Ultimate Masters Absentees: Targeting Cards That Dodged a Reprint

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With the full spoiler for Ultimate Masters now revealed we’ve got everything we need to run a reality check on the estimated value of the booster boxes and to plan out our next few moves. Given how much of a profit seeking dogpile this very sexy set is likely to be over the next few months, it behooves us to consider the cards that didn’t make the set and looks for opportunities to get ahead on some cards that are headed for a supply crunch.

Here are a few of the better options I’ve been looking at this week:

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Take care, and keep an eye out for my forthcoming article on the EV of Ultimate Masters.

James Chillcott (@mtgcritic) is an entrepreneur, investor, designer, collector, gamer and adventurer. Between dolling out good advice and humble bragging on Twitter he can be found playing with his daughter Alara, running a couple of web companies and eating cookies.

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3 thoughts on “Ultimate Masters Absentees: Targeting Cards That Dodged a Reprint”

  1. Hey James, honest question: now that you’ve been outed as having inside info, how do you expect folks to trust you to act in their best interests?

    Obviously it’s to their benefit to have access to your info, but what would you say to people who claim that you’re untrustworthy?

    1. Honestly, I don’t even seriously consider that a possibility for anyone paying attention. My record of providing the community with timely information & excellent speculation advice speaks for itself. I wasn’t “outed”, I shared information I received incidentally within hours of receiving it and never hid that or denied it. On the contrary. There was no way for me to profit from revealing Back to Basics was in the set, but there was a way to get out ahead of what I had every reason to be was a spreading rumor and ensure I wasn’t later accused of keeping it secret. If I get similar info in future, I will share it similarly. There are no ethical obligations to a consumer products company when neither me nor my source aren’t under NDA.

  2. I honestly don’t see it as harmful either. I only heard from the podcast that you had good information from your sources that UMA would be worth it (which we all sort of knew already.) I didn’t know that you had the inside scoop on B2B but I assumed it was information given to users who pay for a subscription (I don’t pay but enjoy listening to the pod.) The reality is:
    A) This is MtG, not the stock market. If it was, we should be mad at the insider who ‘leaked’ the info, not the guy who took advantage of it. It’s kind of James job to have sources so he can provide content. And if the source isn’t under NDA like he says, then there’s nothing unethical about it. And I swear I saw a Reddit poster reveal a bunch of those cards for a future set before UMA was announced, so there are people sharing inside secrets, but nobody’s out to burn them in effigy.
    B) I don’t know how easy it was to sell B2B in that small window of time, but anyone who bought it before the full spoiler isn’t too smart (or doesn’t care about money.) There will always be a market for the old art though so it’s not a bad purchase. I almost pulled the trigger on buying some Sleight of Hands and Desperate Rituals to finish up my Storm build, but then UMA was revealed just in time, so I waited for spoilers, and there they were.

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