MTG Fast Finance Podcast: Episode 55 (Feb 17/17)

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: Feb 17, 2017

Segment 1: Top Card Spikes of the Week

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Breaking//Entering (DGM, Foil Rare)
Start: $3.00
Finish: $10.00
Gain: +$7.00 (+233%)

Colossus of Sardia (ATQ, Rare)
Start: $4.50
Finish: $8.50
Gain: +$4.00 (+89%)

Wheel and Deal (ONS, Foil Rare)
Start: $9.50
Finish: $17.00
Gain: +$7.50 (+79%)

Sleight of Hand (9th, Common Foil)
Start: $40.00
Finish: $70.00
Gain: +$30.00 (+67%)


James’ Picks:

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  1. Brain in a Jar (SOI, Foil Rare)
  • The Call: Confidence Level 7: $3.00 to $10.00 (+7.00/233%) 12+ months)

2. Sram’s Expertise (AER, Foil Rare)

  • The Call: Confidence Level 7: $4.00 to $10.00 (+6.00/+150%, 12+ months)

3. Ancient Tomb (EXP, Premium Foil, EU Sourced)

  • The Call: Confidence Level 8: $90.00 (Target) to $160.00 (+70.00/+78%, 0-12+ months)

Travis’ Picks:

  1. Collected Company (DTK, Rare)
  • The Call: Confidence Level 8: $12.00 to $20.00 (+8.00/+67%, 0-12+ months)

2. Blasphemous Act (INN, Foil Rare)

  • The Call: Confidence Level 6: $6.00 to $15.00 (+9.00/+150%, 0-12+ months)

Disclosure: Travis and James may own speculative copies of the above cards.

Segment 3: Metagame Week in Review

James & Travis reviewed the results of GP Pittsburg and the ongoing presence of BG decks at the top of the Standard power rankings.

Segment 4: Topic of the Week

The guys touched on two new MTGFinance related startups and answered user questions.

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7 thoughts on “MTG Fast Finance Podcast: Episode 55 (Feb 17/17)”

  1. Just wanted to share an interesting observation with you; I’m not blaming you guys for anything you say or do, but fact of the matter is you guys and this broadcast cause price spikes on your speculations and predictions. One way I know, I tried to buy Astral Cornucopia foils on TCG and all the ones near $2 were removed from my cart before I finished checking out. Second, look at TCG pricing for Foil Hardened Scales and the Prerelease Foil Versions, there’s about a $6 difference; and I don’t care what people say the foil stamped cards do look much cooler and have to be rarer than pack foils and I don’t know of such a wide margin on any other foil vs prerelease foil card. Again, not complaining and I understand why you made this a ProTrader section, just letting you know of my observations. Gotta be impressed to have that much power, so congrats on your success and influence gentleman!!

    Two questions, any idea what Foil Second Chance is worth from Urza’s Legacy?? There are 0 on TCG player and 0 on ebay. I personally bought a bunch when checking the reserved list and they were surprisingly cheap at the time. Obviously some others had the idea to buy up a bulk rare Reserved List foil card. Is this one of those situations where someone lists them at $25 and we all wait to see if anyone buys them?

    Second question, I am the proud and very lucky owner of a never played Foil Infernal Tutor that I opened up eons ago. If Infernal Tutor is reprinted in MM2017 will the foil price crater? If I wanted to sell it now what is your recommendation on maximizing my profit? I’m not lucky enough to own too many ultra rare cards to know. Thanks guys.

    1. 1. We know that the market occasionally reacts to cards we discuss, but in the cases that it does, it’s usually because supply is so low that it only takes 10 or 15 copies to dry up available inventory. And I know exactly what James would say too; we may catalyze movement but we don’t create it. We can’t create demand where it doesn’t exist.

      2. Check the ‘Sold listings’ checkbox on your eBay search. Looks like copies are floating between 6 and 11.

      3. High value original art foils seem to depend heavily on the quality of the art vs the reprint. Foil LRW Thoughtseizes climbed, where others have fallen. All you can do is hope the new one is uglier. Given that Infernal Tutor is basically exclusively a Legacy component, which gives it a fairly specific demand profile, I’m inclined to say it’s safe-ish. I’d probably sell it though, just so that I didn’t have to concern myself with it.

      1. Thanks for the response. But HOW would u sell the infernal tutor? FB group, ebay, etc?

        And I didn’t mean to make my comment about both your influence a negative thing. U guys obviously know your market and field of expertise and track data. I’m not the only one who becomes interested in cards u mention. Foil Cornucopia made sense to me so I checked it out along with others and someone(s) beat me to it. There r many times I check prices on TCG after reading or listening to the podcast and the price of cards u mention have already gone up or the lowest ones sold out just moments or days later. I find that impressive because no one ever listens to me when I give them advice :p

  2. What do you guys think of Avatar of the Resolute Foils? There isn’t a huge supply left and with the Atraxa phenomenon paired with +1/+1 counters hopefully approaching critical mass in modern (thanks Constrictor and Ballista). Do you think they could be decent pickups under $3?

    1. Edit: all cheap NM pack foils gone (picked up 8 for $22), next cheapest is about $6 with shipping. So I guess the better question now is if it is worth grabbing the Prerelease foils that are left under $3. Thoughts?

  3. Hey, I listen to you guys on Pocket Casts and this episode isn’t on there for some reason. The bonus episode is however. I’m not sure if this is even something you guys can fix but I thought you should know!

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