Top 10 Cards Sold January 1-7, 2018

Feature Article from Jon Corpora
Jon Corpora
1/8/2018 11:01:00 AM
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It's been a minute since I've gotten to do one of these. Having Mondays off for the past two weeks really rocks the boat, but not to worry: the Top 10 sellers countdown is back.

But First, Some Housekeeping

The Unstable basics are technically Top 10 Sellers, but we're omitting them for the foreseeable future. I never had a problem including them on the list, filing them all as one card, and expanding the list to the top 14, but a vocal contingent of readers hated the prolonged presence of basic lands on the Top 10 SO DARN MUCH that we're just doing away with them altogether. We're ripping this band-aid off as a family.

Let's dive into a list of Magic cards.

#10: Opt

Store QTY Price  
Vensers Journal 4 $0.14
Gators Stock 1 $0.14
MTG Rares 10 $0.14
Free Logs 4 $0.15
MTG Rares 10 $0.19
Thorner's Gaming 32 $0.20
Amazing Games TCG 7 $0.20
Blazing Sales 1 $0.20
Heros Ink 1 $0.20
Crypt of Agadeem 8 $0.20
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Magic MTG Card Opt Magic MTG Card
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The succinct version of the story: Opt is going to sell very well for a very long time. It's good in Modern, and it sees some fringe (read: not in energy decks) play in Standard as well. It's also just a good card!

#9: Ripjaw Raptor

 Ripjaw Raptor
Store QTY Price  
Eastern Oregon mtg 1 $2.55
JohnnyBCardsComics 1 $2.97
MTG Rares 5 $2.98
The Game Shoppe 1 $3.00
Moonbase Market 1 $3.14
Tier Zero Gaming 5 $3.24
tilt n scoop 1 $3.25
A Sassins Guild 1 $3.27
BlackDiamondGames 1 $3.35
Game Night 1 $3.40
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Magic MTG Card Ripjaw Raptor Magic MTG Card
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Thanks to Rivals of Ixalan and its focus on the tribes Ixalan established in the fall, a lot of heretofore-overlooked Ixalan cards are starting to sell in their wake. The promise of the tribal cards of Rivals of Ixalan has been enough to convince buyers that tribal strategies are finally worth going in on, and Ixalan cards are the beneficiaries. It's also worth noting that Pro Tour Hall-of-Famer Paul Rietzl could be seen wielding Ripjaw Raptors in Standard in the feature match area of last weekend's team Grand Prix in Santa Clara.

#8: Metallic Mimic

 Metallic Mimic
Store QTY Price  
DeepSpaceNine Gaming 2 $3.50
Game Haven St George 2 $4.37
Central Texas Games 2 $4.46
The Gaming Port 1 $4.49
Game Haven St George 1 $4.50
Pipe Dream Toys 1 $4.50
Free Thought 1 $4.50
Cryptic Card Store 1 $4.50
BlackDiamondGames 2 $4.53
Buy Sell PLAY 3 $4.56
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Magic MTG Card Metallic Mimic Magic MTG Card
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With all the recent Refocus on tribes, it's no small wonder that Metallic Mimic, a card that won Pro Tour Amonkhet in Gerry Thompson's Zombie deck, is seeing a spike in sales. Metallic Mimic is an ideal card in any tribal strategy; its malleability—it can become any creature type—means it slots into any tribal deck.

#7: Regisaur Alpha

 Regisaur Alpha
Store QTY Price  
House of Commerce 1 $0.53
Cryptic Corner 1 $1.00
StigersBGG 1 $1.49
MTG Rares 5 $1.51
jaybob 1 $1.52
Cardcravers 1 $1.52
Tier Zero Gaming 5 $1.52
Dark Tide Comics 1 $1.53
ChaosGames and More 1 $1.55
WizBiz Games 4 $1.59
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Magic MTG Card Regisaur Alpha Magic MTG Card
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The mystery of Regisaur Alpha's sales lies in one Rivals of Ixalan card: Ghalta, Primal Hunter. After a Regisaur Alpha, Ghalta, Primal Hunter costs 3GG, and if a 12/12 trampler for five wasn't good enough, Regisaur Alpha also gives it haste. That's gonna close games in a hurry.

#6: Unclaimed Territory

 Unclaimed Territory
Store QTY Price  
JohnnyBCardsComics 1 $1.30
Marldains Menagerie 1 $1.44
Buy Sell Roll 1 $1.45
Funertia 1 $1.46
CentralCardCade 1 $1.47
Mythic Realm Games 8 $1.50
jaymz games 4 $1.50
Conquest MTG 1 $1.50
CDC Games 1 $1.50
Rivertown Comics 1 $1.51
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Magic MTG Card Unclaimed Territory Magic MTG Card
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Starting to see a theme yet? Unclaimed Territory's been a strong seller since before Ixalan's release, so now that the sets tribes are acutally good, expect Unclaimed Territory to do what it's always done: sell out.

#5: Merfolk Branchwalker

 Merfolk Branchwalker
Store QTY Price  
Erics Card Shop 2 $0.47
MobileMagic 2 $0.48
MTG Rares 2 $0.48
Time Island Games 1 $0.49
Conquest MTG 2 $0.50
A Sassins Guild 1 $0.50
RitualTCG 1 $0.50
Toymo 1 $0.50
Crypt of Agadeem 1 $0.55
Lanes Game Store 1 $0.58
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Magic MTG Card Merfolk Branchwalker Magic MTG Card
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Ignoring the fact that this thing is a merfolk for just a second... when did green become the card advantage color? Once Kaladesh and Amonkhet blocks rotate out of Standard, Merfolk Branchwalker and Jadelight Ranger are going to become the new Duskwatch Recruiter and Tireless Tracker. Book it.

#4: Kopala, Warden of Waves

 Kopala, Warden of Waves
Store QTY Price  
mtgmintcard 6 $0.54
MTGCardsShop 1 $0.68
MTG Rares 10 $0.68
Limitless Games 1 $0.69
Piret Barter 1 $0.70
Big Daddy Games LLC 2 $0.70
Dead Guy Games 20 $0.72
CollectingEverything 1 $0.73
The Dragon's Realm 1 $0.73
MTG Plank 1 $0.73
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Magic MTG Card Kopala, Warden of Waves Magic MTG Card
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Now that Merfolk has a proper lord and a legendary bulwark, the tribe is a lot more appealing. Kopala's spike is a result of renewed interest, but I'm not buying it. The card's really bad! I think Merfolk as a tribe has a lot of potential, but I'm also certain Kopala will be nowhere near it when and if it breaks out.

#3: Kumena's Speaker

 Kumena's Speaker
Store QTY Price  
MTG Rares 10 $0.04
Kirwan's Game Store 3 $0.05
A Sassins Guild 1 $0.05
Mythic Realm Games 13 $0.05
The Gaming Cantina 6 $0.05
MTG Rares 10 $0.06
Tacoma Games 2 $0.07
Mulligans Gaming 4 $0.07
JTs Card Shop 4 $0.07
Grimmus 1 $0.07
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Magic MTG Card Kumena's Speaker Magic MTG Card
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Seth Manfield had an astute observation in his column last Friday, which makes sense because he is a cyborg sent From The Future to win at Magic. He registered some disappointment at the lack of aggressive one-drops Merfolk have access to in Rivals of Ixalan, noting that the lynchpin of any good aggressive decks is plenty of one-drops to choose from. Right now, Kumena's Speaker is the only one-drop Merfolk has to speak of. If Merfolk is to be a good deck, Kumena's Speaker is a lock to appear in the deck as a four-of.

#2: Izzet Staticaster

 Izzet Staticaster
Store QTY Price  
Gators 1 $0.39
Emerald City Games 1 $0.43
Spell Bound 1 $0.43
Whidbey Games 2 $0.46
Gamers Grove 1 $0.48
The Game Grotto 7 $0.49
Graveyard Games 2 $0.49
Mythic Realm Games 1 $0.50
A+ Comics 8 $0.50
IDC Comics 1 $0.52
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Magic MTG Card Izzet Staticaster Magic MTG Card
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More and more modern sideboards need Izzet Staticaster. Usually the sales of cards like this are more evenly distributed over time, but with a handful of Modern events on the immediate horizon, Izzet Staticaster is proving easy to move.

#1: Resplendent Mentor

 Resplendent Mentor
Store QTY Price  
MTG Rares 10 $0.15
Arcadian Marketplace 1 $0.16
MilitaryGamer Supply 1 $0.19
Priority Games 2 $0.70
MTG Mint Singles 4 $0.99
The Reavers Market 4 $1.00
SwordAndBoardTCG 5 $1.00
BCComixofBC 4 $1.00
TheSnapCasterMage 4 $1.03
OneStop Collectibles 1 $1.03
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Magic MTG Card Resplendent Mentor Magic MTG Card
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There's a combo with this and Famished Paladin, so Resplendent Mentor's been selling like crazy. Basically, you have both creatures in play, you tap the Paladin to gain a life, and then when you gain life, it untaps. That's the loop, and you can repeat it a bajillion times or until your opponent concedes, whichever happens first.

See you next week.

Jon Corpora
pronounced Ca-pora

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