Top 10 Cards Sold August 28-September 3, 2017

Feature Article from Jon Corpora
Jon Corpora
9/6/2017 11:01:00 AM
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Good morning, good afternoon, good evening and good night, wherever you are in the world. I'm Jon Corpora, managing editor of magic.tcgplayer.com, and this is the who-what-where-when-why of the best-selling Magic cards of the past week.

#14: Bristling Hydra

Mid
Low
 Bristling Hydra
$0.75
$0.15
Store QTY Price  
SalesbyStephenB 1 $0.15
Lotus Cobra Games 1 $0.15
Finch and Sparrow 1 $0.15
Classic CardMart 1 $0.15
HeyImmaWolf 2 $0.19
UrborgBazaar 1 $0.19
Tachyon Games 1 $0.19
Bedlam Reveler 1 $0.20
OmahaMTG321 3 $0.20
Black Dog Ent 2 $0.20
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Magic MTG Card Bristling Hydra Magic MTG Card
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Bristling Hydra kicks us off. This was our Kaladesh preview card! Getting this thing was bizarre容nergy was a new resource, so it was tough to evaluate傭ut Bristling Hydra has ended up being one of the cornerstone of the Temur Energy deck, one of Standard's best decks and a strong choice for post-rotation Standard play. Bristling Hydra's stock is trending up.

#13: Command Tower

Mid
Low
 Command Tower
$1.45
$0.91
Store QTY Price  
Kirwan's Game Store 4 $0.91
JohnnyBCardsComics 4 $0.97
Vans Cards 1 $0.98
mtgmintcard 1 $0.99
MTG Rares 10 $1.08
Tier Zero Gaming 2 $1.12
The Gamer's Wharf 1 $1.12
Lions Eye Games 2 $1.13
Tapped Out Gaming 1 $1.13
Geek Culture Games 4 $1.15
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Magic MTG Card Command Tower Magic MTG Card
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Commander 2017 has done a great job of getting new players interested in the Commander format, and all the newbies need Command Towers.

#12: Island

Mid
Low
 Island (186) - Full Art
$0.37
$0.15
Store QTY Price  
Odyssey Games, LLC 7 $0.15
Project Tabletop 40 $0.15
VGMX Magic 1 $0.20
Unending Gaming 1 $0.21
Kards by Koopa 7 $0.24
Mischief 1 $0.24
Tabletop Game Swap 4 $0.24
Immortals Inc 2 $0.24
Medieval Comics 2 $0.25
Erics Card Shop 7 $0.25
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Magic MTG Card Island (186) - Full Art Magic MTG Card
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#11: Plains

Mid
Low
 Plains (185) - Full Art
$0.30
$0.15
Store QTY Price  
Heros Ink 1 $0.15
Windy City Seller 6 $0.15
Project Tabletop 29 $0.15
Games to Die For 2 $0.16
Tabletop Game Swap 4 $0.16
Unending Gaming 6 $0.17
Great Escape SV 2 $0.19
MagicCityMagic 2 $0.19
OmahaMTG321 1 $0.19
Wurmcaller 2 $0.19
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Magic MTG Card Plains (185) - Full Art Magic MTG Card
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#10: Animation Module

Mid
Low
 Animation Module
$0.50
$0.05
Store QTY Price  
MTG Rares 10 $0.09
Classic CardMart 1 $0.15
Vehe LLC 5 $0.17
The Gypsies Den 2 $0.18
MobileMagic 1 $0.18
SalesbyStephenB 1 $0.19
Stormcrow Salesman 1 $0.19
Iconia Cards 1 $0.19
Vensers Journal 3 $0.19
AccessGranted 1 $0.19
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Magic MTG Card Animation Module Magic MTG Card
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There's a strong +1/+1 counters theme among the Merfolk of Ixalan. As a result, Animation Module has seen a huge uptick in sales. At the the very worst, it's a strong Commander card that lets you do some silly things.

#9: Sol Ring

Mid
Low
 Sol Ring
$3.65
$2.42
Store QTY Price  
MTG Rares 9 $2.42
Lions Eye Games 1 $2.69
Your Hobby Place LTD 3 $2.79
Ye Olde Spells 6 $2.81
Buds Place 1 $2.83
The Sage's Shoppe 1 $2.92
TheGloom 1 $3.00
Lions Eye 1 $3.00
Blitzkrieg Games 1 $3.00
TerraCrux Games 1 $3.22
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Magic MTG Card Sol Ring Magic MTG Card
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Speaking of strong Commander cards, there may be no more polarizing card in the format than Sol Ring. Just like Command Tower, the new wave of Commander players all need Sol Rings in order to compete in the format, resulting in this old favorite hitting the top 10.

#8: Swamp

Mid
Low
 Swamp (187) - Full Art
$0.45
$0.12
Store QTY Price  
Unending Gaming 5 $0.12
Odyssey Games, LLC 3 $0.15
Project Tabletop 24 $0.15
Medieval Comics 2 $0.20
lvmtg 5 $0.24
Tekrebel TCG 2 $0.25
Crypt of Agadeem 2 $0.25
Card Penguin 2 $0.25
CreativeDeckBuilders 1 $0.25
Brooklyn MTG 2 $0.25
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Magic MTG Card Swamp (187) - Full Art Magic MTG Card
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#7: Mountain

Mid
Low
Store QTY Price  
Unending Gaming 6 $0.19
Tabletop Game Swap 2 $0.19
Brickmaster Games 1 $0.20
Brooklyn MTG 4 $0.20
Windy City Seller 1 $0.20
Card Works 2 $0.20
The Oddbox 1 $0.21
Wurmcaller 2 $0.21
Crypt of Agadeem 2 $0.22
CardBoardGamesOnline 2 $0.23
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Magic MTG Card Mountain (188) - Full Art Magic MTG Card
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#6: Forest

Mid
Low
 Forest (189) - Full Art
$0.34
$0.14
Store QTY Price  
Odyssey Games, LLC 3 $0.15
Project Tabletop 22 $0.15
Packfresh Nashville 5 $0.18
Tabletop Game Swap 4 $0.19
Crypt of Agadeem 4 $0.20
Cassies Cards 1 $0.22
Unending Gaming 6 $0.23
MTG Plank 1 $0.24
North Valley Games 1 $0.24
Borderlands Games 3 $0.24
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Magic MTG Card Forest (189) - Full Art Magic MTG Card
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#5: Gideon of the Trials

Mid
Low
 Gideon of the Trials
$20.00
$16.00
Store QTY Price  
Knight Arms 4 $10.00
Gamers Portal 1 $14.00
Neatherlingz 1 $16.96
Video Game World 1 $17.00
The Gamer's Haven 1 $17.03
Phyrexian Donuts 1 $17.49
MindOverMatter 1 $18.00
Project Tabletop 2 $18.00
Stephies 1 $18.00
Cardcravers 1 $18.30
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Magic MTG Card Gideon of the Trials Magic MTG Card
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Gideon of the Trials has seen some play in Modern in white-blue control decks as a catch-all against the randomness of the Modern format, and it only stands to get better with the new legendary Planeswalker rule; now players are allowed to have multiple Gideons in play at once!

#4: Saheeli Rai

Mid
Low
 Saheeli Rai
$4.97
$3.35
Store QTY Price  
Congress of Red 1 $3.35
The Game Cave 1 $3.35
First Water Cards 1 $3.75
Tapped Out Gaming 4 $3.78
Gold Coast Games 1 $3.79
Panzer Games 1 $3.80
CabinCards 1 $3.89
The Sleek Geeks 2 $3.96
Comic Lair 1 $3.98
ToToLax Joker 1 $3.99
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Magic MTG Card Saheeli Rai Magic MTG Card
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Saheeli Rai continues to sell steadily as a classic buy-low-hope-it-spikes spec. Its ability to rebuy enters-the-battlefield triggers and its cheap converted mana cost make it an enticing pickup, and worst-case scenario, you can still go infinite with it in Modern. That's a good pickup.

#3: Volrath's Shapeshifter

Mid
Low
 Volrath's Shapeshifter
$5.97
$2.50
Store QTY Price  
Pipe Dream Toys 2 $3.00
SimplyCards 1 $3.50
Clover Collectables 2 $3.68
CollectorDave 1 $3.68
Masterpiece Games 1 $3.74
Alter Reality Games 2 $3.78
Mystic Realm 1 $3.99
Pizzzabeard 1 $3.99
White Lion Games 4 $3.99
Moonbase Market 4 $4.24
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Magic MTG Card Volrath's Shapeshifter Magic MTG Card
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I could go on all day about the Reserve List. It's a complicated issue fraught with nuance on both sides of the argument. This isn't a countdown about the Reserve List, but yes, speculators are in the midst of some Reserve List buyouts, and Volrath's Shapeshifter is on the Reserve List. It's a neat card, but nothing special. Such is the power of the Reserve List. Womp womp.

#2: Turntimber Ranger

Mid
Low
 Turntimber Ranger
$0.99
$0.10
Store QTY Price  
Kingdom Geekdom 1 $0.25
FORC Arizona 2 $0.35
Micahs store 1 $0.39
lvmtg 3 $0.40
Bush Wacker Cards 1 $0.40
Busbee alters 3 $0.40
Tabletop Game Swap 3 $0.40
Funertia 1 $0.40
Fuzzyy PokeMTG 1 $0.40
Raven's Nest Games 2 $0.43
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Magic MTG Card Turntimber Ranger Magic MTG Card
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Arcane Adaptation isn't the first card that allows players to go infinite with Turntimber Ranger, but the card has put Turntimber Ranger back on players' radars. Yawn. NEXT.

#1: Thalia's Lancers

Mid
Low
 Thalia's Lancers
$0.66
$0.18
Store QTY Price  
MTG Rares 6 $0.18
BudgetFriendlyMagic 1 $0.20
GatheringForU 2 $0.24
Krazy Kidz Gaming 2 $0.24
Magic Base 3 $0.25
BanHammerCards 1 $0.25
JohnnyNomad 1 $0.25
RockyMtnMagic 1 $0.25
Mythic Realm Games 10 $0.25
The Fantastic Store 4 $0.25
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Magic MTG Card Thalia's Lancers Magic MTG Card
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The number-one seller and the official winner of the Planeswalkers-are-now-legendary rule is Thalia's Lancers. Sure, Honor-Worn Shaku, Untaidake, the Cloud Keeper, and a bevy of other Kamigawa-block cards I'm surely forgetting have all risen in stock, but Thalia's Lancers has the added benefit of rotating out of Standard with Ixalan, meaning there are players less in-the-know selling theirs, meaning the market is flooded with them, MEANING that they're a cheap pickup right now. It's often the case that a bunch of players dumping a card all at once means it's the perfect time to buy it, especially if you're unconcerned with immediate profit.

That's it for this week, but hey, we do these every week. If you enjoyed this, subscribe to our YouTube channel and let us know how we did. See you next time.

Jon Corpora
pronounced Ca-pora
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