Weekend Super Sellers: Top 10 Cards Sold March 3-5, 2017

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Jon Corpora
3/6/2017 11:01:00 AM
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Alright, getting right into it. If this is your first time here, you're in for a treat: these are the cards that sold the best on TCGplayer over the weekend. Without any big events over the weekend (sure, the Magic Online Championships were a fun watch with cool commentators, but who wants to look at that interface?), sales were largely driven by Modern Masters 2017.

#10: Gifted Aetherborn

 Gifted Aetherborn
Store QTY Price  
GCHobbies 1 $0.56
Mtg Closet 1 $1.00
ValueMagicCards 4 $1.25
Jse comics cards 3 $1.25
Tophat Cards 1 $1.32
Cephalid Cards 2 $1.40
Nerd Merch 2 $1.48
Jhat MtG 1 $1.49
thefunkyfruitstand 3 $1.49
Blue Bolt Gaming 2 $1.49
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Gifted Aetherborn Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card

I'm going to chalk Gifted Aetherborn's steady sales to two things: it's uncommon, and it's in this Wedge deck:

#9: Walking Ballista

 Walking Ballista
Store QTY Price  
TCGamers and Games 1 $5.20
TCGamers and Games 1 $7.00
QualityCardsGaming 2 $9.50
The Lads MTG 1 $9.55
The Dungeon Games 1 $9.74
Plagues Payplace 3 $9.99
Bedlam TCG 1 $10.00
Saltire Games 1 $10.00
Card Monster Games 1 $10.00
Digital Konnections 1 $10.00
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Walking Ballista Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card

Time to baselessly speculate about what's going to get banned next week! It's tough to predict what, if anything, will catch the banhammer next week; the Smuggler's Copter / Emrakul, the Promised End / Reflector Mage bans were totally unprecedented, especially given their power level compared to the power level of the cards/decks that have been banned in Standard in the past. However, if we're following the precedent Wizards has just set-that they will ban cards in Standard in order to project that the format is dynamic - then I expect two cards to get banned: Felidar Guardian and Walking Ballista. The copy-cat combo puts a weird crimp on the format in that no deck can get too committed to the midrange grind, lest they get comboed out of nowhere with Negate backup. This isn't a condemnation of the combo necessarily, but tournament players tend to favor midrange in the dark these days, and Aether Revolt Standard is super hostile to midrange. Walking Ballista's ban, which I'm much less certain of, would be a symptom of it being in lots and lots of decks, like Smuggler's Copter before it.

#8: Aether Hub

 Aether Hub
Store QTY Price  
TheGreathearted 3 $0.25
VintageCollectors 1 $0.25
The magic den 5 $0.35
Lampslayer 1 $0.38
Serenity Games 3 $0.43
ChucktownJayMTG 3 $0.43
Puppet 1 $0.44
MTG Rares 7 $0.44
omega games 2 $0.45
Ferox MTG 3 $0.45
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Aether Hub Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card

Allow me to play the role of Lame Guy Explaining the Joke: Josh Utter-Leyton was always trying hard and has been a world-class player the whole time. Magic player narratives pushed by Wizards of the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro, tend to focus on players when they're winning because the reality of players in a slump lay too bare the realities of Magic - namely, that you can be the best player in the room and it just might not matter. Sometimes it might not matter for a long stretch of time! Scott-Vargas has intimate experience running hot and cold (see: the five years before his three consecutive PT Top 8s), and his experience, and now Utter-Leyton's, largely exist to prove that narratives are nonsense. This is some of the best advice I've ever gotten on the matter, courtesy of the criminally underrated Max Brown:

#7: Vermiculos

Store QTY Price  
GameStar 4 $0.16
Cantankerous CCGs 1 $0.16
Great Escape SV 1 $0.17
White Lion Games 4 $0.17
CC Game Emporium 3 $0.17
StompingGround Games 1 $0.20
The Game Shoppe 2 $0.20
The Game Shoppe 2 $0.20
Blackleaf Magic 1 $0.20
gacollectables 1 $0.20
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Vermiculos Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card

I have no idea why this card is here. It did not see play the entire time it was Standard-legal, but then again, most cards didn't. Thanks, Affinity!

But seriously. If anyone knows why this card sold, please tell me. This is one of the more bizarre cards on the list I've seen.

#6: Modern Masters 2017 Booster Box

Store QTY Price  
Wizards Cupboard 1 $295.00
Pack Fresh Magic 1 $329.99
SuperGamesInc 20 $334.97
Storm Surge Games 1 $339.94
Alter Reality Games 5 $349.99
Near Mint Games 2 $396.84
Anime Pavilion 1 $399.00
Cupcakecharlie 1 $399.99

I'm still totally on board with this. DRAFT ISN'T DEAD.

#3: Fatal Push

 Fatal Push
Store QTY Price  
KevinSellsMTG 1 $5.99
troycottage 1 $6.00
Graham Collectables 1 $6.00
Hakuma matata 2 $6.25
PhoenixPrimordial 4 $6.48
Lampslayer 1 $6.49
Phantom Star Trading 1 $6.50
Rosebud Games 3 $6.50
Watan Okomi 4 $6.50
Play More Games 2 $6.65
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Fatal Push Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card

Fatal Push is still strong in Modern, but its influence in Aether Revolt Standard is reliant on black-green decks being a thing. If there are no Winding Constrictors to Fatal Push, what else does the card kill? Heart of Kiran and Toolcraft Exemplar are the only Fatal Push targets in Mardu Vehicles, and it's common to board Toolcraft Exemplar out in that matchup. So, yeah! Fatal Push is gaining in Modern but its stock is falling in Standard. What a time to be alive.

#2: Three Wishes

 Three Wishes
Store QTY Price  
GP Washington 2 $0.99
JohnnyBCardsComics 1 $0.99
Card Monster Games 2 $0.99
Toasterhead 4 $0.99
Prime Time Cards 1 $1.00
Deck Factory Gaming 1 $1.00
Tremor Games 1 $1.00
Paladins Game Castle 1 $1.05
Fetch This Games 3 $1.08
SwordAndBoardTCG 1 $1.19
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Three Wishes Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card

Still don't know why this is here, but, uh... yeah! Three Wishes! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

#5: Thoughtseize

Store QTY Price  
Yougettoomuchmail 2 $13.15
Comic Lair 1 $13.69
DMs Cards 1 $14.00
ShopOfMagic 2 $14.17
Yougettoomuchmail 2 $14.25
Moz Magic 1 $14.54
Pristine CCG 1 $14.69
Freakonomics 2 $14.88
Card Monster Games 2 $14.94
Mom's Basement Games 2 $14.99
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Thoughtseize Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card

#4: Ancient Stirrings

 Ancient Stirrings
Store QTY Price  
Uncommon Dwelling 1 $1.30
Prehemencie 4 $1.50
Bedlam TCG 1 $1.69
DMs Cards 1 $1.75
Scorchulators LLC 1 $1.75
Play More Games 4 $1.90
Clouds Haven 1 $1.91
MTG Mint Singles 1 $1.99
Behemoth Games 1 $1.99
Raiden Games 1 $2.15
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Ancient Stirrings Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card

#1: Rest in Peace

 Rest in Peace
Store QTY Price  
CuriousCards 1 $3.19
tilt n scoop 1 $3.40
Thegamingbear 1 $3.51
Friendly Magic 4 $3.99
Jse comics cards 1 $4.00
Magic Jeanne Shoppe 1 $4.25
Jakes Hobbies 1 $4.25
Fusion Gaming 4 $4.27
Armada Games 1 $4.29
StigersBGG 1 $4.35
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Rest in Peace Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card

What do these three cards have in common?

They didn't get reprinted in Modern Masters 2017, and are now ripe speculation targets. As always, just pay attention to the market price, and don't get swept up in the buying frenzy. It's a manufactured demand, and it'll subside. Don't buy into a price spike.

Jon Corpora
pronounced Ca-pora

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