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
$2.46
$0.79
Store QTY Price  
Tsunami Games 1 $0.89
ThePoPGodGames 1 $0.93
Givens Magic Store 1 $0.93
Smokedragon 1 $1.00
Swiftspeartech 1 $1.10
CompGamingUniverse 1 $1.11
Card Monster Games 15 $1.14

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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
$1.16
$0.50
Store QTY Price  
The Collectors 1 $0.50
Brute Force Games 8 $0.75
Game Heroes 70 $0.93
MTG Rares 9 $0.93
Cataclysm Games 5 $0.94
mtgmintcard 8 $0.94
The Deck Box 1 $0.95

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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
$0.30
$0.06
Store QTY Price  
Hastur Games 4 $0.06
Games to Die For 1 $0.15
williamwalrus 6 $0.15
ShopOfMagic 1 $0.19
Immortals Inc 4 $0.20
The Game Cave 10 $0.20
Tsunami Games 2 $0.20

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#11: Plains

Mid
Low
 Plains (185) - Full Art
$0.29
$0.10
Store QTY Price  
Tsunami Games 8 $0.10
MTG Rares 10 $0.13
IDeal808 31 $0.14
Tabletop Game Swap 4 $0.16
ShopOfMagic 1 $0.16
Kirwan's Game Store 10 $0.16
MTG Rares 10 $0.16

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#10: Animation Module

Mid
Low
 Animation Module
$0.50
$0.10
Store QTY Price  
Tekrebel TCG 2 $0.10
Closet Deals 1 $0.10
Logical Collectibles 1 $0.10
Gametraders 1 $0.10
Power 9 CCG 4 $0.10
Mythic Games 1 $0.15
Vehe LLC 5 $0.17

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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
$2.56
$1.75
Store QTY Price  
Niv Mizzet Prodigy 1 $1.75
Buds Place 1 $1.91
The Game Shoppe 1 $1.96
Brute Force Games 8 $1.99
Jse comics cards 1 $2.00
FromMemory 2 $2.03
The Game Shoppe 1 $2.06

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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
$0.40
$0.10
Store QTY Price  
Tsunami Games 5 $0.10
williamwalrus 6 $0.15
Medieval Comics 2 $0.20
OldSchoolGaming 2 $0.24
CompGamingUniverse 2 $0.24
Sync my Battleship 1 $0.25
Frogtown Hobbies 3 $0.25

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#7: Mountain

Mid
Low
Store QTY Price  
williamwalrus 9 $0.15
Games to Die For 1 $0.16
The Magic Corner 1 $0.17
Mythic Affinity 7 $0.17
Tabletop Game Swap 4 $0.19
Serenity Games 19 $0.20
The Game Cave 10 $0.20

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#6: Forest

Mid
Low
 Forest (189) - Full Art
$0.30
$0.06
Store QTY Price  
Hastur Games 4 $0.06
Tsunami Games 1 $0.10
MTG Rares 10 $0.17
OldSchoolGaming 2 $0.18
Carls Game Station 1 $0.18
Magic Family Games 1 $0.18
Packfresh Nashville 34 $0.18

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#5: Gideon of the Trials

Mid
Low
 Gideon of the Trials
$14.38
$6.50
Store QTY Price  
Lonely Island Gaming 1 $6.50
Chez Geek Boutique 3 $7.50
Wyvern 1 $7.50
Falcon Punch 1 $7.55
Toms Shop TCG 1 $7.55
OmahaMTG321 2 $8.00
Northern Shuffle 1 $8.00

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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
$4.49
$2.90
Store QTY Price  
Chez Geek Boutique 3 $2.96
BarreCards 2 $2.97
mtgmintcard 8 $2.99
Hero Comix 2 $3.00
Trading Card Co-Op 1 $3.10
nexgen 1 $3.25
Affinity for Gaming 1 $3.30

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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
$7.07
$2.29
Store QTY Price  
Krazy Kidz Gaming 1 $4.75
Top Tyr Games 1 $4.79
Four Pillars 1 $4.99
RaVaye 2 $4.99
GGames 1 $4.99
Red Castle 3 $5.33
ComicsD 1 $5.46

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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
$0.87
$0.10
Store QTY Price  
Top Deck Games 1 $0.25
onelvlhigher 1 $0.30
StaytonsHobbyHut 1 $0.35
Western Ohio Gaming 1 $0.39
Micahs store 1 $0.40
Raven's Nest Games 2 $0.43
TeamDeeJay 1 $0.49

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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
$0.73
$0.23
Store QTY Price  
Shake Battle Roll 1 $0.23
MTG Moneymaker 1 $0.24
TemplesPlayground 1 $0.25
arcadia 2 $0.25
The Fantastic Store 4 $0.25
Trading Card Co-Op 2 $0.25
Magic Mana Vault 2 $0.25

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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.

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Jon Corpora
pronounced Ca-pora
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