MTG Fast Finance Podcast: Episode 57 (Mar 3/17)

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: Mar 3, 2017

Segment 1: Top Card Spikes of the Week

A pretty quiet week in card spikes…that is up until the MM17 reveals wrapped up Thursday and people started moving on cards that weren’t included. (Expect to see those here next week.)

Rite of Passage

Rite of Passage (Fifth Dawn, Rare)
Start: $0.50
Finish: $6.50
Gain: +$6.00 (+1200%)

Carpet of Flowers (Urza’s Saga, Uncommon)
Start: $3.50
Finish: $15.00
Gain: +$11.50 (+330%)

Tainted Pact (ODY, Rare)
Start: $2.00
Finish: $5.50
Gain: +$3.50 (+175%)

Falling Star (LEG, Rare)
Start: $6.50
Finish: $17.00
Gain: +$10.50 (+161%)

Eidolon of the Great Revel (JOU, Rare)
Start: $6.00
Finish: $12.00
Gain: +$6.00 (+100%)


James’ Picks:

Ancestral Vision

  1. Ancestral Vision (TSP, Rare)
  • The Call: Confidence Level 8: $35.00 to $60.00 (+25.00/71%) 12+ months)
  • Note: Source from Europe to snag at mentioned price

2. Karn Liberated (NPH, Mythic)

  • The Call: Confidence Level 8: $45.00 to $70.00 (+25.00/+55%, 0-6+ months)

3. Horizon Canopy (FS, Rare)

  • The Call: Confidence Level 8: $35.00 to $60.00 (+25.00/+71%, 0-12+ months)

Travis’ Picks:

  1. Noble Hierarch (MM2, Rare)
  • The Call: Confidence Level 7: $45.00 to $70.00 (+25.00/+56%, 0-6+ months)

2. Inkmoth Nexus (MB, Rare)

  • The Call: Confidence Level 6: $20.00 to $40.00 (+20.00/+100%, 0-12+ months)

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

Segment 3: Topic of the Week

James & Travis got deep on the exciting new Modern Masters 2017 release.

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8 thoughts on “MTG Fast Finance Podcast: Episode 57 (Mar 3/17)”

  1. I love listening to the podcast but any of the prices from Europe are always a hard sell. I feel very few of us have reliable contacts in Europe to take advantage of this advice and because of that it does very little to help us out. Would love to hear if there is a way to take advantage of this aspect of mtg finance

    1. I second this-I think that any pick that requires an overseas contact (which is not realistic to have for most of us) should not be in the pick list.

      Also, to the authors:
      Is it too much of a hassle to include time stamps in the podcast segments? Would help save a lot of time if we’re just interested in one pick or two.

      1. Why do you consider an EU contact unrealistic? Knock on a few doors and you might be surprised. I have a few names but they’d be swamped if I pass them around.

    2. RE: Europe, those picks represent some of the best options for speculators at present but I won’t be dropping them every week. That being said it really isn’t that tough to find a trading partner over there. Put the word out in the forums, on Facebook and Twitter, and you’ll figure something out pretty quick.

  2. Great take guys. Only point I’m not completely on board with is how hard Damnation is going to tank, and I’m a believer in its rebound potential. If it drops as far as you guys think I’m certainly going to get in on a bunch.

    Question as well. What do you guys think of Crystalline Crawler? I like its potential beyond atraxa decks and supply is low on TCGplayer.

    1. This set is packed to the gills with strong cards, there’s a lot of supply, and Damnation has a fairly low supply profile. Time will tell, I suppose. The real question is how much product is out there.

      We like Crystalline Crawler quite a bit, in fact, it was my pick of the week a few weeks ago!

  3. What are your predictions on Mox Opal? I’m very torn about this card. I fear it will spike due to exclusion from MM17. On the other hand, part of me also fears that this card is on its way to the chopping block soon. It always seems to be on the short list of ‘problematic’ cards in Modern and seems to achieve this label in multiple decks. In my mind, it checks a lot of the very same boxes Gitaxian Probe did. What do you guys think?

    1. The card is going to rise (and did). Theoretically we could see prices pushing $100, as we have with Liliana, but the MM2015 printing makes that much tougher. I’d expect $50 to $70 to be the price for the foreseeable future.

      As far as getting banned, it’s certainly in the top five cards. At the moment though, it’s not doing anything dangerous. Affinity is “ok” at best, and no other decks are abusing it to the point of it harming the format. We’re much more likely to see Simian Spirit Guide go before they axe Opal.

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