MTGFinance: What We’re Buying/Selling This Week (March 28/15)

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’s what we were up to this week:

Buying Period: March 22nd -28th, 2015

Note: All cards NM unless otherwise noted. All sell prices are net of fees unless noted.

James Chillcott (@MTGCritic)

BOUGHT (Dragons of Tarkir)

BOUGHT (Other)


  • 3x Murderous Cut (Japanese Foil) @ $17 ($8 cost)

SOLD (Pucatrade)

Note: Points roughly equal USD/100. Eg) 700 points equals $7 in card purchasing value.

Most of my Dragons of Tarkir purchases were in line with decks I’ve been testing and cards that I highlighted as undervalued in my Digging For Dollars (DTK Edition) last week. As of this afternoon, 4 copies of Dragonlord Ojutai have made the finals of the Star City Games Invitational Standard tournament this weekend, and the card is spiking into the $12-15 range. If you invested last week on my go sign, you would have already doubled up and there’s room for further growth towards $20 if the card continues to do well.  I’ve be holding onto a playset for the season, and selling the rest of my copies into hype. Atarka and Silumgar have also seen play this weekend and seem likely to find a $10 spike at some point during their time in Standard as well. All three dragonlords are great long term casual calls regardless. The more dragons that make Top 8 tables, the better Haven of the Spirit Dragon starts to look and again it’s hard to go wrong with a specialty tribal land that is still available under $3 and has fantastic EDH and casual appeal in the long term. Assuming Corpseweft fails to find a home, I expect it to hit $.50 this summer, at which point I’ll go in for 100+ copies. Having played with this card, I can attest to it’s power potential, and it’s my top pick for a long term 10x return in the set once it bottoms out. If someone finds a way to abuse it in standard before it rotates in 18 months, all the better.

Beyond the DTK purchases, Training Grounds was highlighted by Pat Chapin in a video series this week alongside Pack Rat, and passed my “does it get better over time/it it unique” test. Doubling Season judge foil pricing has been too low, and they’re drying up, so I snagged a local copy. I’ve started picking up Theros gods for the long haul, and a Russian Athreos, God of Passage is a card I long to break in Modern.

This week marked my first exploration of the Pucatrade platform. So far, so good, as I managed to hit my initial limit of 10 cards to ship in under an hour. Most of my outbound cards were either pack opened cards that were collecting dust in my collection or opportunistic dumps (Remand/Inquisition of Kozilek) related to forthcoming reprints in Modern Masters 2015.

Douglas Johnson (@rose0fthorns)

BOUGHT (Pucatrade)

Douglas says:

“[With the Abrupt Decays I am] putting my money (or pucapoints) where my mouth is, for the reasons that I discuss in my article this week. I firmly believe Abrupt Decay will creep up to $15 in the next few weeks, heading towards $20 by the end of the year. It’s definitely a safe investment, barring reprint as a GP promo. “

So there you have it. Now what were you guys buying and selling this week and why?

James Chillcott is the CEO of, 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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13 thoughts on “MTGFinance: What We’re Buying/Selling This Week (March 28/15)”

  1. Doubling Season Judge Foil 2 @ $30
    Deranged Hermit Judge Foil @ $18
    Anafenza the Foremost Prerelease Foil 2 @ $8
    Butcher of the Horde Prerelease Foil @ $6
    Forest MPS 2010 Foil @ $4

    Bumping up my collection of Judge Foils over time and good promos in general.

  2. Did you mean you bought Supreme Verdict NON-foil for 3.15?
    Supreme Verdict Foil is around $10…

  3. Continuing with the Jace AoT spec. Bought out all local shops. Now pushing around 100 copies. Going further tests my limits in personally selling all the copies, will probably stop. … except foils.

    Went deeper still on KTK fetches. Trading out multiple slow sellers, static cards from various binders to begin raking in as many as possible. Nailed down at least 2?x. Didn’t count, they’re in a box…. somewhere. Where’s the Wooded Foothills at however? Is this card seeing play in something I don’t know about? All those fetches I picked up and not a single Foothills.

    Also scored a promo Supreme Verdict. Seems good lol. Couple other hits were

    Foil Sliver Hivelord $15
    3x Tasigur $6ish ea
    1x Metalworker $20 (replacement for bruised copy in my MUD deck)
    2x Griselbrand $12 ea

  4. – Foil Lingering Souls (Dark Ascension) – $6-$8 each, 700 puca points each. Staying away from promo foils.
    – Foil Shared Animosity 1443 points
    – 2 Foil Athreos, god of Passage – 2514 points (this guy’s waiting to be broken)s
    – 4 Foil Consuming Aberration 324 points each (come on, this guy’s wicked in EDH)
    – 4 Foil Abrupt Decay (traded for)
    – 3 Foil Dragon Arch $6 each after shipping
    – 1 Foil Wear // Tear $9 (want these, but needed some to throw in on an online order)

  5. I have a decent amount of equity in sealed products:

    24 Jave vs Vraska @ 12$
    12 Born of the Gods Event Decks @ 11$
    6 Journey into Nyx Fat Packs @ 20$
    3 Theros Holiday Gift Box @15$
    8 Commander 2013 (no MindSeize) @ 12$
    Case (1 of each) of Commander 2013 @ 90$

    I also bought a case (6) of Journey into Nyx Event Decks for ~60, which I opened. There are 3 Young Pyros in each plus card a card I needed at the time (Anger Gods).

    These products are cheaper than the value of the cards in them. This is kind of strange to me that I could open Jace Vraskas, and sell the remand and planeswalkers for more than I am paying for the sealed product.

    I also bought 4 Modern Event decks for 170$, and got way more value then that in cards (and AWFUL sleeves that I sold for 8$ each) .

    Do you think it is smart to tie money up into sealed product, or is trading and selling the cards smarter? Of course the Holiday Gift Box and Fat Pack are a bit different.

    As for cards I have bought:

    6 Sidisi, Undead Vizier @ 3.50
    15 Dragon Tempest @ 1.70
    2 Descent of the Dragons @ 3.10
    40 Rending Volley @ .35
    4 Foil Dispatch @ 2.75 (Feel like that card can grow a lot.

    I know this is getting WAYYY too long, but I’m getting back into MTG after a long break, and am really liking the finance side of it. I plan on trying out Pucatrade, as I’d like to go deep on Abrupt Decays without spending hundreds to get dozens.

    Thanks for any thoughts or advice and thanks for he great columns!

      1. You think that selling playsets of Remands is better then holding onto the product for its’ potential long term gain in value?

      2. Yes, get out of Remands. If they are reprinted at uncommon they will drop down to $1-3 and you can buy back in for profit.

    1. I recommend getting that Theros block stuff off your hands before the rotation

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