

Fiery Justice (MM, Rare)
Start: $3.00
Finish: $7.00
Gain: +$4.00 (+133%)

Aether Flash (7th, Foil Rare)
Start: $6.00
Finish: $13.00
Gain: +$7.00 (+117%)

Memory Jar (URL, Foil Rare)
Start: $185.00
Finish: $400.00
Gain: +$215.00 (+116%)

Search for Azcanta (IXL, Rare)
Start: $7.00
Finish: $15.00
Gain: +$8.00 (+114%)

Nicol Bolas (LEG, Rare)
Start: $27.00
Finish: $55.00
Gain: +$28.00 (+104%)

Vraska’s Contempt (CON, Foil Rare)
Start: $5.00
Finish: $10.00
Gain: +$5.00 (+100%)

Segment 2: Picks of the Week

James’ Picks:

Thought-Knot Seer

  1. Thought-Knot Seer (OGW, Rare)
  • The Call: Confidence Level 8: $7.00 to $20.00 (+13.00/185%) 6-18+ months)

2. Sigarda’s Aid (EMN, Foil Rare)

  • The Call: Confidence Level 8: $3.50 to $10.00 (+6.50/+185%, 12-18+ months)

3. Aetherflux Reservoir (KLD, Foil Rare)

  • The Call: Confidence Level 8: $5.00 to $15.00 (+10.00/+200%, 6-12+ months)

Travis Picks:

Assemble the Legion

Duskwatch Recruiter

  1. Assemble the Legion (GTC, Rare)
  • The Call: Confidence Level 9: $6.00 to $15.00 (+9.00/+150%, 6-12+ months)

2. Phyrexian Metamorph (NPH, Rare)

  • The Call: Confidence Level 8: $9.00 to $20.00 (+11.00/+122%, 0-12+ months)

Disclosure: Travis and James may own, or intend to own, speculative copies of the above cards.

Segment 3: Metagame Week in Review

The Standard meta at the World Championships was the topic of the week, as the crew reviewed the continual narrowing of the meta into Red, Energy and UBx Control strategies.

Segment 4: Topic of the Week

Travis and James took a deep dive on the state of Magic: The Gathering branding and how it might impact the future of the game.

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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