By James Chillcott (@MTGCritic)
One of the most common misconceptions about folks involved in MTGFinance is that we are constantly manipulating the market and feeding players misinformation to help fuel achievement of our personal goals.
It recently occurred to us here that though we dole out a good deal of advice, most of you ultimately have very little insight into when we actually put our money where our collective mouths are pointing. As such we’ve decided to run a weekly series simply breaking down what we’ve been buying this week and why. These lists are meant to be both complete and transparent, leaving off only cards we bought without hope of profit, where appropriate. We’ll also try to provide some insight into our thinking behind the specs, and whether we are aiming for a short (<1 month), mid (1-12 month), or long (1 year+) term flip. Here we go!
Buying Period: Feb 21st – 28th, 2015
- Long: 5x Daretti, Scrap Savant (NM): $3.20 per
- Mid: 12x Soulflayer (NM): $1.50 per
- Long: 4x Polluted Delta (KTK, NM): $12.50 per
- Long: 4x Flooded Strand (KTK, NM): $12.50 per
- Long: 4x Windswept Heath (KTK, NM): $8 per
- Long: 10x Kiora’s Follower (NM – Alt Art Foil Promo): $0.25 per
- Long: 10x Plague Stinger (NM – Alt Art Promo): $0.25 per
- Long: 10x In Garruk’s Wake (NM – Alt Art Foil Promo): $0.25 per
My buying pattern was largely opportunistic this week, breaking off whatever deals I stumbled across as I sell off many of my better specs from earlier in the year.
First off, tip of the hat to Brainstorm Brewery’s own Ryan Bushard for turning me on to Daretti, Scrap Savant as an undervalued planeswalker currently being held back by the total value of the other rares from the red Commander 2014 deck. Anything under $5 seems like a great entry point for a 1-2 year hold up above $10.
I’m in for cheap Soulflayers all day long, as I’m still relatively certain that the card finds a home in Modern and/or Legacy in at least a Tier 2 deck that will Top 8 sooner or later. I’ve play tested the card in Deep Sea Delver a bunch, and it’s power level in the Delve/Aggro-Combo builds that are floating around isn’t that different from Tasigur and can easily be better with the right enabling cards.
Though I believe that we will be waiting at least a couple of years to see real appreciation in the KTK fetchlands, I’ve started acquiring playsets at the low end of available pricing, while I keep an eye out for a $200 set of 20.
I also bought up a few more promo sets for the trade binder, since the price was so sweet.
Note: Guo Heng Chin buys from Malyasia, so his costs will tend to be different than for those of us based in the west.
1 x Cartel Aristocrat Foil (NM): $2.77
1 x Anax and Cymede Foil (NM): $1.94
“Both cards were acquired for personal use with store credit. I’ve discussed both of them in my article a few days back; I think both cards have a lot of potential in Tiny Leaders and foils are relatively cheap now.
- 23x Rakshasa Deathdealer (NM): $0.95 per
- 10x Chord of Calling (NM): $3.99 per
- 1x Anafenza, the Foremost (NM, Prerelease Foil): $17.50 per
- 1x Alesha, Who Smiles at Death (NM, Prerelease Foil): $8.20 per
“I decided to pick up several Deathdealers, as I feel that they are very underpriced at $1. G/B/x aggro decks have been putting up decent results even after Fate Reforged has been released. Also, when Theros rotates out Deathdealer could shine in the post-Theros Standard environment.
I picked up some Chords this week as well due to the Birthing Pod ban. I feel that eventually Chord of Calling will be quite good in Modern. It was priced at $25 and higher before the M15 reprint. $4 seems very underpriced to me for such a powerful effect.
Lastly, I picked up the prelease foil Anafenza and Alesha as Tiny Leaders specs. Both generals seem strong in the format.”
- 16x Whisperwood Elemental, $12.50 per
- 1x Azusa, Lost but Seeking: $39.00 per
So there you have it. Now what were you guys buying this week and why?
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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