Weekly Super Sellers: Top 10 Cards Sold February 27-March 2, 2017

Feature Article from Jon Corpora
Jon Corpora
3/3/2017 11:00:00 AM
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Standard's in a weird spot, but that's not a new development. There will be another round of bannings after Grand Prix New Jersey next weekend, and even though bans aren't guaranteed this time around, it's tough to be confident in Standard's health as a whole. The last time there were bans, they were likely triggered by poor tournament turnout. It's worth noting that now that there are no more PTQs, compiling turnout data is a thousand times more annoying, and likely impossible. The only certainty there is is that Standard bans have traditionally only happened when Wizards' bottom line is in danger.

This is a good fix. It's tempting to subscribe the problems of Standard to something opaque like "well, that's how they design cards now" and move on, but how do you explain a substantial portion of Grand Prix Utrecht players adopting Walking Ballista in their Mardu Vehicles without this deck?

If this decklist hadn't gone public, less people would've played Mardu with Walking Ballista in Utrecht. Walking Ballista in Mardu, or even reconfiguring the mana so that the deck is base-white/black instead of base-white/red isn't a crazy stretch, but thanks to the ease of information proliferation and the validation of a 5-0 record in a Standard league, more people adopted the Walking Ballista tech than if CLYDE THE GLIDE DREXLER's entire 75 hand't been public knowledge. Surely players would've gotten the Mardu Walking Ballista memo eventually, but not this soon.

At this point I'm not convinced that the cost of not publishing Magic Online decks even exists. Less tech available? There are a million tournaments and a million results published every weekend. Do all the published events carry the legitimacy of a 5-0 in a Magic Online league? Tough to say!

*Literally any event is as legit as a League 5-0*

Enough about Standard. Let's get into the cards that done sold good.

#10: Scrap Trawler

 Scrap Trawler
Store QTY Price  
Motor City MTG 1 $0.15
Mindsight Gaming 2 $0.15
Digital Konnections 1 $0.15
CC ToysN Hobbies 1 $0.15
Shop Heroes 1 $0.15
Mayhgen Magic Cards 1 $0.19
The Battle Garden 1 $0.20
IDC Comics 4 $0.23
MattsMagicExpress 4 $0.25
Mythic Realm Games 6 $0.25
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Scrap Trawler Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card

#9: Walking Ballista

 Walking Ballista
Store QTY Price  
Galactic Toys Store 1 $1.00
TacoAvenger 1 $14.95
The Gamer's Haven 6 $15.76
Deck Techs 1 $15.99
Dollars and Cards 1 $16.00
Brute Force Games 1 $16.19
Tabernacle MTG 9 $16.50
Aeternitys Portal 1 $16.92
Ahoffscards 5 $16.94
Moms Card Shop 1 $16.94
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Walking Ballista Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card

Let's revisit that first Mardu Ballista decklist.

Scrap Trawler AND Walking Ballista, you say? Color me shocked.

#8: Gifted Aetherborn

 Gifted Aetherborn
Store QTY Price  
Graham Collectables 3 $0.55
Thegentlemansarmory 1 $0.75
BolasRampStore 1 $0.75
CaelLaneMagic 1 $0.75
DemiMTG 2 $0.90
Mtg Closet 1 $1.00
Iceberg Gaming 8 $1.00
Mad Mikes Emporium 2 $1.00
Hightide bazar 1 $1.00
Counterspells 1 $1.00
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Gifted Aetherborn Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card

At this point, my experience with Gifted Aetherborn is overwhelmingly in Limited, where it is an absolute Showstopper. I have no idea why this card continues to sell, but I'll take any reason to post this deck tech:

#7: Three Wishes

 Three Wishes
Store QTY Price  
JohnnyBCardsComics 1 $0.99
Panther Den 2 $1.12
Top End Gaming 1 $1.14
BlackLotus 1 $1.29
TapMtg 1 $1.33
Cryptic Card Store 1 $1.45
Moonbase Market 1 $1.48
Big Moe Magic 1 $1.50
Card Monster Games 1 $1.56
Mulligans Gaming 1 $1.56
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Three Wishes Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card

No idea why this card is here. It's on the Reserve List, but that alone isn't a reason for a card to sell or else I'd have shorted the market on Brushwaggs already. If anyone knows why this crappy card sold, please let me know. I'm dying to hear the reasoning.

#6: Wastes

Store QTY Price  
Odyssey Games, LLC 1 $0.75
Tabletop Game Swap 2 $0.90
North Valley Games 1 $1.00
Odyssey Games, LLC 3 $1.00
Wild Things Games 9 $1.04
Borderlands Games 2 $1.07
Gators 3 $1.12
Darkhold Games 3 $1.14
The End Games 1 $1.16
Mythic Realm Games 2 $1.16
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Wastes Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card


But seriously, what is going on?


#5: Modern Masters 2017 Booster Pack

Store QTY Price  
GamingUnderground 1 $12.00
Moz Magic 12 $12.78
SnGCDA 44 $16.99
CampusCards & Games2 2 $16.99
Untapped Games 20 $16.99
Anime Pavilion 5 $17.98
CCGHouse 6 $17.98
Empire Cards 9 $17.99
NWGamersChoice 24 $18.14
Near Mint Games 14 $18.56

Alright, something sold that actually makes sense. As I'm writing this, the set hasn't been 100% spoiled yet, but if Modern Masters 2015 and Vintage Masters were any indicator, Modern Masters 2017 draft should be a blast.

#4: Kari Zev's Expertise

 Kari Zev's Expertise
Store QTY Price  
CriticalHitLLC 1 $0.15
BDGames 1 $0.15
Shop Heroes 1 $0.16
Mindarch 1 $0.18
Bedlam TCG 1 $0.19
Tier Zero Gaming 3 $0.19
The Wizards Duel 2 $0.19
CC ToysN Hobbies 1 $0.20
Infinite Games GA 1 $0.20
Rex Yofays Deals 1 $0.20
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Kari Zev's Expertise Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card

Turns out Expertises plus fuse cards are broken; if you can cast half a fuse card with the free cast from an Expertise, you can fuse it. Wheeee!

#3: Fatal Push

 Fatal Push
Store QTY Price  
MonkeysGaming 1 $4.00
DN Mtg 1 $4.12
Moonbase Market 4 $4.14
Strategic Durdling 1 $4.20
Little Creek MTG 1 $4.20
Secret Door Games 10 $4.50
The Gamer's Haven 2 $4.63
The Gamer's Haven 1 $4.68
Sam's Corner TCG's 1 $4.90
The Gypsies Den 2 $4.90
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Fatal Push Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card

There are currently 740 decks on TCGplayer with Fatal Push in them. Aether Revolt has been out for only a little more than a month.

The card's good, I promise.

#2: Eidolon of the Great Revel

Store QTY Price  
Unloaded Collection 1 $2.75
Mom's Basement Games 1 $3.50
Secret Door Games 5 $3.55
phrantpcs 1 $3.57
Top Deck Tennessee 4 $3.70
Gaming Goat StP 1 $3.88
The Shuffled Baazar 1 $3.89
The Gamer's Haven 3 $4.06
HouroftheDragon 1 $4.22
Alter Reality Games 7 $4.23
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Eidolon of the Great Revel Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card

Journey into Nyx didn't get opened a whole lot, and the set didn't exactly have a tremendous impact while it was Standard-legal outside of the Temples and a couple uncommons. These days, any value the set retained lies in Eidolon of the Great Revel, a staple in Modern Burn decks.

A function of the Modern Masters sets is that they bring a lot of new players into Modern by lowering prices of staples. Any cards that aren't in the latest Modern Masters set will enjoy an increase in price; the value lost in whatever cards got reprinted just goes somewhere else. In this case, people are stocking up on Eidolon of the Great Revel in anticipation of an influx of new Modern players. This creates a false demand and incidentally drives up the price.

#1: Modern Masters 2017 Booster Box

Store QTY Price  
Tabernacle MTG 4 $325.00
Dragon Nest Games 3 $329.99
Akg Llc 1 $340.00
Wizards Cupboard 1 $345.00
The Game Capital 2 $347.97
Altered World Games 3 $349.00
SuperGamesInc 20 $349.97
Storm Surge Games 1 $369.94
CCGHouse 6 $379.98
Anime Pavilion 1 $399.00

Hell yeah. This is how it should be. I can't wait to draft this set.

Have a good weekend.

Jon Corpora
pronounced Ca-pora

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