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%)


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, The Future of Collecting, Senior Partner at Advoca, a designer, adventurer, toy fanatic and an avid Magic player and collector since 1994.

9 thoughts on “MTG Fast Finance Episode 16”

  1. How far do you think foil cryptic will climb? I’m holding a few copies already

    1. Lorwyn copies were over $100 for awhile (and haven’t dropped much since.) There’s also the MPR copies too though. I’d guess $45 to $55 isn’t an unreasonable exit point.

  2. To think that Chord foils were $10 last year makes me kick myself in the ass. I did grab a playset for $17 each in January, but it was such a no brainer to pick them up last year. Wish I went deeper in regulars also

  3. Sooo… funny you guys mentioned Smothering Abomination prerelease foil. I bought into them a few months back, and by that I mean I cleaned house on SCG, Card Kingdom and TCG. Copies were about $2 on average and in all, I snagged maybe 60 of em. There weren’t many in the wild I guess…. Either way, it’s been a failed spec so far.

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