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 has occurred to us at MTGPrice that though we dole out a good deal of advice, most of you ultimately have very little insight into when our writing team actually puts our money where our collective mouths are pointing. As such we’ve decided to run a weekly series breaking down what we’ve been buying and selling each 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: May 10th – May 23rd, 2015
Note: All cards NM unless otherwise noted. All sell prices are net of fees unless noted.
James Chillcott (@MTGCritic)
- 2x Modern Masters 2015 Booster Box (Japanese): $360 per
- 1x Fate Reforged Booster Box (Russian): $123
- 2x Khans of Tarkir Booster Box (Japanese): $105 per
- 1x Dragons of Tarkir Booster Box (Korean): $95
- 1x LOTV: $72
- 1x Rest in Peace (foil): $9
- 1x Sol Ring (Judge Foil): $115
- 1x Dragonlord Dromoka (foil): $13
- 4x Shorecrasher Elemental (Japanese): $3.25 per
- 1x Shorecrasher Elemental (Korean foil): $15
- 1x Collected Company (Japanese foil): $35
- 1x Humble Defector (foil): $10
- 4x Iroas, God of Victory (Korean): $3.25 per
- 4x Athreos, God of Passage (Korean): $5.25 per
- 4x Keranos, God of Storms (Korean): $5.25 per
- 4x Kruphix, God of Horizons (Korean): $2.75 per
- 4x Pharika, God of Affliction (Korean): $2.25 per
- 2x Pharika, God of Afflication: $3.25 per
- 4x Myth Realized (foil): $4.25 per
- 1x Eidolon of the Great Revel (foil): $21 per
- 1x Stoneforge Mystic @ $31.98 (pack opened)
- 1x Tarmogoyf @ $188.50 ($135 cost)
The last couple of weeks have been pretty active for me. I’ve moved in a bit on choice foreign KTK block boxes that I think have great long term upside and I even picked up a couple of boxes of Japanese MM2 boxes that I expect to have solid mid-term upside due to their relative rarity and their use of normal tamper-proof, quality controlled, booster wrappers.
I also through some money at some nicely priced Korean Theros block gods since a few of them are likely to show up in Modern sooner or later, and the others have great casual/EDH chops. My other purchases were the usual crop of opportunistic late night Ebay snipes.
Pucatrade helped me out another Tarmogoyf at close to full value. I bought a couple at $135USD at GPToronto, so this was an easy $100 increase in value.
Once my latest trades are confirmed I’ll be holding about $1200 in Pucapoints, and on the hunt for Power 9, dual lands and Judge foils. If you have anything like that you want to send my way let me know.
Note: The rest of the guys were quiet so far this week.
- MM2 is turning out to be a dramatic release indeed. First we had the overreaction to the lack of compelling rares and uncommons and widespread misinformation about the EV of the set (hint: it will turn out fine.) Now, with packs being opened across the planet, we’re seeing plenty of evidence of a highly dubious collation process, packages that can be tampered with easily, damage to cards from the new cardboard packaging and foils being replaced by placeholder cards. As the highest profile release of the year, and with packs at $9.99 MSRP, WOTC really should have put more effort into nailing this down. Shame.
- If the quality control of English boxes proves out to be suspect, the value of Japanese boxes (which use normal booster packaging) should increase, since MM1 was English only and Japanese vendors are technically forbidden from selling their boxes overseas. Picking up a couple of these as close to $300 as possible should serve your MTG portfolio well.
- Pricing on key MM2 cards has already started the predictable downward spiral. I recommend holding off for now, and jumping into the fray coming out of the triple GP weekend as mentioned last week.
- With the Euro at a low point against the USD, CardMarket.eu has some intriguing arbitrage opportunities on older, high value targets. Poke around and you may find some stuff you can buy list for a couple of hundred bucks.
So there you have it. Now what were you guys buying and selling this week and why?
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