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

Feature Article from Jon Corpora
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

Mid
Low
 Gifted Aetherborn
$2.05
$0.50
Store QTY Price  
PANDASrevengeMTG 2 $0.50
Rogue Jin 1 $0.89
Sopor Shop 1 $0.90
LegionsGames 3 $0.90
Doombrowski Games 2 $0.95
IHO Magic 1 $0.99
Doombrowski Games 1 $0.99

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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

Mid
Low
 Walking Ballista
$12.75
$6.86
Store QTY Price  
ZeroG Cards Comics 1 $6.86
lvmtg 1 $7.25
EugeneMTG 4 $7.40
Sculptor Games 7 $7.50
KevinSellsMTG 2 $7.50
Generic Card Store 1 $7.50
Vans Cards 2 $7.52

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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

Mid
Low
 Aether Hub
$1.70
$0.66
Store QTY Price  
The Collectors 1 $1.00
PackratPack 1 $1.00
Tap That Industries 1 $1.15
EMG Marketplace 6 $1.15
Good Games USA 1 $1.15
Gulf Coast Hobby 8 $1.19
CGMTrader 16 $1.19

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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

Mid
Low
 Vermiculos
$0.44
$0.10
Store QTY Price  
Arrowstar Games 2 $0.14
Johns Entertainment 1 $0.15
White Lion Games 4 $0.17
Haven's Path 1 $0.19
Game Heroes 2 $0.19
Desert Keep Games 1 $0.20
sullcard 1 $0.20

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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

Mid
Low
Store QTY Price  
MTGwarehouse 2 $207.01
Two Drop Games 34 $217.00
Collector Store LLC 3 $217.99
Topcardshop 2 $226.90
Campus Cards & Games 2 $226.92
Pack Fresh Magic 4 $226.99
Altered World Games 12 $227.00

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

#3: Fatal Push

Mid
Low
 Fatal Push
$7.47
$4.89
Store QTY Price  
Serras Sanctum 1 $4.89
GloryFades 7 $4.99
Mountain Top Magic 2 $4.99
Truesco 1 $5.00
Gamers Heaven 1 $5.00
collectorOverflow 1 $5.01
Taiga Games 17 $5.19

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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

Mid
Low
 Three Wishes
$2.00
$0.57
Store QTY Price  
The End Games 1 $0.57
thefunkyfruitstand 2 $1.19
Gamers Palace 2 $1.24
TapMtg 1 $1.33
Catfish TCG 2 $1.33
The Game Cave 2 $1.34
Prodigy Games 2 $1.34

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

#5: Thoughtseize

Mid
Low
 Thoughtseize
$15.50
$10.75
Store QTY Price  
Big Poppa Gaming 1 $10.75
AlphaFrog 1 $11.49
We Sell MTG 1 $11.49
GamerlyGamersGaming 4 $12.00
Mycomicsplus 8 $12.21
DMs Cards 6 $12.40
Superstore Singles 3 $12.45

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#4: Ancient Stirrings

Mid
Low
 Ancient Stirrings
$2.95
$0.99
Store QTY Price  
Stone Forge Games 1 $1.50
Regula TCG 4 $1.64
MythicLoot 1 $1.65
BlackDiamondGames 3 $1.68
Game Haven MD 2 $1.70
The Gypsies Den 1 $1.73
GameHavenSTL 1 $1.74

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#1: Rest in Peace

Mid
Low
 Rest in Peace
$7.68
$4.50
Store QTY Price  
Gwynae Whyteraven 1 $4.85
Superstore Singles 1 $5.73
Bridge The Gap 1 $5.74
Brass Games 1 $5.75
EugeneMTG 2 $5.78
DMs Cards 5 $6.00
HEWBRIS Gaming 2 $6.00

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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
@feb31st




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